Innovation Awards

IBEX & Innovations

Thirteen marine manufacturers were honored in mid-October at the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards presentation in Louisville. Organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, products are recognized that are distinctly innovative, benefit the marine industry and/or consumer, are practical and  cost-effective. A total of 65 new products were entered in this year’s Awards program.

“One of the motivators for writers involved in the Innovation Awards is the ability to see and touch the future. This is our Discover Boating, and this year’s product submissions didn’t disappoint,” stated Alan Wendt, BWI’s committee chair for the IBEX Awards. Other members serving as judges included BWI President, Zuzana Prochazka, Frank Lanier, Susan Canfield, Roger McAfee, Brady Kay, and Patricia Kearns.

IBEX Innovation Awards were presented to the following companies in these categories; also provided are brief comments from the judges:

Deck Equipment & Hardware

Nautilus Marine Group, Windlass V500: “The well-engineered windlass tension band keeps the rope and chain splice in constant contact with the chain wheel easily handling knots and hackles of life at anchor.” Honorable Mention: Ameritex Fabric Systems, Four-in-One Boat Cover

Electrical Systems

Charles Industries, Intelligent Marine Charger: “The IMC 40 eliminates the need for multiple onboard battery chargers. The built-in redundancy will get you home.”

Furnishing & Interior Parts

Thetford Curve, Porta Potti: “Serious thinking time was spent addressing multiple ways to improve and innovate one of life’s basic necessities.”

Inboard Engines

Indmar, 5.7L Assault 345 Inboard: “Wakesurfing is rapidly growing in popularity and Indmar has a workhorse for these rugged watersports.”

Mechanical Systems

Attwood, Universal Sprayless Connector: “This Connector stood out in both simplicity, ease of adaptation and global application.”

OEM Electronics

Raymarine, e7D Multifunction Display: “Where Apple iPad integration, pop culture and intuitive operation meets useful maritime technology.”

Outboard Engines

Two Awards: Mercury 150 FourStroke Outboard and Honda Marine BF 250 Outboard Engine: “Mercury found a way to trim 24 pounds of their new 150 FourStroke, while helping to satisfy the growing need for superb fuel efficiency and performance;” “Honda offers the first dual-circuit induction system that provides improved combustion.”

Propulsion Parts, Propellers

Powertech Propellers, Power Stop Propeller: “Brilliantly crafted reverse thrust propeller, providing new levels of control without harming overall performance.”Honorable Mention: Livorsi Marine for its improved Raw Water Flow System.

Safety Equipment

Protomet Corporation, Panoramic Mirror System: “Provides a second set of eyes on your kids while towing them in any variety of watersports.”

Environmental

US Marine Products, EFOY Fuel Cell: “A green solution to providing on board power with a fuel cell that converts methanol into 12 to 24 volt power.”

More detail on the Awards and products can be found at www.nmma.org/news.aspx?id=18041.

Innovation Award Winners

CHICAGO – September 28, 2010 – Thirteen marine manufacturers were honored this morning for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 2010 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards in Louisville. Winning companies received their 2010 IBEX Innovation Awards during the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize those products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt. A total of 67 new products were entered in this year’s IBEX Innovation Awards program – 44% more product entries than in 2009.

“The winners recognized at IBEX today are a testament to the ongoing commitment to boating advancements and ingenuity necessary to the future of boating,” noted NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “It’s encouraging to see companies focus their efforts on creative solutions to help their customers and further the industry, and I’m excited to see how these products adapt in the market.”

“Judges found a solid mix of affordable maintenance products for boaters and game-changing technology in two propulsion applications,” stated Alan Wendt, IBEX Innovation Awards committee chair and editor of Marine CEO. “With the move to Louisville and the combination of IBEX and MAATS, we were expecting to see a lot of impressive entries for the 2010 Innovation Awards. This year’s participation exceeded our expectations with nearly twice the amount of entries than last year – a great sign for the future of boating innovation.”

Additional BWI members serving on the IBEX Innovation Awards judging panel this year include: Zuzana Prochazka, technical editor, Latitudes & Attitudes and blogger for Boatermouth.com; Frank Lanier, marine surveyor and contributor to Practical Sailor and Southern Boating; Dave Mull, editor, Great Lakes Angler; Alan Jones, executive editor, Boating World magazine; Tom Tripp, freelancer, publisher and editor, OceanLines; and Chris Caswell, author and senior editor, Yachting Magazine.

IBEX Innovation Awards were presented to the following companies in these categories:

Boatbuilding Methods and Materials

Winner: Structural Composites

Judges selected Structural Composites for their Prisma SPT Strip Plank Technology. “Using the strip plank technology, replacing a deck becomes less expensive for custom boat builders or consumers,” said judge Frank Lanier.

