ABBRA Hosting Boatyard Study Tour in Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, Florida as an All-Day IBEX 2014 Super Session on September 29th

Maximo Boatyard Added to List with River Hawk, Embree and Sailors Wharf

Fort Lauderdale, FL_ August 28, 2014 –The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA), the national marine industry trade group of boatyards, boat builders and product supply and service companies will host two major industry events in the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, Florida region on September 29th just one day before the opening of IBEX and as part of the IBEX 2014 Super Sessions. ABBRA will offer a Regional Boatyard Study Tour facilitated by noted industry business leader Jim Bronstien to River Hawk Marine, Maximo Boatyard, Embree Marine and Sailors Wharf Boatyard from 9am – 5pm.

The ABBRA Boatyard Study Tour provides IBEX’s both national and international attendees a unique opportunity for an in-depth behind the scenes look at the operations of four different boatyards in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area. The analysis will include aspects of the operation such as cost controls, marketing opportunities, and regulatory compliance. Additionally it will offer participants an opportunity for facilitated peer-to-peer discussions aimed at improving boatyard operations through the sharing of best management practices. Tour facilitator Jim Bronstien says, “These facilities are great examples of the diverse and dynamic boatyard business in this region and we are giving boatyard operators an opportunity to tour these facilities, study these businesses and hear directly from fellow owners/operators.” He adds, “This will be a very informative day and all should take advantage of the chance to see the differences and similarities between these yards and their businesses.”

Executive Director of ABBRA Gordon Connell says he anticipates strong interest in the tour because its offering is in response to feedback received both by ABBRA and the IBEX organizers for something like this to be added to the program. “ABBRA hosted very successful Boatyard Study Tours in the past and we are answering the call to bring them back. Our facilitator Jim Bronstien is one of the boatyard and marine industry’s most well respected business leaders and I know his leadership on these tours will make them extremely valuable and time well-spent for the attendees,” said Connell.

To register for the Tour visit or contact the ABBRA office at 954-654-7821. Visit to learn more about ABBRA and for information about membership in the organization.


About American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)

Founded in 1943, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that represents, is dedicated to, and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism in the boat building, marine service, and boat repair industry.