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and pent-up demand from consumers
who delayed purchases during the
downturn. Powerboats are expected to
see the fastest gains in the boat cate-
gory, after recording especially sharp
declines in 2008 and 2009. Demand
for powerboats will be supported by
technological advances including
newer propulsion systems and more
advanced electronics. The aging of the
population will also support gains,
since powerboats are less strenuous to
handle and maneuver than sailing ves-
Recreational Boating
05/2010, 351 pages) is available for
$4,800 from The Freedonia Group, Inc.,
767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-
2326. For further details, contact
Corinne Gangloff by phone
440.684.9600, fax 440.646.0484 or e-
mail Informa-
tion may also be obtained through
ABYC Marine Electrical
Certification Course
This four-day ABYC course is designed
for the experienced technician with at
least 3 - 5 years experience working
with marine electricity. The student
needs to be very familiar with ABYC
electrical standards. Course topics in-
clude electrical theory, lead-acid batter-
ies, using a multi-meter, battery test-
ing, generator sets, inverters, grounding
and bonding systems, troubleshooting
and more.
At the time of registration, each stu-
dent will be shipped a study guide
which should be studied prior to class
along with the ABYC standards. The
class concludes with a 200 question
certification exam.
Who Should Attend This Class
• Boat Builders
• Marine Surveyors
• USCG Personnel
• Technicians
• Marina Personnel
• Dealers
When: July, 13 – 16, 2010
Where: College of the Albemarle
205 Highway 64, South Business
Manteo, NC 27954
Member Tuition $885, Non—Member
Tuition $1,140.
For more information and
ABYC June 4, 2010
Hurricane Season Starts
June 1
May 27, 2010
Hurricane Ike, 2008.
(Credit: NOAA)
An “active to extremely active” hurri-
cane season is expected for the Atlan-
tic Basin this year according to the
issued today by NOAA’s
– a division
of the
with every hurricane season, this out-
look underscores the importance of
having a hurricane preparedness plan
in place.
Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the
six-month season, which begins June 1,
NOAA is projecting a 70 percent prob-
ability of the following ranges:
14 to 23 named storms (top winds
of 39 mph or higher), including:
8 to 14 hurricanes (top winds of 74
mph or higher), of which:
3 to 7 could be ma-
jor hurricanes
(Category 3, 4 or 5;
winds of at least 111
“If this outlook holds true, this seaso
could be one of the more active on r
cord,” said
Jane Lubchenco
Ph.D., u
der secretary of commerce for ocean
and atmosphere and NOAA administ
tor. “The greater likelihood of storms
brings an increased risk of a landfall.
short, we urge everyone to be pre-
Central Pacific, May 19 2010
NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Ce
ter today announced that projected
climate conditions point to a below
normal hurricane season in the Cent
Pacific basin this year. The outlook
issued at a news conference called t
urge Hawaii residents to be fully pre-
pared for the onset of the hurricane
season, which begins June 1.
“It is important to pay attention to f
casts and take each tropical system
seriously,” said Jim Weyman, directo
of NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane
Center. “Last year we had a scare wh
Hurricane Felicia approached, but fo
nately it dissipated before hitting the
The seasonal hurricane outlook is pr
duced in collaboration with NOAA’s
Climate Prediction Center. For 2010,
the outlook calls for a 70% chance o
below normal season, a 25% chance
a near normal season, and only a 5
chance of an above normal season.
Climate patterns similar to those ex-
pected this year have historically pro
duced below normal activity in the c
tral Pacific. Allowing for uncertaintie
NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Ce
ter expects two to three tropical cy-
clones in the central Pacific during t
2010 season.
For forecast updates and forecasts f
other areas go to NOAA, National Hu
cane Center at