Education is a key focus for thousands of marine industry professionals who are making plans to attend the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference next month in Florida.
IBEX organizers said today that there will be three full days of technical education, ranging from fundamental skills to cutting-edge advanced training, during the Oct. 4-6 event at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.
The conference will offer education in the Tech Talk Theater on the second level of the convention center on Oct. 4, 5 and 6.
There also will be seven Super Sessions on Oct. 3. They are:
- NMEA Marine Electronic Installer (MEI) Course, sponsored by NMEA (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Analog Power Distribution, sponsored by Blue Sea Systems Inc. (9 a.m. to noon)
- Fiberglass Boat Repair, sponsored by West System Inc. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- Analog Power Distribution & Digital Switching Control Monitoring, sponsored by Blue Sea Systems Inc. & Mastervolt (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Practical Propeller Matching, sponsored by SNAME (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Infused Laminate Repairs, sponsored by Composites Consulting Group (1 to 4 p.m.)
- Digital Switching Control and Monitoring, sponsored by Mastervolt (1 to 5 p.m.)
Access to all of the IBEX education programs is available here.
"For everyone involved in boatbuilding, design, repair, maintenance, sales or other professional marine-industry segments, we have developed an outstanding education program through our seminar series, as well as exhibitor-hosted sessions on the show floor throughout the three-day event," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.
"We have back-to-back free workshops in the Tech Talk Theater and a full day of hands-on learning in our pre-conference Super Session program."
The Marine Millennials will host Coffee & Conversation in the Tech Talk Theater on Oct. 5 and 6, starting at 8:30 a.m. Organizers said there will be coffee and light refreshments, and Kris Carroll of Grady-White Boats and other marine industry leaders will attend.
Organizers said there also will be a series of speakers who will share their knowledge and take time to answer conferees’ questions in the Composites Pavilion at the Future Materials Display on Oct. 4 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Ryan Williams, senior scientist at N12 Technologies, will present “Nanotechnology That Pays Off Now;” Alan Taylor, president of Rapid Composites, will present “Rethinking Materials and Process;” and Steve Potts, owner of Scout Boats, will present “Taking Production Boats to The Next Level.”
The event is sponsored by Composites One and Magnum Venus Products.