The International Boatbuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards
IBEX Innovative Products Categories
- Boat Care and Maintenance (coatings, chemicals, paints, 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.)
- Covering (boat covers, canvas work, T-tops/arches)
- Deck Equipment and Hardware (rigging, rope, docking and anchoring equipment, stainless work, mooring gear, steering mechanisms and wheels, etc.)
- 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)
- Inboard Engines (stern drives, jet drives, diesel and gas inboard engines, struts and shafts, inboard engine equipment)
- Lighting (interior, exterior, underwater)
- Mechanical Systems (air conditioning, heating, plumbing, ventilation, pumps, tanks and fuel 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)
- Safety Equipment
- Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories
Quick Build, AWLGRIP North America
Awlgrip cuts down on builder production time with the new Quick Build coating and also saves on product inventory with the interchangeable reducers and accelerators.
Advanced Marine Coatings, Structural Composites Inc.
By introducing a highly flexible gel coat, CoCure impressed me with the possibility for building fiberglass structures that absorb shock and reduce overall weight.
Pole-less Self-Draining Pontoon Cover, Taylor Made
I loved the cover’s simplicity and straightforward design.
Dripper Guard PRO, Dripper Guard
This product proves that simple just works - no stains, no maintenance.
SG200 Battery Monitor, Balmar
Unprecedented insight into the health of your boat’s batteries.
Apollo 770, FUSION Entertainment USA Inc.
Impressive features like digital signal processing, Wi-Fi streaming and ApplePlay compatibility combine to create an incredible audio package.
X Series Shock Mitigated Pedestals, SHOXS
A smooth stable ride is easily attained through the ability to air pressure tune the SHOXS X pedestal at home.
ORPHOS, Megaleds Ind.
The ORPHOS eliminates substantial builder time with its easy installation and the integrated system offers consumers a simple, user friendly product.
BG-One, Blue Guard Innovations
BG One is a reliable bilge pump with extensive features including oil and fuel detection and non traditional mounting options.
Axiom ClearCruise Augmented Reality, Raymarine Inc.
When I have to run eight miles in the dark every morning to catch bait, it’s a lifesaver.
V8 XTO Offshore, Yamaha Motor Corporation
Yamaha’s 425 V8 XTO Offshore impressed with numerous industry firsts including direct fuel injection, integrated electronic steering and the highest compression ratio in a four-stroke outboard.
Tiller Handle Assembly for Portable Outboard Motor, Mercury Marine
Tiller steering just became comfortable and intuitive, even for south paws.
Docking/Trailer Camera, Medallion Instrumentation Systems
Like a backup camera for the bow, Medallion's docking/trailer camera will show you what's right ahead and down low whether it's the trailer hookup or your kids so it's an added measure of safety for tow boats.
ICOMIA Technical File Generator, CEproof Group
The Technical File Generator is a unique online software tool that simplifies the entire process of managing documentation requirements for compliance with the new European Union Recreational Craft Directive.
TDT1000 Transducer Diagnostic Tester, Gemeco Marine Accessories
TDT1000 Transducer Diagnostic Tester takes the guesswork out of troubleshooting both conventional and Chirp transducers by utilizing the TDT1000 and SensorCheck App to compare transducer performance against factory provided performance data.
Honorable Mention: CAF-COMPO screw-stud, SUREFAS B.V.
Light Pole, Aluna Systems
The Aluna Light Pole technology is a patented light conduit technology that replaces electrical contacts with light coupling for high reliability removable navigation lights.
Power-Pole CHARGE, JL Marine Systems
The Power-Pole CHARGE Marine Power Station is the world's first AC/DC and bi-directional DC/DC, all-in-one marine battery management and charger.
Seakeeper 3, Seakeeper
The Seakeeper 3 is the first exclusively 12-volt DC powered gyrostabilizer designed to eliminate up to 95% of boat roll on vessels from 30-39 feet—eliminating the seasickness, anxiety, and fatigue that go along with it.
