MIAMI: Innovation Award winners announcedPosted on
Twelve marine products were honored today for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International at the 70th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami.
The Innovation Awards recognize products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products being made; benefit to the marine industry and/or the consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of receiving the award.
“We had an outstanding group of entries this year and saw innovations that are sure to pave the way for boating industry advancement,” said Zuzana Prochazka, Innovation Awards judge, technical editor of Latitudes and Attitudes and president of the BWI board of directors. “The judges were impressed with the depth of products submitted this year, needing to select multiple winners in two categories, and are looking forward to what the future of the industry has in store for boaters.”
Here are the winners:
Cruisers (25 to 60 feet, including fishing craft)
Company: Chaparral 327
Product: SSX Bow Rider
PWC, Jet boats, Pontoon Boats
Product: Sea-Doo GTI SE 130 Watercraft
Product: Beneteau Sense Series
Docking and Fendering Equipment
Product: SidePower SEP Speed Control Thruster Series
Consumer Electronics and Software - dual winners and honorable mention
Product: BSM-2 Broadband Sounder
Product: Zeus Sailing Navigation System
Company: Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
Product: Take Me Fishing Boat Ramp Mobile App
Consumer-Installed Non-Electronic Hardware
Product: Seldén Reversible Winch
Water Sports and Equipment
Product: Mastercraft Zero Flex Tower 5P
Product: DF 40A/50A
Consumer Safety Equipment – dual winners with completely different approaches
Product: Navionics Mobile iPhone Marine & Lakes Mobile App with user overlay
Company: Lake Lite
Product: Lake Lite Solar Powered Illuminating Buoys
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