Florida Yacht Brokers Association Reports

Highly Successful 2016 Yacht Engineering Seminar 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – April 8, 2016 – The 2nd Annual Yacht Engineering Seminar (YES), presented by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) on April 5th at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, was by all accounts an outstanding success. Attended by 154 yachting industry members, this year’s event included seven sessions on topics that ranged from the basics of engine refit, to power generation, ABYC standards for yacht building, NMEA 2000 technology, noise suppression, marine exhaust systems, and hull form and stability. 

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, former marine general sales manager; Jorge Lang, head of business development for Deangelo Marine Exhaust; Rich Merhige, founder of Advance Mechanical Engineering; Iain Pelto, Cummins Marine engineering manager for midrange and heavy duty projects; Bob Senter, founder of Marine Engine and Training Company, and Brook Stevens, sales manager for Seakeeper in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Great Lakes regions.

“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,” said Cindy Sailor, FYBA executive director. “This year’s event presented a truly outstanding roster of speakers and seminar topics.”

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. 

“It was a fantastic event and the feedback we have heard from many brokers is that this was the best FYBA event they have ever attended,” Sailor said. “We look forward to growing this format for next year’s YES and beyond!”

About FYBA:

Founded in 1987, the Florida Yacht Brokers Association has grown to become the world’s largest organization of professionals engaged in the worldwide practice of selling and buying yachts of all sizes and types. The FYBA mission statement is: “To unite those engaged in the yacht brokerage business for the purpose of promoting cooperation and professionalism among its members.” FYBA serves as a united voice for its members in state and federal legislative and regulatory processes. FYBA is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit www.fyba.org.

FYBA is located at The Harbor Shops, 1845 Cordova Rd., Suite 205, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Tel: 954-522-9270 - Fax: 954-764-0697 - Email: fyba@fyba.org 

Media Contacts:

Louisa Beckett

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(772) 232-6457 (Office)

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Cindy Sailor

FYBA Executive Director

(954) 522-9270


© 2016 Florida Yacht Brokers Association

Article Author: Louisa Beckett Turnkey Communications & PR, Inc.