WARREN, R.I. — The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) will offer two courses this summer at Mystic Yachting Center in Mystic, Conn., immediately following the association’s second annual Summer Symposium on Aug. 2–3. A Marine Equipment Operator Training (MEOT) in Marine Straddlelift is scheduled for the morning of Aug. 4, and a new ABBRA course, the Hydraulic Trailer Training, will be available to MEOT participants that afternoon at a discounted rate.
“We’ve created a day of training after our Summer Symposium for ABBRA members and non-members,” Doug Domenie, president of ABBRA, said in a release. “Our Marine Equipment Training (MEOT) has always been a popular course; we decided to complement the information available in the MEOT with a Hydraulic Trailer Training designed by leading industry professionals.”
ABBRA’s MEOT training addresses topics including OSHA requirements, operator responsibilities, accident prevention, equipment inspection, boatlifting and blocking standards, job-site safety, lift planning, supervisor awareness, and rigging considerations. ABBRA staff developed the Hydraulic Trailer Training with instructor Captain Salvatore Gugliara to train and inform hydraulic trailer operators on safe and efficient equipment practices. ABBRA instructor Paul Doppke will be presenting the Straddlelift session and Captain Gugliara will present the Hydraulic Trailer Training.
The fee for the MEOT in Marine Straddlelift is $150 per person. MEOT participants are eligible to register for the new Hydraulic Trailer Training for $50. All fees include course instruction, related course handouts and a certificate of completion following successful completion of a written final exam.