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IBEX names Innovation Award winners


Nineteen new products were recognized for their technical advances during the annual International Boat Builders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) on Sept. 30.

The 2014 IBEX Innovation Award winners are:

Boatbuilding Methods & Materials: Protomet Corp. for its G4 Tower.

Deck Equipment & Hardware: Taco Metals for its Stainless Steel Ratchet Hinge.

Furnishings & Interior Parts: Kenyon International for its Silken Grill Lid.

Mechanical Systems: Co-winners Dometic Corp. for its Variable Capacity Chiller and Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America for its BlueCool Variable Speed Chiller.

Electrical Systems: Marinco/Mastervolt for its ProInstaller Series Clustering System.

Inboard Engines: Mercury Marine for its MerCruiser 4.5L 250 hp Sterndrive.

Outboard Engines: Suzuki Motor of America for its DF25A – Outboard Motor 25 hp.

Boatyard Hardware/Software and Dealer Equipment: Trimaco for its E-Z Floor Guards.

Propulsion Parts, Gauges & Propellers: Gemeco Marine Accessories for its Offshore Dual

Engine Display.

Boat Care and Maintenance: Gold Eagle Co. for its STA-BIL 360 Fuel Treatment.

OEM Electronics: Medallion Instrumentation Systems for its Medallion Viper II Malibu

Command Center.

Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories: Magic Tilt Trailers for its Custom Reinforced Tube


The Environmental Award was given to BluSkies International for its Diurnal Control Valve.

This year’s contest had a record 88 products submitted for the 13 honors, a 43 percent increase over last year.

The largest number of entries were in the mechanical systems, deck equipment hardware and OEM electronics categories.

More than 7,000 marine professionals registered to attend the show, which featured sold-out show floor of 573 exhibiting companies and more than 50 technical seminars.

IBEX is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Passagemaker Magazine. The winners were selected from 90 entries by a panel of technical boating journalists from Boating Writers International.

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