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Conference planned for yacht refit professionals

The premiere refit show will be held Jan. 28-29, 2016, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Professional BoatBuilder magazine is producing a new annual trade event exclusively for yacht refit professionals that will be known as the Refit International Exhibition & Conference.

The premiere refit show will be held Jan. 28-29, 2016, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Featuring 24 technical seminars and an exhibition hall, Refit seeks to gather every stakeholder in the comprehensive refit process to share ideas for improvement, organizers said.

Captains, owners, boatyard professionals, project managers, surveyors, designers and subcontractors are invited to attend. By exchanging perspectives and experiences in the technical forums, organizers said stakeholders can brainstorm a more efficient, cost-effective refit process that results in an improved end product.

The concurrent exhibition will display only the most applicable products and technologies available to the unique refit niche, organizers said.

"Today's yacht owners are embracing refits over new construction since you can get a like-new vessel in less time and for less money than new construction," Professional BoatBuilder publisher Jim Miller said in a statement. "The new Refit show is an opportunity for everyone involved in the refit process to capitalize on the growing industry by improving the technologies and streamlining the methodology."

Exhibition space is currently available exclusively to vendors of refit products and services.

The Refit conference program is in development and seeking seminar suggestions from industry professionals.

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