Registration opens for IBEX

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Registration is now open for the 2013 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, which will be held Sept. 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Organizers are inviting marine professionals to register for the trade-only show by visiting the new IBEX website. The 2013 show offers a full schedule of 75 seminars presented by industry experts on a variety of subjects vital to the marine trades. Topics include in-depth looks at specific products; discussions of boatbuilding methods; repair, surveying and design; and issues of boatyard operation and management.

The new IBEX website allows visitors to browse topics and search by areas of interest. This year, each seminar has its own page with details, pictures and videos so attendees can have a deeper understanding of the subject matter before the conference and make informed decisions about which professional development opportunities are right for them.

IBEX will be offering a new track of seminars called “ProBoat Editors’ Picks.” These seminars feature Professional BoatBuilder magazine contributors Nigel Calder, Steve D'Antonio, Rodger Martin and Reuel Parker, among others. They will present such topics as “Designing Shoal-Draft Sailboats,” “Advances in Lithium Batteries” and “Hybrids: Lessons Learned in the Real World,” a presentation about the applications of hybrid marine engines.

“Since 1992 when we started IBEX, Professional BoatBuilder magazine has been selecting and, in most cases, producing the seminars,” IBEX founding director Carl Cramer said in a statement. “We chose eight sessions this year that we feel are particularly noteworthy. They may be expansions of articles we've recently published or topics that don't readily fit in other seminar tracks. We believe each of these eight sessions is of particular interest to the IBEX community.”

Attendees will also find other resources on the updated IBEX website to help them plan their trip to Louisville this fall, including detailed information about travel, networking events and things to do in the city.

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