The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event, serving boatbuilders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors and boatyard/marine operators. It is held annually in the fall on a rotating basis in Louisville, Ky., and Tampa, Fla.

IBEX reports 2013 show attendance

Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference said today that attendance this year of 4,700 equaled the turnout of a year ago. As in 2012, the boating industry’s networking and trade event took place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The conference ran from Sept. 17-19. “IBEX was well-attended this year, but what…more


IBEX 2013: Relaunched Dolphinite pitches new product

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Adam Boulay, president and CEO of gelcoat and fiberglass product manufacturer Dolphinite, is having a good year. Nine years removed from shutting down his company after filing for bankruptcy following the failed launch of a faulty antifouling product and subsequent lawsuits, Boulay brought his relaunched Dolphinite to the International BoatBuilders’ Exposition &…more


IBEX 2013 VIDEO: Raymarine unveils engine and steering interface

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Raymarine’s engine and drive-by-wire steering interface — called the ECI-100 — should help boatbuilders and electronics system installers bridge the gap between the latest engines and steering systems and Raymarine products, the manufacturer announced Wednesday during a seminar at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. “It’s a very small device that’s a…more


IBEX 2013: Business picks up on the show floor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As expected, the floor aisles at the Kentucky Exposition Center were busier on Wednesday, the second day of the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. Walking the floor and chatting with some of the more than 500 exhibitors from 50 countries, I found that two common themes emerged: Business is clearly on the…more


IBEX 2013: Industry should eye ‘Hispanic baby boom’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Market growth is available to recreational marine companies that make an effort to engage and attract the Hispanic community. That was the message delivered Wednesday during a seminar at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. “There are 53 million Hispanics in the U.S., according to the 2010 Census, accounting for 17 percent…more

IBEX 2013: Exhibitor Video Awards winners announced

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference announced the winners of the second annual Exhibitor Video Awards on Monday at the Industry Breakfast at the Kentucky Exposition Center. SeaStar Solutions (formerly Teleflex Marine) won the Best Product Video for “Optimus 360 by SeaStar Solutions” and Best Company Video for “Teleflex Marine Is Now SeaStar Solutions.” The…more


IBEX 2013: A day in the life of the bustling show

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After opening remarks from NMMA president Thom Dammrich and a motivational pep talk from NCAA champion basketball coach Rick Pitino, I headed out to the Kentucky Exposition Center floor on Tuesday to take in the first day of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. Here are voices from a half-dozen meetings I…more


IBEX 2013 VIDEO: Innovative propulsion advances

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — I often look for innovation in the marine industry under the umbrella of propulsion. And I never get rained out at IBEX. I found two interesting products that deserve some recognition (in addition to the propulsion-related innovation winners in the NMMA competition — Volvo Penta and Yamaha). The EP-10000 electric motor from…more


IBEX 2013: Rick Pitino motivates with impassioned speech

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference organizers picked a winning keynote speaker in local legend Rick Pitino, the NCAA champion basketball coach of the Louisville Cardinals, who delivered a motivational speech to more than 450 attendees at this morning’s Industry Breakfast and awards presentation. Pitino’s talk mirrored his forthcoming book (available in October),…more

IBEX 2013: Innovation Award winners named

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference today announced the winners of the 2013 IBEX Innovation Awards. A panel of experienced technical boating journalists and editors from Boating Writers International judged all entries and presented awards to the winners at the All-Industry Breakfast, which took place this morning. IBEX organizers created the Innovation…more

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