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Innovation Award winners named in Miami

Twelve marine products were honored Thursday for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International at the 70th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami.

The Innovation Awards recognize products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products being made; benefit to the marine industry and/or the consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of receiving the award.

"We had an outstanding group of entries this year and saw innovations that are sure to pave the way for boating industry advancement," said Zuzana Prochazka, Innovation Awards judge, technical editor of Latitudes and Attitudes and president of the BWI board of directors. "The judges were impressed with the depth of products submitted this year, needing to select multiple winners in two categories, and are looking forward to what the future of the industry has in store for boaters."

Here are the winners:

Cruisers (25 to 60 feet, including fishing craft)

Company: Chaparral 327

Product: SSX bowrider

PWC, Jetboats, Pontoon Boats

Company: BRP

Product: Sea-Doo GTI SE 130 PWC


Company: Beneteau

Product: Beneteau Sense Series

Docking and Fendering Equipment

Company: Imtra

Product: SidePower SEP Speed Control Thruster Series

Consumer Electronics and Software

(dual winners and honorable mention)

Company: Simrad

Product: BSM-2 Broadband Sounder

Company: B&G

Product: Zeus Sailing Navigation System

Honorable Mention

Company: Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

Product: Take Me Fishing Boat Ramp mobile app

Consumer-Installed Non-Electronic Hardware

Company: Seldén

Product: Seldén reversible winch

Water Sports and Equipment

Company: MasterCraft

Product: MasterCraft Zero Flex Tower 5P


Company: Suzuki

Product: DF 40A/50A

Consumer Safety Equipment

(dual winners with different approaches)

Company: Navionics

Product: Navionics Marine & Lakes iPhone app with user overlay

Company: Lake Lite

Product: Lake Lite Solar Powered Illuminating Buoys

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