Rewarding Ingenuity. Honoring Excellence.
* 2013 Innovation Award Recipients *
Infuse new ideas and energy into your company by knowing which companies and products are making significant contributions to marine technology. Each of these innovative products was featured at IBEX 2013 in Louisville, KY.
Pettit Paint Hydrocoat Eco
Boat Care — Maintenance
“This product is actually two good bottom paint technologies made to work together,” said Judge Beth Leonard.
Safety Components Fabric Technologies Breakwater X
Boatbuilding Methods — Materials
“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.
Navico System Builder
Boatyard and Dealer Hardware and Software
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.”
Syntec Industries Smart Wheel
Deck Equipment — Hardware
“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.
Spradling International Marine Fastmount Very Low Profile Clip
Furnishing — Interior Parts
“The Fastmount Very Low Profile Clip vastly improves panel mounting with no special tools,” said Judge Pete Robson.
Dometic Marine SeaLand Orbit 7100 Series Toilet
“Dometic has come up with a smart solution to fitting a marine toilet into today's multi-angled small space heads,” explained Judge Pete Robson.
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.”
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.
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.
Seastar Solutions Lower Unit Fill/Drain Kit
Propulsion Parts, Propellers
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.”
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 Judge Beth Leonard.
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