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Innovative products receive honors

Seven manufacturers were honored with Innovation Awards Thursday at the Miami International Boat Show.

The Innovation Awards are presented by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and winners are selected by a panel of judges representing Boating Writers International. The awards recognize innovative products that benefit the marine industry and its consumers.

“This year a total of 50 products were entered,” Zuzana Prochazka, Innovation Awards co-chair and member of the BWI board of directors, says in a news release. “There were some exceptional entries this year, and it made the judging process a challenge.”

The winner in the Consumer Electronics and Software category was Johnson Outdoors’ CannonLink fishing system controller. The One Touch Winch Handle from Lewmar was the winner in the Consumer-installed Non-Electronic Hardware category. Speedtech’s Windmate 350 wind and weather monitor took the Consumer Personal Gear award. The auto-leveling No Profile Boat Lift by Way Marine Design took the Daysailing Equipment award. The winner in the Inboard and Outboard Cruisers category was Glacier Bay’s 30-foot IsleRunner. The judges chose Chris-Craft’s Catalina 23 as winner in the Runabouts and Fishing Craft category. In the Sailboat category, Island Packet took the honor with its SP Cruiser motorsailer.