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ABYC and NMEA hold training event in Florida

The ABYC and the NMEA said they hosted a sold-out joint training event last week in Fort Lauderdale.

The American Boat and Yacht Council and the National Marine Electronics Association said they hosted a sold-out joint training event last week in Fort Lauderdale.

Attendees came to the four-day class in pursuit of marine electrical training and certification from across the United States, New Zealand, Sweden, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America.

“It was great to have such a diverse group in attendance,” ABYC vice president and education director Ed Sherman said in a statement. “Students had the opportunity to exchange information with people from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels, from center consoles and yacht tenders to those with a focus on superyachts.”

“With the challenging course material presented, this group was particularly eager to learn with excellent participation,” NMEA instructor Mike Spyros said.

The class included two days on ABYC marine electrical standards and training and two days on NMEA marine electronics standards and training. The classes are designed as a one-stop shop for boatbuilders, installers, technicians, marine mechanics and surveyors.

"This new program will go a long way toward ensuring that the technicians working on your boat will have proven expertise with both the electrical power side and electronic side of these complex systems," Sherman said.

Other ABYC/NMEA training and education events will be held Sept. 19-22 in Naples, Fla.; Nov. 15-18 in Seattle; and Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in East Greenwich, R.I.

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