Yamaha wins several awards at Miami boat show

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(From left) Yamaha boat business chief sales and marketing officer Dean Burnett, NMMA president Thom Dammrich, Skeeter Boats vice president Jeff Stone Sr. and Bill Boehman, Yamaha chief marine operations and manufacturing officer/vice president of Yamaha Motor Corp.

(From left) Yamaha boat business chief sales and marketing officer Dean Burnett, NMMA president Thom Dammrich, Skeeter Boats vice president Jeff Stone Sr. and Bill Boehman, Yamaha chief marine operations and manufacturing officer/vice president of Yamaha Motor Corp.

Yamaha outboards, jetboats and WaveRunner PWC, and Skeeter and G3 boats all received National Marine Manufacturers Association Industry CSI awards at last week’s Miami International Boat Show. Yamaha watercraft also won two Innovation Awards.

The awards recognize manufacturers who measure customer satisfaction.

“The manufacturers honored illustrate the commitment it takes to provide unparalleled service to their customers and have created a culture of excellence in customer satisfaction,” Robert Newsome, senior vice president of strategy, engineering, standards and membership for NMMA, said in a statement.

In the innovation awards, Yamaha won the jetboat category for its new 275 series and another for its WakeBooster surf technology. The 275 was recognized for its patented DRiVE technology, which allows operators control the boat at slow speeds using paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

In the Watersports Accessory category, Yamaha’s WakeBooster was honored for its ability to create a surfable wake behind a jetboat.

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