Judges from Boating Writers International announced winners of the 2015 IBEX Innovation Awards at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Industry Breakfast in Louisville in September. The Innovation Awards program recognizes significant contributions in marine industry innovation and product development. The winning products were selected from 90 entries by a panel of experienced technical boating journalists.

“We thank Alan Wendt and all of the BWI judges who did a terrific job on identifying the most innovative products on display at this year’s IBEX Show,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director. “We congratulate all of the winners and all of the companies who participated in this year’s Innovation Awards program.”

“This year we received an overwhelming amount of IBEX Innovation Award submissions, a signal that our industry remains focused on new product development and recognizes the importance of innovation in driving new sales,” noted Thom Dammrich, president of the NMMA. “We are honored to recognize these companies as they help bring attention to the dynamic new products being offered across the marine industry-products that are showcasing boating’s place as a leading recreational activity.”

The 2015 IBEX Innovation Award winners are:

    • Boatbuilding Methods & Materials:  Xtreme Tower Products/Marine Accessories Corp., Mixed Media Parallel Hinge Tower
    • Deck Equipment & Hardware:  Dowco, Easy-Lift
    • Furnishings & Interior Parts: Syntec Industries LLC, Elage
    • Mechanical Systems: Termodinamica SRL’s, Termodinamica VRV10
    • Electrical Systems: Bocatech Inc.; BT1 5LEDSW-B
    • Outboard Engines: Attwood Corporation; MotorGuide X5 with VRS
    • Propulsion Parts, Propellers: Mercury Marine; Flo Torq SSR-HD
    • Boat Care & Maintenance: Reverso Pumps Inc.; Automatic Outboard Flushing System
    • OEM Electronics: Simrad-Navico; Halo Pulse Compression Radar
      Honorable Mention: OEM Electronics: Medallion Instrumentation Systems LLC; Malibu Surf Band
    • Environmental Award: Blue Gas Marine Inc.;  Natural Gas Hybrid-Fuel System