IBEX 2016: Best of the Show

A photo gallery from this year’s show in Tampa, Florida

2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference
IBEX 2016 showcases the latest in innovation from across the marine industry.Sam White

While Hurricane Matthew put a damper on the third and final day of the 2016 International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in Tampa, Florida, there’s no doubt that the show was a resounding success. The event attracted over 6,000 industry professionals during the first two and a half days, before the event was shortened from Matthew’s approach along the East Coast of Florida. A total of 556 companies showcased the latest in marine innovation.

“A record-breaking 750 marine professionals kicked off the event at the Industry Breakfast,” said Anne Dunbar, show director of IBEX. “The two floors of the trade show were buzzing throughout the first two days, with hundreds of new products and technologies being introduced. There was definitely a sense of excitement and enthusiasm throughout the industry.”

The increased use of the available dock space outside the Tampa Convention Center was one of the highlights from the IBEX show. Many companies used this display to their advantage, showcasing their products aboard boats in a way that individuals could be see and experience the new products in real-world situations. In addition to the exhibitors’ displays, the show also hosted the IBEX Seminar Series, which offered technical education on things like fundamental skills and advanced training on cutting-edge technology.

The 2017 IBEX is scheduled to take place September 19–21 in Tampa, Florida.

2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Seakeeper
Nicholas Dwyer was on hand to answer questions about Seakeeper's gyro-stabilization products.Sam White
2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference KVH
Have you ever wondered what the inside of a KVH dome looks like? These are used for satellite communication and data transmission.Sam White
2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Spectra
Spectra Watermakers' Annie Edinger explained that their products are becoming smaller and lighter, while still performing incredibly well in a wide variety of applications.Sam White
2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Garmin
Garmin won the IBEX Innovation Award for OEM Electronics for their solid-state GMR Fantom 6 radar.Sam White
2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Fireboy
Another IBEX Innovation Award winner in the Environmental category was Fireboy-Xintex, with the 3M Novec 1230 fixed fire extinguisher system.Sam White
2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Volvo Penta
Volvo Penta won an IBEX Innovation Award for their Easy Drain system for their engines.Sam White
2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Lumitec
Lumitec took advantage of the in-water displays to showcase their LED lighting products.Sam White
2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Taco
Taco produces some great options for outriggers and antennas, which can be raised and lowered from beneath the top.Sam White
2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Taco
Here's another look at the Taco display, including their cool antenna mount. No more climbing up on the gunwales or T-top to raise or lower the VHF antennas.Sam White
2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Ritchie
Ritchie Navigation has set the standard for compasses for decades.Sam White
2016 IBEX International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Mercury Marine
Mercury Marine was on hand with their latest offering: a 400 hp outboard.Sam White