Six new products capture industry Innovation Awards

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The Pursuit 3480 Drummond Island Sportfish, Walker Bay’s Genesis 310 tender and the Escape Electric Fun Boat from Johnson Outdoors were among six products honored with Innovation Awards at the Miami International Boat Show earlier this year.

The Pursuit 3480 Drummond Island Sportfish, Walker Bay’s Genesis 310 tender and the Escape Electric Fun Boat from Johnson Outdoors were among six products honored with Innovation Awards at the Miami International Boat Show earlier this year. The awards were presented by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the products were judged by members of Boating Writers International.

“This year we had a record number of entries in the Miami Innovation Awards program — upwards of 75,” says Roger Marshall, awards chairperson and BWI president, in a release.

Pursuit Boats’ new 3480 Drummond Island Sportfish took top honors in the Fishing Boat category. The boat’s “Angler’s Edge” bait prep station features a center island design that judges say uses space in a way not before seen on fishing boats. “It is obviously designed by people that have been building fishing boats for a long time and are thoroughly familiar with the sport,” says judge Bill Pike, senior editor of Power & Motoryacht magazine, in the release. Features include a 40-gallon live well, side-mounted stainless steel under-counter refrigerator, built-in cooler with removable stainless steel bait tray, and tackle storage locker.

“I thought the concept was a new and fresh approach for a sportfishing boat,” said Pursuit designer Karl Boehler. “After we designed and developed it, we realized it was a truly unique and functional idea that would make any fisherman smile.”

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In the Inflatables, Small Boats and Tenders category, the Genesis 310 from Walker Bay and the Escape Electric Fun Boat from Johnson Outdoors-Watercraft Leisure Group were honored. “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 Marshall.

The judges liked Walker Bay’s Genesis 310 because of its self-draining deck, trim flaps and folding transom, according to the release. The Genesis 310 also features an injection-molded polypropylene hard bottom.

“Walker Bay has been bringing fresh ideas to the market for some time, and this collection on the Genesis 310 is worthy of an award,” judge Alan Wendt, editor of Marine CEO magazine, says in the release. www.walkerbaygenesis.com

With a “flip-the-switch-and-go” electric propulsion system and an electric water cannon that shoots up to 30 feet, Johnson Outdoors’ Escape Electric Fun Boat is a good vessel to attract new, young people to boating, judges say. “The 10-year-old child in the Escape will be the 16-year-old who buys a 16-footer, and the 30-year-old who buys a 30-footer,” said judge Lenny Rudow, Boating magazine senior technical writer. www.escapewatercraft.com

There also were two winners in the Consumer Electronics category: the WR20 RemoteCommander from Simrad and the Northstar 8000i from Brunswick New Technologies Marine Electronics. Simrad’s WR20 RemoteCommander was honored, according to the judges, because it allows a skipper to control a number of on-board electronic devices — for example, chart plotter, radar, autopilot — from one wireless remote control. It also includes a built-in VHF radio. www.simradusa.com

The Northstar 8000i integrated entertainment/navigation system offers video, navigation, radar, a CD player and as many as 20 other electronic devices in one touch-screen unit. The unit also comes preloaded with C-MAP’s new MAX Pro cartography with worldwide chart coverage. www.northstarnav.com

The Racor Filter Pump was honored in the Consumer Installed Non-electric Hardware category. The system is designed for diesel engines and consists of a prescreen filter, flow bypass circuit and roller cell pump. The Racor Filter Pump is “user installable and retrofittable to older units,” Marshall says in the release. “It also eliminates getting air into the injection system by pressuring [it] while filling the cylinder.” www.parker.com/racor