NMMA Presents Innovation Awards at Miami International Boat Show

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honoured 10 marine manufacturers Thursday for innovative achievement at the 69th annual Miami International Boat Show. Winning companies received their 2010 Innovation Awards during NMMA's Industry Update and Innovation Awards Presentation, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize products that best meet the following criteria: Innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt.

“We had an outstanding group of entries this year with a total of 50 products entered in 10 categories – a 20 percent increase over last year's entrants,” says Zuzana Prochazka, Miami Innovation Awards chair, member of the BWI Board of Directors and technical editor for Latitudes and Attitudes magazine. “The judges were impressed with the products submitted and were able to recognize winners in most categories, including an Environmental Award and two Honorable Mentions.”

Innovation Award winners (by category) include:

Consumer Electronics and Software
Company: Standard Horizon

Honorable Mention
Company: Simrad
Product: NSE12 Multifunction Marine Display

Consumer Installed Docking and Fendering Equipment
Company: EZ Dock
Product: EZ Launch

Consumer Installed Non-Electronic Hardware
Company: Hunt
Product: Adjustable Table

Consumer Personal Gear
Company: Sailology
Product: WinchRite

Runabouts and Fishing Craft to 24'
Company: MasterCraft
Product: X-25

Cruisers (25' to 140')
Company: Boston Whaler
Product: 370 Outrage

Honorable Mention
Company: Rinker
Product: 310 Express Cruiser

PWC, Jet Boats and Pontoon Boats
Company: Sea-Doo
Product: RXT-X 260 Watercraft

Safety Equipment
Company: FLIR Systems Inc.
Product: FLIR First Mate

Water Sports and Equipment
Company: BRP
Product: BRP Advanced TEC iCATCH PWC Trailer

Environmental Award
Company: Torqeedo
Product: Travel 503/1003