2021 Innovation Way Showcase
The IBEX Innovation Awards showcase outstanding marine product development to the recreational boating industry and beyond. The program, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), is one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors recognizing manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market.
The 2021 IBEX Innovation Award winners were presented on-site during the Industry Breakfast. All product entries can be viewed below, including the award winners.
BEP Smart Battery Hub
Advanced Systems Group by Brunswick
BEP’s innovative Smart Battery Hub is an intelligent battery management system for vessels running two or more outboards, sterndrives or inboard engines. Smart Battery Hub simplifies battery management with remotely activated switches, automatic Voltage Sensitive Switching and emergency parallel functionality, neatly housed in a robust, ignition protected IPX7 enclosure.
Flowstrip PP4 Max
Airtech International Inc.
Flowstrip PP4 Max is a flat resin feed channel constructed with a high speed 3D mesh inside a porous non-woven polypropylene sleeve. Flowstrip PP4 Max is extremely efficient resin flow channel, easy to position on the laminate, easy to bag over, and releases from the laminate after cure.
A5018 Topcoat 501 Rolling Additive
Alexseal Yacht Coatings
ALEXSEAL A5018 501 Rolling Additive is for the boatyards and applicators who prefer working with roller and can not spray topcoat in their yards. A5018 improves the flow and leveling of the surface during the application by roller. With A5018 getting a spray like finish is now achievable by roller.
Revive Wireless Charging
American Technology Components
The first future proof and extended range wireless phone charger designed for recreational industries.
Duramax Diesel Fuel Caddy
The DuraMax is suited for farm and rural use and marine applications. Made from high density polyethylene, the DuraMax fuel container is resistant to corrosion and denting. Its sturdy six-inch wheels and extra-deep handle make it easy to deliver fuel dockside when refueling boats or powered water craft.
Beautiful Ladders, Inc.
Boat/Ladders: Engineered for Comfort, Safety and Stability! RGB LED Lights included.
22mm LED Switch with Settable Circuit Breakers
8 programmable Amp positions: 3,5,6,7.5, 10, 15,20,0. Easily setup the breaker current by press and hold of the button. Inrush Protection, our switch will hold 120Amp Inrush for 120us before fault mode trips! Stainless Steel SS316 Body and IP69KWaterproof Rating. Protection from Salt Spray EN ISO 9227-17.
The Boatrax Brain enables industry-wide integration by transmitting NMEA to the Cloud. Our Platform promotes transparency through granular data analysis. Insights from collected data generate actionable alerts to boaters, shared with vendors, dealers, manufacturers. Boatrax is implementing deep industry collaboration and upgrading boat ownership. Welcome to the Future of Boating.
MPower CLMD16 16-Channel DC Load Controller Module
MPower® CLMD16 16-Channel DC Load Controller Module is a flexible and scalable platform designed to control DC systems using configurable keypads, switch modules & multifunction displays. Designed for small runabout vessels to large yachts, MPower simplifies installation and delivers easy, intuitive control over the increasingly complex systems on today’s vessels.
CNB Marine Solutions LLC
EZ JOKER the evolution of marine sanitation. Change a joker or duckbill valve in 60 seconds or less with no tools, no smell, and no mess.
Discover Battery introduces LITHIUM BLUE batteries for marine deep-cycle loads and trolling motor applications. It incorporates a BMS that controls the safety of the battery and real-time Bluetooth access to the battery’s charge, voltage, current and temperature. Features a built-in suitcase-style handle, and field-serviceable fuse to protect the user’s investment.
Dockworks – Software for Marine Professionals
DockWorks is built for marine professionals and servicing departments our full-service cloud-based operations platform enables marine professionals to control costs, save time, and automate their business. With DockWorks marine professionals are able to get paid faster, save time, increase efficiency, deliver world class customer service, and automate their operations.
Dometic Marine’s new Breathe Ionizer is a quick and innovative way to add state-of-the-art air purification to any vessel. It uses positive and negatively charged ions to reduce pathogens and mold spores by attacking their core structure. Both odors and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are reduced for fresh, pure air.
