Skip to main content

IBEX to open with social event outside Tampa Convention Center

The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference will open with a "Party for a Purpose" on Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sail Pavilion outside the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.

All exhibitors and attendees are invited.

"The IBEX Opening Night Party for a Purpose will give everyone a chance to network and learn about advocacy work for the boating industry while enjoying local food, drinks and entertainment." IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement. "We anticipate a great turnout for what will be the most social event of the show and an opportunity tolearn about and get active in our industry's critical advocacy work in Washington, D.C."

The Sail Pavilion is Tampa's only 360-degree waterfront bar. It is on the Riverwalk just outside the convention center. A food truck rally will feature local food trucks of Tampa.

Entertainment will include live music from country singer-songwriter Will Erickson and on-site cigar rolling. Conferees who want to get involved in boating advocacy efforts can sign a prior approval form at the site and receive a ticket good for one free drink.

"We thank the member companies of NMMA's Accessory Manufacturers Division board of directors for graciously sponsoring this worthwhile event," National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees and exhibitors to learn about the top legislative and regulatory issues that the boating industry faces, including ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard, tax policies, protecting boater access and more."



Volvo Penta Reports Q4, FY22 Results

Net sales of $470 million for the quarter were a 33% increase compared to the prior year period.


DEALERS: Are You Improving the Service Experience?

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks this and other questions about your dealership. Take the survey here.


NMRA Sets Scholarship Deadline

Students pursuing education in the marine trades can apply for the National Marine Representatives Association awards until April 1.


Marine Products Reports Record Q4

The builder of Chaparral and Robalo boats reported net sales were up 42% for the quarter and 28% for fiscal year 2022.


Shurhold Appoints COO

Forrest Ferrari has years of management, business development, IT and quality-assurance experience.


RBFF, Pure Fishing Partner for a First Catch Center

Pure Fishing will equip a mobile trailer with tackle and gear to bring fishing experiences to areas of South Carolina where participation is low.


An Oft-Overlooked Sales Opportunity

A recent report from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation showed that women comprise 37% of all anglers. If you haven’t tapped this segment, you’re missing out.

1. 2023 new boat retail outlook

Too Many High-Priced Boats

To wrap up 2022, marine retailers reported lower demand, expressed more negative sentiment and voiced concerns about rising inventory. Boat prices and the economy remained top of mind for dealers in December.

Soundings Nov 2022

New-Boat Registrations Continue to Slide

As the gaudy sales figures from the pandemic continue to return to more realistic numbers, the main segments of the recreational boating industry saw new-model registrations of 4,421 in November, a 30.3% drop from 6,340 during the same time in 2021. .