Shows and Events


This roundup of shows and events includes news from the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show, IBEX and the Phuket International Boat Show in Thailand.

The Michigan City In-Water Boat Show returns Aug. 25-28 to the Washington Park waterfront in Michigan City, Ind.

“It’s all about the location,” show manager Ken Alvey said in a statement. “This show is big because it’s in the heart of Lake Michigan boating country. Whether you like cruising, fishing, sailing or picnicking on a pontoon, we’re going to have something for you. There will be a boat for every budget and every pastime.”

Off the docks on Saturday and Sunday, teen sailor Abby Sunderland, who last year tried to become the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator, will sign copies of her book “Unsinkable” and discuss her two days lost at sea.

Capt’n Willie the Great Lakes Pirate will perform several shows each day to teach children about boating safety, and all LaPorte County, Indiana, residents will receive free admission on opening day.

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Visitors to this year’s International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference will see firsthand how electronic devices operate on an NMEA 2000 network.

Called ConnectFest, the live event will demonstrate the use of cable, connectors and products from multiple manufacturers on a single NMEA 2000 backbone. Equipment on the network will include engine controls, navigation electronics, power distribution, diagnostic tools, displays and gauges.

IBEX takes place Oct. 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

“We are delighted to be featuring the NMEA ConnectFest/NMEA 2000 interactive demo area on the main show floor at IBEX,” said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, co-owner and producer of the event with Professional BoatBuilder magazine. “This is a first for IBEX and NMEA and provides great visibility for this important electronics standard and companies that build to the NMEA 2000 standard. Locating it near the Aftermarket Pavilion at IBEX will ensure great visibility to dealers and distributors attending IBEX, as well as to OEM boatbuilders.”

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For its ninth edition next year the Phuket International Boat Show in Thailand will move from its traditional post-New Year slot and be held March 29-April 1 in the Royal Phuket Marina.

“The new dates at the end of the season mean an exciting range of new boats from some of the biggest brands in boatbuilding will be available for the show, providing the best in-water display in the show’s history,” organizers said.

This year, more than 6,000 people attended the show, which saw 47 boats on display and $20 million in sales. Additionally, 92 percent of exhibitors said they generated as many as 15 new leads, according to organizers.


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