M65 Series Marine Gravity Toilet
Center consoles, pilothouse fishing boats and other vessels that have had to “make do” with uncomfortable porta-potties can now benefit from a self-contained gravity toilet system from Dometic. The Dometic Gravity Toilet provides comfort and convenience while eliminating the need for holding tanks, pumps and hoses, making installation simple.
Dometic Marine’s new Mega Plate is a meticulously engineered and robustly built electric jackplate designed for today’s large, heavy and powerful outboard motors — including the new V12 600 horsepower engine from Mercury. It brings the performance advantages of jack plates to today’s large offshore center consoles and fishing boats.
Voyager Series Turbo Variable Capacity
The innovative Voyager Series regulates compressor speed based on the cooling or heating demands of the vessel. When the vessel has reached a set comfort point, the compressor will run at reduced speed. This results in quieter operation, reduced maintenance, superior efficiency, improved dehumidification and consistent temperature for crew comfort.
The CLEARLINE System with CLEARVIS Flow Sensing Technology
ElectroSea announces CLEARVIS™ Flow Sensing Technology for its new CLEARLINE System. CLEARVIS measures seawater velocity using speed of sound technology. The CLEARLINE System with CLEARVIS dynamically measures the flow rate and generates a low level of chlorine to prevent barnacles and biofilm in the seawater system.
Forespar Products Corp.
Forespar’s new Speed Scoop updates the decades-old traditional scoop strainer design and optimizes it for higher velocity and higher volume applications. Intended for use in powerboats and speedboats of all types, the Speed Scoop was designed with computer simulation to maximize fresh water intake flow while minimizing drag and turbulence.
Forespar Products Corp.
Forespar’s new TITAN T-strainer provides the high-flow filtering needed by today’s large engines in a convenient form factor. By redesigning the traditional T-strainer filter, the TITAN strainer’s straight-through flowpath achieves almost unrestricted flow at 80 GPM. The top plug also allows for easy flushing and winterization without extra equipment.
Polar Cap Ice Management System
Frigibar’s patent-pending Polar Cap Ice Management System automatically sends ice to multiple locations when and where it’s needed. The system directs ice from the ice maker into one of two boxes up to 20 feet away, and monitors ice levels in each box, resupplying them as necessary.
Apollo Series amplifiers
FUSION Entertainment USA Inc.
Fusion Apollo amplifiers are the difference between hearing the music and feeling it. With increased power and efficiency, a tune-free setup and more, Apollo Series amplifiers optimize Fusion marine entertainment systems for enhanced audio clarity and better sound performance on board, no matter how loud the music is playing.
weBBoat 4G Lite EVO
GA Communications LLC
weBBoat 4G Lite EVO is the new compact Plug&Play 4G/Wi-Fi COASTAL INTERNET Single Sim system to surf the web up to approximately 15 miles from the coast and share internet with up to 24 users. Easily to configure thanks to iOS/Android App including the encrypted peer-to-peer connection for remote set-up/service.
GPSMAP 1243xsv chartplotter
The GPSMAP 1243xsv chartplotter features a high-resolution 12” in-plane switching display, ultrasleek design and vivid sonar color palette that seamlessly integrates into a Garmin marine system. It also features built-in UHD SideVü and ClearVü scanning sonars and supports 1kW CHIRP traditional sonar, radar, LiveScope sonar and Auto Guidance technology.
Gemlux Quick Shade System
GEM Products Inc.
Our Quick Shade System allows you to put shade on the aft or bow of your boat in minutes. It’s perfect for getting sanctuary from the sun while kicking back at the sandbar or deep dropping for daytime swordfish.
Gemeco Marine Accessories
AIRMAR’s new NMEA 2000® certified SmartBoat® System connects nearly any sensor type, environmental parameter, communication protocol and network type into a single, configurable hardware platform. This unique approach significantly reduces the typical equipment, gateways, cabling, complexity, and labor associated with installing other networking products – saving thousands on every installation.
