The Honda BF6 won for outboards.

Industry salutes its innovators

Problem solvers, game changers and technology designed to appeal to millennials stood out in a field of 85 new products that competed for the 2016 IBEX Innovation Awards in Tampa, Fla.

IBEX 2016: Innovation Award winners named

TAMPA, Fla. — Judges from Boating Writers International recognized 13 technically innovative and problem-solving products at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference on Tuesday.

IBEX 2016: Entrepreneur urges focus on digital marketing

TAMPA, Fla. — Kevin Harrington’s keynote address Tuesday morning at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference noted 10 “must-do” trends companies need to pursue to advance their digital marketing platforms.

At the destination marinas that are prevalent today, people want more than a boat slip. Shown is Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn.

Juggling marina priorities

Running a marina today means balancing time and money spent on daily maintenance and infrastructure repairs with that spent on capital improvements and long-term investments. It means juggling investments in facility upgrades and grounds maintenance while investing in mooring field expansions. It means saving money for seawall construction while applying for permits for new clubhouses…more

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A reflowering of R&D

Innovation continues to be the driving force behind the annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, and this year’s IBEX Innovation Awards drew a record number of entries and an eye-popping array of new product.

Everglades Boats took the 45-foot Everglades 435cc from a sketch to a finished product in six months.

IBEX 2015: Everglades 435cc is topic at design seminar

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Seminars are a major component of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, and a case study of the hyper-organized and super-speedy six-month design-to-production path of the Everglades 435cc was one of the highlights of this year’s Design & Engineering seminar track.

IBEX 2015: Boat rentals can contribute to long-term ownership

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Can non-traditional boat-ownership businesses benefit the industry as a whole, even when ownership is not a part of the business? Yes, they can, say members of a panel that discussed alternatives to ownership at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference on Tuesday.

Members of IBEX’s new Marine Millennial group gather at the Millennial Lounge Tuesday to hear Marquis-Larson Group president and CEO Rob Parmentier.

IBEX 2015: Marquis-Larson CEO mentors millennials

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was standing room only on Tuesday at the Millennial Lounge on the floor of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference and very few of the faces present could say they were around for the 1980s.

A Garmin representative pitches the company’s new Vibe XE at Tuesday’s event.

IBEX 2015: Exhibitors pitch products in rapid-fire style

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A specially selected group of exhibitors at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference stepped up to present lightning-fast pitches about their products at the Pitch the Press event on Tuesday.

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