Seminar Series

The IBEX Seminar Series offers technical and non-technical training and education in 45, 60, 90, or 120 minute increments via eight individual tracks: Composite Methods & Materials, Design & Engineering, Marine Electrical Systems, Onboard Systems, Manufacturing Management Policy, Marina & Boatyard Operations, Survey & Repair, and new for 2019: The IBEX Tech & Tool Lab, a hands-on experience with limited seating and maximum learning.

Purchase your Individual, Three-Pack, or Full Conference Pass when you register for IBEX then choose your seminars onsite. The IBEX Special Seminar: Return to Thunderboat Row requires separate registration, unless you purchase a Full Conference Pass.

For pricing details, please visit our Packages & Pricing page.

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Tuesday, Oct. 1, 11:00am

(101) Return to Thunderboat Row

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 11:00am-12:30pm

Track: Design & Engineering

Description:

Our panel discussion includes men who built and drove the boats of the Golden Age of Offshore Powerboat Racing, as well as a few who are still in the game. Before FEA, CFD and sophisticated composite engineering, boats were tested the only practical way available—by beating the hell out of them until they broke. Meet legendary drivers, throttlemen, and builders Odell Lewis, Alan "Brownie" Brown, Steve Curtis, Bob Saccenti, John Cosker and Val Jenkins for scintillating tales of the good, the bad, and the bloody times of North Miami's historic Thunderboat Row. Suggested reading prior to this IBEX Special Seminar: Tales from Thunderboat Row, by Allan "Brownie" Brown available at https://talesfromthunderboatrow.com/

Speakers: Brown, Allan "Brownie" Spurr, Dan
Jenkins, Val Curtis, Steve Saccenti, Bob Lewis, Odell

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Room Number: Room 17

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2:00pm

(201) Diesel-Electric Hybrid Propulsion

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: Design & Engineering

Description:

Diesel-electric hybrid propulsion is of great public interest as owners strive for cleaner energy and operations. System maturity has progressed in recent years and integration into production boats is approaching quickly. Builders need to be prepared to consider the systems on future builds including a basic understanding of the impact these systems will have on operation and the build. This presentation is provided to give an overview of diesel-electric hybrid propulsion including basic system architecture, benefits of hybrid propulsion, installation considerations such as weight, footprint, system impacts, and when a hybrid system may be a good fit for the owner and boat.

Speakers: Soja, PE, Jonathan Hudspeth, JOE

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Room Number: Room 5/6

(202) 3D Printing: Prototyping, Tooling, and Finished Parts

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: Composite Methods & Materials

Description:

There have been many high profile stories about 3D printing of cars, buses, and aerospace tooling. In reality though the marine industry is best placed to take advantage of both small and large scale additive manufacturing. Many boats are already made from plastic, albeit thermoset and often fiber reinforced. However, the marine industry does not have the high temperature or dimensional tolerance requirements of the aerospace industry or the crash requirements of the automotive industry. Lower volume production and faster model cycle times all lend themselves to additive manufacturing of prototypes, tools and end use parts. This presentation will briefly review the state of the art, present successful case studies for part and tooling production and discuss cost of materials, equipment and production of tooling and parts both in house and as a service.

Speakers: Anderson, James
Nazzaro, Paolo

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Room Number: Room 13

(204) Installing RJ 45 Ethernet Connectors

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Track: IBEX Tech & Tool Lab

Description:

Boatbuilder installers need to master the art of properly fitting a field installable RJ45 Ethernet connector onto CAT 6 Ethernet cable. In this seminar, learn the best practices on how to install an RJ45 connector using industry-proven tools. Attendees can witness expert installers perform proper cable and connector installation and will also get to install a RJ45 Connector on their own as guided by the instructor. The IBEX Tech & Tool Lab seminars have limited space, so please show up early to secure your spot.

Speaker: Barry, John

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Room Number: Room 12

(206) Analyzing and Upgrading AC Electrical Systems

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Track: Marine Electrical Systems

Description:

When a boatowner asks for a quote to install new (or upgrade old) equipment, one of the most important questions to consider is what changes to the AC electrical system will be needed to keep the customer happy and satisfied. Having the technical skills to install a stabilizer, watermaker, dive compressor, appliances, air conditioning, etc. won’t do anybody any good if the shorepower system or generator malfunctions every time your Bristol installation is used. This seminar will demonstrate how to evaluate a boat’s AC electrical system capacity and examine possible solutions if the added electrical demand outstrips supply. Whether the best solution is to upgrade the shore power, add a generator, split the bus, parallel the generators, or retrofit a load shedding system, we should always remember there are many more wrong ways to do this kind of work than the few best right ways. Participants will learn the proper procedures and practices to ensure that the electrical system is safe, reliable, seaworthy, and upgraded in compliance with ABYC standards. This seminar acts as part one of a potential three-part series, including Troubleshooting AC Electrical Systems: Tools of the Trade; and Three-Phase AC Electrical Systems on Boats.

Speaker: Cote, James

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Room Number: Room 7/8

(207) Onboard Solar Power Goes Mainstream

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: Marine Onboard Systems

Description:

For a decade or so, the world of solar power has experienced turbulent times technically, financially, and politically. Through it all, efficiencies have crept up, costs have come down and the technology has become ever more attractive both onshore and afloat. Solar is an increasingly cost-effective component of contemporary marine energy systems. In this seminar, we will explore the current state of affairs with a particular focus on optimized solar technologies for long-term marine applications.

