Boatload of Miami Innovations

NMMA and BWI announced winners of the 2016 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, presented during the annual Industry Breakfast at the opening of the event. This year’s program evaluated 77 products across 31 categories featuring an outstanding pool of entries. The judges ultimately selected 17 winners in 16 categories and three honorable mentions for a total of 20 honorees. The complete list of awards can be seen at

Two BWI Supporting members were recognized:

– For Mechanical & Electrical Systems: Indmar Products Co., Inc., Strainer Pro, a sea strainer with a built-in flush kit which enables boat owners to protect their engine from debris and simplifies aquatic invasive species (AIS) flushing and maintenance.

– For Personal Watercraft: Yamaha WaterCraft Group Company, TR-1 Marine High Output Engine, described as 13 percent more powerful than the engine that it is replacing while being 40 percent smaller in size and 20 percent lighter in weight.

BWI’s judging team in Miami was co-chaired by Zuzana Prochazka and Alan Wendt and included Frank Lanier, Marilyn Mower, Lenny Rudow, Lawrence Husick, Nigel Calder and Gary Reich.