Ibex Offers Seminars on Boat Fuel and Fuel Systems at Louisville Event

LOUISVILLE, KY – One of the most popular seminars at the 2012 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) will be “Boat Fuel and Fuel Systems,” at which industry experts will provide insights into regulatory compliance issues and alternative fuels.

Panelists for the 90-minute seminar will be Harold Haskew, Harold Haskew & Associates Inc.; Rich Kolb, Volvo Penta of the Americas; David Marlow, Brunswick Boat Group; John McKnight, National Marine Manufacturers Association; Thomas Wallner, Argonne National Laboratory; and Jeff Wasil, Bombardier Recreational Products.

“These experts will discuss two of the hottest topics in the boating industry this year: the implementation of new regulatory standards and the future of alternative fuels,” said Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine. “This is one seminar that no one can afford to miss.”

The session will focus on how to comply with the new EPA evaporative emission standards, which come into force this year, as well as the ABYC standard H24 Gasoline Fuel Systems, which covers prevention of spills when refueling. In addition, panelists will review results of two testing programs for alternative fuels conducted under the direction of Argonne National Laboratory this summer, evaluating isobutanol as a fuel and reviewing the effects of isobutanol and ethanol on engine oil and lubricants.

“All of us on this panel have been heavily involved in research that provides evidence for the harms associated with ethanol and E15 but also provides for promising alternative biofuels and new technology,” said John McKnight. “We hope that all seminar attendees will take away something that they can apply to their own work.”

An additional seminar, “E-10 Fuel Issues in Outboard Engines,” produced by AMTECH, will provide training for hands-on service technicians concerning troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of engines affected by ethanol-enriched fuels.

Attendees registering online before Sept. 7 at www.ibexshow.com can take advantage of a 25 percent early-bird discount off the full price for the IBEX seminar programs.

“These fuel-related seminars are just a few of the high-quality educational sessions we have lined up for IBEX 2012,” said Cramer. “With 94 technical and business management seminars in 13 different tracks, there’s something for marine professionals in all segments of the industry. We promise that everyone attending these sessions will return home recharged with new ideas and insights that they can implement to improve their businesses this year.”

IBEX 2012 will take place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville Oct. 2-4. The Advance Program Guide provides full details and is available for download at www.ibexshow.com.

About IBEX
Owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), IBEX is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event. For boatbuilders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators, IBEX is where the business of boating gets done. For the latest information, visit www.ibexshow.com.

About Professional BoatBuilder magazine
Professional BoatBuilder, a boatbuilding-industry trade magazine, was first published in 1989 in response to a growing need for a dedicated forum for boatbuilding-related professionals. The magazine’s worldwide readership exceeds 24,000 (subject to BPA international audit). Professional BoatBuilder is online at www.proboat.com.

About NMMA
The NMMA is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters in North America. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. Learn more at www.nmma.org.