Speaker: Calder, Nigel

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Room Number: Room 14

(208) Ironing Out the Wrinkles of Global Compliance

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Track: Manufacturing Management Policy

Description:

Whenever a new boat is sold and/or exported, the product design and compliance is impacted by the latest in regulations and standards. Worldwide, designers, boat builders, component manufacturers, and other marine professionals are faced with an ever-changing list of global compliance requirements. This seminar will review the latest regulations, standards, and documentation requirements for both current and 2021 model year product. We will look at the latest tools available to support builders in their global compliance efforts, helping to minimize their product liability and the unintended consequences of product that doesn’t comply. What’s in your Technical File and will the “risk assessment” of your product measure up?

Speakers: Reay, Alasdair
Scholten, Craig

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Room Number: Room 15

(209) Understanding your Marina or Boatyard Insurance Policy

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

After Hurricane Irma and other storms, insured marina owners and managers are scratching their heads and wondering why this or that wasn’t covered. In this seminar, Dan Rutherford reviews coverage for hurricanes, docks, piers, wharves, buildings, contents, and tools as well as general liabilities and boat coverage. Whether or not you have had a claim in the past, this seminar is a must attend for any marina or boatyard managers. Not all insurance covers all events, risks, or perils. Learn what and what not to expect from your insurance policy and what your possible exposures really are. In this room, we will have an honest conversation.

Speaker: Rutherford, Daniel

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Room Number: Room 11

(210) Repairs You Could Infuse

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: Survey & Repair

Description:

Is it necessary to repair damage to an infused boat with an infusion process, or could other techniques deliver adequate performance? When is infusion an appropriate repair method, and when will it cause more trouble than it's worth? In what situations is wet bag or even hand layup an option? What different factors demand modified techniques when infusing a repair, rather than a new build? This seminar will bring to bear the expertise in resin systems, laminate engineering, and practical hands-on issues of repair to provide guidelines for using (or not) infusion in repair.

Speakers: Wright, Jeff Downs-Honey, Richard

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Room Number: Room 9

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:00pm

(301) Propeller Scans: Reports, Tolerances, and Performance Implications

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: Design & Engineering

Description:

Propellers are not perfect. All propellers—new, used, repaired—have blade-to-blade variations. Boatbuilders and designers benefit greatly from understanding propeller inspection reports, especially when addressing performance issues with a new vessel. This presentation provides a primer for understanding that propeller inspection report. Additionally, we will discuss the natural variation in new propellers due to manufacturing, performance implications of damaged blades, and the justification for period propeller inspections.

Speaker: Kaplan, Adam

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Room Number: Room 17

(302) What You Need to Bring FRP Repair into Your Marina or Small Yard

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: Composite Methods & Materials

Description:

Many smaller marinas and boat-repair businesses subcontract or avoid fiberglass repair work. The speakers in this seminar will review the basics of preparing your shop and staff for FRP repair work. We will discuss projects that are well suited for a small yard and ones that are not, along with advice on estimating costs. Topics will also include tools and equipment, basic materials, training, and estimating. The presenters will also cover final finishing and when this is practical to bring in-house.

Speakers: Wright, Jeff Fitzgerald, John
Siegel, Boyd

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Room Number: Room 9

(303) The Designer/Builder Relationship: A Case Study

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: Design & Engineering

Description:

This presentation discusses the relationship between designer/naval architect and the client, often a boat or yacht builder. The seminar will includes examples of how the design house/naval architecture firm supports projects in different ways and the presenters will discuss specific projects with a builder client. The second portion of the seminar is to be presented by a builder who can give their side of the equation of the designer/builder relationship. The level of involvement by the designer can vary greatly: from concept, to preliminary, to functional, and to production design. From the builder standpoint, the process of new design is described from concept to sea trials. The challenges from both sides of the relationship will be discussed with solutions proposed that have worked and may not have worked in the past.

Speakers: Swanhart, Christopher Delforge, Josh

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Room Number: Room 15

(304) Get Intimate with a 3D Printer

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: IBEX Tech & Tool Lab

Description:

This Tech & Tool Lab seminar will offer an opportunity to see a thermoplastic filament 3D printer in operation, understand the printer components and talk about the process of setting up a printer, common pitfalls, opportunities, and how to choose a 3D printer to meet your needs. You will have the chance to see common 3D printing filament materials and example parts. The format will include some slides and some group discussions around a printer. The IBEX Tech & Tool Lab seminars have limited space, so please show up early to secure your spot.

Speakers: Anderson, James
Bussiere, Paul

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Room Number: Room 12

(305) The Dos and Don’ts of Survey Reports

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: Survey & Repair

Description:

Okay, you are a surveyor and you survey boats for a living. Now you are being asked to handle a claim investigation for an underwriter, or perhaps even for a boatowner or attorney. What do you do? How do you do it? Most importantly, how do you relay all that you learn in the field through a report back to your prospective client? Dan Rutherford has been there and done that with over 30 successful years as a marine investigator writing technical claims investigation reports and sending them to clients. And now, he is one (a prospective client). As the Director of Claims for Maritime Program Group, his perspective now encompasses both sides: writing and receiving reports. What to do, and sometimes even more importantly, what not to do is the focus of this course.

Speaker: Rutherford, Daniel

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Room Number: Room 11

(306) Troubleshooting AC Electrical Systems: Tools of the Trade

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: Marine Electrical Systems

Description:

Mandatory compliance testing to the latest marine and marina electrical standards as well as executing the proper care of modern marine electrical systems requires specialized test equipment and meters that a typical marine electrician may not have in their toolbox. AC ground fault currents, galvanic currents, DC stray currents, harmonic distortion, RF interference, intermittent voltage fluctuations, and other “gremlins” can all be measured relatively easily if the technician has the proper tools. This presenter will demonstrate how to use some of the more sophisticated tools of the trade, review the use of some old standby devices, show some simple yet clever labor-saving tricks and explain the science behind some of the “black magic” marine electrical tests. Particular emphasis will be given to detecting and solving marina ground faults to ensure compliance with the latest editions of the National Electrical Code and American Boat and Yacht Council Standards as well as to protect boaters from electric shock drowning. This seminar is geared toward practicing marine electricians and surveyors and can also be used as a prelude to some of the topics covered in the ABYC Advanced Marine Electrical Certification course. This seminar acts as part two of a potential three-part series, Analyzing and Upgrading AC Electrical Systems and Three-Phase AC Electrical Systems on Boats.

