IBEX Innovation Awards

The Innovation Awards program presented at the International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) honors manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products for the boating industry to market. The IBEX program offers fifteen marine trade product categories for entry. Complete details can be reviewed on the program webpage.

Product Categories

  • Boat Care and Maintenance (coatings, chemicals, paints, finishes, additives, oils and tools)
  • Boatbuilding Methods and Materials (techniques and equipment to build boats)
  • Boatyard and Marina Hardware and Software (yard installed boat lifts, cranes, docks, marina equipment and software-management programs, inventory and job flow software, etc.)
  • Deck Equipment and Hardware (rigging, rope, docking and anchoring equipment, stainless work, mooring gear, boat covers, canvas work, T-tops/arches, exterior and underwater lighting, etc.)
  • Electric Motor/ Battery Powered Propulsion/ Hybrids ( trolling motors)
  • Electrical Systems (AC/DC onboard and shore power systems, batteries, control apparatus, battery management tools, charger, etc.)
  • Entertainment (audio and video)
  • Furnishings and Interior Parts (appliances, furniture, textiles, interior systems, galley, interior lighting)
  • Inboard Engines (stern drives, jet drives, diesel and gas inboard engines, struts and shafts, inboard engine equipment)
  • Mechanical Systems (air conditioning, heating, plumbing, ventilation, pumps, tanks and fuel systems, stabilization systems, etc.)
  • OEM Electronics (navigational, onboard systems, instrumentation, sonar, software)
  • Outboard Engines (outboard engines and electrical systems, trolling motors and props for outboards)
  • Propulsion Parts, Propellers ( engine equipmenet and gauges, trim tabs, engine maintenance, steering systems)
  • Safety Equipment
  • Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories
Innovation Awards Archive

2021 Innovation Award Recipients
Boat Care and Maintenance

Re-Deck, Gibco Flex-Mold Inc.

This is a comprehensive selection of gelcoat decking patterns that simplifies and reduces the cost of decking repair.

Boatbuilding Methods and Materials

Adekit A236, Sika Corporation

A great low temperature curing, high-strength, two-part adhesive that can be used in volume without discoloring gelcoat.

Deck Equipment and Hardware

Ghost Mount, LilliPad Marine

Nearly invisible yet unbelievably strong, this versatile floor-mounting system is a true game-changer for both builders and consumers.

Honorable Mention: Scuppers, Seaworthy Innovations

Electrical Systems

Honorable Mention: YachtSense Modular Digital Control System, Raymarine

LITHIUM BLUE, Discover Battery

 Completely serviceable in the field, Lithium Blue is sure to have an impact on this growing segment.


LED+, RideController

This is an innovative use of neopixel LEDs and advances the art of yacht lighting.

Furnishings and Interior Parts

Kanvaslight, GUARDTEX

The flexibility of the optical fibers in this product is a versatile way to provide practical and decorative lighting integrated into a soft Bimini top. 

Mechanical Systems

Jabsco Quiet Flush E2, XYLEM

A simple solution to a potentially messy situation.

OEM Electronics

Assisted Docking, Volvo Penta

Volvo’s Assisted Docking lets the skipper take a breath in stressful situations while giving them pinpoint control of the vessel.

Propulsion Parts, Propellers

Super Fly, Hydrofin

A well-engineered hydrofoil system that significantly improves the ride and performance of any double pontoon boat.

Safety Equipment

Honorable Mention: The Vault, inteliPlug

OSCAR Sentry, OSCAR Navigation

The Sentry’s advanced use of machine learning from millions of on-water events makes boating safer underway and at rest.

Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories

Roller Bunk, Innovative Group Inc.

 A new way to avoid powerloading and boat launch erosion that can be adapted to an existing trailer.