Super Sessions

IBEX Super Sessions take place on Monday, October 1, 2018 (with one exception that takes place on Sunday, 9/30). Registration is required.

Sunday, September 30, 2018: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Marina 101: “Walk the Docks—First Impressions”

Room: 16
Session Number: SS2

Please Note: This Super Session takes place on Sunday, September 30.

This 4-hour marina industry introduction course is geared towards those individuals, with little or no marina experience, looking to get into the industry by way of an advancement opportunity, career shift, or an interest in purchasing or developing a marina.

The Marina 101 course is made up of 9 individual presentations, created and presented by Carl F. Wolf, CMM CMI and former President of the International Marina Institute. The presentations will give you an insight preview of the various aspects in the operations of a marina.  Presentations include day-to-day and seasonal operations, maintenance, emergency preparedness, long-term planning, financial reports, and the various roles of a marina manager.

Presenter: Carl F. Wolf, CMM

Fee: $250 (AMI Member)/$299 (Non-Member)


International Marina Institute

Monday, October 1, 2018: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Modern Scantlings (Structure): Calculations, Standards, Details, Materials

Room: 5/6
Session Number: SS1

Selecting scantlings and designing structure for modern small craft now relies on engineering calculations and standards, especially in Europe and other areas where RCD / ISO standards are required for recreational and small commercial or military craft.

The goal of this course is to introduce the basic background of structural design and calculations based primarily on code/standards approaches, and to present practical aspects of structural details, especially as regards code compliance.  The first part of the session will cover the basic theory and the specific techniques of standard for structures required to understand and perform standard calculations.  Topics include sea load calculation, section modulus, shear resistance, elastic deflection and buckling, and special materials properties that need to be considered for FRP, wood and metals.  Finally special topics such as simple plastic hinge analysis and fatigue will be considered.

The second part of the course will introduce and compare codes and standards appropriate to small craft including ISO 12215, NVIC 11-80, ABS Pleasure Yachts and Offshore Sailing Yachts,  Lloyds Special Service Craft (under 24 metres), and DnV Standard 2-21 Craft (Under 24 Metres).  We will work through live examples in specific codes.

This course will provide valuable hands-on techniques and tools for designers, builders, engine vendors, surveyors and operators as well as naval architects.

Students will be given access to a special course website at SNAME upon registration with the course materials and extensive additional reference material on boat structures from the SNAME library.

This course is part of an effort to develop relevant SNAME Technical and Research Bulletins for the small craft community, so attendees will have extensive opportunities to offer feedback on the planned future small craft structural design bulletin that is being developed out of this course.

You will receive 7 Professional Development Hours (PDH) through SNAME.

Paul Miller, PhD, P.E. (U.S. Coast Guard Academy)
John Canada (Ocean5 Naval Architects)

Fee: $250 (SNAME Member)/$350 (Non-Member, includes a one-year trial SNAME membership)

Lunch included.




Monday, October 1, 2018: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Marina & Boatyard Study Tour

Room: 16
Session Number: SS3

The International Marina Institute (IMI) is offering a one-day Marina & Boatyard Study Tour in the Tampa area leading into The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). This Study Tour will visit properties in and around Tampa, Florida.  Registration fee includes lunch, transportation and tours, facilitated discussion, and a copy of the group SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis. The tour will leave from the Tampa Convention Center.

Marinas and yards include:
Twin Dolphin (Bradenton, FL)
Riviera Dunes (Palmetto, FL)
Maximo Marina & Boatyard (St. Petersburg, FL)
Antigua Cove at Little Harbor Marinas (Ruskin, FL)
Village Marina at Little Harbor Marinas (Ruskin, FL)

Fee: $599 (AMI Member)/$699 (Non-Member)

Lunch included.


International Marina Institute

 Monday, October 1, 2018: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

CZone Level 1 Technical Training

Room: 12
Session Number: SS4

Gain a working knowledge of CZone Digital Switching and Monitoring.  The Level 1 CZone certification course will provide an in-depth review of CZone components and instruction for system installation, offer hands-on experience with components, provide a demonstration of the CZone Configuration Tool as well as offer an overview on system troubleshooting, software firmware updates and parts replacement.

Prerequisite:  ABYC Marine Electrical Certification or NMEA 2000 Basic Certification.

Gloria Borrego
Mark Fleckenstein
Keith McLaughlin

Fee: $55
Class is limited to 20 students.

Lunch included.



