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Expanded ABYC seminars at IBEX draw heavy interest

As of Thursday, only one session had a few available spots.

Hands-on training sessions hosted by the American Boat and Yacht Council at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference sold out quickly despite having increased for this year and expanded yet again.

The live demonstrations at the show, which runs from Tuesday through Thursday next week at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, are titled Onboard 1: Electrical Troubleshoot; and Onboard II: Installing an Auxiliary Battery. Both sold out quickly and additional sessions were added to accommodate the demand.

As of Thursday, only one session had a few available spots.

ABYC senior certification instructor Kevin Ritz will lead the demonstrations on board a center console in Lobby C of the exposition center. The area is being called the ABYC Live Classroom.

“This year’s topics are especially exciting because we have the opportunity to do live training and we’ll be using a GoPro so attendees can see the detail work on a big screen,” Ritz said in a statement. “We all know that learning is often better when you can acutely see these tests and procedures live from start to finish, rather than just reading about it in a book.”

The sessions had expanded because of strong interest last year when ABYC debuted the sessions, ABYC president John Adey told Trade Only last month.

“Last year really opened our eyes to how much hands-on content people want, with the boat we had there,” Adey said. “People want people to walk away with a skill. They want to see from beginning to end how to install a second battery on an 18-foot center console.”

Additional ABYC sessions available include ABYC 2015 Standards Update; Designing a 12-24 Volt DC System that Works; Design and Build to Minimize the Spread of Aquatic Species; When the Customer Sues — Legal Advice; Handling High Intermittent Current Loads; 120/240-Volt Ground Switching With Paralleled and Co-generation Systems; Designing and Installing Efficient Onboard HVAC; and Understanding AC & DC Load Groups.

"IBEX is fortunate to have ABYC as our educational partner,” IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said. “They are the leading source for product safety standards and education, training, and help our industry build better, safer boats."

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