Re-Deck by Gibco Flex-Mold
Gibco Flex-Mold Inc.
Re-Deck, Gibco’s newest non-skid solution, can be applied using pressure-sensitive adhesive or epoxy for a true bond. Cut any shape with quality shears or a CNC machine. Gibco patterns are easy on feet, knees & bathing suits. Deck foam eventually gets replaced and thrown away, Re-Deck is here to stay!
Carbon Fiber Storage
Grant Products International
Grant has developed a complete storage box featured by 100% True Carbon Fiber lid made in AUTOCLAVE controlled pressing cycle, Logo UV Printing and UV resistant varnish. , All hardware is stainless steel slam latches and hinges. The inside storage box area made of Seaboard-Starboard.
Heated Steering Wheel
Grant Products International
Grant Heated Steering Wheel allows you to keep the hands warm and loose whether your relaxing on your boat or taking off for big day of fishing. Turn on the heat and your hands will be warmer in minutes giving you steady heat source for as long as you need.
High speed, low profile raw water transom pickup with adjustable length (3″ to 7.5″) to suit various installation requirements. Available in 3/4″ to 2″ pipe sizes. Construction is #316 stainless steel.
New, Patented, Kanvaslight technology allows you to bring your textile structure as a broad lighting surface. It creates a perfectly diffused light for gathering and entertaining beneath. Kanvaslight creates a smart, clean-line installation that is only there when you need it. The technology is designed specifically for the outdoor industry.
Apelo A2 – Underwater Light White/Blue/RGB
Apelo features an asymmetric light pattern with 3000 lumens below the waterline. The result is a wide horizontal spread of color across the water with spectacular effect. Available in vibrant blue or intense white illumination, or select Apelo RGB* for complete color spectrum control.
Launch GT Synchronous Motion Folding Arch and Hard Top
HiTide Manufacturing Group LLC
Innovation through collaboration is evident in this NEW full power folding and fixed top system. Engineered with a seamlessly beautiful design utilizing the HiTide Manufacturing Group’s patent pending Synchronous Motion Actuation System (SMACS) & patented Integrated wedge locking system with the Chris Craft GT folding arch & fixed top design.
Hydrofin Super Fly
Hydrofin Super Fly is an engineered hydrofoil system designed by Morrelli & Melvin specifically for double pontoon boats. Designed to carry 40% of the weight of the boat, these underwater wings create lift and reduce drag. Boats with Hydrofin Super Fly are faster, more efficient, and better riding.
The M510 is Icom’s newest Class D DSC fixed-mount VHF marine transceiver (AIS version available). Command and control the M510 wirelessly using your smart device and the RS-M500 app. The large color display and simple user interface are perfect for casual and serious boaters alike. BRING IT ON.
Innovative Group Inc.
Extruded aluminum housing, stainless steel internal roller shafts and lifts. 4″ marine grade actuator. Non marking marine grade Wobble wheels. Carpeted surface. Powder coat finish. Wireless remote.
The Vault drain plug
The Vault by inteliPlug is a revolutionary drain plug that replaces conventional 1/2 NPT threaded transom plugs. It features an ergonomic grip that allows boaters to easily tighten and loosen the plug without having to use clunky tools. It also floats so it wont get lost at the boat ramp.
Micron Extra SPC
Interlux Yacht Finishes
Micron Extra SPC (Self Polishing Copolymer) antifouling delivers unmatched versatility, high performance, multi-season protection against harsh fouling conditions on boats of all size, and in all waters – fresh to salt water. With Micron Extra SPC, you can stop focusing on what isn’t possible and start focusing on the horizon.
Marina Master OneTwoThree©
IRM Ltd., Marina Master
Marina Master OneTwoThree© is new integrated cloud-based CRM software solution enabling automatic reservation process in marina in only a few steps remotely anytime. A leap forward is improved boater experience and contactless management of the whole process: online reservation, berthing payment, boat arrival, staying at the marina and final departure.
