Two ABYC sessions added to IBEX


A third session on two topics was added to the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference in response to what organizers said was overwhelming demand for hands-on American Boat & Yacht Council technical sessions.

“The Ins and Outs of Ground Fault Detection” will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Oct. 2 and “Corrosion Survey Demonstration” is scheduled for 12:30 to 2 p.m. the same day.

Both topics, previously with two sessions each, quickly sold out and prompted the third time slots. All will be led by ABYC instructor Kevin Ritz on dock 2A aboard a boat provided by MarineMax.

IBEX will be held from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center. Seminar registration is available at

The ground fault detection session takes a firsthand look at identifying AC faults on a boat and in marina settings. It covers the vital issue of scenarios leading to potential electric shock drowning, detecting ground faults on a boat or at a marina, and other important safety topics.

During the corrosion survey demonstration, participants will explore corrosion theory, its basic types and the importance of cathodic protection. Ritz will demonstrate the tools used to detect corrosion.

"It's fantastic to see that technicians are committed to providing superior customer service, as evidenced by the huge demand for our hands-on sessions," ABYC president John Adey said in a statement. "We have a unique opportunity this year, with the IBEX dockside exhibition area, to provide valuable education in a realistic setting."

ABYC is now sponsoring 14 IBEX seminars on subjects ranging from engine diagnostics to electrical systems, as well as daily workshops and a networking session.