Don’t Miss These Special Events

Monday, September 30

SNAME Small Craft Technology Symposium

7:30 AM – 5 PM
Tampa Convention Center

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers will be holding a one-day, two-track symposium the day before the full exhibition opens. This symposium is intended to be an adjunct to SNAME’s other regular small craft events: the Chesapeake Power Boat Symposium (held since 2008) and the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium. Powerboat-related topics are being emphasized for this symposium, though sailing yacht papers may be appropriate as well. At least ten to twelve papers are planned. Cost is $200 for members, $250 for non-members.


Monday, September 30

Grow Boating Marketing Summit

10 AM – 5 PM
CAMLS Center, 124 S. Franklin Street, Tampa

The 3rd annual Grow Boating Marketing Summit presents a full-day of learning focused on the latest in digital marketing practices that can be applied to your business: featuring educational and inspirational speakers, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities.

$159 when registering prior to 8/15
$199 after 8/15
Lunch included.

Grow Boating

Monday, September 30

40th Anniversary Gala

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Tampa Museum of Art

Please join us for this must-attend event celebrating 40 years of the marine industry and of Soundings Trade Only. The Tampa Museum of Art is situated on the historic Riverwalk, on the water and only five minutes from the Tampa Convention Center. With an expected attendance of 250 people, the evening will include cocktails, dinner, live entertainment and dancing, the announcement of the Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies awards 2019, and a few surprises. Cocktail attire recommended.

This event is already sold-out.

Sponsored by:
Soundings Trade Only
Volvo Penta
Fusion logo
Correct Craft logo

Tuesday, October 1

IBEX Industry Breakfast & Innovation Awards with Keynote Speaker Dr. Sam Potolicchio

Dr Sam Potolicchio
Tampa Waterside Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 7:30 – 9:30 AM – Doors open at 7 AM
700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33602

Sponsored by Tides Marine Inc., Interlux Yacht Finishes, AWLGRIP North America, Unified Purchasing Group,Electrosea, and Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. 

The Industry Breakfast marks the launch of IBEX and gives you the opportunity to begin your show experience networking with 800+ marine industry friends and colleagues.  Held on the opening morning of the show you will enjoy breakfast with your team and colleagues while you hear an Industry Address from Frank Hugelmeyer, new NMMA president, share in the recognition of marine leaders receiving prestigious industry awards, learn which new products are winners of IBEX Innovation Awards, and finally enjoy our inspiring keynote speaker.

Dr. Sam Potolicchio specializes in government, leadership, and political communications. He has delivered talks on global economics all over the world and has lectured in over 85 countries, from Oxford, LSE, Cambridge and Yale to Iraq’s Komar University and Donetsk State University.

Dr. Potolicchio joins us to discuss key geopolitical trends likely to impact businesses with global exposure, specifically those of us relying on trade dynamics and the free movement of talent. This year’s IBEX keynote speaker has a strong academic background and presents to groups around the world, yet he has an uncanny ability to engage and connect with his audience through humor and relatable observations. He doesn’t come across as just another globe-trotting pundit as he identifies, discusses, and ranks the top global risks to businesses. When Dr. Potolicchio speculates on the future of these risks and how they may directly impact our industry, it will make you think.

Ticket sales have closed for this event. Please contact Nadia Martinez for inquiries or questions at

Tuesday, October 1

IBEX Special Seminar: Return to Thunderboat Row

11 AM – 12:30 PM

This special panel 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 Odell Lewis, Bob Saccenti, Steve Curtis, and Allen “Brownie” Brown, plus builder Val Jenkins for scintillating tales of the good, the bad, and the bloody times of North Miami’s historic Thunderboat Row.

Preregistration required. Cost is $65 until August 15. Admission to this special panel is free with your purchase of a Full Conference Pass.

Exclusive Media Partner:

Professional BoatBuilder Magazine


Tides Marine


Tuesday, October 1

Opening Night Party

The Sail Pavilion, 6 PM

Celebrate the opening day of IBEX at the Sail Pavilion located just outside of the convention center. Drink specials, live entertainment, and food trucks will keep the excitement of the opening day going into the evening and on into the night.

Music Sponsor:

Wet Sounds

Opening Night Party

Professional BoatBuilder magazine

Wednesday, October 2

Design Challenge Defense

8:30 – 10 AM

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.

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?

Finalists’ models will be displayed along Designer Row in the Seminar Hall.

Read more here and submit your own design for the IBEX 2019: Imagining the Boats of 2050.