Deck Equipment and Hardware

Winner: Sawgrass Distributors

Sawgrass Distributors solved an age old problem that nearly every angler faces – where to put the beverage when the fish bite. The solution is a combination rod and drink holder. “Slap yourself in the forehead, why didn’t I think of that,” stated judge Dave Mull. “They have created 13 different versions addressing any number of transom configurations at various price points.”

Furnishings and Interior Parts

Winner: Corium Urethane Technology

One of the newer advancements in construction techniques, “Corium Urethane Technology brings big time molding technology at affordable prices for small runs,” said judge Chris Caswell. “Their system creates seats, dashboards and interior wall finishing by using the molded PU-Skin and foam technology.”

Mechanical Systems

Winner 1: Dometic

Dometic took home the Innovation Award for their In-Duct Breathe Easy Air Purifier. “Easily retrofitable, this system helps improve the air inside a closed boat, removing noxious fumes and odors,” according to Wendt.

Winner 2: Whale Water Systems

The second winning entry is for Whale Water Systems Gulley IC. According to Lanier, “With no impeller to jam, this compact pump eliminates the hairy, sticky sumps for showers on board.”

Electrical Systems

Winner: Professional Mariner

With the ever changing technology in batteries, the ability to mix newer types like Lithium with existing technology is a problem that Professional Mariner solved with the Pro Nautic P. “Setting up a variety of profiles to charge these batteries safely and easily will future proof battery maintenance for the average boater,” said judge Tom Tripp.

Honorable mention: Blue Sea Systems for the Safety Hub

Outboard Engines

Winner: Yamaha

Yamaha took home the trophy for its new VF250 outboard engine. “This represents the most significant breakthrough in Four Stroke technology that allows the fast hole shots bass boaters demand,” according to judge Alan Jones. “The V6 is as light or lighter than two strokes, yet with distinct benefits of clean emissions, fuel economy and quietness of a four stroke.”

Boatyard Hardware

Winner: Kasco Marine

Kasco Marine took top honors for its Robust-Aire Marine Diffuser. “This is the Don Ho of tiny bubbles,” quipped Caswell. “With regulators requiring stricter water quality discharge standards in marinas, this version improves water flow 10 to 40 percent and solves several design challenges other manufacturers face trying to improve aquatic conditions.

Honorable mention: Pier Vantage for its affordable, web-based boatyard maintenance software package

Propulsion Parts, Propellers

Winner: Power Tech Propellers

Judges found innovation in Power Tech Propellers’ Safety Torque Hub and Drive Line Protector system. “Anyone who has replaced a lot of hubs will love this one and it will get you home,” said Caswell.

OEM Electronics

Winner: Garmin

Garmin is the winner in the OEM Electronics category for its GPS Map 7215. “This big and bright 15-inch touch screen chart plotter delivers smooth map panning and zooming thanks to a built-in second processor with double the graphics power of traditional systems,” according to Tripp.

Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories

Winner: Quality Mark

Quality Mark took the award for its ingenuity that comes from addressing experiences boaters encounter while enjoying the water with its new trailer add-on, the Lever Jack. “Using leverage gained from a handle you can pivot a loaded trailer in any direction to lift it onto the ball with ease,” observed judge Zuzana Prochaska.

Honorable mention: Safety Sentry for its dual purpose trailer hitch with theft deterrent

Safety Equipment

Winner: PlasDeck

One product that will show up better at night than in day wins the Innovation Award for Safety. PlasDeck’s synthetic teak decking blends phosphorescent technology in the caulk line. After being charged by normal daylight it glows a soft azure blue at night. “For an entire deck or just steps from the bridge, this helps you see the boundaries of safe passage,” noted Lanier.

Environmental Award

Winner: Energy Tech Marine Group

Energy Tech Marine Group’s Power Core Hybrid-Ion Energy Propulsion System took home this year’s Environmental Award, being recognized as a game changer for not only the boat industry but other industries that rely on propulsion. “The real genius of the Power Core Hybrid – Ion Energy Propulsion System is in the electrical management that automatically handles charging and balancing while underway,” noted Prochaska. “Not just an electric motor with lithium-ion batteries, this hybrid drive system is the only complete end-to-end commercial-grade hybrid energy and propulsion system for marine vessels.”

For more information on IBEX or the Innovation Awards program, visit ibexshow.com.

Innovation Award Judges Named

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced the judges for the 2010 IBEX Innovation Awards, being presented during the upcoming International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference later this year.

