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
Product: MATRIX AIS
Product: NSE12 Multifunction Marine Display
Consumer Installed Docking and Fendering Equipment
Company: EZ Dock
Product: EZ Launch
Consumer Installed Non-Electronic Hardware
Product: Adjustable Table
Consumer Personal Gear
Runabouts and Fishing Craft to 24'
Cruisers (25' to 140')
Company: Boston Whaler
Product: 370 Outrage
Product: 310 Express Cruiser
PWC, Jet Boats and Pontoon Boats
Product: RXT-X 260 Watercraft
Company: FLIR Systems Inc.
Product: FLIR First Mate
Water Sports and Equipment
Product: BRP Advanced TEC iCATCH PWC Trailer
Product: Travel 503/1003