Florida Yacht Brokers Association seminar returns in April

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The Florida Yacht Brokers Association has scheduled its second annual Yacht Engineering Seminar for April 5.

The FYBA has relocated the event to the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and added an expo hall where as many as 25 exclusive vendors will showcase products and services to those who attend.

“More than 180 yacht brokers, technical service providers and other yachting industry professionals attended last year’s Yacht Engineering Seminar, and we expect close to 250 this year,” FYBA executive director Cindy Sailor said in a statement.

“FYBA members are among the most influential people in the yachting industry today — they are responsible for 80 percent of yacht sales in Florida, 50 percent in the nation and 20 percent around the world. The new YES Expo Hall will give vendors the opportunity to network with and educate these industry influencers about their products and services.”

The seminar is a full-day educational symposium designed to help brokers and technical personnel gain a greater understanding of the engineering aspects of the vessels they sell and service.

YES encompasses a wide variety of individual sessions that range from presentations that drill down on technical subjects such as marine propulsion, noise suppression and coatings to an in-depth analysis of issues that affect the entire yachting industry, such as international maritime standards and regulations.

“Last year’s symposium, which earned rave reviews from the attendees, had something for everyone from the most experienced surveyor to the yacht broker who is new to the industry,” Sailor said. “The FYBA’s seminars and events committee has lined up another outstanding panel of experts and list of topics for this year’s event.”

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