The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) selected the winners of its
annual innovation awards at its annual conference in Kentucky in early October. The winners are:
In the Boat Care and Maintenance category: Dolphinite GelMatch Gelcoat Color Matching System.
Available on the web and as an app for smartphones and tablets, the color matching system allows a user to input the make, year, model and length of any boat. The system then scans a database of manufacturers and color formulas — soon to include 250 boat manufacturers and more than 13,000 OEM color formulas — for most boats manufactured in the United States since 1984 (and in some cases, as far back as 1967) and identifies the gelcoat color.
“Being able to access a database of thousands of Gelcoat colors from dozens of manufacturers is impressive, but the innovation may well be in the method of injecting catalyst into an aerosol can for easy spray-on Gelcoat repair for the DIY at a low cost,” said Roger McAfee, one of the judges.
In the Electrical Systems category: Indel Webasto Marine Isotherm Smart Energy Controller Kit.
“The smart energy controller is a simple-to-install kit that can be retro-fitted to any brand of DC refrigerator reducing refrigerator battery consumption up to 50 percent,” said Capt. Lou Gainor, host of Nautical Talk Radio and one of the judges.
In the Engines category: Volvo V8-380 Engine Sterndrive.
“The V8-380 brings new-generation engine technology to the sterndrive market,” said Alan Jones, executive editor of Boating World Magazine and one of the judges. “Its performance, fuel economy and carb 4-star rating raise the bar for sterndrive engines.”
The judges awarded an honorable mention to the Suzuki DF20A/DF15A.
In the Furnishings and Interior Parts category: Syntec Industries – CoolTouch Vinyl Technology.
“Syntec’s proprietary cooling feature removes prior interior design restrictions allowing boatbuilders to introduce dark colors to vinyl seating,” said Zuzana Procheska, a freelance writer and one of the judges.
The judges awarded an honorable mention in this category to Caframo Limited Taku Hatch Fan.
In the Mechanical Systems category: Teleflex Marine Xtreme Mechanical System.
“Teleflex bridges the gap between hydraulic and conventional cable steering with an affordable, easy-to-install steering system that makes driving mid-sized boats a pleasure,” said author Milt Rosko, one of the judges.
The judges awarded an honorable mention to Dometic Marine in this category.
In the OEM Electronics category: Teleflex Marine Optimus EPS/360 Joystick Docking System.
“Easily the most anticipated and exciting product category at this year’s show; joystick docking for outboards will do for outboards what pod drives have done for inboards,” said Alan Wendt, a freelance writer and chairman of the judging panel.
In the Propulsion Parts, Propellers category: PowerTech Propellers and the PowerTech! Safety Prop.
The winners were selected by a panel of technical boating journalists and editors from Boating Writers International. IBEX, a boating industry technical trade show and networking event, is owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Marketers Association.