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Eight builders honored at METS


Eight winners were named at the fifth edition of the IBI-METStrade Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, held in November at Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum in association with Raymarine. The event received a record 82 nominations this year, according to a Metstrade press release.

“The Boat Builder Awards celebrates the achievements of the people and companies that build the boats that drive our industry,” said Ed Slack, International Boat Industry magazine editor and chairman of the Boat Builder Awards judges. “They also recognize the invaluable work of those that supply vital equipment and services.”

The eight winners are:

Retail Marketing Initiative: Riva, for Riva Lounges, Privées and Decks

International Distributor or Dealer Development: Galeon, for its dedicated regional growth plans

Collaborative Solution between a production boat builder and its supply chain partner: Marquis Yachts, working with Toyota Motor Corp. in the co-development of Lexus LY 650

Collaborative Solution between a superyacht builder and its supply chain partner: Royal Huisman, working with Rondal, Comm&Sens and Gurit, on a load-sensing composite rudder

Innovative On-board Design Solution: Benetti, for its Benetti FB272 propulsion system

Innovation in a Production Process: Grand Banks, for its 8-axis mill

Environmental Initiative: Spirit Yachts, for its manufacturing processes and yacht design

Best Apprenticeship or Training Scheme: Princess Yachts, for its apprenticeship scheme and leadership pathway

More than 350 guests in attendance also honored the lifetime achievement of Viking Yachts’ Robert T. Healey Sr.and William J. Healey, and applauded the “rising star” talents of Angela Pernsteiner from Dominator Yachts and Riviera Australia’s Kyle Davison.

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