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Hurricane Ian brings IBEX 2022 cancellation

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that based on the weather reports from NOAA and consultation with the City of Tampa, Tampa Convention Center, and other stakeholders, the cancellation of this year’s show.“It is a very difficult decision to cancel IBEX 2022, as we were on track to have an excellent event,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “The entire ...

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ABYC to host student career day at IBEX

As part of its ongoing efforts to engage future marine technicians, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation has partnered with the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) to host an inaugural Student Career Day on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Tampa, Fla. Sponsored by Faria Beede Instruments, Jabsco/Xylem, Magic Tilt, Syntec, Transhield, and Yamaha, ABYC’s Student Career Day at IBEX ...

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The Limestone Boat Company moves ahead with EV boat production

The Limestone Boat Company has announced that it's placed an initial order for the first fully electric propulsion systems to be installed on its 2024 Model Year EV boats following the successful sea trial results of its Vision Marine E-Motion electric outboard-powered Aquasport 2100CC this summer. The new EV model will debut later this month in the Vision Marine Technologies ...

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NATDA Trailer Show draws record turnout

The NATDA Trailer Show returned to Nashville, Tenn. for the largest show in the event’s history. The show hosted over 3,000 individuals with approximately 600 North American dealerships in attendance featuring over 310 exhibitors. The show also expanded its international presence, with participants from ten countries outside the United States. “It was great to see how exciting and active the ...

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Pro angler appointed to Florida Boating Advisory Council

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the appointment of Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Angler and National Boating Safety Ambassador Hunter Bland to the Boating Advisory Council. During his three-year term, Bland will help the council make recommendations to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Department of Economic Opportunity regarding issues affecting the boating community, including boating and diving safety education; ...

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California DBW offers over $1 million in grant money

California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications from organizations that teach on-the-water boating safety education to the public. A total of $1.6 million in grants is available to local public agencies, nonprofit organizations and colleges/universities operating within California for Aquatic Center Education Program grants. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at ...

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West Marine embraces inclusion in the industry

West Marine has committed to promoting women within and to the marine industry. In a typically male-dominated sector, West Marine’s two new female executives are inspiring change by creating an environment in which women have more opportunity to participate professionally and recreationally. Traditionally, women have represented a smaller segment participating in water sports. Recent industry studies show that the tides ...

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Newport International Boat Show announces award winners

The Newport International Boat Show has announced the results of this year’s Newport For New Products (NFNP) Awards. Judged on Thursday during the show’s opening day and announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, the winners are: Best New Navigation Product – Garmin InReach Mini2 Marine BundleBest New Boating Operation,Maintenance or Safety Product and Overall – PYI ...

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NMMA names 2022 Hall of Fame inductees

The NMMA announced today the induction of two industry veterans into the NMMA Hall of Fame, its most prestigious honor. Joe Miller, Former CEO & Principal at William F. Miller & Associates, and Doug Smoker, President & CEO of Smoker Craft, Inc., will be presented with the 2022 NMMA Hall of Fame Award during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX). “You ...

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Correct Craft announces Meta Marine

Correct Craft announced Meta Marine, which will focus on managing the company’s brands in the metaverse. This new pursuit in the digital frontier will concentrate on moving Correct Craft and its subsidiaries toward a virtual future. Meta Marine, has started collaborating with virtual reality developers in a way that the company hopes will allow boating enthusiasts to experience the industry ...

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