RGB Cupholder with USB Charging
Lit ring USB-A charging drink holder. Eliminates the need for additional USB charger and reduces wiring requirements. Available with a USB-A charger only or with the addition of a single color or RGB lit ring. Size and design coordinates with other ITC non-USB drink holders to maintain consistency throughout boat.
VersiControl RGB(W) Controller with Simrad Integration
First to market, proprietary NMEA 2000 RGB(W) control module. True system integration enables communication with Simrad MFD and graphic display of lighting controls. Included IOS and Android supported Bluetooth app, and direct line audio input. Each module controls 4 independent zones, use up to 4 modules boat for 16 zones.
BRP Premium Audio System
JL Audio Inc.
The Premium Audio System for the Sea-Doo Switch by JL Audio adds four 6.5’’ JL Audio marine coaxial speakers with RGB illumination and a 10’’ JL Audio subwoofer to the Sea-Doo Switch’s modular corner tables. Integrating rich, powerful sound into the unique modularity of this industry first pontoon.
Kasco Marine Inc.
Kasco AquatiClear is a clog resistant circulator that produces continuous water movement to keep docks, marinas, canals, shorelines and other areas clear of weeds, algae and debris. With our revolutionary Clean Current Technology (patent pending), AquatiClear features a new composite prop guard with a crown-like design ensuring maintenance-free, continuous operation.
The patent pending Lewmar Pontoon 125 VRTT Thruster revolutionizes the ease with which boaters can dock or moor pontoon boats in close quarters by introducing the first-of-its-kind, true docking thruster system to the marketplace.
With innovative hardware that adapts to wood, fiberglass, carbon-fiber and metal substrate applications the Ghost Mount packs incredible strength into an easy to install, low-profile, accessory mount that’s virtually unnoticed when installed on a boat.
36V Lithium Powerpack with NMEA2000
Lithium Pros 36V Powerpack with Embedded Battery Monitor and NMEA2000 connectivity.
Use aboard boats, by the lake, or poolside. The waterproof transmitter emits a comforting blue light assuring all is OK. In the event your child or pet should fall into in the water an ultra bright distress strobe on the transmitter activates and portable waterproof receiver sounds alarm and strobes.
Maradyne Marine Products
Full line of 12v & 24v Bilge Pumps, from 1,100 to 3,000 GPH. Silent and vibration-less operation with moisture tight seals and complete submergibility. Stainless steel shaft with ant-airlock protection. No Burn-out when run dry. Rust and corrosion protected with an ignition protected, long life, motor. Country of origin: Turkey
The Massivit 5000 is an industrial-grade, large-scale 3D printer that empowers manufacturers and service providers to produce large parts, molds, and prototypes within hours, instead of days. The Massivit 5000 leverages Massivit 3D’s patented Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) technology to achieve 30x the speed of other 3D printers.
Next Generation Digital Throttle & Shift Premier controls
The Mercury Marine dual-handle Next Generation Digital Throttle & Shift Premier system enhances the performance of multi-engine Mercury propulsion configurations by integrating SmartCraft digital technologies into an advanced suite of electronic remote controls. With ergonomic design, intelligent software and an intuitive interface, these controls provide a premium boat-driving experience.
Humminbird APEX 13 MEGA SI+ Chartplotter
Minn Kota / Humminbird / Cannon
The APEX 13 MEGA SI+ CHARTPLOTTER provides the clearest images on the sharpest multi-function display you’ve ever seen. Featuring industry-leading sonar technologies, along with advanced features of Dual Ethernet ports, HDMI In/Out ports and Dual Channel CHIRP sonar support, APEX will take your fishing to a new level.
Humminbird MEGA Live Imaging
Minn Kota / Humminbird / Cannon
MEGA Live Imaging™ delivers the detail and clarity of MEGA Imaging®, now in live-action. See fish and structure in real-time, in Down, Forward or Landscape viewing modes, with MEGA Imaging detail and clarity from edge-to-edge. This accessory transducer is compatible with Humminbird APEX™, SOLIX® and select HELIX® control heads.
