May 19, 2020

IBEXThe International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced on May 11th, that they are optimistic the 2020 show will open as planned on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Show organizers report that they are closely monitoring Florida’s Three Phases of Re-Opening Guidelines and the state’s progress, as well as working with the Tampa Convention Center and Visit Tampa Bay to develop health and safety protocols to protect exhibitors, sponsors, and visitors. These new safety protocols will be announced in the coming months, and posted on the IBEX website.
 
“We are optimistic that by September the state of Florida will be open for large events to take place and that public confidence will have been restored and IBEX will open on schedule,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We will continue to monitor announcements by local government officials and the guidelines of the CDC. During the past 30 IBEX shows we have weathered three new host cities, several hurricane threats, one great recession, and now together we will manage the coronavirus challenges. If, with an abundance of caution and complete focus on the health and safety of our exhibitors, sponsors, and visitors, we are required to alter the format of IBEX, we will make an announcement accordingly. It is our hope, that IBEX will spark much needed business for the marine industry and be the beginning of a strong recovery season for us all.”
 
Please reference our COVID-19 Info page for more information. 
 
IBEX is scheduled to return to the Tampa Convention Center with IBEX 2020 show dates set for September 29 – October 1, 2020. For more information, visit www.ibexshow.com.

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During these difficult COVID-19 times, it isn’t just humans who need to practice physical distancing; Southern Resident killer whales need space too. Everyone boating on B.C.’s coastal waters has an important role to play to keep these endangered mammals safe.  Here are six easy things you can do to help protect them, and yourself while boating:
 
• Stay 400 metres – about two average container ships – away from killer whales in all southern B.C. coastal waters between Campbell River and just north of Ucluelet. 

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1st MateConnected system also provides theftdeterrence functionality. Mercury Marine has announced full compatibility of all Mercury SmartCraftcapable engines with the new 1st Mate Safety and Security System.

This technology comprises an intelligent hub, a set of wearable products and a mobiledevice app that integrate with a boat's propulsion systems to provide potentially lifesaving safety features and to help secure property. Its three main features are: 1) a boateroverboard monitoring and alert system, 2) distressmessaging capability, and 3) deterrence against theft of the boat and/or its engine(s).

 

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