In Brief: IYRS, Mercury, Bonnier, ABBRA, MIASF, ODNR, ABYC

On April 29, the International Yacht Restoration School will open the doors of its Bristol facility to the public for a springtime open house. The event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., provides an opportunity to learn about IYRS training programs. A seminar titled “Marine Training: The Value of Education in a Technically Advancing Field” will also be held during the open house at 4:30. The seminar will be lead by IYRS instructors John Stier and Henry Elliot.

Mercury Marine has extended the duration and size of its 5 & Drive Sales Event. Mercury engines 2.5 hp and up that are sold May 1 through June 30 and warranty registered by July 15 will earn an extra incentive. 2.5 hp through 300 hp FourStrokes will receive an additional two years of Mercury Product Protection Gold Coverage for a total of five years of factory-backed coverage. All OptiMax Engines will also receive two additional years of MPP Gold Coverage for a total of five years of factory-backed coverage.

Glenn Sandridge has been hired as the new marketing director of Bonnier’s marine titles. Sandridge has worked with MarineMax, MasterCraft and Bombardier, and he will focus on creating marketing solutions for Bonnier’s customers and restructuring the marketing arm to improve communication within the organization and with the industry.

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will once again offer its Marine Service Management (MSM) course in September, the group said in a release. The next MSM course is scheduled for Sept. 10–13 at Roscioli Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ABBRA’s instructors present MSM participants with pointers in nontechnical topics including human-resource development, financial controls, customer relations, codes and standards and marketing and sales. The course is now in its seventh year and is based partially on the International Marina Institute’s Intermediate and Advanced Marina Management courses.

Executive Director Frank Herhold, who has been at the helm of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida since 1990, has retired. Herhold will assume an emeritus role with the organization and will continue in a consultative capacity following his July 1 retirement date. Association President John Stephens of Lewis Marine Supply is steering the Executive Director transition process, which will culminate with the announcement of the new Executive Director and an opportunity to honor Herhold’s 20 years of service to the MIASF at the Association’s Annual Meeting & Awards Reception on June 5.

Ohio’s new alcohol awareness campaign and several state boating professionals were honored by the National Safe Boating Council at the International Boating and Water Safety Summit held in late March, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). ODNR’s new campaign, “Get On Board With A Sober Boater,” was unveiled last summer by the Division of Watercraft. The program encourages boaters to be aware of the dangers associated with impaired boating as a result of alcohol and drug use.

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) will conduct its first certification class covering the newly revised Gas Engine Certification course on April 20 – 23 at the Columbia Crossings Marina, Portland, Ore. The four-day certification course is designed to provide technicians with broad-based and thorough technical, standards-based knowledge of gas engines, drive systems and outboard engines. Ed Sherman will serve as the course instructor.

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