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Innovation Awards salute 21 products

New products judged the best of the best were singled out when the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International presented their 2017 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards in February.

New products judged the best of the best were singled out when the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International presented their 2017 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards in February.

The judges, chosen by BWI, evaluated 63 products. There were 21 honorees — 19 winners and two honorable mentions in 16 categories.

The NMMA says the awards recognize “exceptionally groundbreaking” products. To be considered, a product must “have innovative distinction from other products currently manufactured in the marine industry.”

The winners were:

Boat care and maintenance — Snap Tool Multi-Key, Davis Instruments;

Center console/ walkaround fishing boats — 230 Outrage, Boston Whaler;

Consumer safety equipment (dual winners) — 100 N Junior Harness Lifejacket, Spinlock USA; SeaAngel SA15 ASI Flare SART/MOB, FT-Tec USA;

Cuddy cabin and bowrider boats — SLX 400, Sea Ray Boats;

Deck equipment and hardware — Scout Articulating Rocket Launcher, Scout Boats (Honorable Mention: CLite2 LED Searchlight with FLIR Camera, IMTRA Corp.);

Docking and fendering equipment — EZ Kayak Launch, EZ Dock;

Electric motor/battery-powered propulsion — Cruise Fixed Pod System, Torqeedo;

Fishing equipment, gear and tackle — Sea Lime Fishing Lures, Sea Lime;

Furnishings and interior parts — Anti-Spill Wine Glasses, Royal Stabilis;

Inboard engines — GDI Engine Series, Ilmor Marine;

Personal gear, soft goods — Deck-Boss Boot, Grundens USA;

Personal watercraft — Sea-Doo SPARK TRIXX, BRP U.S.;

Propulsion equipment and parts — Volvo Penta Inboard Joystick, Volvo Penta;

Tow boats — Dock Star, MasterCraft Boat Co. (honorable mention: Super Air Nautique GS-Series, Nautique Boat Co.);

Watersports equipment (dual winners) — StereoActive, Fusion Electronics; Mirage Eclipse, Hobie Cat Co.;

Consumer electronics, mobile applications and software (dual winners) — GX6500 Fixed Mount VHF, Standard Horizon; Axiom MFDs, Raymarine.

This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue.

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