IBEX 2013: Innovation Award winners named

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference today announced the winners of the 2013 IBEX Innovation Awards.

A panel of experienced technical boating journalists and editors from Boating Writers International judged all entries and presented awards to the winners at the All-Industry Breakfast, which took place this morning.

IBEX organizers created the Innovation Awards to recognize significant contributions to marine product technology. IBEX, the premier boating industry technical trade show and networking event, is taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

“We are extremely pleased with the caliber of all entries this year,” said Alan Wendt, chairman of the BWI judging panel. “Marine technology is developing and expanding at a rapid rate, and the range of products entered this year reflect an exciting, changing landscape. The winners represent not only technological mastery, but truly the creativity that is propelling this industry forward.”

The 2013 IBEX Innovation Award winners are:

Boat Care & Maintenance: Pettit Paint Hydrocoat Eco

“This product is actually two good bottom-paint technologies made to work together,” judge Beth Leonard said.

Boatbuilding Methods & Materials: Safety Components Fabric Technologies Breakwater X

“A marine exterior fabric with a 10-year warranty, made from an advanced polymer alloy and built to withstand the harshest environment is unheard of,” judge Nigel Calder said.

Boatyard and Dealer Hardware and Software: Navico System Builder

Judge Ben Ellison said, “This is a product that simplifies the sales and order process and also begins the proper documentation and diagram of the electronics on a boat.”

Deck Equipment & Hardware: Syntec Industries Smart Wheel

“This product from Syntec Industries is an invitation to boatbuilders everywhere to trick out their boat steering wheels with wireless or Bluetooth communication,” judge Frank Lanier said.

Honorable Mention: Marine Accessories Corp. Xtreme Bimini

Furnishing & Interior Parts: Spradling International Marine Fastmount Very Low Profile Clip

“The Fastmount Very Low Profile Clip vastly improves panel mounting with no special tools,” judge Pete Robson said.

Honorable Mention: Kenyon International Silken 2

Mechanical Systems: Dometic Marine SeaLand Orbit 7100 Series Toilet

“Dometic has come up with a smart solution to fitting a marine toilet into today’s multi-angled small space heads,” judge Pete Robson said.

Environmental Award: Clean Marine Systems Environmental Valve Vent

“The Environmental Valve Vent is a perfect example of using the power of IBEX to solicit input from design engineers from the major OEMs,” lead judge Alan Wendt said. “This yielded an improved product that solves forthcoming EPA regulations.”

OEM Electronics: Co-awards to Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System and Raymarine Evolution Autopilot

Judge Ben Ellison said, “The Glass Cockpit System sets a new industry standard for the integration of engine and navigation data.”

“Simplified installation and no calibration make Raymarine’s Autopilot a game changer,” judge Zuzana Prochazka said.

Honorable Mention: Fusion Electronics Marine Stereo with Universal Media Device Dock and Bluetooth Streaming

Outboard Engine: Yamaha Marine Group 2.8L inline Four Marine Power Platform

“This highly versatile four-stroke power platform, featuring a narrow footprint and ability to retrofit, has a very broad appeal for both the end user and the marine industry,” judge Beth Leonard said.

Propulsion Parts, Propellers: Seastar Solutions Lower Unit Fill/Drain Kit

Judge Frank Lanier said, “The Lower Unit Fill/Drain Kit will encourage owners to take better care of their lower units by being environmentally responsible.”

Safety Equipment: American Boat & Yacht Council Safety Equipment App

“This app is personalized to your size boat and a necessary good start for the large percentage of boaters who do not buy through a retail dealer who would otherwise provide new boater instruction,” Beth Leonard said.

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