IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Winning Marine Accessories Announced
A panel of marine industry experts selected the most innovative new marine accessories at last week's International Boatbuilder's Exhibition and Conference ( IBEX) in Lousiville, Kentucky. IBEX is the leading marine industry trade show where hundreds of marine accessories and services are introduced each year. Here are the 2013 winners of IBEX's annual Innovation Awards.

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Boat Care & Maintenance: Pettit Paint Hydrocoat Eco “This product is actually two good bottom-paint technologies made to work together,” judge Beth Leonard said.

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Boatbuilding Methods & Materials: Safety Components Fabric Technologies Breakwater X “A marine exterior fabric with a 10-year warranty, made from an advanced polymer alloy and built to withstand the harshest environment is unheard of,” judge Nigel Calder said.

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Boatyard and Dealer Hardware and Software: Navico System Builder Judge Ben Ellison said, “This is a product that simplifies the sales and order process and also begins the proper documentation and diagram of the electronics on a boat.”

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Deck Equipment & Hardware: Syntec Industries Smart Wheel “This product from Syntec Industries is an invitation to boatbuilders everywhere to trick out their boat steering wheels with wireless or Bluetooth communication,” judge Frank Lanier said.

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Deck Equipment & Hardware Honorable Mention: Marine Accessories Corp. Xtreme Bimini

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Furnishing & Interior Parts: Spradling International Marine Fastmount Very Low Profile Clip “The Fastmount Very Low Profile Clip vastly improves panel mounting with no special tools,” judge Pete Robson said.

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Furnishing & Interior Parts Honorable Mention: Kenyon International Silken 2

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Mechanical Systems: Dometic Marine SeaLand Orbit 7100 Series Toilet “Dometic has come up with a smart solution to fitting a marine toilet into today’s multi-angled small space heads,” judge Pete Robson said.

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Environmental Award: Clean Marine Systems Environmental Valve Vent “The Environmental Valve Vent is a perfect example of using the power of IBEX to solicit input from design engineers from the major OEMs,” lead judge Alan Wendt said. “This yielded an improved product that solves forthcoming EPA regulations.”

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

OEM Electronics Co-Winner: Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System Judge Ben Ellison said, “The Glass Cockpit System sets a new industry standard for the integration of engine and navigation data.”

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

OEM Electronics Co-Winner: Raymarine Evolution Autopilot “Simplified installation and no calibration make Raymarine’s Autopilot a game changer,” judge Zuzana Prochazka said.

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

OEM Electronics Honorable Mention: Fusion Electronics Marine Stereo with Universal Media Device Dock and Bluetooth Streaming

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Outboard Engine: Yamaha Marine Group 2.8L inline Four Marine Power Platform “This highly versatile four-stroke power platform, featuring a narrow footprint and ability to retrofit, has a very broad appeal for both the end user and the marine industry,” judge Beth Leonard said.

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Propulsion Parts, Propellers: Seastar Solutions Lower Unit Fill/Drain Kit Judge Frank Lanier said, “The Lower Unit Fill/Drain Kit will encourage owners to take better care of their lower units by being environmentally responsible.”

IBEX Innovation Awards 2013

Safety Equipment: American Boat & Yacht Council Safety Equipment App “This app is personalized to your size boat and a necessary good start for the large percentage of boaters who do not buy through a retail dealer who would otherwise provide new boater instruction,” Beth Leonard said.