MIAMI BEACH – Eight marine products were honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 72nd Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail.
Eight products took home 2013 Innovation Awards during NMMA’s State of the Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast held Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize products that best meet 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.
“As judges, every year we see dozens of terrific products and debate the definition of innovation,” said Zuzana Prochazka, Innovation Awards judge chair. “We had a really impressive group of entries this year and look forward to seeing those recognized today enter the marine marketplace.”
New boat models that received 2013 Innovation Awards include:
Crowne 250 by Harris FloteBote: Harris FloteBote combines a comprehensive and innovative list of features and amenities in the Crowne 250, including a specially-designed Sport Arch. Key said, “The Crowne 250 is an elegant pontoon with real feng shui that’s so comfortable, you’ll want to drive it into your living room.” www.harrisflotebote.com
370 Venture by Sea Ray: The Sea Ray 370 Venture uniquely incorporates patent-pending outboard engine technology in a fiberglass express cruiser powered by fully-concealed outboard engines. “Finally, we have another option when it comes to powering a mid-sized cruiser: a pair of hidden four-stroke outboards that increases interior volume and creates a luxurious master cabin,” said Wendt. www.searay.com
Yamaha 192 Series with Thrust Directional Enhancer by Yamaha WaterCraft: Yamaha 192 Series boats feature a single supercharged engine—an innovative yet inexpensive solution to maximize control and maneuverability. Doane added, “The TDE system is an effective and low-cost innovation that enhances low speed maneuverability for jet boats.” www.yamahaboats.com
230 Vantage by Boston Whaler: The 230 Vantage seamlessly blends comfort, versatility and handling in one remarkable dual console model. Noted Wood, “The 230 showed amazing versatility in a small space defined by innovative seating and quality execution.” www.bostonwhaler.com
Engines That Won Innovation Awards:
Torqeedo Deep Blue 80-hp Outboard; Propulsion Inboard and Outboard
Marine Accessories That Won Innovation Awards:
Dragonfly by Raymarine; Consumer Electronics, Mobile Applications and Software
SmartPlug Systems 50 amp Inlet & Connector Personal Gear; Mechanical & Electrical Systems
Boat Outfitters Locking Pickup Truck Rod Rack; Soft Goods, Watersports and Fishing Equipment