Speaker: Cote, James

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Room Number: Room 7/8

(307) Cyber Security Is a Team Sport

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: Marine Onboard Systems

Description:

In today's technologically focused and global environment, manufacturers are increasingly reliant on people, information, technology, facilities, and their supply chain (suppliers/partners/OEMs/vendors) to develop their products and services. As technology rapidly continues to evolve, organizations must develop their capabilities to understand not only their own cybersecurity capabilities, but also those of their suppliers, to win at cybersecurity. For an overview of The Growing Threat from Cyber Attacks in the Marine Industry, presented by the same speaker, view the free IBEX Online Workshop of the same name at www.ibexshow.com/seminar-online.

Speaker: Young, Lisa

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Room Number: Room 13

(308) The Highlights of Tax Reform for Marine Manufacturing Businesses

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: Manufacturing Management Policy

Description:

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the way tax is calculated for most taxpayers, including those with substantial income not subject to withholding, such as small business owners and self-employed individuals. Among other reforms, the new law changed the tax rates and brackets, revised business expense deductions, increased the standard deduction, removed personal exemptions, increased the child tax credit, and limited or discontinued certain deductions. As a result, many manufacturers and business owners may need to raise or lower the amount of tax they pay each quarter through the estimated tax system. Join this seminar to learn how this applies to you.

Speakers: Quealy, Jack
Fogal, Chris Evans, Paul

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Room Number: Room 16

(309) Lessons Learned from Hurricanes Irma

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

One island, one storm, two facilities. How did they cope and how did the island recover? This presentation will focus on the destruction of Hurricane Irma in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The two presenters were both on the Island of Providenciales when Hurricane Irma struck on September 7, 2017. Adam was the GM for Blue Haven Marina and Jamie the GM of Caicos Marina and Shipyard. They will discuss how they prepared, what it was like during the actual storm, and what was left behind in the storms wake.

Speakers: Foster, CMM, Adam Pollen, Jamie
Alves, Merritt

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Room Number: Room 5/6

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30am

(401) Imagining the Boats of 2050: A Design Challenge

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30am-10:00am

Track: Design & Engineering

Description:

This winter, IBEX and Professional BoatBuilder magazine invited design students and working yacht designers under the age of 30 to imagine the world and their profession 30 years from now. As they conceived of and developed their designs, participants were urged to think pragmatically and creatively about the future of our industry: In 2050 who will be buying recreational boats and why? What fuels or propulsion options will be most favored? What construction materials and techniques will be cost-effective and accessible? What size boats will be practical and popular? What yet-to-be developed or refined technologies will have disrupted or redefined boating as we know it? Join us as the top three finalists defend their designs to our judging panel and decide for yourself. Who best envisioned the boats of 2050? Judges: Marnix Hoekstra, Creative Director at VriPack Rob Kaidy, VP of Engineering at SeaVee Boats Vlad Murnikov, dba mxDesign

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Room Number: Room 17

(402) Effective Quality Assurance Processes

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30am-9:30am

Track: Composite Methods & Materials

Description:

This seminar will teach the importance of setting up and adhering to an effective quality assurance process in composite manufacturing by explaining the tools and equipment necessary in the lab and the test performed. The presenter will teach the 'checks and balances' system for achieving quality without control and discuss acceptable personality characteristics of inspectors to select the best candidates. Working with warrantee, engineering, and the plant helps to improve the bottom line.

Speaker: Travis, Karen

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Room Number: Room 9

(404) Live from Annapolis: Add a Battery

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30am-10:00am

Track: IBEX Tech & Tool Lab

Description:

Learn from ABYC certification instructor and video personality Rob Berenwick on the proper way to add a battery to your customer's boat. This live demonstration via video feed from beautiful Toms River, NJ, focuses on current technology options and, of course, how to comply with the ABYC Standards. Join this seminar to walk through all the considerations and an actual installation of a very popular customer request. An hour with us can help you save hours on your next install. Plenty of time will be given for Q&A, with a moderator in Tampa interacting with Rob's progress in NJ. Join us for this first-ever off-site live video presentation. The IBEX Tech & Tool Lab seminars have limited space, so please show up early to secure your spot.

Speaker: Berenwick, Rob

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Room Number: Room 12

(405) Troubleshooting CAN Bus Systems

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30am-10:00am

Track: Survey & Repair

Description:

As more onboard electrical systems and plug-in components are running on CAN bus networks, knowing how to diagnose problems and remedy them is becoming more important for any boatyard. CAN technologies that appear in modern boats include NMEA2000, J1939 and CANopen. This seminar will cover the basics of CAN technologies and what to look out for when diagnosing a CAN system on a boat. Case studies will be included on how to use various tools for diagnosing CAN systems, from simple ones like a voltmeter to more sophisticated tools such as analyzers and oscilloscopes.

