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MIAMI: Award winners honored at show

MIAMI - West Marine and the YachtWorld Foundation announced award winners at the Miami International Boat Show.

West Marine announced at the show that three products were selected as Green Product of the Year honorees.

Entropy’s Super Sap epoxy, Torqeedo’s Travel 1003 Electric Outboard and the Lehr Propane Powered Outboard Motor shared the top honor and the $10,000 prize.

The judges made their selection based on effectiveness, cost-competitiveness, environmental impact, degree of innovation and verification of claims.

“Super Sap epoxy has the same properties that have made other epoxy resins popular with boaters for bonding, filleting, coating and reinforcing. The difference is that about a third of the Super Sap ingredients come from waste streams of paper and biodiesel production and therefore reduce the amount of petroleum needed for manufacturing,” said West Marine vice president of product information Chuck Hawley, who served as a judge.

The Torqeedo Travel 1003 Electric Outboard was selected because it provides hours of quiet power and can be used on lakes that prohibit internal combustion engines. Its built-in GPS eliminates “range anxiety” and shows you exactly how much power and range remain. “The inclusion of a GPS and power monitoring display gives the owner of the Travel 1003 fascinating insight into the operation of the motor, as well as providing the ability to plan your battery use accurately,” the judges said.

The Lehr series of propane outboards eliminate many of the hassles of gas-powered engines. “They produce far fewer pollutants for the air and water, and they allow cruisers to cast off without the need to carry gasoline onboard for dinghies,” Hawley said. “Propane is produced domestically and doesn’t deteriorate when stored, like gasoline can. It’s a clean and relatively inexpensive fuel.”

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The YachtWorld Foundation, whose mission is to further the knowledge and protection of the world’s oceans, announced the 2011 YachtWorld Heroes and its 2012 organizational beneficiary at the Miami International Boat Show.

The 2012 beneficiary is the International SeaKeepers Society, chaired by Michael Moore. Its mission is to gather and distribute the most useful oceanographic and atmospheric data about the health of the world’s oceans and climate.

Nominated by marine industry colleagues, personal friends or acquaintances whose lives have been affected by their work, the 2011 YachtWorld Heroes are:

• Mark Schrader, of Around the Americas, who completed a 25,000-mile sailing circumnavigation of the American continents to inspire, educate and engage citizens of the Americas to protect the fragile oceans and collect scientific data for scientific organizations.

• Alex Braden, of Encompass - The Daniel Braden Reconciliation Trust. This organization brings together young people from different cultures and backgrounds, supporting their understanding and tolerance of each other while giving them the skills and confidence to promote inter-cultural understanding in their communities.

• The U.S. Coast Guard, one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization, with the Department of Homeland Security, whose mission is to protect the maritime economy and environment, defend maritime borders and save those in peril.

• Debra Frenkel and John Weller, of the Freedom Waters Foundation, whose vision is to be the national leader in therapeutic boating and marine-related activities for people with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses, youths at risk and others with special needs.

“Those of us who enjoy our oceans have particular reasons to become its protectors and share the joy with others,” YachtWorld.com founder Jessica Muffett said in a statement. “We are so pleased to recognize these five individuals and organizations for their good work so they may inspire others.”

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