Refit conference will return to Fort Lauderdale in 2017

The Refit International Exhibition & Conference is scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 26-27, 2017.
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The Refit International Exhibition & Conference is scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 26-27, 2017.

Owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine, the show is an annual trade event that features seminars and an exhibit hall exclusively for yacht refit professionals.

After a successful inaugural Jan. 28-29 event this year, Refit will return next year with an expanded exhibit hall and a new conference program, organizers said.

As with the 2016 event, next year's Refit will be co-located with the International Marina & Boatyard Conference at the Broward County Convention Center. Those who attend either event are invited to visit both exhibit halls.

The first Refit show attracted 750 marine industry professionals. Seventy-three exhibitors presented products and services to Refit conferees — as well as cross-traffic from people who were attending the IMBC.

Two dozen experienced speakers presented at 15 technical and business-management seminars. A special workshop presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida provided comprehensive information from legal and business professionals about the new Florida sales tax cap.

Refit Excellence Awards were presented to the yacht teams behind Starflite, nominated by Jarrett Bay Boatworks; Enigma XK, nominated by Atlantic Refit Center; Axia, nominated by Front Street Shipyard; and Quitena, nominated by Saunders Yachtworks.

Organizers said the second annual Refit will grow in the size of its exhibit hall and the breadth of its seminar series and special events.

Exhibition space for Refit 2017 is available exclusively to vendors of refit products and services.

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