Speaker: Quigley, Chris

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Room Number: Room 11

(406) Three-Phase AC Electrical Systems on Boats

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30am-10:00am

Track: Marine Electrical Systems

Description:

Three-phase electrical is an advanced topic that can baffle even the most experienced marine electrician. However, a good working knowledge of the subject can be useful as three-phase distribution is becoming the logical choice on larger boats in order to satisfy ever-increasing demands for electrical power. The American Boat and Yacht Council has recently published TE-12 Three Phase Electrical Systems on Boats, a technical information report for marine electricians that neatly and simply demystifies this intimidating topic. This seminar will explain how three-phase electrical systems are designed, installed, and operate; examine perils and pitfalls that can occur; introduce ABYC’s latest technical information report; and will provide valuable background information for those seeking the ABYC Advanced Electrical Certification. It is assumed that attendees will be ABYC-Certified Marine Electricians or have a good working knowledge of electrical systems on boats. This seminar acts as part three of a potential three-part series, including Analyzing and Upgrading AC Electrical Systems; and Troubleshooting AC Electrical Systems: Tools of the Trade.

Speaker: Cote, James

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Room Number: Room 7/8

(407) NMEA OneNet

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30am-9:30am

Track: Marine Onboard Systems

Description:

The NMEA OneNet Standard for IP networking of marine electronic devices is an open industry standard based on Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6) and the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Local Area Network. OneNet provides a common network infrastructure for marine devices and/or services on IPv6. All OneNet application protocols, such as PGN Messages, are designed to use a standard IPv6 network protocol stack. This allows OneNet to coexist with other protocols and services that operate parallel on the same network (including other marine standards such as IEC 61162-450). Finally, the standard also specifies mechanisms for connecting OneNet networks, NMEA 2000 networks, and other networks via gateway devices. Boatbuilders, installers, and engineers are invited to attend this technical session.

Speaker: Spitzer, Steve

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Room Number: Room 13

(408) What Can Boatbuilders Expect Regarding Issues and Regulations in 2020 and Beyond

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30am-10:00am

Track: Manufacturing Management Policy

Description:

As a boatbuilder if you attend only one IBEX seminar this year this is the one. This seminar will address the regulatory issues and topics that are critical to planning, protecting, and preserving your business in what at times can be a difficult regulatory climate. This year is no different. California and Canada are moving quickly to phase out the use of HFC blowing agents in marine flotation foam; EPA has drafted a proposed Boatbuilder Residual Risk Standard that will be published any day; there is new information regarding the health effects of styrene and we need to figure out as an industry what to do about it; and if that isn’t enough the EU has begun discussing its plans for a boatbuilder evaporative emission standard. As the EPA and OSHA requirements change you need to be out front so you can plan. Lots of important information that is critical to understand in this complicated regulatory world will be provided here.

Speakers: McKnight, John Lewit, Scott Schweitzer, John
Hemp, Patrick

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Room Number: Room 15

(409) Hauling and Blocking Done Right

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30am-10:00am

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

Have you ever cringed or wanted to close your eyes while watching a vessel being hauled? There are a wide range of techniques used to haul, block, and launch boats, but only a few of them are correct, and they are more often than not violated, sometimes with disastrous results. In this presentation Professional BoatBuilder magazine's Technical Editor, and a former boatyard manager (who has never lost a boat on his watch), Steve D’Antonio will walk attendees through the right and safe ways of boat hauling, from lift equipment inspection and maintenance, to proper blocking material selection, block/jack stand placement and storage, and vessel prep, as well as ground cover, and personnel safety. This seminar is a must for anyone engaged in, or supervising, boat hauling, blocking, and launching.

Speaker: D'Antonio, Steve

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Room Number: Room 16

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9:00am

(411) The Science of Troubleshooting Composites Production

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9:00am-11:00am

Track: Composite Methods & Materials

Description:

The ability to diagnose and remedy the problems that occur in composites molding operations is a key element of quality and profit. This special two-hour seminar details the problems that occur in composites boat manufacturing and the technical elements that contribute to problematic situations. Understanding the foundational technology and applying these fundamentals to address production and quality issues is essential to success in production. The seminar begins by dissecting the science of troubleshooting the core approach to problem solving. This systematic approach to diagnosing production issues includes: · Finished part cosmetics · Gel coat application · Laminate application · Tooling issues · Sandwich cores · Fluid handling equipment · Plant systems · Process issues with vacuum infusion · Materials handling Your seminar ticket allows entry into this special seminar, and it provides 2 CEUs, but be prepared to get to work!

Speaker: Lacovara, Bob

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Room Number: Room 10

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:00am

(501) Trim Control: Designed and Dynamic

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:00am-12:30pm

Track: Design & Engineering

Description:

Higher performance craft are high performance because they do things most boats don’t—they plane, or start to plane, on the water’s surface. Planing is a phenomenon that includes a special force known as dynamic lift. Dynamic lift raises the vessel out of the water to reduce the wetted surface and avoid negative suction pressures from forming on the hull so that it can “exceed” the speed barrier. Starting to sound like an airplane? Well, it should! High-performance craft are similar to airplanes in that they rely on lift, and since there is no free lunch, in order to get left you have drag. The trim angle of a hull is a key element to its lifting efficiency. Depending on the intended operating speed you can have too little or too much. In this seminar, we will review the principles of lift and drag on a high-performance hull. We’ll share with you the tips and tricks we use to develop the hullform to exhibit the right trim angle up front, and the techniques we use to make adjustments when required. With this knowledge you’ll be prepared to design a hull for near efficiency to maximize speed capability or fuel economy and minimize emissions.

Speaker: Bowles, Jeffrey

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Room Number: Room 13

(502) Cost Effective Low-Temperature Cure Prepregs

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:00am-12:30pm

Track: Composite Methods & Materials

Description:

Low-temperature curing prepreg laminates offer tantalizingly stiff, strong, and lightweight composite structures for boatbuilders. In addition, the predictable and consistent material properties of the finished prepreg parts facilitate design and engineering to close tolerances and repeatable quality production builds. Their downside has been expense, not just of the actual laminate material, but of tooling and ovens for curing parts. Richard Downs-Honey will walk you through multiple specific measures, from prepreg selection and tooling material choice to oven construction and process control, that you can take to minimize those costs and still yield the high-quality composite parts you are looking for.

