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3 new boats among Innovation Award winners

Three new boats were among the products honored with Innovation Awards yesterday by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International. The awards were presented at the Miami International Boat Show.

The Genesis 310 from Walker Bay Boats and the Escape Electric Fun Boat from Johnson Outdoors-Watercraft Leisure Group won awards in the Inflatables, Small Boats and Tenders category.

“We had two strong contenders in this category, and both are so different that the judges felt giving each an award would be appropriate,” says Roger Marshall, awards chair and BWI president, in a release.

In the Fishing Boat category, the Pursuit 3480 Drummond Island Sportfish was recognized. The center island design uses space in a way not seen on fishing boats until now, according to the release.

There also were two winners in the Consumer Electronics category: the WR20 Remote Commander from Simrad and the Northstar 8000i from Brunswick New Technologies Marine Electronics.

“The WR20 allows you to take your controls with you wherever you go on the boat,” says awards judge Lenny Rudow, Boating magazine senior technical writer, in the release.

The Northstar 8000i offers video, navigation, radar, a CD player and up to 20 other electronic devices, including Mercury’s SmartCraft engine technology, in one touch-screen unit, according to the release.

The Racor Filter Pump was honored in the Consumer Installed Non-electric Hardware Division. “It is user installable and retrofitable to older units,” says Marshall in the release. “It also eliminates getting air into the injection system by pressuring [it] while filling the cylinder.”

The NMMA says a record 75 products were entered in the competition. The awards were presented by Marshall and NMMA president Thom Dammrich.

— Jason Fell