David King, co-founder of Princess Yachts, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the third annual Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement in Amsterdam.
About 300 guests were on hand to see King be honored at Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum.
“It is I who should really honor you for allowing me to spend a lifetime enjoying myself,” King said. “It’s been hard work made easy by being among friends in a great industry.”
“I’m sure we would all agree that David is one of the industry’s great visionaries, who built a globally recognized brand through enormous personal commitment during more than 50 years of involvement in all aspects of the business,” IBI publishing director Nick Hopkinson said in his citation. “He is a real boater and product developer with an understanding that is totally unique among his peers.”
Eight winners and two honorable mentions were recognized Wednesday evening during the Boat Builder Awards.
The competition had its largest field of entries from around the world and organizers said several categories were closely contested. The awards were jointly organized by the Metstrade show and IBI, in association with Raymarine.
Brunswick Boat Group and Mercury Marine’s Go Boldly video took the top honors in the Retail Marketing Initiative category, sponsored by RAI Amsterdam.
Correct Craft and Fairline Yachts were named joint winners in the Boat Builder International Dealer/Distributor Development category, sponsored by Lumishore. Both companies were commended for taking different but similarly successful paths to improving their sales networks.
Groupe Beneteau and Multiplast won the Boat Builder & Equipment Manufacturer Collaborative Solution category, sponsored by Ultraflex. The judges said the companies substantially brought down the timescale and cost for foil production on the boatbuilder’s Figaro 3 yacht. Zodiac Nautic Group and Torqeedo earned an honorable mention for their Avon eJET concept.
Sunseeker International won two awards. Its Manhattan 52 Beach Club concept won in the Innovative Onboard Design Solution category, sponsored by Fusion. KM Yachtbuilders’ retractable rudder and stern gear for its 78-foot Polar Explorer Yacht earned an honorable mention.
Sunseeker’s second award was in the Best Apprenticeship and Training Scheme category, sponsored by Marine Resources.
Bavaria Yachts won in the Innovation in a Production Process category, sponsored by Dometic, for its MODUTEC modular construction techniques.
Campion Marine won the Environmental Initiative award, sponsored by UCINA, for its hull construction materials.
“The Boat Builder Awards was conceived to champion the vision and dedication of the people that build boats today and the great efforts they are making to ensure the marine industry continues to provide the right products for its current and future customers,” Ed Slack, IBI editor and chairman of the judges for the competition, said in a statement.
“It is also vital that all sectors of the industry collaborate closely to ensure the very best user experiences. Our winning and short-listed companies this year provided brilliant examples, not only of individual excellence, but also the great results that occur when teams and businesses work closely together.”