Innovation Award Winners Announced at Miami Boat Show


Amidst a flurry of excited show goers perusing new boats and the latest marine tech, the Miami International Boat Show serves as a platform for recognizing some of the most significant innovations in our industry over the past year.

This year’s Innovation Breakfast (formerly known as the ‘Industry Breakfast’) took place at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key in front of a sold-out crowd of 400 guests before show opening on Friday.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) recognized the winners. In total, this year’s program evaluated 63 products across 23 categories. Ultimately, the judges selected 19 winners and two honourable mentions in 16 categories for a total of 21 honourees.

The 2017 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award winners include:

Boat Care and Maintenance: Davis Instruments’ Snap Tool Multi-Key

Davis Instruments' Niels Kisling accepts an Innovation Award during the Miami Boat Show's Innovation Breakfast.
Davis Instruments’ Niels Kisling accepts an Innovation Award during the Miami Boat Show’s Innovation Breakfast.

Center Console/ Walkaround Fishing Boats: Boston Whaler’s 230 Outrage
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Consumer Safety Equipment (Dual Winners): Spinlock USA’s 100 N Junior Harness Lifejacket; FT-Tec USA’s SeaAngel SA15 ASI Flare SART/MOB
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Laura Vlad accepts an Innovation Award on behalf of FT-TEC USA Corp.
Laura Vlad accepts an Innovation Award on behalf of FT-TEC USA Corp.

Cuddy Cabin and Bowrider Boats: Sea Ray Boats’ SLX 400
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Deck Equipment and Hardware: Scout Boat’s Articulating Rocket Launcher
Honourable Mention: CLite2 LED Searchlight with FLIR Camera, IMTRA Corporation
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Docking and Fendering Equipment: EZ Dock’s EZ Kayak Launch
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Electric Motor/ Battery Powered Propulsion: Torqeedo’s Cruise Fixed Pod System
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Fishing Equipment, Gear & Tackle: Sea Lime’s Fishing Lures
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Furnishings and Interior Parts: Anti-Spill Wine Glasses, Royal Stabilis
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Inboard Engines: Ilmor Marine’s GDI Engine Series
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Personal Gear, Soft Goods: Grundens USA’s Deck-Boss Boot
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Personal Watercraft: BRP’s Sea-Doo SPARK TRIXX
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Propulsion Equipment and Parts: Volvo Penta’s Inboard Joystick
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Tow Boats: MasterCraft Boat Company’s Dock Star system
Honourable Mention: Nautique Boat Company’s Super Air Nautique GS-Series
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Watersport Equipment (Dual Winners): Fusion Electronics StereoActive; Hobie Cat Company’s Mirage Eclipse

Fusion's CEO/Director, Chris Baird, accepts an award for his company's new waterproof speaker.
Fusion’s CEO/Director, Chris Baird, accepts an award for his company’s new waterproof speaker.
Hobie Cat Company's Doug Skidmore accepts an Innovation Award at the Miami show.
Hobie Cat Company’s Doug Skidmore accepts an Innovation Award at the Miami show.

Consumer Electronics, Mobile Applications and Software (Dual Winners): Standard Horizon’s GX6500 Fixed Mount VHF; Raymarine’s Axiom MFDs
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The Innovation Awards judges’ committee is comprised of eight BWI members who perform product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine products and equipment.