Speaker: Downs-Honey, Richard

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Room Number: Room 15

(505) Spotting the Most Common Construction and Systems Flaws, Part 1

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:00am-12:30pm

Track: Survey & Repair

Description:

New builds, repairs, and refits provide ample opportunity to do things right, and to follow both ABYC and equipment-manufacturer guidelines and instructions. In many cases, however, that’s not the way it goes. In this photo-intensive presentation Professional BoatBuilder magazine Technical Editor, ABYC Master Technician, and marine industry consultant Steve D’Antonio will share with attendees examples of errors he’s encountered over the course of hundreds of new and used vessel inspections, including running gear, steering, raw-water plumbing, electrical, powerplant, rigging, and more, with the goal of learning from the mistakes of others. This will not be simply a case of sharing horror stories and photos—each example will identify the flaw, as well as the fix and how the problem could have been avoided. Part Two of this seminar on Wed., Oct 2, at 2:00pm requires a separate ticket.

Speaker: D'Antonio, Steve

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Room Number: Room 16

(506) Standards and Lithium Ion Installations

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:00am-12:30pm

Track: Marine Electrical Systems

Description:

Lithium-ion batteries are a game-changer in many marine energy applications. However, they come with their own installation and safety challenges which differ significantly from those of lead-acid batteries. These challenges are being addressed from a marine perspective in an emerging ABYC standard. In this seminar we will explore some of these challenges and the current state of development of an appropriate marine safety standard.

Speaker: Calder, Nigel

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Room Number: Room 14

(508) Getting Results from Social Media: Immutable Truths and Trends Worth Your Attention

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:00am-12:00pm

Track: Manufacturing Management Policy

Description:

As social media has evolved in recent years, getting results demands effort beyond the basics. The challenge is determining what prevailing wisdom is worth your attention, and what is best ignored. In this fun, interactive session, social media expert Anthony Juliano will discuss a few immutable truths that are always worth coming back to, and a few trends that you'll want to adapt to in the near term. You'll leave with specific, actionable advice that will make a real difference in helping your business reach its goals. For further review of this presenter's offerings, check out "The LinkedInquisition" available via IBEX Free Online Workshops, available at www.ibexshow.com/seminar-online.

Speaker: Juliano, Anthony

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Room Number: Room 7/8

(509) Mitigating Electric Shock Drowning in your Marina

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:00am-12:00pm

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

This seminar is designed to help marina owners and operators to spot potentially hazardous conditions in the marina. Today's presenter will discuss the National Electric Code, define electric shock drowning, describe a marina electrical system and how problems arise, and review tools and techniques to mitigate failures leading to hazardous conditions.

Speakers: Norton, Cliff Alves, Merritt

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Room Number: Room 11

(510) AirBnB Trends and their Effect on the Global Marina Industry

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:00am-12:00pm

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

A significant number of emerging companies within USA, Europe, Australia, and many other places in the world are starting to offer peer-to-peer recreational craft-sharing schemes. These styles of sharing economy platforms, which are found in well-known companies such as Airbnb or Uber often provide many positive aspects to those who are providing the opportunity as well as those who are customers. In this seminar, Patrick Hemp, Technical Consultant for ICOMIA, outlines some of the benefits of static charter and offers some advice to marinas, boatowners, and operators on what to look out for in terms of meeting their obligations when providing safe accommodation. Participants of this seminar will also learn more about the work ICOMIA has completed in drafting guidelines that have been useful for some marine associations when approaching their national authorities on this topic.

Speaker: Hemp, Patrick

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Room Number: Room 9

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:00pm

(601) Virtual Reality for Designers

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: Design & Engineering

Description:

Final 3D renderings are a key concept for conveying design intention. With the rapid growth of mixed reality solutions such as virtual and augmented reality, new technology solutions are available in the consumer market that allow these forms of visualization to become the next big thing. This seminar will elaborate on the benefits and advantages of actual use cases of virtual reality to drive discussions on product design review, design changes, and retrofitting within the marine market.

Speakers: Hoekstra, Marnix J. Harper, Justin

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Room Number: Room 7/8

(602) Advances in Flow Media Options

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: Composite Methods & Materials

Description:

As resin infusion technology advances, so do the choices available for materials to flow the resin. To understand the performance of traditional flow media compared to specialty fabrics and cores, a series of panels were infused to evaluate the current options. The cost, ease of use, flow speed, and laminate quality of several infusion scenarios were evaluated and will be discussed in this seminar. Attendees will be able to use this information to make decisions on the cost vs benefit scenario of multiple flow media options

Speakers: Blanding, Belle
Wright, Jeff Reber, Jeff

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Room Number: Room 9

(604) Live from Annapolis: Engine and MFD Setup

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: IBEX Tech & Tool Lab

Description:

Attendees of this seminar will get to view a live video feed back to ABYC headquarters in Annapolis MD, where a multi-function display is being installed, configured, and connected to an outboard Evinrude engine via the NMEA 2000 network. Attendees can ask live questions to the installers as the installation and setup is performed and get to see in real time a day in the life of a marine electronics installer. The IBEX Tech & Tool Lab seminars have limited space, so please show up early to secure your spot.