Minn Kota Five-Bank Precision On-Board Marine Battery Charger Optimized for Lithium
Minn Kota / Humminbird / Cannon
Precision chargers from Minn Kota have been optimized for lithium batteries and can even wake them from standby. The completely reimagined line of on-board chargers are available for the first time ever with as many as five banks – perfect for boats with multiple fish finders and dedicated house batteries.
Radar Quick Release & Satellite Quick Release
Nautical Structures Industries Inc.
QM, LLC by Nautical Structures Industries presents the new Radar Quick Release (RQR) and Satellite Quick Release (SATQR) systems. These new-innovative mounts save time, money, and headaches for many different types of boat owners. Designed with a sturdy, lockable platform, the RQR/SATQR make removing/servicing/securing/installing high-value marine electronics easier than ever.
PressureMate is the world’s first on-board 12 volt pressure washer designed specifically for cleaning boats. Designed to provide powerful 600 psi water pressure with efficient coverage and maximum durability, PressureMate is quiet and reliable and able to blast through blood, guts and grime, without damaging gel coat or upholstery.
Explore E9 Weld-in LED Underwater Light
OceanLED USA LLC
The new OceanLED Explore E9 has a unique patented installation technology which means that the light can be easily removed and connected in-water without any cables and fitted inside hard-to-reach places like tanks and voids. The E9 uses less power to provide you with the optimum lighting effect.
Explore Series Rear Enclosure
OceanLED USA LLC
The OceanLED Explore Series Rear Enclosure fits neatly to the rear of any Explore Series XFM underwater LED light and provides protection from temporary submersion inside the hull. The Explore XFM Rear Enclosure gives customers total peace of mind when choosing the best possible solution for their yacht.
Ulysses MICRO Thermal Camera System
Omnisense Systems USA Inc.
The Ulysses micro is a series of compact marine night vision systems designed for fast boat installation. As with the larger Ulysses, the micro-series cameras feature a high-performance long-wave infrared sensor that streams video to your favorite multi-function displays with superior clarity and sharpness, unseen in competing products.
OSCAR Sentry takes situational awareness for skippers to a new level: Combining latest camera technology with artificial intelligence, OSCAR Sentry scans the environment continuously and automatically detects and recognizes any floating obstacle – large and small, day and night. Key features include collision avoidance, perimeter surveillance, and object tracking.
Trinidad XSR – Xtremely Effective Tiple Biocide Hard Antifouling Paint
Trinidad XSR is the NEW standard by which hard bottom paints are measured. Trinidad XSR delivers exceptional, tri-biocide performance by combining the highest levels of Copper Thiocyanate, ECONEA® and Zinc Pyrithione. This combination makes Trinidad XSR effective against all types of fouling while significantly reducing the overall environmental impact.
Corpus LED Deck Light
Say goodbye to corrosion, paint flakes, and dissimilar metals as the Corpus LED deck light is made from forged carbon fiber for the harshest environments.
• Lumens: 1,240
• Patent Pending Thermal Design
• Available in Black or White Housing
• Forged Carbon Fiber Housing
• IP68 Rated
Quick Release Trolling Motor Bracket
Power Pux is the world’s first power-supplied quick release bracket for today’s GPS guided trolling motors. Each Power Pux kit includes an integrated power plug within the assembly for a clean and protected electrical connection with your trolling motor. It is designed to fit most pre-drilled trolling motor mounting brackets.
Thermavance Cooling & Heating Seat System
The THERMAVANCETM Seat Cooling & Heating system uses a thermoelectric device coupled with graphene to ‘pump’ heat in or out of a seat & its occupant. Graphene is strong, flexible and is an excellent conductor of thermal energy. A thermoelectric device is a semi-conductor that conveys heat energy bidirectionally.
For model year 2022, Protomet and Supra Boats are releasing the all-new Switchback Windscreen as a standard feature in all 2022 Supra SL boats. The Switchback Windscreen creates a windscreen and extra bow seat by deploying a dual-purpose seat back and windscreen via an intuitive and integrated self-locking track system.
Balder 2 – BL2
Quick USA Inc.