Power Line Instruction Technology, Lumitec
Power Line Instruction (PLI) is an innovative, proprietary communication protocol used to send control/configuration instructions to Lumitec luminaires over the standard power wires.
Power-Pole VISION, JL Marine Systems
The Power-Pole VISION onboard marine accessory management and multi-media tablet is an all-in-one touch-screen tablet that allows multiple boat accessories to be connected and controlled by one smart device.
DF350A, Suzuki Marine of America, Inc.
Suzuki’s DF350A is a design engineering tour de force, applying new thinking and new technology to the outboard category.
F25C, Yamaha Motor Corporation
Yamaha's all-new F25 is the lightest, most portable 25-horsepower outboard in the industry.
Evinrude iDock, BRP US Inc.
The Evinrude iDock system, with an affordable price point and other industry-leading system innovations, allows users to easily maneuver their boat using a joystick for simple docking, in even the toughest conditions.
Honorable Mention: CushionLok2, PowerTech! Propellers
deckWatch App, Vesper Marine
Vesper Marine deckWatch App – smartAIS safety alarms and navigation data on your smartwatch. When it comes to safety at sea, every second counts. In case of potential collision situations, anchor drag or man overboard, the deckWatch App gives boaters immediate visibility of alarms from their smartAIS transponders, over WiFi directly on their smartwatch.
Premium Clear Bunk Covers, Gatorbak LLC
Gatorbak LLC, Synthetic Bunk Covers, Premium Clear color option allows total customization of bunk color and optional LED lighting.
SeaGold, Pettit Paint
Rapid coat build-up combined with the ease of water-based clean up makes SeaGold a marine finish worthy of the 21st century.
3A Composites Baltek Inc., BANOVA
Banova is a unique balsa-based plywood up to 70 percent lighter than conventional plywood. It is an excellent option for wood based panels and linear and curved furniture and cabinetry. It can be worked using standard woodworking techniques and faced with a number of laminates.
Snapflex LED Stern Navigation Light, T-H Marine Supplies
The flexible fiberglass whip and “Air Line” style quick disconnect base of the Snapflex LED Stern Navigation light beautifully eliminates the common issues of bent aluminum stern light poles and corroded power connections.
Triton Board Rack, Roswell Marine
I believe the Roswell Marine Triton Board Rack is an important innovation for the boating industry to attract the millennials.
Electronic Steering Helm, Mercury Marine
The first marine use of magneto resistant fluid technology that improves the vessels handling, safety and enjoyment.
CG/MA and GA 3M Novec 1230 Fixed Fire Extinguisher, Fireboy-Xintex Inc.
Fireboy has addressed environmental concerns regarding potential climate changing chemicals by replacing HFC extinguishing chemicals with 3M’s new Novec 1230 which has an extremely low global warming potential rating of less than one.
Texan Grill with IntelliKEN Touch Control, Kenyon International Inc.
In the world of all things digital Kenyon advances digital controls taking advantage of new processes, new technologies. They are advancing the art and science of grilling a great steak.
Easy Drain, Volvo Penta
Being able to quickly drain the engine at the push of a single knob and without having to pull the boat out of the water allows boaters to extend their season without fear of a cold snap damaging the engine.
Rule Bilge Pumps, XYLEM
Rule has taken virtually everything boat owners dislike about submersible bilge pumps and introduced a new bilge pump that operates safely, eliminates backflow, and reduces air locking.
Fantom 6, Garmin USA
The Doppler technology in the Fantom 6 allows boaters to detect moving targets in color and in real-time, letting them navigate around hazards or severe weather, or find fishing spots where birds are feeding at the surface.
SYN-DX 6-DSP, Wet Sounds Inc.
Wet Sounds’ digital sound processed marine amplifiers are tuned by the manufacturer to match the sound characteristics of each OEM’s boat model to provide optimum sound performance. This takes the guesswork out of the builder or dealer’s hands and makes it easier for owners to have the best sound experience possible.
