Electric-hybrid expo and refit conference coming to Fort Lauderdale December 22, 2015

MIASF Executive Director Phil will be the keynote speaker at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale from Jan. 11-13, 2016. His speech on Jan. 11 at 12:30 p.m. will focus on topics including:

  • Hybrid and electric propulsion is a viable alternative to traditional means of propulsion. But infrastructure will need to change to support alternative energy on a larger scale.
  • Protecting the environment is also important to us, and electric and hybrid propulsion is an environmentally responsible avenue that complement’s our industry’s ongoing efforts. Keeping our oceans healthy benefits the marine industry, but it’s also vital because 71 percent of the earth is covered in water.
  • Technology continues to move quickly, and electric is a viable option that should bring great opportunity to the industry and users. We also have a leading oceanographic hub here, comprised of Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Miami and Florida International University, whose research can further the use of alternative energies, and we anticipate they will have developments in the field as well.
  • With innovations including Elon Musk’s lithium battery facility, it’s important for marine businesses to make changes so they stay relevant and prosper. Florida is after all the Sunshine State.

The free Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo Florida will showcase the latest and next-generation electric and hybrid marine propulsion technologies, components and solutions. Learn more at

Also in January, MIASF will host a panel on navigating the new sales tax cap on refits and repairs at the Refit International Exhibition and Conference, which is Jan. 28-29, 2016 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

The panel, on Friday, January 29 from 8:30-9:30 a.m., will cover topics such as what your boatyard needs to include in its contract language to ensure customers are covered under this new tax cap and how you can use the new law to leverage more work and attract new customers to your yard. Speakers on the panel will be experts who can help attendees learn more about this new opportunity for yards. And for out-of-state refit professionals, these speakers will offer insight into how to bring about similar tax caps in other states.

The refit trade show and technical seminar series, which focuses on improving yacht refits, targets every stakeholder in the comprehensive refit process — captains, owners, boatyard professionals, project managers, surveyors, designers and stylists. It is owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine. Learn more at

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