Balder 2, the ideal anchoring system for boats from 20 to 45 feet, and under deck installation. The Balder 2 offers unique installation options, automatic free fall, fully waterproof motor and absolutely innovative technopolymer motorgearbox case. From Quick S.p.A, Balder 2 represent the most advanced technology on the market.
YachtSense Modular Digital Control System
YachtSense™ is an advanced digital control system offering complete control and monitoring of vital boat systems. YachtSense’s modular architecture makes designing a custom control system simple for boat builders and technical installers. Engineered for reliability, flexibility, and ease-of-use, YachtSense offers scalable, customizable and failsafe marine automation with simple, elegant controls.
The LED+ platform brings forward thinking, unique, concert level lighting control to the marine market. Featuring up to four RGB/WW, a market first four digitally addressable zones, a simple control API, full customization, and real time adaptive music synchronization. The LED+ is the ultimate lighting experience.
Triton 2 Strapless Board Rack
The next evolution of the world’s most innovative board rack has arrived with the Roswell Triton 2. Featuring Roswell’s all-new R-FLEX suspension technology, new features at every angle deliver the most advanced board storage solution on the water.
Electric Outrigger Mount
Rupp Marine Inc.
This electronically controlled, programable outrigger base allows you to have full control of your sportfishing outriggers from the safety of the helm. Gone are the days of struggling to deploy or retrieve outriggers, now the touch of a single button will position the outriggers exactly where you like them.
LED RGB Lighted Rod Holder Cap
LED RGB Rod Holder Cap attaches to the bottom of any 2″ diameter rod holder. A Bluetooth Smart Phone controller (sold separately) lets you operate the rod hold lighting from your smart phone using a free app. Choose from numerous light-changing modes including music to adjust speed, color, and brightness.
Stainless Steel LED RGB Rod Holder
Stainless steel LED RGB Rod Holders have translucent tube inserts with LED strip lighting that projects the colored light up, out and down the tube. A Bluetooth Smart Phone Controller (sold separately) or an existing controller lets you operate the LED lights from your smartphone using a downloaded free app.
AA500 Aerosol 500ml Lithium Battery Fire Extinguisher
LiCELL™ AA500 Aerosol 500ml Lithium Battery Fire Extinguisher. Contains AVD agent specifically designed to address the thermal runaway of lithium battery fires. Suitable for lithium battery (i.e., Li-ion and Li-poly), class A, class C, and class D fires. Environmentally safe and non-toxic to people, animals, and plant life.
Scuppers by Seaworthy Innovations
Say goodbye to the rubber flapper! Seaworthy Innovation’s new scupper line utilizes stainless “flappers” along with silicone seals to greatly improve not only function but also aesthetics and durability of scuppers. Available in many configurations including barbed thru-hulls which secure to the exterior of the hull for frustration-free installation.
Light Commander Controller Series
Shadow-Caster LED Lighting
Control your entire boat’s lighting with Shadow-Caster’s “Light Commander. The NMEA2000 connected “Light Commander” will control brightness, Color and lighting functions for multiple lighting zones. The system is expandable, and provides supports for multiple types of lighting products.
2-C polyurethane adhesive system for large composite parts bonding.
ActiveTarget Live Sonar
See high-resolution images of fish swimming around structure and responding to your lure, as it happens, with ActiveTarget™ Live Sonar. Featuring Forward, Down or Scout views, you can scan fish locations around your boat and easily track their movements. Works with Lowrance EliteFS/HDS and Simrad NSS/NSO evo3 displays.
Siren 3 Plus
Siren 3 Plus provides industry stakeholders with the critical data needed to deliver better products, provide better customer support, drive new business opportunities and increase revenue. Features like built-in NMEA 2000, LTE cellular connection and satellite readiness at an affordable price point make this the inclusive solution of the future.
The high performance Smartgyro SG40 gyro stabilizer brings a new level of onboard comfort and the luxury of uninterrupted time on the water. Due to a unique design and advanced technology, Smartgyro units are the only gyros that can be serviced onboard, reducing downtime during maintenance while efficiently minimizing motion.
