Innovation Award Winners Announced at IBEX

19 products recognized for technical advancement during annual Industry Breakfast

TAMPA (September 30, 2014) – At the International Boat Builders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Industry Breakfast this morning, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)  announced winners of the 2014 IBEX Innovation Awards.

NMMA created the Innovation Awards program to recognize significant contributions to marine technology. The winning products were selected from 90 entries by a panel of experienced technical boating journalists from Boating Writers International (BWI). IBEX, the premier boating industry technical trade show and networking event, runs through Thursday at the Tampa Convention Center.

The 2014 IBEX Innovation Award winners are:

Boatbuilding Methods & Materials: Protomet Corporation, G4 Tower

Honorable Mention: Bogantec Marine, Eco-Teak System

Deck Equipment & Hardware: TACO Metals Inc., Stainless Steel Ratchet Hinge

Honorable Mention: JL Marine Systems, Power Pole Micro

Furnishings & Interior Parts: Kenyon International, Silken Grill Lid

Mechanical Systems (Co-Winners)

Dometic Corporation, Variable Capacity Chiller

Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, Inc., BlueCool Variable Speed Chiller

Electrical Systems: Marinco/Mastervolt, ProInstaller Series Clustering System

Inboard Engines: Mercury Marine, MerCruiser 4.5L 250 hp Sterndrive

Outboard Engines: Suzuki Motor of America, DF25A – Outboard Motor 25 hp

Boatyard Hardware/Software and Dealer Equipment: Trimaco, E-Z Floor Guards

Honorable Mention – Skudo, Tack-Mat

Propulsion Parts, Gauges & Propellers: Gemeco Marine Accessories, Offshore Dual Engine Display

Boat Care and Maintenance: Gold Eagle Co., STA-BIL 360 Fuel Treatment

Honorable Mention – Intertape Polymer Group, SMT-1

OEM Electronics: Medallion Instrumentation Systems, Medallion Viper II Malibu Command Center

Honorable Mention: Wet Sounds Inc., WW-BT VC Bluetooth Volume Controller

Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories: Magic Tilt Trailers, Custom Reinforced Tube Trailer

Environmental Award: BluSkies International LLC, Diurnal Control Valve

BWI members who served on the 2014 IBEX Innovation Awards judging panel:

  • Zuzana Prochazka, Awards Chair, writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites including BoatU.S., SAIL, Sea, Yachtworld, and others.
  • Bill Bishop, writer for numerous publications including the popular The Marine Installers Rant blog who had a pre-boating career in industrial automation.
  • Ben Ellison, editor of, his work can also be found in Power and Motoryacht magazine and Sail, along with Soundings, Passagemaker, and Yachts International.
  • Brady Kay, editor for Pontoon & Deckboat magazine, as well as Houseboat magazine.
  • Beth Leonard, Director of Technical Services for BoatU.S. and editor of Seaworthy, a marine publication dedicated exclusively to vessel seaworthiness and boating safety.
  • Mark Masciatorre, principal of DSG Associates, a consultancy specializing in the construction of custom yachts and small commercial vehicles.
  • Judy Waldman, President of JW Yachts, is a lifelong cruiser specializing in trawlers, long-range cruisers, and unique yachts, who writes for and several blogs.

About NMMA: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association for the North American recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters in North America. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. Learn more at

About IBEX: Owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), IBEX is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event. For boatbuilders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators, IBEX is where better boats begin. For the latest information, visit

About Professional BoatBuilder magazine: Professional BoatBuilder, a boatbuilding-industry trade magazine, was first published in 1989 in response to a growing need for a dedicated forum for boatbuilding-related professionals. The magazine’s worldwide readership exceeds 24,000. Professional BoatBuilder is online at

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About American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)

Founded in 1943, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that represents, is dedicated to, and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism in the boat building, marine service, and boat repair industry.