Speaker: Berenwick, Rob

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Room Number: Room 12

(605) Spotting the Most Common Construction and Systems Flaws, Part 2

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: Survey & Repair

Description:

New builds, repairs, and refits provide ample opportunity to do things right, and to follow both ABYC and equipment-manufacturer guidelines and instructions. In many cases, however, that’s not the way it goes. In this photo-intensive presentation Professional BoatBuilder magazine Technical Editor, ABYC Master Technician, and marine industry consultant Steve D’Antonio will share with attendees examples of errors he’s encountered over the course of hundreds of new and used vessel inspections, including running gear, steering, raw-water plumbing, electrical, powerplant, rigging, and more, with the goal of learning from the mistakes of others. This will not be simply a case of sharing horror stories and photos; each example will identify the flaw, as well as the fix, and how the problem could have been avoided. In part two of this seminar, additional examples of boat building and repair gone wrong, including fuel, exhaust, LP gas, potable water, and sanitation systems errors. Part One of this seminar on Wed., Oct 2, at 11:00am requires a separate ticket.

Speaker: D'Antonio, Steve

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Room Number: Room 16

(606) Choosing the Right Battery Technology

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: Marine Electrical Systems

Description:

Although lithium-ion has been grabbing the headlines, there is also a considerable amount of interesting development taking place in the lead-acid battery world, resulting in significant improvements in performance, notably with respect to cycle life and the ability to operate in a partial state of charge. In this seminar, we will explore existing and emerging battery technologies, both lead-acid and lithium-ion, and examine their applicability for different applications, together with a rudimentary cost/benefit analysis.

Speaker: Calder, Nigel

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Room Number: Room 14

(607) Connected Boat and Digital Switching

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Track: Marine Onboard Systems

Description:

In the modern marine industry, there are five primary connected-boat stakeholders: boatbuilders, digital switching platforms, marine propulsion manufacturers, systems connected to NMEA2000, and other 3rd party equipment providers, such as gyro stabilization systems. The marine industry requires an agnostic platform that digitally connects all of the five key stakeholders and centralizes the data and inner-connectivity. Much like connected homes, cars, etc., cloud-driven data provides all industry stakeholders valuable data to differentiate and improve their offerings while creating the ultimate boating experience for the consumer.

Speaker: Gaynor, Phil

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Room Number: Room 13

(608) Marine Onboard Engine Diagnostics

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: Manufacturing Management Policy

Description:

If you missed the Onboard Diagnostics session in 2018, we are bringing it back by popular demand with even more information. Technicians diagnosing everything from cars to trucks and buses rely on scan tools to do their jobs. Today’s marine engines are no different. New generation outboards, personal watercraft, and inboards require technicians to have an in-depth understanding of the latest tools and codes. We will discuss updated information about inboard and outboard manufacturers' diagnostics program.

Speakers: Kolb, Rich Stimmel, Jason Wasil, Jeff

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Room Number: Room 15

(609) The Business of Boatyards Roundtable

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

ABBRA’s roundtable discussion is an interactive learning opportunity structured to exchange information, provide networking with peers, and learn from other business operators. From best practices to common workplace frustrations and challenges, the topics selected by the facilitators, and expanded on by the participants, will produce an active and spirited interchange of ideas and information as well as ongoing connections that last beyond the roundtable session. The menu of topics for discussion will include but are not limited to: • Leadership at all levels: innovation, inspiration, motivation • Developing communication channels • Financial management: Do your managers understand their effect on the bottom line • Budget empowerment • Hiring, training, and retaining ….it’s a new world. • The true cost of training vs not training • Succession planning and strategic planning

Speakers: Lendzion, Pam Swanton, Susan
Shields, Tim

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Room Number: Room 11

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4:00pm

(701) Active Ride Control Systems for Foilers

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: Design & Engineering

Description:

Accommodating for infinitely variable wind conditions makes automated ride control in sailboats far more complicated than for a powered vessel with even predictable propulsion inputs. In this seminar, you will hear from presenters working in the field of active ride control and testing these parameters. From a lesson in differentiating active control for foilers vs for surface-borne vessels to a thorough description of one industry veteran's experience creating an active ride (or flight) control system for his power foiler, you'll hear about the greatest risks of losing control by having foils break free of the surface or having the boat crash down into the water at speed. Also, when is it viable to look at a networked active ride control option and what are some of the details of the system design? This seminar offers historical perspective along with current case studies.

Speakers: Larsen, Harry Gonzalez, Tommy
Chamberlain, Wolfgang

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Room Number: Room 5/6

(704) Installing Field Attachable NMEA 2000 Connectors

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: IBEX Tech & Tool Lab

Description:

Boatbuilder installers need to master the art of properly fitting a field installable NMEA 2000 connector onto NMEA 2000 cable. In this seminar, learn the best practices on how to install a NMEA 2000 connector using industry-proven tools. Attendees can witness expert installers perform proper cable and connector installations and will also get to install a NMEA 2000 Connector on their own as guided by the instructor. The IBEX Tech & Tool Lab seminars have limited space, so please show up early to secure your spot.

Speaker: Barry, John

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Room Number: Room 12

(705) Forensics in the Marine Industry

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4:00pm-4:45pm

Track: Survey & Repair

Description:

This seminar is focused on the nature, value, and utilization of forensic services in boat repair, boatbuilding, vessel damage evaluation, and marine equipment failure. Professionals who can benefit from this seminar include boat repairers, boatbuilders, marine surveyors, insurance professionals, and attorneys. The seminar will focus on the application of forensic services in the selection of repair and new construction materials, as well as in the event of materials and equipment failures. Materials addressed during the seminar include metals, plastics, and composites. The seminar will be delivered by a presenter who looks forward to making clear to the audience the value of forensics, and the application of forensics—both in the field and in the laboratory. The goal of the seminar is to have attendees walk away with an improved understanding of forensics, and specifically how forensic examinations can benefit the attendees in their work.

