IBEX Seminar Series to Offer World-Renowned Technical Education at Upcoming Event in Tampa in September

BROOKLIN, ME, July 1, 2014 – For four days this fall, boatbuilders and marine industry professionals from around the world will have access to an outstanding education program offering everything from fundamental skills to cutting-edge advanced training at The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), taking place September 29-October 2, 2014 at the Tampa Convention Center.

“We’ve designed a menu of seminars that are useful to everyone involved in this industry from naval architects and yacht surveyors to shop-floor crew, seasoned technicians, and company officers at boatbuilders and service yards of all sizes,” said Professional BoatBuilder editor Aaron Porter. “We have listened to the industry and will be offering 56 technical seminars for attendees that will focus on problems they need solved, new materials and regulations that need explaining, and leading industry presenters who will deliver the most relevant information.” The seminar schedule for IBEX 2014 is available at Full Conference Schedule.

“We thank the editors of Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the events’ education partners – ABYC, ABBRA, and NMMA for developing a robust technical and pertinent educational seminar series for the IBEX attendees,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “In addition to our seminar series, IBEX will offer live, hands-on training in our Super Sessions, Exhibitor Workshop, and Outdoor Demonstrations.”

Topics available through the IBEX seminar program include:


  • INSTALLATION AND MANAGEMENT OF LARGE BATTERY BANKS: Veteran marine journalist Nigel Calder will discuss avoiding disappointed customers and catastrophic failures and will explore routinely ignored but key management and safety issues in today’s large battery bank installations.
  • A MULTIHULL DESIGNER’S LESSONS FROM THE AMERICA’S CUP: Hear directly from designer Gino Morrelli how lifting foils, T-rudders, wave-piercing hulls, and improved CFD/VPP analysis tools can be applied to the next generation of performance cruising cats.
  • TAILORING WAKES FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS: At last, a seminar that addresses some of the challenges of wakeboard boat designers and builders. Richard Akers, Cliff Goudey, and Jeffrey Bowles will explain how boats make wakes and how those wakes vary as a boat goes from no-wake to hump to full-planing speeds.
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF FIBERGLASS REPAIR: Lee Arthur will present the basic best practices for repairing common fiberglass boat failures, from planning the appropriate strategy to selecting the right materials and properly handling and storing those materials.


  • ABYC 2014 STANDARDS UPDATES: Brian Goodwin and Matt Wienold will offer attendees the opportunity to talk with ABYC staff about significant changes in ABYC standards and learn about any current work that may shift the requirements you know and use.
  • THE GREEN WIRE: GROUNDING, BONDING, AND HANDLING THE NEGATIVE CONNECTION: David Rifkin and James Cote will discuss the relationship between grounding, bonding, and how the DC negative are often misinterpreted and handled wrong and will show the hows and whys.


  • INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN FOR 3D PRINTING: Derek Eggers will offer this hands-on crash course in Rhino3D and post-processing software for anyone interested in 3D rapid prototyping and design. Attendees will understand the applications of this evolving technology and see live demonstrations in the new 3D Digital Workshop on the second level show floor.
  • HOW BOATS ARE ADAPTING TO SMARTPHONES, TABLETS, AND THE INTERNET: Ben Ellison, Frank Emnett, and Shane Coloney discuss how smartphones and tablets are becoming valuable accessories to dedicated marine electronics. This panel of speakers will explain the details and show how to get involved.
  • INFUSING A CARBON FIBER MULTIHULL: Belle Blanding and Dean Callander will answer the question: Should you switch to VIP? After reviewing the build cycle of a 44′ (13m) Mystic Powerboat’s hull and comparing the company’s traditional fabrication methods with vacuum-infusion methods, attendees will want to hear this manufacturer’s opinion.

In addition to the education program, IBEX will host 525 exhibitors on a show floor encompassing over 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, dock space, and on-the-water demonstrations, three pavilions, and special feature areas including The Connected Boat, The IBEX 3D Digital Workshop, and Material ConneXion. For more information on these exciting events, visit

About IBEX: Owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), IBEX is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event. For boatbuilders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators, IBEX is where better boats begin. For the latest information, visit

About Professional BoatBuilder magazine: Professional BoatBuilder, a boatbuilding-industry trade magazine, was first published in 1989 in response to a growing need for a dedicated forum for boatbuilding-related professionals. The magazine’s worldwide readership exceeds 24,000. Professional BoatBuilder is online at

About NMMA: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association for the North American recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters in North America. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. Learn more at

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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.