The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International honored 10 marine manufacturers for innovative achievement at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX). The 79 new products entered in the Innovation Awards program were judged based on distinction, benefit, practicality, cost-effectiveness and consumer availability.
Boatbuilding Methods & Materials category
G/flex Epoxies from West System: A series of high strength, low modulus epoxies designed to resist thermal movement between dissimilar and difficult-to-bond materials without compromising thermal properties.
Electrical Systems category
ProSafe FS Series from ProMariner: High-power, flat pack semiconductor technology solves corrosion and zinc loss problems while the unit is connected to AC power.
Furnishings & Finishes category
Tri-Light Technology from i2Systems: Brightly-colored, changing lights.
Hardware Fittings category
Airlock Wakeboard Rack from Skylon: Wakeboard racks designed to prevent vibration damage to boards.
Tallon System from Tallon Marine: Fixture- and accessories-swapping system that preserves boat lines.
Inboard Engines category
Mercury Marine’s Axius: Twin, individually articulating MerCruiser Bravo Three sterndrives that don’t use a tie bar.
Mechanical Systems category
Turbo Air Conditioning System from Dometic Environmental Corp.: Reduces unit height, increases capacity, decreases amperage draw and cuts installation time.
OEM Electronics and Electrical Systems category
EvrSafe ISS 1040 from EvrSafe Marine Technologies: Multi-toxic gas sensory device that can simultaneously detect noxious gases.
Outboard Engines category
Yamaha F350 V8 Four Stroke Outboard: First company to combine a V8 outboard with four stroke technology.
IBEX Environmental Award
Offshore System Deck Filler Gauge from Ocean Equipment: Digital point-of-filling tank level indicator.