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The Masthead


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

Professional Boatbuilder

magazine continuously, from the day


was founded.

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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