ABBRA – American Boat Builders & Repairers Association

IBEX Education Offers New & Improved Super Sessions and Free Exhibitor Workshops on the Exhibit Hall Floor

BROOKLIN, ME, July 14, 2014 -There are several new ways for marine professionals to access dynamic education at The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), taking place September 29-October 2, 2014 at the Tampa Convention Center. In addition to the Seminar Series offering 55 seminars – there will be nine Super Sessions offered on Monday, September 29th and an additional 21 exhibitor workshops being offered throughout the show on the exhibit floor.

“The Super Sessions we are offering this year are amazing. They bring IBEX education to another level,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “These are intensive full and half day in-depth sessions offered by leading marine experts. And for the attendees who can’t commit to an entire day, the new Exhibitor Workshop Theater located in the exhibit hall will feature dozens of IBEX exhibitors presenting FREE, live workshops every hour all three days of the show.” For the complete education schedule,  visit

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) will offer four training and certification Super Sessions on Monday, September 29th:

“We are excited to offer ABBRA’s Boatyard Tour and our Forklift & Straddlelift safety courses as part of IBEX and believe they are perfect supplements to what is one of the industry’s most comprehensive marine trade events. The tours will highlight several Tampa/St. Petersburg area working boatyards and serve as a roving laboratory for discussions on the business of boatyard operations.  The safety classes will offer attendees the opportunity to get their OSHA classroom instruction portion for straddlelift and forklift certification. These offerings are directly in-sync with IBEX attendees’ needs,” said Gordon Connell, Executive Director, American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA).

Other Super Sessions include:

During the duration of the trade show, Exhibitor Workshops will be presented by Seastar Solutions, Dometic Corporation, Prodium USA LLC, Dr. Shrink Inc., American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA), Clean eMarine Americas, PRO-SET Inc., Teakdecking Systems, SWORL/Div of Prairie Technology Group, Inc., Composites Consulting Group, Composites One, Oceanvolt Ltd. Review the full schedule by clicking here.

Subject Matter Experts will address topics including developing the joystick function to be intuitive, 2D/3D digital measuring technology, boosting sales and reaching new customers, battery evaluation, the importance of engine room ventilation, new trends in sanitation, constructing spray RVB’s, vacuum infusion, advance composites, electric propulsion options, engine diagnostic tools, and condenser protection strategies, to name a few. The American Boat & Yacht Council will be hosting Standards Jeopardy – a fun way to test knowledge and safety skills.

In addition to the education program, IBEX will host 525 exhibitors on a show floor encompassing over 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, dock space, and on-the-water demonstrations, three pavilions, and special feature areas including The Connected Boat, The IBEX 3D Digital Workshop, and Material ConneXion. For more information on these exciting events, visit

About IBEX: Owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), IBEX is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event. For boatbuilders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators, IBEX is where better boats begin. For the latest information, visit

About Professional BoatBuilder magazine: Professional BoatBuilder, a boatbuilding-industry trade magazine, was first published in 1989 in response to a growing need for a dedicated forum for boatbuilding-related professionals. The magazine’s worldwide readership exceeds 24,000. Professional BoatBuilder is online at

About NMMA: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association for the North American recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters in North America. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. Learn more at

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