Speaker: Reisner, Ron

Room Number: Room 9

(706) ABYC 2019 Standards Update

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Track: Marine Electrical Systems

Description:

Does your boat, system, or component comply with ABYC standards? Are you SURE? This seminar will focus on the recently published supplement 59 of ABYC’s Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft and the changes in the standards that will affect Model Year 2021 product. As standards are a critical tool in designing and building safe products and reducing liability, the ABYC tech department will highlight the standards and tools available from ABYC to assist builders in creating a technical file to assist in compliance. Additionally, attendees will learn about projects underway that may impact requirements in the future. Come prepared with your questions for the tech team and ready to learn about the new requirements from the source: ABYC.

Speaker: Goodwin, Brian

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Room Number: Room 13

(709) Risk Management: Contracts are the Key to Risk Transfer and Asset Protection

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4:00pm-4:45pm

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

Jules Massee’s experience as an officer on a wide variety of commercial vessels gives him a unique insight into marine operations, having served on tugboats, passenger sailboats, cruise ships, and oil tankers. Mr. Massee will address the ways your contracts can transfer risk and the language required to protect yourself. One small word can make a million-dollar difference. He will also address new insurance precedents that affect your liability and over-the-water and uplands risks.

Speaker: Massee, Jules

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Room Number: Room 11

Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30am

(801) High Performance Computing: Artful Visualization, Seaway, and Vessel Dynamic Simulation

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30am-9:30am

Track: Design & Engineering

Description:

Learn to use current and freely available GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) technologies. Implement complex real-time concept rendering multi-body/multi-vessel studies, with full physics, data extraction and visualization. No need for programming code while reusing existing design models. Applications include: Initial design and concept visualization, open ocean and near-shore seaway simulation, towing, planing and displacement vessel performance and accelerations, shock-mitigating seat evaluation, wave buoys, vessel-control system simulation, wind farm simulation, sub-sea vehicles, and launch and recovery evolutions.

Speaker: Lougheed, Mark

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Room Number: Room 5/6

(802) Controlling Material Variance in Lamination

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30am-9:30am

Track: Composite Methods & Materials

Description:

This seminar is focused on understanding and reducing material variance in lamination. We will discuss the open-mold process and how to control chopper gun operations. We will disclose the step-by-step process that led to the development of the Material Monitoring System (MMS), a patent-pending system that was nominated for the 2018 CAMX award. “Out of Spec” parts are directly related to material variance, warranty issues, and product performance. Control of the open-mold process is one of the largest cost-savings initiatives for open-mold manufacturers. We will contemplate two questions: -How much is reducing your over-consumption worth? -How did we get our gunners to consistently build “In Spec” parts and reduce resin and chop usage by as much as 25%?

Speaker: Minogue, Sean

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Room Number: Room 15

(803) Your Digital Adoption Strategy: Grow Your Marine Brand and Improve Operational Efficiency

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30am-10:00am

Track: Marine Electrical Systems

Description:

Digital solutions are creating points of differentiation for forward thinking brands by challenging conventional norm, business processes and creating new sources of revenue and profitability. It has been stated that this value shift represents a value pool of up $750 billion by 2030. As new connectivity products enter the marine space, it is critical for marine brands to establish standards and a framework across the marine ecosystem that will allow stakeholders to identify which platform would work best for their application. Doing so will allow brands and eventually consumers to obtain the full customer experience that digital solutions promise and pivot the marine business model into a sustainable sector that adds incremental revenue opportunities and unifies the consumer experience around standard business principles as with other market verticals. Having identified the ultimate goal of improving the Customer Experience, this presentation proposes a taxonomy of connected vessel systems that can be applied as a framework to identify which platform or combination of systems might yield the best outcomes in an OEM environment. Attendees will learn what considerations should be taken into account when selecting a connected vessel system and identify a format for standardizing digital offerings specific to the marine industry that they can apply to their brands to better own the customer experience with their products.

Speaker: Sandoval, Lou

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Room Number: Room 13

(804) Vacuum Bagging Best Practices

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30am-9:30am

Track: IBEX Tech & Tool Lab

Description:

Vacuum bagging a part does not have to be complicated, but it does require some essential training. Join us for a hands-on seminar on applying a vacuum bag and achieving the required vacuum level. Get handy tips on such practical procedures as optimal resin-to-fabric ratio when wet bagging and how to achieve and maintain vacuum levels required for infusion by using effective fittings and connectors. Today's presenter will also discuss tools of the trade and provide some background on vacuum bag construction, sealant tape, and other commonly used vacuum-bagging materials. The IBEX Tech & Tool Lab seminars have limited space, so please show up early to secure your spot.

Speakers: Wright, Jeff Denham, Ben

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Room Number: Room 12

(805) Core Closeout Essentials

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30am-10:00am

Track: Survey & Repair

Description:

When a boat leaves a factory or service yard with improperly closed-out core, where caulk is being relied upon to keep water out of core material, it’s a case of the proverbial ticking time bomb, one that will ultimately cost the owner money and the builder or repairer their reputation, not to mention potential liability. A single misplaced or improperly installed canvas snap, through-hull or pad eye can cause tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, and lead to serious structural failures. In this seminar, Professional BoatBuilder magazine Technical Editor and marine industry consultant Steve D’Antonio will walk attendees through common core-related installation errors, and then explain, using a variety of photographs, the steps required to avoid them. This seminar is a must for anyone engaged in fiberglass boatbuilding as well as installers of deck gear such as life rafts, windlasses, seacocks, antennas, tenders, cranes, navigation lights, etc. Anytime a saw or drill is taken to cored fiberglass structures, the rules Steve shares will apply.

