NMMA, BWI honor 10 innovative products at Miami

MIAMI — Ten marine manufacturers were honored Thursday with Innovation Awards by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI), according to a release from NMMA.

Winning companies received their awards during a presentation held at the Miami Beach Convention Center during the 69th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami.

According to NMMA, Innovation Awards were presented to the following companies:

Consumer Electronics & Software
Standard Horizon MATRIX AIS
Honorable Mention: Simrad NSE12 Multifunction Marine Display

Consumer Installed Docking and Fendering Equipment
EZ Dock EZ Launch

Consumer Installed Non-Electronic Hardware
Hunt Adjustable Table

Consumer Personal Gear
Sailology WinchRite

Cruisers (25’ to 140’ including fishing craft)
Boston Whaler 370 Outrage
Honorable Mention: Rinker 310 Express Cruiser

PWC, Jet Boats & Pontoon Boats
Sea-Doo RXT-X 260 Watercraft

Runabouts & Fishing Craft to 24’
MasterCraft X-25

Safety Equipment
FLIR Systems Inc. FLIR First Mate

Water Sports and Equipment
BRP Advanced TEC iCATCH PWC Trailer

Environmental Award
Torqeedo Travel 503/1003

The awards, which are organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize products that are innovative and distinct; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; are practical and cost-effective; and that are available to the consumer within 60 days of the awards.

“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,” Zuzana Prochazka, Miami Innovation Awards chair, said in the release.

In addition to Prochazka, BWI members rounding out the judging panel included: Mark Corke, owner of the “On Board with Mark Corke” blog as well as contributing editor to Soundings and Blue Water Sailing magazines; Alan Jones, executive editor of Boating World magazine and contributing editor of Sea magazine; Frank Lanier, freelance marine journalist and regular contributor to Practical Sailor, Southern Boating, Australian Yachting, Seafaring, Lakeland Boating, Chesapeake Bay, Northeast Boating, and Good Old Boat magazines; Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor magazine; Lenny Rudow, author and freelance writer for Marlin, Boating World, Sea, BoaterMouth, Texas and Fish & Game magazines as well as HookedOnFishingBoats.com; and Peter Swanson, freelance writer and regular contributor to PassageMaker, Soundings and Yachting magazines.

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