Eleven marine products received the 2011 Innovation Award and another received an Honorable Mention at the 70th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami.
The announcement was made at the National Marine Manufacturers Association's (NMMA) State of the Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast on February 17. The show runs from February 17 to 21 inclusive at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Each year the Innovation Awards are organized by the NMMA and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI). Products entered for judging are evaluated based on 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.
Awards were presented in the following nine categories:
Cruisers (25' to 60' including fishing craft)
Company: Chaparral 327
Product: SSX Bow Rider
The 327 holds a patented cockpit-cabin design that allows the sizeable cabin to span the beam of the boat.
PWC, Jet boats, Pontoon Boats
Product: Sea-Doo GTI SE 130 Watercraft
The GTI SE 130 is a comprehensive package of features for the value-minded rider.
Product: Beneteau Sense Series
The two model, Sense Series makes sailing less intimidating with its Dock and Go System.
Docking and Fendering Equipment
Product: SidePower SEP Speed Control Thurster Series
The Side-Power SEP Series is the first DC thruster range that provides exact proportional control and eliminates the danger of overpowered or underpowered docking. Imtra brings control down to the 35 to 70-foot range of boats.
Consumer Electronics and Software – dual winners and Honorable Mention
Product: BSM-2 Broadband Sounder
This sounder is the only recreational sonar to incorporate commercial-grade frequency sweeping pulse compression (CHIRP) technology and delivers up to five times greater target resolution.
Product: Zeus Sailing Navigation System
This comprehensive package, designed specifically for sailors, combines broadband radar and sounder, AIS tracking, sonar imaging, and more in one multi-function display.
Honorable Mention: Company: Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)/Product: Take Me Fishing Boat Ramp Mobile App
Consumer Installed Non-Electronic Hardware
Product: SeldÃ©n Reversible Winch
SeldÃ©n's manual, two-speed winches are a combination of a unique handle and specially designed jaws that allow the drum to be rotated in two directions.
Water Sports and Equipment
Product: Mastercraft Zero Flex Tower 5P
The Mastercraft ZFT tower raises or lowers to three different positions and can tow at all three.
Product: DF 40A/50A
The DF 40/50 three-cylinder outboards provide 15 percent more displacement and are five percent lighter than their 40 and 50 HP predecessors.
Consumer Safety Equipment – dual winners with completely different approaches
Product: Navionics Mobile iPhone Marine & Lakes Mobile App with user overlay
On the high-tech side, Navionics developed an app that allows for users to add their knowledge to the Navionics database and help identify the latest conditions that may be transferred wirelessly to their boat's navigation system.
Company: Lake Lite
Product: Lake Lite Solar Powered Illuminating Buoys
LED-lighted, solar-powered buoys help with nighttime navigating.