Smart Hatch is the world’s first and only smart boat hatch, closing automatically when it rains. It solves the problem of enjoying fresh air without the risk of water destruction. From the helm or onshore, boaters can now experience a fully ventilated boat without the fear of rain or spray.
E6-70 MIM Stainless Steel Constant Torque Positioning Hinge
E6 Constant Torque Position Control Hinges provide reliable positioning with consistent operating efforts and eliminate the need for gas struts or other secondary support components to hold doors or panels in position. The ergonomic and attractive E6 Hinge is ideal for marine, medical and food equipment applications.
Electrified Table Pedestal System
Electrified Table Pedestal System from Springfield Marine. Plug N Play installation and unique connector system provides DC power to the table top allowing for options like, USB Charging, DC Power Ports, RGB LED Lighting, Inductive Charging Stations and more to be incorporated into the table top. Form, Function, Aesthetics!
MICRO PLASTIC FILTER
Suzuki Marine USA LLC
The innovative Microplastic FIlter will be standard equipment on our DF140BTGXW4. The cost of the engine includes the MPF assembly, filter and 5 filter screens. This MPF has been created for our outboard engine as a device to help reduce micro plastic pollution in the boating waterways.
PRECISION CONTROLS 2.0
Suzuki Marine USA LLC
2022 single and dual binnacles, flush control with built in emergency stop switch, vertical and horizontal ignition panels, modular keyless ignition panels, start stop panels for dual and triple engine setups.
Power Tent Pole
The patent pending Taylor Made Power Tent Pole brings a dramatically improved level of ease and user friendliness to boaters looking to support boat covers and prevent water and debris from pooling.
Convertable Drink Holder
Teak Isle Mfg.
Teak Isle offers a new convertible drink holder that accommodates everyone’s drink of choice. With this innovative, patent pending design, wine glasses will no longer spill and skinny cans will no longer fall over like in traditional cup holders. This one compact convertible drink holder grips them all securely.
Ottoman Entertainment Caddy
Teak Isle Mfg.
Teak Isle’s Ottoman Entertainment Caddy offers an attractive way to organize the beverage and snack space on a boat. It holds a variety of different glasses, mugs, bottles, utensils, and cell phones in a compact, portable tray. This new caddy fits perfectly onto an ottoman for convenient and stylish entertaining.
The Master Chief Monitoring System is a wireless, intelligent vessel monitoring system. Our system is software defined and not hardware limited. It can be configured to work with any size or style of vessel. Ideal for sports fishing boats, yachts, center console and work and utility boats.
Vision Marine Technologies
State-of-the-Art designs make the new E-Motion 180E the most technically advanced and most powerful electric outboard on the market today. The Company’s flagship outboard powertrain, E-Motion™ is the first fully 180 hp electric mass production ready capable outboard motor that combines an advanced battery pack, inverter, and high efficiency motor.
Assisted Docking is a new boat docking system that compensates for some external elemental forces and allows you to navigate tight areas with higher precision. Combining automation with control, it provides ease to seasoned boaters and beginners learning how to dock a boat.
MNC1250 Wireless Network Controller with SIM slot
Wave WiFi Inc.
The MNC-1250 is a Dual-band 2.4/5Ghz wireless network controller with a built-in SIM slot, gigabyte ports, multi-source failover functionality, and a host of other robust features to complete a vessel’s networking and connectivity needs. The MNC 1250 works well on all sizes and types of vessels.
CV Standard Battery System
Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America Inc.
Webasto’s newest innovation – CV Standard Battery System Our plug n play battery system benefits include: Modularity 1 pack to 10, Configurable for 400V and 800V, Watertight IP67, Energy capacities from 35 kWh to 350 kWh, Webasto standard battery systems meet the highest quality, safety, and performance requirements.
Squba Sealed Wire-to-Wire Connectors. Squba 1.80mm- and 3.60mm-Pitch Sealed Wire-to-Wire Connector Systems are designs that offer an IP67-seal rating and carry up to 14.0A of current to deliver reliable power in a wide range of space-constrained applications.
