Hi gang, Rick here again from Used Pontoon Boats announcing Nine products win Innovation Awards at Miami show this year.
Nine marine manufacturers were honored for innovative achievement this morning — the opening day of the Miami International Boat Show.
Winning companies received their awards during a media breakfast held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Innovation Awards, organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and judged by Boating Writers International, recognize innovative products that benefit the marine industry or consumer. The products must be 'practical, cost-effective and available to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt.'
The judges chose the winners from 50 products entered in eight different categories. “There were some exceptional entries this year, and it made the judging process a challenge,” said Zuzana Prochazka, Miami Innovation Awards chair and member of the BWI board of directors.The judges selected winners for every category, and several additional products were given honorable mentions.
In the Consumer electronics and software category, the judges selected the NavNET 3D by Furuno USA Inc. NavNET is a multifunction navigation suite available in both standalone and black-box units.“This is a truly game-changing product that sets the standard for the industry,” judge John Wooldridge said.
Two honorable mentions were also awarded in this category, which the judges say was crowded with excellent entries. The first went to the HX850S floating hand-held, GPS-enabled VHF from Standard Horizon, and the second was presented to the Satellite Personal Messenger Device, also known as SPOT.
The AirBattens from UK-Halsey Miami was the winner in the Consumer-Installed Non-Electronic Hardware category. According to the judges. AirBattens increases in-mast furling mainsail performance by 15 percent by significantly improving sail shape. An honorable mention in this category was given to the design of the Adaptive Seating & Steering System developed by Shake-A-Leg Miami.
In the Consumer Personal Gear category, the Innovation Award was presented to the Coastal Compact Life Raft from Revere Survival Products.
The H2 LED Dock, Marina and Pier Lights by TouchStone Accent Lighting took home the award in the Consumer-Installed Docking and Fendering Equipment category. The H2 LED cleat light was called a simple, well-engineered and sleek light available in 12-volt or solar versions that mount under a standard 10-inch cleat.
The True North 34 from Pearson Yachts/True North Yachts was the winner in the Inboard and Outboard Cruisers category. The judges said the 34-foot True North combines an innovative hideaway tailgate/transom and moveable cockpit seating for a truly unique design.
Walker Bay Boats’ Airis High-Pressure Inflatable Kayak was deemed the winner in the Inflatables, Small Boats Up to 15 Feet and Tenders category. Constructed using patent-pending AirWeb technology, this one-of-a-kind performance hull design can be inflated to more than six psi, resulting in a rigid and stable platform that is lightweight and compact enough to be carried as a backpack, the judges said.
Yamaha Motor Corp. took home the award in the PWC, Jet Boats and Pontoon Boats category for its Wave Runner SHO. Yamaha’s SHO features several PWC-industry ‘firsts,’ including: A nano-engineered hull that decreases the craft’s weight by 25 percent; a no-wake mode that automatically sets engine RPM at optimal no-wake speed; and cruise control.
The RPT (Revolutionary Planning Technology) pontoon tube design by Sylvan Marine received an honorable mention from the judges in this category.
In the Runabouts and Fishing Craft category, judges presented the Innovation Award to Boston Whaler for its 230 Dauntless. The revolutionary approach to seating in the Dauntless 230 sets it apart in its class, according to the judges.
This year’s Environmental Award went to the Eco-Star 200 electric boat by Starcraft Marine. The Eco-Star 200 combines access to electrical motors with exceptional maneuverability of twin propellers, all on the popular deck boat platform. The judges considered this design to be a positive step for both the boating industry and use of alternative energy propulsion systems. Thanks to sail-world.com for this.
Used Pontoon Boats, By Rick Ostler
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