NMMA and BWI honor innovative products

MIAMI, Fla. — Seven marine manufacturers were honored today for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International, the organizations said in a news release.

Winning companies received their Innovation Awards during the NMMA’s Industry Update and Innovation Awards Presentation at the Miami International Boat Show.

The awards were organized by NMMA and judged by BWI. Products were judged 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.

“We had an exceptional bank of entries this year, with a total of 41 products entered in eight categories,” says Zuzana Prochazka, Miami Innovation Awards chair, in a release. “The judges were impressed with the products entered and able to recognize winners in six categories, including an Environmental Award and two ‘Honorable Mentions.’”

Other judges included: Charles J. Doane, editor-at-large for SAIL magazine; Alan Jones, executive editor of Boating World magazine; Jan Mundy, co-founder and editor of DIY Boat Owner magazine; Lenny Rudow, author and freelance writer for Marlin, Salt Water Sportsman, Boating World and Chesapeake Bay magazines; Tim Queeney, editor of Ocean Navigator magazine; and, Alan Wendt, editor, Marine CEO and Adventures magazines.

The awards were as follows:

Consumer Electronics & Software: Simrad Broadband Radar BR-24.

Consumer Installed Non-Electronic Hardware: Vetus Easy Tank.

Inboard & Outboard Power Cruisers (Co-Winners): Aspen Power Catamarans L80 Launch and Marlow 70E.

PWC, Jet Boats & Pontoon Boats: Sea Doo GTX iS PWC.

Runabouts & Fishing Craft to 24’: Mako 18 Light Tackle Skiff.

Environmental Award: Island Pilot DSE 12m Hybrid.

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