Award winners will be recognized during the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, September 28 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Celebrating its 20th year, IBEX 2010 takes place September 28-30 in Louisville, with pre-conference workshops scheduled to begin Monday, September 27, followed by three days of educational seminars, new special sessions, outdoor demonstrations and hundreds of leading manufacturers and suppliers showcasing the boating industry’s newest innovations from around the world. Read more »

Honors For Innovation in Miami

Ten marine manufacturers were honored for innovative achievement by the NMMA and BWI at the Miami Boat Show.
“We had an outstanding group of entries this year with a total of 50 products entered in 10 categories – a 20 percent increase over last year’s entrants,” said Zuzana Prochazka, BWI president and Miami Innovation Awards chair.
BWI members rounding out the judging panel included: Mark Corke, Alan Jones, Frank Lanier, Darrell Nicholson, Lenny Rudow, and Peter Swanson.
Innovation Awards were presented in these categories to the following companies and their products:
Consumer Electronics & Software
Standard Horizon Matrix AIS: a compact, affordable combination of Class D VHF and AIS brings two important safety and communication features into the hands of the average boater. Honorable Mention: Simrad’s NSE12 Multifunction Marine Display.
Docking and Fendering Equipment
EZ Dock / EZ Launch: provides ease of entry and exit, as well as allowing quick launch and recovery for kayaks and canoes.
Consumer Installed Non-Electronic Hardware
Hunt Adjustable Table: The table allows user to change the shape and location of the table, while adding versatility to the furniture and space.
Consumer Personal Gear
Sailology’s WinchRite cordless electric winch handle designed to allow for easy cranking at an affordable price.
Cruisers 25 to 140 Feet (including fishing craft)
Boston Whaler 370 Outrage: an amalgamation of features including the elimination of the motor well, forward sun pad with storage, retractable shade top and molded in bow thruster. Honorable Mention: Rinker’s 310 Express Cruiser.
PWC, Jet Boats & Pontoon Boats
Sea-Doo RXT-X 260 digitally controlled fly-bywire system adds functionality and adjustability to give control of this 260 horsepower water bike.
Runabouts & Fishing Craft to 24 Feet
MasterCraft X-25: A digitally adjustable wake system, tracking camera and variable seating configuration combine to make this a unique 22-foot wake surfing platform.
Safety Equipment
FLIR Systems First Mate: Aportable and affordable thermal imaging handheld device heightens safety and security when boating at night.
Water Sports and Equipment
BRP TEC iCATCH PWC Trailer: It allows the rider to launch while seated on the PWC and walk around the trailer without getting in the water.
Environmental Award
Torqeedo Travel 503/1003: A display integrated into the tiller GPS receiver provides information on remaining range at current speed, power consumption and state of charge.
For the complete release, go to www.nmma.org/news/news.asp?id=17815&sid=3. Contact Kelly Kaylor, kkaylor@ nmma.org, 312/946.6262.

Ten marine manufacturers were honored for innovative achievement by the NMMA and BWI at the Miami Boat Show.

“We had an outstanding group of entries this year with a total of 50 products entered in 10 categories – a 20 percent increase over last year’s entrants,” said Zuzana Prochazka, BWI president and Miami Innovation Awards chair.

BWI members rounding out the judging panel included: Mark Corke, Alan Jones, Frank Lanier, Darrell Nicholson, Lenny Rudow, and Peter Swanson.

Innovation Awards were presented in these categories to the following companies and their products:

Consumer Electronics & Software

Standard Horizon Matrix AIS: a compact, affordable combination of Class D VHF and AIS brings two important safety and communication features into the hands of the average boater. Honorable Mention: Simrad’s NSE12 Multifunction Marine Display.

Docking and Fendering Equipment

EZ Dock / EZ Launch: provides ease of entry and exit, as well as allowing quick launch and recovery for kayaks and canoes.

Consumer Installed Non-Electronic Hardware

Hunt Adjustable Table: The table allows user to change the shape and location of the table, while adding versatility to the furniture and space.

Consumer Personal Gear

Sailology’s WinchRite cordless electric winch handle designed to allow for easy cranking at an affordable price.

Cruisers 25 to 140 Feet (including fishing craft)

Boston Whaler 370 Outrage: an amalgamation of features including the elimination of the motor well, forward sun pad with storage, retractable shade top and molded in bow thruster. Honorable Mention: Rinker’s 310 Express Cruiser.

PWC, Jet Boats & Pontoon Boats

Sea-Doo RXT-X 260 digitally controlled fly-bywire system adds functionality and adjustability to give control of this 260 horsepower water bike.

Runabouts & Fishing Craft to 24 Feet

MasterCraft X-25: A digitally adjustable wake system, tracking camera and variable seating configuration combine to make this a unique 22-foot wake surfing platform.

Safety Equipment

FLIR Systems First Mate: Aportable and affordable thermal imaging handheld device heightens safety and security when boating at night.

Water Sports and Equipment

BRP TEC iCATCH PWC Trailer: It allows the rider to launch while seated on the PWC and walk around the trailer without getting in the water.

Environmental Award

Torqeedo Travel 503/1003: A display integrated into the tiller GPS receiver provides information on remaining range at current speed, power consumption and state of charge.

For the complete release, go to www.nmma.org/news/news.asp?id=17815&sid=3. Contact Kelly Kaylor, kkaylor@ nmma.org, 312/946.6262.

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