Tech Talk Workshops

Tech Talk Workshops are free, exhibitor-run training sessions at the top of every hour on the exhibit hall floor.

This year, we offer two workshop theaters. Please note the location of your workshop.

Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) Theater

Location: First Floor Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by:

Tides Marine

 

Tech Talk Theater

Location: Third Floor Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by:

West System Pro Set Epoxy

 

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SureShade—New Sunshade Product Advancements

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 01

This seminar will focus on the technical aspects, benefits, and features of new SureShade retractable sunshade products —including the much anticipated silent glide automated shade advancement and our new MTX pull-out shade for aft or bow shade. You’ll also learn how to add SureShade to your boat line, install and maintain our sunshade systems.

Presenters: Gregg Inscore, Chris LaSelva

Tuesday, October 2, 2018: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

State of Health, a Breakthrough in Battery Monitoring with the Balmar SG200

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 02

Poorly performing or failed batteries are a major problem area for all boating segments. Working with all major battery types, Balmar’s new adaptive battery monitoring technology reports battery State of Charge (SoC) and State of Health (SoH) measures, thereby providing a comprehensive picture of battery status and condition.

Presenter: Chris Witzgall

Tuesday, October 2, 2018: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

ABYC Standards Update

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 03

ABYC’s Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft is published each summer in preparation of the upcoming model year. The ABYC tech department will present significant updates found in the newest revision (Supplement 58). They will offer attendees the opportunity learn about projects underway that may shift the requirements in the future as well as learn about some new ways to access the standards you know and use.  Come prepared with your questions for the tech team and learn about the new requirements from the source.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Transitioning Your Shop to Epoxy Resins

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 04

This seminar will discuss the straightforward process of converting your infusion and lamination processes to PRO-SET Epoxy. The entire process from in-mold coating options, lamination techniques, and when and how to post cure will be reviewed. Product selection and safe handling will also be discussed, enabling you to successfully improve the quality of your product.

Presenters: Jeff Wright, Frank Landers

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

AWLGRIP

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MY04

Description to come.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Replacing Your Generator with Li-Ion Batteries

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 05

Lithium Ion batteries are becoming an efficient, green alternative to standard generators.  Learn how Li-ion battery based systems can reduce weight and cost, while still providing the power you need for all of the loads on the boat.

Presenter: Menno Ligterink

 

 Tuesday, October 2, 2018: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Future Is Digital—Change Your Mindset when Choosing a Partner To Help Build Generation 4.0 Boats

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 06

Growing digitization is increasing demand for smart onboard electrical systems on all types of watercraft. E-T-A’s PowerPlex interlinks and controls onboard equipment, significantly increasing user convenience and safety. From intelligent control units with touch screens to automatic sensors and manual momentary switches to mobile applications. PowerPlex controls the entire onboard electrical system at the touch of a finger.

Presenter: Fred Zols

Tuesday, October 2, 2018: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Your Passion, Our Coatings. ProtectingYour Boat with a Premium Quality Polyurethane Finish

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 07

Axalta presents an overview of our Imron polyurethane marine coatings scientifically engineered to deliver the industry’s best appearance, performance, and corrosion protection. Considered to be an industry benchmark for brilliant colors, learn about the durability and abrasion resistance to ensure yachts retain a mirror-like finish.

Presenter: JP Ferris

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Freedom to Integrate Lithium, Solar, and Hybrid Functionality Isn’t Far-Featched. Learn from the Tech Doctor

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 08

The Freedom name is synonymous with quality and reliability in the marine industry. Launched originally in 1992, the Freedom series today is available in a variety of power levels for different applications. A boat’s electrical system is becoming more and more complex. The advancement in lithium ion technology, solar integration, co-existence of an inverter with a generator, remote system monitoring and other newer technologies is making our life easier while also creating unique challenges in terms of properly understanding and using the system, troubleshooting and installation. In this workshop, Xantrex sales applications engineer Don Wilson will discuss common installation scenarios, product compatibility and integration of newer technology in your existing system.

Presenter: Don Wilson

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

IBEX Product Pitch

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 09

An exciting, live product collection of the coolest new products on the show floor selected by industry journalists, and you’re invited! Don’t miss this opportunity to see technology and innovation from IBEX exhibitors.

IBEX Show

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Water in Your Fuel? Autosig Alerts You.

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 10

As boaters we know we should check for water in fuel, but we don’t always take the time. Removing a separator to check for water is not a simple task. What if there were a filter that alerted you to water in your fuel? The AutoSig Smart Fuel Filter system.

Presenter: Mike Richardson

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The Importance of Air and Water Purification Systems

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 11

Air Purification—Dometic’s Breathe Easy integrated air purifier uses Photocatalytic Nano-Mesh technology with ultraviolet light to improve your boats air quality.  Water Purification—Dometic’s Spot Zero devices use the same reverse-osmosis principles as desalination watermakers, but efficiently remove about 95% of the remaining total dissolved solids from any potable water supply result is exceptional freshwater.

Presenters: Bill Liptak, Shane Voss

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Digital Control and Monitoring for Smaller Boats

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 12

A common misconception is that digital switching / multiplexing is only suitable for large, offshore boats with many loads. Find out how CZone is developing performance enhancing digital control systems for smaller boats such as pontoons, ski boats, and fishing boats.

Presenter: Gloria Borrego

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Dripless Shaft Seals

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MYP12

Description to come.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

How to Finish WEST SYSTEM Epoxy Repair with Gelcoat

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 13

Learn how to properly fair and apply polyester gelcoat over a WEST SYSTEM Epoxy repair. Best practices for curing the epoxy, preparing the repaired surface and applying the gelcoat will be discussed. In addition, selecting a fairing filling and how to most effectively fair the surface will be reviewed helping to you profitably finish your fiberglass repairs.

Presenter: Don Gutzmer

West System

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Future Is Digital—Change Your Mindset when Choosing a Partner To Help Build Generation 4.0 Boats

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK MYP13

Growing digitization is increasing demand for smart onboard electrical systems on all types of watercraft. E-T-A’s PowerPlex interlinks and controls onboard equipment, significantly increasing user convenience and safety. From intelligent control units with touch screens to automatic sensors and manual momentary switches to mobile applications. PowerPlex controls the entire onboard electrical system at the touch of a finger.

Presenter: Fred Zols

 Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Refrigeration Installation and Operation

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 14

Refrigeration is a critical component for enjoying any boat outing our cruise. Design errors can create performance problems and customer complaints. This presentation will address basic components of refrigeration installation, including electrical, ventilation, design, and more.

Presenter: Dave Lerbs

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 NMEA 2000 Solutions

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 15

Overview of the latest NMEA 2000 solutions from VDO Marine, including analog & J1939 to NMEA 2000 gateways, multi-function displays, sensors and vessel network solutions.

Presenter: Jeff Ross