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International Boatbuilders Exhibition (IBEX)

October 1 – 3, 2019 – Presenting, Attending

Tampa, FL

Steve’s lecture titles include:

  • Spotting the Most Common Construction and Systems Flaws, Part
    • New builds, repairs and refits provide ample opportunity to do things right, and to follow both ABYC and equipment-manufacturer guidelines and instructions.  In many cases, however, that’s not the way it goes.  In this photo-intensive presentation ProBoat Technical Editor, ABYC Master Technician and marine industry consultant Steve D’Antonio, will share with attendees examples of errors he’s encountered over the course of hundreds of new and used vessel inspections, including running gear, steering, raw water plumbing, electrical, powerplant, rigging and more, with the goal of learning from the mistakes of others.  This will not simply be a case of sharing horror stories and photos, each example will identify the flaw, as well as fix and how the problem could have been avoided. 
  • Spotting the Most Common Construction and Systems Flaws, Part 2
    • In part two of this session, additional examples of boat building and repair gone wrong, including fuel, exhaust, LP gas, potable water  and sanitation systems errors. 
  • Core Closeout Essentials
    • When a boat leaves a factory or service yard with improperly closed-out core, where caulk is being relied upon to keep water out of core material, it’s a case of the proverbial ticking time bomb,  one that will ultimately cost the owner money and the builder or repair his or her reputation, not to mention potential liability.  A single misplaced or improperly installed canvas snap, through hull or pad eye can cause tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, and lead to serious structural failures.  In this session, ProBoat Technical Editor, and marine industry consultant, Steve D’Antonio will walk attendees through common core-related installation errors, and then explain, using a variety of photographs, the steps required to avoid them.  This session is a must for anyone engaged in fiberglass boat building as well as installers of deck gear such as life rafts, windlasses, seacocks, antennas, tenders, cranes, navigation lights etc., anytime a saw or drill is taken to cored fiberglass structures, the rules Steve shares will apply.
  • Hauling and Blocking
    • Have you ever cringed or wanted to close your eyes while watching a vessel being hauled?  There are a wide range of techniques used to haul, block and launch boats, but only a few of them are correct, and they are more often than not violated, sometimes with disastrous results.  In this presentation ProBoat Technical Editor, and former boat yard manager (who has never lost a boat on his watch), Steve D’Antonio, will walk attendees through the right and safe ways of boat hauling, from lift equipment inspection and maintenance, to proper blocking material selection, block/jack stand placement and storage, and vessel prep, as well as ground cover, and personnel safety.  This session is a must for anyone engaged in, or supervising boat hauling, blocking and launching. 

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Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS)

October 30 – November 3, 2019 – Attending

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)

November 19 – 21, 2019 – Attending

Amsterdam, NL

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