Speaker: D'Antonio, Steve

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Room Number: Room 16

(806) Lithium Ion Batteries: The Fundamentals of the Various Technologies Available

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30am-9:30am

Track: Marine Electrical Systems

Description:

With lithium-ion and other high capacity battery technology changing by the minute, it is important to understand the basics. This seminar will give a basic overview of the types of technology out there, where you might find them, how they are installed, the basic fundamentals on how these systems function, and what can go wrong.

Speaker: Johnson, Jack

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Room Number: Room 7/8

(808) Health Hazards Associated with Solid Materials in Manufacturing

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30am-9:30am

Track: Manufacturing Management Policy

Description:

Many solids used in boat and component manufacturing pose both physical and inhalations hazards that can result in life-changing injuries and illnesses and fatalities. This seminar will address the hazards involved with many solid products like graphite, fiberglass, plastics, and a variety of metals. It will also cover principles of and methods of protecting the work force in an effective yet affordable manner.

Speaker: Maurer, Ed

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Room Number: Room 11

(809) Understanding Marina Electrical Systems

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30am-9:30am

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

There are many aspects to supplying power to a marina. Is it best to install 480 volts when I only need 240 volts? Is there an advantage to install three-phase power? What is the most cost-effective way to install electrical on my marina? Can I add slips to my dock without upgrading the electrical system? This presenter receives questions like these from his clients on a weekly basics. This class will provide general tips to help you get the 'best bang for your buck' when it comes to electrical installations while keeping all of the required safety codes. We will answer some of the common questions you have about a marina's electrical system. Also, we will discuss some of the mistakes others have done that can cause major issues down the road.

Speaker: Loftis, Gary

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Room Number: Room 14

(810) HR Compliance Matters: Managing your business in the “Me Too” Era

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30am-10:00am

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

The human resource (HR) function is at the center of most employers’ efforts to find, hire, and retain the people the organization needs to execute its strategy and achieve its goals. The HR function is also a key player within the organization’s compliance structure. There are many laws and regulations governing the employment relationship that employers, their managers or HR professionals must understand and navigate to ensure their organizations avoid costly fines and other penalties, including the potential harm to the organization’s reputation. Ben combines solid litigation experience with a practical appreciation of the challenges facing the marine industry today. Never afraid to get his hands dirty, Ben’s clients benefit from his legal experience as well as his 15 years working in the marine trades.

Speaker: Ford, Ben

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Room Number: Room 9

Thursday, Oct. 3, 11:00am

(901) Designing and Building Foils

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 11:00am-12:30pm

Track: Design & Engineering

Description:

Hear Harry Larsen's experience designing and building multiple generations of foils for Talaria IV, his 1980s vintage Bayliner Monterey, including foil types, actual foil sections, materials, construction, placement on the boat, attachment and support considerations. Among the technical aspects he will discuss is the selection of sensors and their positioning to ensure accurate gathering of relevant data that has to be processed by the CPU, which controls all aspects of the ride. Come to this seminar to pick up the lessons and observations of on-water performance that informed experimentation with different foil shapes and materials. Also on this panel are two designers who will discuss foils for sailing craft, which have to be optimized to make most efficient use of limited available power. Their presentation will include a multihull project that uses exchangeable appendages for partial foiling in cruising mode and all-out flying when racing. They'll share what worked, what didn't and include anecdotes from the school of hard knocks when things depart from protocol while hurtling along at 30+ knots.

Speakers: Larsen, Harry Gonzalez, Tommy
Chamberlain, Wolfgang

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Room Number: Room 15

(903) How Will Changes to the National Electrical Code Affect Your Marina or Boatyard?

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 11:00am-12:00pm

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

Understanding marina electrical systems and codes can be very confusing and intimidating. Installing the wrong wiring method (as an example) can be both costly and unsafe. It seems electrical codes are ever-changing for marinas and keeping up with these changes is an increasing challenge. This seminar is designed to help explain both the current and upcoming electrical changes that that are relevant to today’s marinas. Practical examples will be given to help explain the different methods of installing Ground Fault Protection, grounding and bonding, the requirements of the electrical datum plane, approved wiring methods, and more. Both computer graphics and photos will be reviewed to demonstrate the correct and incorrect ways to apply electrical code requirements. Bring your electrical questions; they will be welcomed.

Speaker: Loftis, Gary

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Room Number: Room 14

(905) Essentials of Marine Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 11:00am-12:30pm

Track: Survey & Repair

Description:

The seminar will be covering the history of EFI systems for gasoline marine inboard and I/O applications. The course will also include all related components and potential failures from sensors, to fuel injectors plus testing and proper maintenance of the injectors, to ECM failures and fuel system related issues. The presenter will relay needed service tools and knowledge to properly diagnose marine fuel injection engines, past present, and beyond while also discussing marine Gasoline Direct Injection ( GDI ) and the popular current aftermarket stand-alone fuel injection systems along with aftermarket stand-alone ECMs on the market.

Speaker: MOSETTI, JOHN

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Room Number: Room 16

(909) United States Immigration Options for Building a Global Workforce: 2019 Update

Time: Thursday, Oct. 3, 11:00am-12:30pm

Track: Marina & Boatyard Operations

Description:

In a time when a global workforce is needed to be competitive, the United States immigration system continues to require strategic planning by employers and their workers. This interactive presentation will focus on recent developments and the legal nonimmigrant and immigrant options for domestic and foreign employers to lawfully employ foreign national workers in the United States. The process for preparing petitions and applications, recent developments impacting government adjudications, interaction with the various federal agencies, and timing issues will be explored. Additionally, options for investors seeking United States immigration benefits will be addressed. Finally, immigration compliance issues will be discussed. Through audience participation, Attorney Savatteri will address questions and specific issues currently facing the industry and what to expect in the future.

Speaker: Savatteri, Sal

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Room Number: Room 13