Rewarding Ingenuity. Honoring Excellence.
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,” said judge Beth Leonard.
Boatbuilding Methods & Materials: Safety Components Fabric Technologies Breakwater X
“A marine exterior fabric with a ten year warranty, made from an advanced polymer alloy, and built to withstand the harshest environment is unheard of,” according to judge Nigel Calder.
Boatyard and Dealer Hardware and Software: Navico System Builder
Judge Ben Ellison commented, “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 boat builders everywhere to trick out their boat steering wheels with wireless or Bluetooth communication,” explained judge Frank Lanier.
Honorable Mention: Marine Accessories Corporation 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,” said judge Pete Robson.
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 marine toilet into today’s multl-angled small space heads,” explained judge Pete Robson.
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,” commented lead judge Alan Wendt. “This yielded an improved product that solves forthcoming EPA regulations.”
OEM Electronics: Co-Awards to Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System, 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,” added judge Zuzana Prochazka.
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 retro fit has a very broad appeal for both the end user and the marine industry,” said judge Beth Leonard.
Propulsion Parts, Propellers: Seastar Solutions Lower Unit Fill/Drain Kit
Judge Frank Lanier stated, “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,” said Beth Leonard.
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