WWX-RGB-RS | Wet Sounds RGB Single Zone Rocker Switch
Wet Sounds Inc.
Introducing the new Wet Sounds RGB Single Zone Rocker Switch! Easily mounted into a standard carling-style opening, this RGB rocker controller allows easy control of lighting on the fly. LED-backlit buttons aid visibility at night. Sealed construction locks moisture out. SuperSeal connections provide the best sealed connection on the market!
Xantrex Xplore Battery Charger
Xantrex & ASEA Power
The new XPLORE charger is first of its kind that can charge up-to 6 battery banks of different chemistries simultaneously! This eliminates the need for multiple onboard chargers, further simplifying installation and maintenance of a vessel. With built-in Bluetooth & NMEA2K communications, the XPLORE is easy to configure and monitor.
Jabsco Quiet Flush E2
Building upon the original, the Quiet Flush E2 has been completely redesigned to solve some of the biggest marine waste challenges a boat owner and boat manufacturer face. Its simplified installation, easy serviceability, and sleek digital control panel brings a whole new level of convenience and comfort onto the water.
Yamaha Motor Corporation
Yamaha’s HARMO is a complete electric boat control system, combining advanced propulsion technology, environmental awareness, future vision and joystick control to provide high thrust and maneuverability. HARMO’s design-forward electric propulsion unit is powered by an innovative rim-drive electric motor and controlled by the Helm Master® EX system for intuitive operation.
Battery Management System
Yamaha Motor Corporation
Yamaha’s new Battery Management System (BMS) simplifies and streamlines DC power systems for Yamaha-powered boats in twin-quint DEC configurations using the Helm Master® EX system. BMS can reduce the number of required starting batteries (for more room or more batteries in the house bank) and allows remote wireless battery switching.
2021 Judging Panel
Boating Writers International (BWI)
BWI is a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry. Members are active marine journalists across the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond.
Brady is the executive editor of Pontoon & Deck Boat magazine and has been at the helm of this publication for over 20 years. During his tenure, Brady has tested and reviewed countless pontoon and deck boats, traveled to all 50 states for feature profiles and has taken thousands of photos. He also currently oversees Great Lakes Boating magazine, a sister publication at Harris Publishing, and is serving as the second vice president of BWI.
Steve has been sailing since age seven, has a USCG licensed 100 Ton Master (sail and power), served as a charter, delivery, shuttle, and tour boat captain for more than 20 years. He is the editor-in-chief of Southern Boating magazine and is currently a BWI board member and judge for the BWI writing contest.
Zuzana Prochazka (Chair)
Zuzana is a freelance writer and photographer with regular contributions to more than a dozen publications. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and captained vessels in most parts of the world and founded a flotilla charter company called Zescapes. She serves as an international presenter on charter destinations, safety issues and technical topics, and she’s the Executive Director of BWI.
Bill is a writer, not starving, and finishing his first screenplay. He is a marine electronics specialist, an avid boater, and builder of robots for special needs children as his hobby.
Bill has been in the marine industry for over three decades. He owns “Country Consulting” a marine industry consulting firm and works with Great Lakes Marine Marketing, a long-standing, mid-west manufacturers rep company. Bill is a contributing writer to Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine and Great Lakes Boating Magazine.
Ben Stein (Co-Chair)
Ben Stein is editor of Panbo.com covering the marine electronics industry. He also serves as electronics editor for Power & Motoryacht and PassageMaker magazines and is a regular contributor to Soundings. After 15 years in financial services technology, he left the corporate world to pursue his passion in boating. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Ben has completed the Great Loop and currently lives aboard his boat with his wife and two daughters.
Adam is Managing Editor and the Top 100 Program Director for Boating Industry. Quandt tackles everything from testing and reviewing new products, to tracking and reporting on industry trends, and serves on the board for numerous industry-focused award programs. Though not necessarily born into the boating world like many others, Quandt has quickly developed a passion for the industry and strives to continue bringing boaters together.
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