WHERE BETTER BOATS BEGIN

SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2015 KENTUCKY EXPOSITION CENTER LOUISVILLE, KY, USA

Innovation Awards

Rewarding Ingenuity. Honoring Excellence.

The IBEX Innovation Awards acknowledge the importance of technological advancement. All IBEX 2015 exhibitors are encouraged to enter their NEW products in the IBEX Innovation Awards competition. This is one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors, and winners will be announced during the Industry Awards Breakfast held on the first morning of IBEX, Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

 

IBEX Innovation Awards 2014

The 2014 IBEX Innovation Award winners are

Protomet Corporation: G4 Tower

Boatbuilding Methods & Materials

Protomet Corporation: G4 Tower

This tower combines the latest in manufacturing technology with exceptional engineering to create a new solution for an entire class of boatbuilders. According to Innovation Award judge, Bill Bishop, “It’s apparent when you see and touch this product that it’s made to aerospace standards and will be a game-changer in the marine industry.”

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Taco Metals: Stainless Steel Ratchet Hinge

Deck Equipment & Hardware

Taco Metals: Stainless Steel Ratchet Hinge

With wide application potential for boats of all sizes—this is a high quality, sturdy construction that can be customized for discreet solutions. Innovation Award judge, Mark Masciarotte calls it a “Marvel of engineering that provides precision, high strength ratcheted performance.”

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Kenyon International: Silken Grill Lid

Furnishings & Interior Parts

Kenyon International: Silken Grill Lid

This cover solves multiple problems—for anyone who has ever burned themselves on a hot grill cover, this soft and flexible silicone top, stays cool, collapses for stowing and is easy to clean. “Better soft and cool than hard and hot,” says Ben Ellison, Innovation Award judge. “Take it from an expert.”

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Mechanical Systems

Dual Winners

Dometic: Variable Capacity Chiller

Dometic: Variable Capacity Chiller

Webasto: BlueCool Variable Speed Chiller

Webasto: BlueCool Variable Speed Chiller

 

Both of these companies came from different angles to develop a modulated air conditioning solution. According to Innovation Award judge, Ben Ellison: “It’s not just on or off,” he said. “Now you can chill out smoothly without a lot of on/off switching which is easier on you and your equipment.”

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Marinco/Mastervolt: ProInstaller Series Clustering System

Electrical Systems

Marinco/Mastervolt: ProInstaller Series Clustering System

This system will greatly simplify and speed up electrical installations and modifications in a smaller overall footprint. Beth Leonard, Innovation Award judge noted that “It is like Lincoln Logs for marine installers.”

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Mercury Marine: MerCruiser 4.5L 250 hp Sterndrive

Inboard Engines

Mercury Marine: MerCruiser 4.5L 250 hp Sterndrive

Built form the ground up for marine applications, this engine has easily accessible maintenance points, well-placed electrical components and automatically maintains driver set RPMs. As Innovation Award judge, Brady Kay noted, “Because auto engines, are for highways.”

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Suzuki: DF25A – Outboard motor 25 hp

Outboard Engines

Suzuki: DF25A – Outboard motor 25 hp

With an offset crankshaft that eliminates piston slap and battery-less electronic fuel injection, this lightweight outboard brings the latest in technology to smaller engines. “This isn’t your grandfather’s 25 hp outboard,” said Mark Masciarotte, Innovation Award judge. “Because he wouldn’t have been able to imagine what you can pack into an engine of this size.”

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Trimaco: E-Z Floor Guards

Boatyard Hardware/Software and Dealer Equipment

Trimaco: E-Z Floor Guards

If you’ve ever had to take off your shoes at a boat show or in a boatyard, you’ll understand why this easy to apply, and very durable shoe cover won us over. “This is a product with sole,” says Innovation Award judge, Judy Waldman. “It’s a step up and with Brady on the team, we know it’s size 13 proven.”

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Gemeco Marine Accessories: Offshore Dual Engine Display

Propulsion Parts, Gauges & Propellers

Gemeco Marine Accessories: Offshore Dual Engine Display

This display can be used in place of several major manufacturers’ engine gauges without voiding warrantees and according to Innovation Award judge, Bill Bishop “It’s styling compliments many glass helm displays.”

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Gold Eagle: STA-BIL 360 Fuel Treatment

Boat Care and Maintenance

Gold Eagle: STA-BIL 360 Fuel Treatment

All fuel treatment systems protect the fuel in the tank, but the Stabil 360 actually protects components above the fuel level. Innovation Award judge, Brady Kay mentioned that “Even though this product will stabilize your fuel for up to 12 months, this doesn’t give you an excuse not to use your boat for a year.”

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Medallion Instrumentation Systems: Medallion Viper II Malibu Command Center

OEM Electronics

Medallion Instrumentation Systems: Medallion Viper II Malibu Command Center

This system offers comprehensive touchscreen and analog control of all vessel systems. As Innovation Award judge, Ben Ellison said, “It’s good to see boater-oriented training videos embedded right into the system—this is not just a pretty face.”

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Magic Tilt Trailers: Custom Reinforced Tube Trailer

Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories

Magic Tilt Trailers: Custom Reinforced Tube Trailer

This unique extruded trailer frame structure provides improved flexibility in running channel wiring and locating other critical components. As Beth Leonard, Innovation Award judge said, “It’s flexible, it’s clean and it’s an all-in-one solution.”

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BluSkies International: Diurnal Control Valve

Environmental Award

BluSkies International: Diurnal Control Valve

Environmental compliance can be challenging for the boatbuilders but this valve is a low- cost and compact solution to EPA regulation. Judy Waldman, Innovation Award judge observed that it was “A simple answer to a very complex problem.”

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For questions, contact:
Rachel Timko
NMMA
T: 312-946-6247