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: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lithium Power for your Aquatic Adventures: A Closer Look at Lithium Technology

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MY 01

Compared to lead-acid and other lithium battery chemistries, lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries offer significant advantages, including improved discharge and charge efficiency, longer life span, and the ability to deep cycle while maintaining power. LiFePO4 batteries often come with a higher price tag, but a much better cost over life of the product. Join RELiON for a deep dive into this powerful technology. We’ll walk you through the benefits of lithium batteries for your watercraft, why they’re a worthwhile investment, and a smart long-term solution.

Presenter: Michael Bergstrom

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: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Could Wood Be Weighing You Down?

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MY03

What if you could save thousands of dollars in labor and assembly costs with a strong, lightweight, one-piece structural deck solution? Learn how TransCore jumbo composite panels made with HercuLean technology can streamline production and outperform traditional marine grade plywood.

Presenter: John Maynie

 

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 Innovations Deliver Customization and Profitability

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MY04

Awlgrip’s new range of topcoats, primers, and support tools allow faster application and more customization to meet the growing demand of boat owners wanting a custom finish.  For OEM’s, boatyards, dealers, or distributors, Awlgrip’s newest innovations will promote this trend and highlight ways to make you more profitable.

Presenter: Matt Anzardo

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: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Innovations in Rubrail

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MY05 

Introduction of the new pressure-fitted stainless rubrail by Tessilmare of Italy. The BinoX is a new 316 stainless rubrail being introduced to the US marketplace this year. The flexible PVC base is easy to install with no seams or heating required, the finished product is clean and has no visible screws showing on the stainless insert.

Presenter: Charlotte Sundquist

 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: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Preventing Pink Staining on Marine Upholstery

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MY06

Finally, a solution to pink staining on marine vinyl!  Join OMNOVA Solutions, maker of new Nautolex Tidal Wave marine upholstery, to learn about the challenges of pink staining and a new solution to help protect from expensive remediation and upholstery replacement. Includes testing data, potential savings, and best-in-industry warranty overview.

Presenters: Ronnie Bell, Mike Rariden

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: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Teak or Synthetic Decking?

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MY09

Experts of teak and synthetic decking will debate the features of each type of material with a focus on aesthetics, durability, maintenance, temperature, costs and environmental issues. This information will help participants make decisions on which type of exterior decking is best suited for their personal needs.

Presenters: Mike Rogers, Joe Welch

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: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Preventing Pink Staining on Marine Upholstery

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MY11

Finally, a solution to pink staining on marine vinyl!  Join OMNOVA Solutions, maker of new Nautolex Tidal Wave marine upholstery, to learn about the challenges of pink staining and a new solution to help protect from expensive remediation and upholstery replacement. Includes testing data, potential savings, and best-in-industry warranty overview.

Presenters: Ronnie Bell, Mike Rariden

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

Tides Marine SureSeal – Product Upgrade

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MYP12

Join this workshop to learn more about the Tides Marine SureSeal shaft seal, including recent development in materials, a new temperature sensor, the 2019 new product schedule, and the most recent research. Our presenter will also showcase an illuminating competitive analysis.

Presenter: Jeff Strong

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 Happy Hour

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 14

Cold beverages make for a happy crew but there is more to nautical refrigeration than fitting a fridge on board.  Come join us for a “Refrigeration Happy Hour” to learn about best practices for installing refrigeration on boats including fridges, freezers, ice makers, wine cellars, conversion kits, 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

Thursday, October 4, 2018: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Core Below the Waterline

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 16

Exploration of the considerations and possibilities for saving weight and costs on a boat hull using Lantor core materials. Laminate design, failure modes, and design regulations will be discussed as well as available products and examples of use. Solutions are offered for hulls made with hand lamination and (VA) RTM.

Presenter: Ward Steijn

Thursday, October 4, 2018: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 The Connected Boat—Siren Marine

Room: MYP Theater
Workshop Number: WK MY16

Join Founder/CEO Dan Harper and Technical Specialist Alex Puskar as they walk through the Siren Marine Connected Boat System. This workshop will include an overview of features and benefits, installation tips, and an update on exciting upcoming product developments from Siren Marine.

Presenters: Dan Harper and Alex Puskar

Thursday, October 4, 2018: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Blue Guard Innovations

Room: Tech Talk Theater
Workshop Number: WK 17

New product advancements and updates on important coast guard regulations.

Presenters: Zdravko Divjak, Andrew Divjak, Ken Franke