Innovation Awards

Rewarding Ingenuity. Honoring Excellence.

The IBEX Innovation Awards showcase outstanding marine product development to the recreational boating industry and beyond. The program, managed by NMMA and judged by BWI, is one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors recognizing manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market. For full program details; including rules, product categories, and entry click here. Below you can review the 2017 winners.



Boatbuilding Methods & Materials

CEproof Group, ICOMIA Technical File Generator

ICOMIA Technical File GeneratorThe Technical File Generator is a unique online software tool that simplifies the entire process of managing documentation requirements for compliance with the new European Union Recreational Craft Directive.

ICOMIA Technical File Website


Deck Equipment & Hardware

Aluna Systems, Light Pole

Light PoleThe Aluna Light Pole technology is a patented light conduit technology that replaces electrical contacts with light coupling for high reliability removable navigation lights.

Aluna Systems Website

IBEX Innovation Awards Honorable Mention

CAF-COMPO screw-stud

Mechanical Systems

Seakeeper, Seakeeper 3

Seakeeper 3The Seakeeper 3 is the first exclusively 12-volt DC powered gyrostabilizer designed to eliminate up to 95% of boat roll on vessels from 30-39 feet—eliminating the seasickness, anxiety, and fatigue that go along with it.

Seakeeper 3 Website


Electrical Systems

JL Marine Systems, Power-Pole CHARGE

Power-Pole CHARGEThe Power-Pole CHARGE Marine Power Station is the world’s first AC/DC and bi-directional DC/DC, all-in-one marine battery management and charger.

Power-Pole website


Outboard Engines: Dual Winners

Suzuki Motor of America Inc., DF350A

Suzuki Motor of America Inc. DF350ASuzuki’s DF350A is a design engineering tour de force, applying new thinking and new technology to the outboard category.

Suzuki Marine Website

Yamaha Motor Corporation, F25C

Yamaha Motor Corporation, F25CYamaha’s all-new F25 is the lightest, most portable 25-horsepower outboard in the industry.

Yamaha Motor Website


Boatyard and Dealer Hardware and Software

Gemeco Marine Accessories, TDT1000 Transducer Diagnostic Tester

=TDT1000 Transducer Diagnostic TesterTDT1000 Transducer Diagnostic Tester takes the guesswork out of troubleshooting both conventional and Chirp transducers by utilizing the TDT1000 and SensorCheck App to compare transducer performance against factory provided performance data.

Airmar Website


Propulsion Parts, Propellers

BRP US Inc., Evinrude iDock

Evinrude iDockThe Evinrude iDock system, with an affordable price point and other industry-leading system innovations, allows users to easily maneuver their boat using a joystick for simple docking, in even the toughest conditions.

Evinrude Website

IBEX Innovation Awards Honorable Mention

PowerTech! Propellers

OEM Electronics: Dual Winners

JL Marine Systems, Power-Pole VISION

Power-Pole VISIONThe Power-Pole VISION onboard marine accessory management and multi-media tablet is an all-in-one touch-screen tablet that allows multiple boat accessories to be connected and controlled by one smart device.

Power-Pole Website


Lumitec, Power Line Instruction Technology

Power Line Instruction TechnologyPower Line Instruction (PLI) is an innovative, proprietary communication protocol used to send control/configuration instructions to Lumitec luminaires over the standard power wires.

Lumitec Website


Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories

Gatorbak LLC, Premium Clear Bunk Covers

Gatorbak Premium Clear Bunk CoversGatorbak LLC, Synthetic Bunk Covers, Premium Clear color option allows total customization of bunk color and optional LED lighting.

Gatorbak Website


Safety Equipment

Vesper Marine, deckWatch App

Vesper Marine, deckWatch AppVesper Marine deckWatch App – smartAIS safety alarms and navigation data on your smartwatch. When it comes to safety at sea, every second counts. In case of potential collision situations, anchor drag or man overboard, the deckWatch App gives boaters immediate visibility of alarms from their smartAIS transponders, over WiFi directly on their smartwatch.

Vesper Marine Website


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