Marine trade show honors products for innovation

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The Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show in Las Vegas this week honored six products for innovative achievement, according to a press release.

Entries are judged by the Boating Writers International and must meet the following criteria: distinct from other products on the market, benefit the marine industry/consumer, practicality, cost-effectiveness, and availability to consumers within 60 days of the end of the show.

“Judges take their jobs evaluating Innovation Award entries very seriously, spending hours reviewing and referencing submitted materials and cross-checking facts,” says Jan Mundy, awards chair, in the release.

Re-Structure Marine Polish from Mark Silvey Marine Services (http://www.marksilvey.com) got the award in the Boat Care/Coating/Chemicals and Maintenance Tools category. Using nanotechnology, the non-petroleum, water-based polish protects a boat’s various surfaces. The WRINO boat hook (www.anzusimports.com) won in the Deck Equipment category.

The Dry Boat from Delta T Systems (www.deltatsystems.com) took the honor in the Interior Parts category. The DC-powered dehumidifier is one-third the size of a conventional unit, and discharge water drains into a sink, the bilge or overboard. The Aqualuma Brake-Light for PWC (www.aqualuma.com) won in the Safety Products category. The system features six LED lights that automatically signal when the operator releases the throttle for at least a half-second, signaling nearby boats there is a person in the water.

The F22000 winch by Cequent Performance (www.tekonsha.com) won in the Trailer Parts and Accessories category. Features include chafe-free operation, an adjustable handle for left- or right-hand operation, and a pull-and-turn knob to engage and release the gears. Lastly, the Broadband Sounder 1 from Lowrance-Navico won in the Aftermarket Electronics category for its ability to distinguish fish targets from the bottom and to unparalleled depths.

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-Elizabeth Ellis