Power Products LLC

 Monday, October 1, 2018: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Airmar Certified Installer Training

Room: 15
Session Number: SS5

The AIRMAR Certified Installer program is designed to align Airmar with top marine electronics technicians to provide high quality installations and added warranty coverage to their customers. ACI certification entitles these qualified technicians to a unique, extended 3-year warranty with on-board labor allowance. The one-day course will educate participants on the current Chirp technologies available, the proper installation techniques for all transducer models as well as troubleshooting potential sonar issues. In addition, there will be an extensive portion of the day dedicated to the TDT1000 advanced transducer diagnostic tester and how best to use it in the field.

 No fee. Lunch included.




Monday, October 1, 2018: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

NMEA Basic Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) Training Course

Room: 7/8
Session Number: SS6

The all-day NMEA Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) Training Course develops a high level of professional expertise in entry-level and mid-level installers of marine electronics.

This training is suitable for installers, product designers, surveyors, etc. and is an introductory course in marine electronics installation that clarifies and defines competent installation practices.

Topics include: Ohm’s law, grounds, battery and battery chargers, DC wiring, EMI, coaxial cables, antennas, AIS, marine VHF radios, transducers, radar, heading sensors, and NMEA data interfacing. An MEI certificate is an indication of a working knowledge of NMEA’s 0400 Installation Standard and participants in this course demonstrate this proficiency by passing an examination designed to measure understanding of those principles.

Course materials included with registration: NMEA 0400 Installation Standards version 4.00 and supplemental course materials.

John Barry

Fee: $475

Lunch included.



 Monday, October 1, 2018: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Fiberglass Boat Repair

Room: 14
Session Number: SS7

Every year, dozens of boat repair technicians, dealers, surveyors, insurance inspectors, and yard professionals travel to the Gougeon facility in Bay City, Michigan for the Fiberglass Boat Repair Course. Now this course comes to you as an IBEX Super Session.

Discover the best approaches to making long-lasting, cost-effective fiberglass boat repairs and develop a deeper understanding of modern boat construction. We’ll cover basic repair techniques with epoxy, fastener bonding, composite technology, composite repair, fairing, gelcoat blisters, advanced composites, and more. Get a clearer understanding of WEST SYSTEM Epoxy’s handling, uses, and physical properties, and tap into the wealth of structural marine repair expertise the Gougeon staff has gained from years of working closely with boat builders, repair professionals and engineers.

After the course, you’ll take home Fiberglass Boat Repair & Maintenance; Vacuum Bagging Techniques, Wooden Boat Restoration & Repair, Gelcoat Blisters: Diagnosis, Repair & Prevention and Final Fairing & Finishing manuals, along with our WEST SYSTEM Epoxy How-To DVD.

Fee: $85

Lunch included.


West System

 Monday, October 1, 2018: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Core College

Room: 13
Session Number: SS8

Take your products to the next level with a material that makes them stronger, lighter and smarter while contributing to a more sustainable future. Using high performance, lightweight core materials is at the forefront of composite fabrication. Understanding how they work, and the differences between them will enable you to improve your products. This session will show you how they can best be utilized, the benefits they provide for your components, and how they can put you ahead in your industry.

Valerio Cornian
Rafael Soto

No Fee.




Monday, October 1, 2018: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Digital Marketing: Join the Evolution

Room: CAMLS Building, 2nd floor auditorium
Session Number: SS9

Marketing is about making meaningful connections. And while human nature hasn’t changed, the ways in which people consume content and media has changed the marketing landscape forever. Today’s consumers live online. To reach them, your marketing efforts need to live there as well. 

Learn how to leverage digital marketing channels—display ads, video, social media, email, search, websites and more—to move your business forward. Grow Boating invites all industry stakeholders to join us the day before IBEX to discover the tools you need to effectively market to the next wave of boaters.

Made available in part by contributions from the NMMA Marine Accessories and Components Division members.

Marcus Sheridan (The Sales Lion), Tom Martin (The Invisible Sale), Brooke Skinner-Ricketts (, Tannis McKenna (Google), Brad Dixon (Adaptly), Jack Ellis (Info Link), Steve Pizzolato (Avala Marketing Group)

Fee: $159*
*Early bird rate; fee is $199 after August 30, 2018

Lunch included, cocktail reception to follow.

PLEASE NOTE: To accommodate the audience Grow Boating is expecting, this Super Session will take place across the street from the Tampa Convention Center at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), located at 124 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL.


Grow Boating