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Boats Sink in Winter

How could a 36' sailboat with over three feet of free-

board be shoved under water by a few inches of snow?

Because a plastic through-hull that was an inch or two

above the waterline had cracked and the weight of the

snow lowered the damaged fitting to just below the sur-

face. Water then began entering through the crack and

the boat gradually filled with water and sank. Plastic

deteriorates quickly in sunlight, which is why

A

BYC's H

-27 standard requires that through-hulls above the wa-

terline must now pass a UV test. As a result, this sort of

sinking is less common than it once was.

Courtesy: American Boat & Yacht Council

Wrong Wires Enflame Boats

The boat to the right had just made the crossing from

Miami to the Bahamas for a leisurely vacation cruise

when the owner noticed the depth sounder acting errat-

ically. Seconds later, he smelled smoke and immedi-

ately shut off the engine and raced below. Smoke was

pouring out of the forward cabin. His friend, still on

deck, yelled that she could see flames. The owner

called a hasty mayday and then had everyone climb

into the boat's inflatable. Fighting the fire proved futile;

within minutes the $250,000 boat was engulfed in

flames. Although the boat had burned to the waterline

and sunk, investigators were able to determine that

sometime during the boat's life, someone had used

household "romex" wire for a circuit. Because romex—

a wire typically used in homes—has a solid core, it

eventually work-hardened and broke from constant

motion. The resulting short had produced tremendous

heat, which started the fire. Boat wire leads a hard life

and must be able to resist heat, chemicals, salt water

as well as constant motion and vibration. Marine grade

boat cable can be tin-plated for corrosion resistance

and even though the standards are silent on this issue

in my opinion should be the only type of wire used on

a boat.

Thanks to Bob Adriance, ABYC Technical Board and Mem-

ber, BoatU.S. retired, for the above mentioned cases.

IBEX 2014 Reports 47 Percent Increase in At-

tendance

BROOKLIN, ME, October 8, 2014

- Organizers of the

International BoatBuilders' Exhibition &

Conference(IBEX) announced today the 2014

event, which took place in Tampa, FL Septem-

ber 30 through October 2, attracted 6,900 atten-

dees, a 47 percent increase compared to 2013.

IBEX, the industry's premier trade show, drew

marine industry professionals from around the

globe to learn about and explore the newest in

marine innovation from 558 exhibiting compa-

nies - a 15 percent increase in exhibitor partici-

pation compared to the 2013 show.

"IBEX in Tampa offered an impressive in-

crease in our attendance and exhibitor partici-

pation and a significant WOW factor,"

said Anne Dunbar, Show Director of

IBEX. "The new products and technolo-

gies introduced this year were incredible,

and you could feel the excitement and enthu-

siasm all three days of the show."

In addition to the spike in attendance and exhibi-

tors, seminar registration was up with more than

500 attendees participating, an increase of six

percent from 2013; and there was a 35 percent

increase in international attendance from 2013.

The growth of the 2014 IBEX was a reflection of the

state of the boating industry. Thom Dammrich, presi-

dent of the National Marine Manufacturers Associa-

tion (NMMA), who presented at the Industry Break-

fast, stated, "We're anticipating good times ahead for

recreational boating. The industry continues to see

healthy growth with retail expenditures increasing

3.2% in 2013 to $36.9 billion. Americans are taking

to the water in record numbers, and we're anticipat-

ing continued steady growth of 5-7% in new power-

boat sales through 2014. Now is the time for marine

innovation."

IBEX attendees were able to experience and learn

about the latest products during the three- day event.

There were a record number of new products on dis-

play and Innovation Awards' participants, as well as

new on-the-water demonstrations, multiple network-

ing events, and educational seminars and work-

shops.

The 2015 IBEX is scheduled to take place at the Ken-

tucky Exposition Center, September 15 - 17, in Louis-

ville, KY USA. For more information, please visit

www.ibexshow.com

The Miami International Boat show plans to

move to the renovated Marine Stadium in 2016

The National Marine Manufacturing Association is plan-

ing to move its boat show from its current location in

Miami Beach to the Miami Marine Stadium located fur-

ther south on Biscayne Bay by 2016.

Currently, the Stadium is in a hurricane-battered condi-

tion and is covered with graffiti, but sources familiar

with the agreement to move, stated that the boat show,

one of south Florida’s largest tourist events, could play

an important role in the financing of a $30 million reno-

vation of the run down stadium that once was the

venue for speedboat races and pop music concerts.

Thom Dammrich, NMMA’s president, is expected to

announce further details regarding questions as to

whether the boat show will return to Miami Beach,

where renovations to the city’s convention center all but

forced the show’s relocation.

Source: Miami Herald 11/12/2014

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