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Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards

The Innovation Awards, managed by NMMA and judged by BWI, is one of the industry’s most prestigious honors recognizing manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products for the boating industry to market. 2018 Awards were presented on Friday, February 16 during the Innovation Breakfast at the Miami International Boat Show. Read the full release here.

2018 Innovation Award Winners

2018 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award Winners:

Cabin Cruisers: 350 Realm, Boston Whaler, Inc.
It’s a bowrider, a cuddy, a cruiser and a center console – this design has taken all these to the next level.
Center Console/ Walkaround Fishing Boats: DC 365, Pursuit Boats
It’s rare to find a fishing boat that’s this well designed for both family fun and fishing – we loved it.
Consumer Safety Equipment (Dual Winners): Search and Rescue Yellow TD2401, Throw Raft
This throw raft is the first USCG-approved, inflatable, throwable rescue floatation device that can be dropped by a drone ever designed.
CrewWatcher MOB Alert, Weems & Plath
Even when you don’t have cell coverage, you can still use your cell phone to protect your crew with the CrewWatcher MOB Alert.
Cuddy Cabin and Bowrider Boats: Sport 38 LS, Tiara Yachts
This was the year of innovative aft seating and this fresh take on the concept took the cake.
Deck Equipment: Outboard Swivel Rigging Hose Connector Kit, Hardin Marine
An elegant solution to a common problem with large outboards – it takes the kinks out of outboard cabling.
Docking and Fendering Equipment: Blue Isles Solar Docks, PowerDocks LLC
This solar dock brings power generation to remote docks and marinas in an innovative and simultaneously green way.
Electric Motor/ Battery Powered Propulsion/ Hybrids: PropEle Electric Boat Motors Inc. EP Carry, Annapolis Hybrid Marine
The EP Carry is a lightweight, simple to operate and affordable solution for tenders.
Environmental Award: PlasDeck Eco Series, Plasteak, Inc.
This is recycling at its best – it saves money for the manufacturer and the consumer.
Inboard Engines: 3JH40 Common Rail Inboard Diesel Engine, Yanmar Marine International B.V.
Bringing common rail technology and increased efficiency to smaller boats.
Outboard Engines: 3.4L V6 Outboard, Mercury Marine
Lightest 4 stroke in its class with an innovative cowl design for easy and quick access – this is a no brainer once you’ve seen it.
Personal Gear, Soft Goods: Super Watch Jacket, Grundens USA
Have them demo this unique material to you with a sharp knife and you’ll be a believer.
Personal Watercraft: Sea-Doo GTX Limited Watercraft, BRP U.S., Inc.
Sea-Doo packs more innovation, brilliant accessory engineering and keel-up redesign into 105 inches than we’ve seen in years.
Propulsion Equipment & Parts: BOW-Proportional, Vetus Maxwell, Inc.
With its integrated brains, this could be the smartest bow thruster built to date. Ever.
·         Honorable Mention: SurfPointe, Yamaha WaterCraft Group Company
Sailboats: Walk-Around Deck 490, Jeanneau America
Jeanneau has delivered with a convertible walkaround cockpit and cathedral rig that’s the most dramatic changeup to monohull sailboats in years.
·         Honorable Mention: 50, Leopard
Tow Boats: Xstar, MasterCraft Boat Company
A fresh new package from helm to ballast tanks, this tow boat will rock your world.
Watersport Equipment: Frigid Rigid Pull Cooler, Rigid Boats
This chilled out slifer ensures you’ll never bust your knuckles on a leaning post again as you search for a beverage.

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