Western Marine Company to Host ABYC Seminar in April


In April, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) will offer three sessions around the Pacific Northwest as well as an extended session in Port Jefferson, New York.

Canadian distributor, Western Marine Company, will host one of the Pacific Northwest regional sessions.

Attendees can earn continuing education units (CEUs) while networking with industry experts.

"One of the most rewarding parts of our job is spending time with our members all across the country,' says ABYC President John Adey. "Presentations like these give us that opportunity while bringing ABYC's safety message through demonstrations and give and take discussions.'

Attendees will learn best practices on circuit protection and battery management as well as be shown the latest electrical products.

A US $50 registration fee provides attendees a US $50 product voucher from the event host, dinner and drinks, giveaways from Blue Sea Systems, Ancor and Marinco, and the education value for two CEUs.

"It is rare when organizations in different segments of the marine industry can get together and offer an event that will make boating safer through education,' says David Johnson, Vice President of the Power Products, LLC Marine and Mobile Division. "ABYC provides a strong and active organization to establish, train and update the guidelines for proper wiring of pleasurecraft. Blue Sea Systems, now a part of six brands including Ancor, BEP, Marinco, Mastervolt and Pro Mariner, are committed to designing electrical products that help the industry comply to ABYC Standards.'

The Pacific Northwest dates are as follows:

• April 12, 4 to 8 p.m. – Hosted by Fisheries Supply, Seattle, Washington

• April 13, 4 to 8 p.m. – Hosted by Port Supply, Anacortes, Washington

• April 14, 4 to 8 p.m. – Hosted by Western Marine Company, Vancouver, BC

The events in the Pacific Northwest are sponsored by Blue Sea Systems.

ABYC will host its extended version of the seminar series in  Port Jefferson, New York on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This event includes a session called "When the Customer Sues' with Christina Paul from K&L Gates to help attendees with free legal advice.

Additional key topics from the Jefferson, New York session include:
• Common Survey and Repair Mistakes
• New Products and Applications by Blue Sea and Mastervolt
• Marketing your Marine Business
• Maximizing Your ABYC Membership

The Port Jefferson seminar will award attendees five CEUs from ABYC and the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS). The National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) will also recognize credits; attendees will need to consult with their NAMS representative for details.

Those that register by April 15, the meeting cost is US $69 for ABYC members and US $89 for non-members.

The American Boat and Yacht Council was created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats.