Yamaha, Mercury lead the way for innovation awards

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OCT. 16 — Out of 79 that were entered in the IBEX Innovation Awards program, The Mercury Maine’s Axius inboard engines took one of the top spots. What sets Axius apart is twin MerCruiser Bravo Three sterndrives that can operate independently from one another, rather than both moving in the same direction at once. This will be the third IBEX award given to Mercury in the past four years, according to a press release.

“This is a wonderful honor,” said Patrick C. Mackey, president of Mercury Marine in the press release. “We have great respect for this event and its judges, so it’s especially rewarding to see Axius and its amazing benefits recognized.”

Leading the way in technical savvy was the Yamaha F350 V8 Four Stroke Outboard, whose features included “plug and play” wiring making rigging a snap and laptop computer-based testing with no engine installation required. According to a press release, Yamaha has delivered more than 1,000 F350s to boaters, all who have given it rave reviews.

“The F350 is truly an industry first and is changing the way offshore boats are powered,” said Phil Dyskow, Yamaha Marine Group president in the press release.

The other recognized products included i2Systems’ Tri-Light Technology in the furnishings and finishes category, Airlock Wakeboard Rack from Skylon and Tallon Marine’s Tallon System in the hardware fittings category, The Turbo Air Conditioning System from Dometic Environmental Corp. in the mechanical systems category, the EvrSafe ISS 1040 by EvrSafe Marine Technologies for electronics category, G/flex Expoxies from West System in the boatbuilding methods and materials category, and Prosafe FS Series from ProMariner for the electrical systems category.

Lastly, Ocean Equipment took home the IBEX Environmental Award for the Offshore System Deck Filler Gauge. The gauge allows boaters to see a digital indication of tank levels up to the point of filling, which helps prevent fuel leakage.

— Elizabeth Ellis