The Florida Yacht Brokers Association said 154 members of the yachting industry attended its second annual Yacht Engineering Seminar on April 5 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.
The event included seven sessions on topics that included the basics of engine refit, power generation, American Boat and Yacht Council standards for yacht building, National Marine Electronics Association 2000 technology, noise suppression, marine exhaust systems, and hull form and stability.
“FYBA’s goal in organizing the annual Yacht Engineering Seminar is to help yacht brokers raise their game by educating themselves about the evolving technology and systems aboard the yachts they represent,” FYBA executive director Cindy Sailor said in a statement. “This year’s event presented a truly outstanding roster of speakers and seminar topics.”
The list of industry experts who led seminar sessions included John Adey, president of ABYC; Bruce Angel, Hatteras Yachts executive vice president; Peter Braffit, general manager for Gemeco Marine Accessories; Mark Goosic, marine sales manager for Cummins Power South and Cummins for South Florida and the Caribbean basin; Jorge Lang, head of business development for Deangelo Marine Exhaust; Rich Merhige, founder of Advance Mechanical Engineering; Iain Pelto, Cummins Marine engineering manager for mid-range and heavy-duty projects; Bob Senter, founder of the Marine Engine and Training Co., and Brook Stevens, sales manager for Seakeeper in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Great Lakes regions.
Title sponsors for YES included Advanced Mechanical Enterprises and Cummins. Anchor sponsors included Robert Allen Law, Seakeeper, Northern Lights, and DeAngelo Marine Exhaust. This year, FYBA also expanded YES to host an exhibit area and table exhibitors including Lumishore, Alexseal, Lauderdale Marine Center, Simrad, Walker Airsep, Headhunter and KVH.