The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference, set for Oct. 4-6 at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida, will feature expanded dock exhibits.
Organizers said several companies have booked dock space, including BRP US, GEM Products, Honda Marine, JL Audio, Lumitec, Medallion Instrumentation Systems, Mercury Marine, SeaStar Solutions, Simrad-Navico, Suzuki Motor of America, Torqeedo, Uflex USA, Volvo Penta and Yamaha Motor Corp.
"The IBEX docks have doubled in size this year, and we are very happy to be able to offer this display option to more exhibitors," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.
"The addition of live sea trials adds an exciting new dimension to IBEX by creating a unique selling opportunity for the exhibitors and an enjoyable and memorable show experience for visitors. The exhibitors who take advantage of the docks space to do live demonstrations for their customers find this feature of IBEX unique and valuable."
Here is a link to the dock space and a preview of the IBEX docks.
IBEX is also offering five dockside seminars through its education partners, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Boat & Yacht Council.
An IBEX first, the NMMA's Onboard Diagnostics seminar starts in a classroom setting and there will be trips to the docks outside the convention center to combine theoretical study and hands-on training. A panel of experts from Rinda Technologies, Indmar Products and Volvo Penta, led by John McKnight of the NMMA, will walk attendees through the functions of available scanning tools before diagnosing simulated engine problems in real time.
To further IBEX's dockside training, ABYC-certified master marine technician Kevin Ritz returns to Tampa to walk attendees through Grounding and Galvanic Corrosion and Electrical Troubleshooting aboard a vessel brought to IBEX for this purpose. Offered on Oc. 5 and 6, these very popular seminars have limited registration because of the in-depth level of training they offer, organizers said. The Oct. 5 trainings are sold out, but some spots are available the following day.
In addition to the dock exhibits there will be outdoor demonstration exhibits from Gatorbak, Infinity Woven Products, Roswell Marine and Tides Marine.