IBEX adds dock space for exhibitors

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For the first time, dock space for on-the-water exhibits and demonstrations will be featured at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference, which will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.

Several companies have already booked dock space, including Elco Motor Yachts, Honda, JL Audio, JL Marine Systems, Mercury Marine, Nauticus, SeaStar Solutions, Simrad-Navico, Torqeedo Inc., UFlex USA, Veedims, Volvo and Yamaha. They will showcase their products directly from the water on their boats.

Only a few slips are still available.

"We expect the IBEX docks to be very active," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement. "Having water access directly in front of the convention center is an incredible opportunity for IBEX exhibitors to show off their new products and technology."

"Mercury Marine is excited about providing our customers an opportunity to experience the remarkable innovations of our newest engines and products at this year's IBEX show,” said Mercury Marine global sales and marketing president Kevin Grodzki.

Honda Marine will be displaying its new iST, a branded shift and throttle system for its BF250 outboard engine, said Honda Marine marketing manager Steve Drenkard.

“This in-cowl system will provide electronic shift and throttle actuation for up to four outboards within the current outboard cowling envelope for ease of use and an integrated design, allowing our customers to enjoy an enhanced experience while using their Honda outboards,” Drenkard said. “We think IBEX has made an excellent decision to begin rotating the event between Louisville and Tampa. The new rotation will allow more builders to attend the show into the future.”

In addition to the on-water exhibits, the show will feature an outdoor demonstration area on a 3,300-square-foot patio, as well as a new electronics pavilion on the show floor, pre-event sessions and “The Connected Boat,” which will feature electronics and system installations.