was a good to have an IBEX back in Florida. The
Tampa venue worked out beautifully, with atten-
dance and exhibitors both up from 2013. The Westlawn
booth was busy as usual, with many students, alumni, West-
lawn friends and prospective students stopping by.
Westlawn director, Dave Gerr, presented a seminar on the
efficient powerboat, which was well attended. The seminars
overall, were rated highly by IBEX attendees.
Westlawn was presented an award for being one of the or-
ganizations that has advertized in
magazine continuously, from the day
The official Westlawn student dinner was on Wednesday
evening, at the famous Columbia Restaurant, in Ybor City.
Over traditional spanish food, students and alumni con-
nected and discussed a wide range of subjects.
As usual, students has such a good time that they actually
met for dinner all three days of the show. These two addi-
tional informal dinners were hosted by Westlawn student
and marine surveyor Ray Toth and his wife Toby, with help
from their young son, Sam. A combination of tall tales, deep
and serious design discussions and an assortment of jokes
(good and bad) made these dinners to remember. Many
thanks to Ray, Toby and Sam for their hospitality.
IBEX has consistently proven to be THE show to attend to
learn about boats on a professional level. The combination
of seminars, gear, equipment, hardware, boatbuilding mate-
rials, and much more, and the ability to exchange ideas with
other students and established marine professionals has
proven to be invaluable.
We’ll see you at IBEX 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Westlawn’s ProBoat Advertising Award
The Westlawn Student Dinner
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