The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) honored 13 products for innovative achievement at the Miami International Boat Show. The 2014 Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by Boating Writers International, recognize products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt.
And the winners in 13 categories are:
Boat Care & Maintenance: EZPoxy2 by Petit. This paint comes with single-serving gel pouches of hardener and a longer pot life.
Docking and Fendering Equipment: ShoreStation Boat Hoist by Midwest Industries.
Furnishings & Interior Parts: Dynamic Cabin System on the Boston Whaler 345 Conquest by Boston Whaler, a sleeping arrangement of retractable cushions at the touch of a button.
Mechanical & Electrical Systems (co-winners): EZ-Mount Battery Switch by Marinco Mastervolt, and SNAPP Fuel Filter/Water Separator by Racor/Parker Hannifin.
Personal Gear, Soft Goods, Watersports and Fishing Equipment: Zayak Sea Sled by Tropical Paradise Plastics, to help anyone with a fear of snorkeling see underwater without a mask and tube.
Pontoon and Deck Boats: Expanding Pontoon Boat by Island Boats, which expands from 7’4” for storage and trailering to 10 feet wide for use on the water.
Boats (25′ to 60′): 390Z by Sea Vee, a 39-footer that pops up on plane with minimal bow rise, turns like a ski boat, and delivers higher top speeds than conventional hulls.
Propulsion Inboard and Outboard: Gen2 Surf System by MasterCraft, which combines advanced hull design, weight distribution, custom wake shaping devices and onboard software to create a range of wake options.
PWCs and Jet Boats: Spark PWC by Sea-Doo, half the weight, half the power and half the price of average PWCs.
Runabouts and Fishing Craft to 24’: ProStar by Mastercraft, with a convertible bow, a new storage system for skis and an even flatter wake.
Sailboats: Oceanis 38 by Beneteau, a convertible boat that grows with a young family.
Consumer Electronics, Mobile Applications and Software: NSO16 evo2 by Simrad, which brings big boat glass bridge style to mid-sized power and sportfishing boats.