Eleven new products were honored as exceptional at the annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in mid-September. The winners of the 2013 IBEX Innovation Awards are:
In the Boat Care and Maintenance category, Pettit Paint Hydrocoat Eco, two bottom paint technologies made to work together.
In the Boatbuilding Methods and Materials category, Safety Components Fabric Technologies Breakwater X, a marine exterior fabric with a 10-year warranty made from an advanced polymer alloy.
In the Boatyard and Dealer Hardware and Software category, Navico System Builder, which simplifies the sales and order process, and begins the documentation and diagram of the electronics on a boat.
In the Deck Equipment and Hardware category, Syntec Industries Smart Wheel, adding wireless or Bluetooth communication to boat steering wheels.
An honorable mention in this category went to Marine Accessories Corporation Xtreme Bimini.
In the Furnishing and Interior Parts category, Spradling International Marine Fastmount Very Low Profile Clip, which allows panel mounting with no special tools.
An honorable mention in this category went to Kenyon International Silken 2.
In the Mechanical Systems category, Dometic Marine SeaLand Orbit 7100 Series Toilet.
The Environmental Award went to Clean Marine Systems Environmental Valve Vent.
In the OEM Electronics category, co-winners were Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System, which integrates engine and navigation data, and Raymarine Evolution Autopilot with simplified installation and no calibration required.
An honorable mention in this category went to Fusion Electronics Marine Stereo with Universal Media Device Dock and Bluetooth Streaming
In the Outboard Engine category, Yamaha Marine Group 2.8L inline Four Marine Power Platform with a narrow footprint and ability to retrofit.
In the Propulsion Parts, Propellers category, Seastar Solutions Lower Unit Fill/Drain Kit.
In the Safety Equipment category, American Boat & Yacht Council Safety Equipment App.
IBEX organizers created the Innovation Awards to recognize significant contributions to marine product technology. IBEX was held this week in Louisville, Ky. The judges were technical boating journalists and editors from Boating Writers International (BWI).
IBEX is owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). It is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event and targets boat builders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators. For more information, visit www.ibexshow.com.