Tag Archives: Innovation

IBEX seeking entries for 2022 Innovation Awards

IBEX will be hosting the Innovation Awards program during this year’s event, taking place September 27-29 in Tampa. New product entries are now being accepted through August 16. One of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors, the Innovation Awards recognize manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, pioneering products to market. Learn more about the program here, or contact Program Manager Rachel Harmon.

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Innovation: A bipartisan no-brainer

By Bill Yeargin Many people don’t realize how close the pandemic and related supply chain issues have come to both shutting down the U.S. economy and putting our national security at significant risk. And the risk was largely related to semiconductor chips. 92% of semiconductor chips are made outside the U.S., and these chips are in almost everything. According to ...

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Innovation is not a new color

Mark Overbye headshot

By Mark Overbye Confusing innovation with novelty can be lethal. When I started Gekko Boats years ago there were plenty of daily reminders that we swam in a pool filled with sharks. A young company in a capital intensive, seasonal and cyclical business meant continually sharpening our knives. Committed to our craft, we eagerly showed up. When Toyota entered the ...

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Industry voices: Innovation drives a sustainable future

By Frank Hugelmeyer If the past two years taught us anything, it’s that change truly is a constant—you can adapt and innovate or be disrupted. When many Americans turned to outdoor recreation as an escape from the greatest social and socioeconomic shift of their lives, the boating industry fared well relative to the broader economy. Nonetheless, we’ve had to embrace ...

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Boating Industry’s 2022 Top Products

The newest and most innovative products across the recreational boating industry for 2022 Celebrating its ninth year, the Boating Industry Top Products program continues to bring you 50 of the marine industry’s newest and most innovative products and services to recently hit the market, ranging from boat models to building components and everything in between. In order to be eligible ...

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Boating Industry’s 2021 Top Products

Now in its eighth year, the Boating Industry Top Products program brings you 50 of the marine industry’s newest and most innovative products and services to recently hit the market, ranging from boat models to building components and everything in between. In order to be eligible for consideration, products or services had to have been introduced or significantly updated since ...

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The smart boat

By Adam Quandt Boats are getting smarter. This is a trend that isn’t going away. Over the last five or so years, we’ve heard the term the “connected boat” more and more across the industry. But what is the connected boat and what does it mean for the future of the industry and boating as a whole? As technology and ...

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18 products receive Innovation Awards at MIBS 2020

he NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored winners of the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, recognizing exceptionally groundbreaking new consumer marine products. The Awards were presented during the boat show’s annual Innovation Breakfast, held at the Rusty Pelican on Virginia Key. This year’s program evaluated 71 products across 21 categories. The judges ultimately selected 18 winners. The Innovation Awards ...

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Entries open for 2020 Top Products

The submission window for the 2020 Top Products is now closed. Boating Industry is now accepting submissions for its 2020 Top Products. The submission process will close Friday, March 6, 2020. Any product that has been introduced or significantly updated since Jan. 1, 2019, is eligible. Many of you have released exciting new products at recent boat shows  – all of which ...

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