Eight Manufacturers Honoured At METS Boat Builder Awards

By Craig Ritchie

A total of 15 marine industry manufacturers were recognized with awards and honourable mentions at the second annual Boat Builder Awards, held at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam Thursday evening in conjunction with METS.

Before an audience of nearly 300 marine industry professionals, the gala event recognized excellence in seven different categories around boat building, design and marketing. The program also included the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Sunseeker International founder Robert Braithwaite, CBE.

The full list of winners by category includes:

Best Retail Marketing Initiative

Winner: Sea Ray

Honorable Mention: Quicksilver

International Distributor/Dealer Development

Winner: Axopar

Honorable Mention: Galeon

Boat Builder and Equipment Manufacturer Collaboration Solution

Winner: Azimut Benetti / Rolls Royce, for AZP C65 thruster

Honorable Mention: Lewmar, NV Equipment and Beneteau

Innovative Onboard Design Solution

Winner: Ferretti Yachts, for launch of submersible garage on Ferretti 850

Honorable Mention: Mastercraft, and Malibu

Production Process Award

Winner: Vripack, for virtual realty software

Environmental Initiative Award (new this year)

Winner: Blue Gas Marine, for development of natural gas fuel options

Best Apprenticeship and Training Scheme Award

Winner: Berthon

Honorable Mention: Sunseeker, and Pendennis