Wednesday, October 2

The Digital Innovators POP UP Show

Room 25 on 1st Floor, 9 – 11:30 AM, with presentation & press conference at 9:30 AM

The Digital Innovators POP UP Show is the first of its kind in the marine industry. This event will showcase ten digital innovators who are leveraging technology to enable a better boating experience. The mission of all ten of these companies is to simplify boating with technology and make meaningful data driven relationships with boating consumers.

Now more than ever the marine industry is seeing the birth of innovative business models, inventive ways to market and serious financial commitments to product development that will all push the industry forward. Come and see some of the most creative and forward thinking companies in the industry at the Digital Innovators POP UP Show.

  • Pop Up Show Hours: 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Tabletop displays open.
  • Press conference: 9:30 am -9:50. Each Digital Innovator will be allowed a 2-minute presentation.
  • Panel discussion: 9:50 – 10:20 am. A 30-minute panel discussion to follow after press conference.
Boatrax Boatsetter
Boatyard DockMaster
Raft Up Rollick Vessel Vanguard

Pro Vac

Wednesday, October 2

Vacuum Bagging Challenge

Seminar Hallway, Tampa Convention Center, 1 – 2 PM

Compete in the IBEX Vacuum Bagging Challenge. Teams of two go head-to-head to seal a vacuum bag around the perimeter of a 4×4 panel with a balloon underneath. Achieve success within set parameters without popping the balloon, and with the lowest elapsed time, and your team wins! Sign up your team today by emailing Sarah Devlin, IBEX Education Director.

Technical support, supplies, and judging panel courtesy of PRO-VAC USA.

Wednesday, October 2

IBEX All-Industry Happy Hour

All 3 Exhibit Halls, 5 – 6 PM

IBEX welcomes all industry professionals for a Happy Hour in the Exhibit Halls. Participating exhibitors will offer drinks and light hors d’oeuvres from their booths – making a casual atmosphere at the end of the day.

Sponsored by:

Gougeon Epoxy

Marinas of the Future

New in the Marina & Yard Pavilion, the IBEX Marinas of the Future Theater, where visitors can see a visual presentation of the latest innovations in marina development, boat sharing, smart technology, drystack, sustainability and much more. In addition to being able to see these new concept videos, there will be a networking area with café seating, beer and coffee available.

Kiosk Challenges

Walk down the Seminar Hall to test your knowledge of boatbuilding and repair by taking part in the IBEX Kiosk Challenges, presented in partnership with ABYC, Professional BoatBuilder magazine, and The Landing School. Identify the flaws presented on the Kiosks.

ABYC Kiosk Challenges

“What’s Wrong with this Picture?,” an ongoing challenge. Enter your answers via paper ballot.

“The Bilge Pump Challenge”: How fast and accurately can you wire an automatic bilge pump? Timed challenges:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1:00pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2, 10:00am
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 10:00am

Professional BoatBuilder and The Landing School Challenge

“So You Think You Know Composites,” an ongoing challenge. Enter your answers via paper ballot.

Join us in the IBEX Tech & Tool Lab (Room 12) on Thursday, 11:00am, to learn the answers. Winners receive prizes valued up to $300 from ABYC, as well as Professional BoatBuilder and IBEX swag!

In partnership with:

The Landing School
Professional BoatBuilder Magazine

Designer Row

Seminar Wing, Tampa Convention Center
We’ve turned the seminar hallway into a museum. Take a stroll toward the meeting rooms just off IBEX Registration on the first floor of the Tampa Convention Center to view finalists’ models from the IBEX 2019 Design Challenge.


Tides Marine

Innovation Way

Innovation Way

Check out the year’s innovative and award-worthy new products on display along Innovation Way. It’s your shortcut to identify must-see exhibits on the 2019 show floor. Take a look at the 2018 winners.


NMEA’s Connected Boat Experience

Back for 2019! Electronics Pavilion exhibitors will have their certified products connected via an NMEA 2000 network traveling within their booths, giving attendees the opportunity to see this technology live. See how device connectivity works, the efficiency it offers, and how it can be a solution for you.





Carling Technologies





IBEX Docks

The IBEX Docks

IBEX’s Docks has expanded and will include more dock slips at the Tampa Convention Center waterfront, which means more boats with the newest technology and accessories.

Test it for yourself! Get in on the action and out on the water. This is a rare opportunity to experience the newest innovations in the industry.

Outdoor Exhibits Demo

Outdoor Exhibits & Demo

Don’t miss the outdoor exhibit outside the Tampa Convention on the Front Circle Drive.