BF6, Honda Marine
Honda’s lightweight outboard has addressed a major issue with vibration, hard starting and instant power off amongst other major issues.
VesselView Mobile, Mercury Marine
Mercury Marine’s VesselView Mobile system, which includes an affordable onboard interface that syncs to a free app, either iOS or Android, and a free Web portal, is ideal for boaters who want to take advantage of their SmartCraft-equipped motors to view engine performance parameters, among other vital engine information.
Automatic Outboard Flushing System, Reverso Pumps Inc.
Everyone knows that Outboard Engines operated in Saltwater require thorough flushing after each use. Everyone also knows that flushing twin and triple outboards can be a real pain. This product solves that problem by eliminating the transom gymnastics usually required to perform this necessary task.
Xtreme Tower Products Mixed-Media Parallel Hinge Tower, Marine Accessories Corp.
Designing this tower which provides flexibility to the builder to match gel coat and interior finishes allows for a custom look at a reduced cost.
Easy Lift, Dowco
Pontoon boaters often have to fight a battle to store their bimini and often they don’t win. The simple and elegant design of the Dowco Easy-Life bimini system now makes that battle winnable.
BT1 5LEDSW-BF, Bocatech Inc.
LED Power Switch with built in resettable fuse built into the switch – The Bocatech BT1 LED Power switch solves the problem of having the switch and circuit protection exist as separate components. In a single waterproof unit, the Bocatech switch reduces not only the complexity of on board electrical systems but also the cost of installing them.
Natural Gas Hybrid-Fuel System, Blue Gas Marine Inc.
Well documented that we are seeing a major shift by municipal and government vessels using natural gas and it’s nice to see this move into the outboard category. This company is ahead of the innovation curve in blending economic and environmental benefits with this plug & play engine.
Elage, Syntec Industries LLC
Elage addresses the traditional challenges of vinyl. It stays cooler in the sun, impedes stain absorption and migration, and eliminates PVC content and plasticizers so it won’t dry or crack and provides a safer seating solution.
VRV10, Termondianmica SRL
Titanium Shell, lower power level needed to drive this unit and a different architecture – many design features. The Italians are known for heating things up, now they’ll be known for cooling things down. Their presentation gave me chills...
Halo Pulse Compression Radar, Simrad-Navico
See near, see far with Simrad’s Halo Pulse Compression solid state radar. This dual radar, duel marpa radar provides reliability from the harbor to the horizon.
Honorable Mention: Malibu Surf Band, Medallion Instrumentation Systems LLC
MotorGuide X5 with VRS, Attwood Corporation
MotorGuide’s X5 with variable ratio steering lets an angler fine tune a trip down a shoreline, but when the inevitable submerged stump turns up, quickly avoid a loud, fish-spooking collision.
Flo-Torq SSR HD, Mercury Marine
Mercury’s Flo-Torq SSR HD Hub gives smooth, quiet starts with big power.
Honorable Mention: SMT-1, Intertape Polymer Group
STA-BIL 360 Fuel Treatment, Gold Eagle Co.
G4 Tower, Protomet Corporation
Honorable Mention: Eco-Teak System, Bogantec Marine
E-Z Floor Guards, Trimaco
Honorable Mention: Tack-Mat, Skudo
Honorable Mention: Power-Pole Micro, JL Marine Systems
Stainless Steel Ratchet Hinge, TACO Metals Inc.
ProInstaller Series Clustering System, Marinco/Mastervolt
Diurnal Control Valve, BluSkies International LLC
Silken Grill Lid, Kenyon International
MerCruiser 4.5L 250 hp Sterndrive, Mercury Marine
BlueCool Variable Speed Chiller, Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, Inc.
Variable Capacity Chiller, Dometic Corporation
Honorable Mention: WW-BT VC Bluetooth Volume Controller, Wet Sounds Inc.
Viper II Malibu Command Center, Medallion Instrumentation Systems
DF25A, Suzuki Motor of America
Offshore Dual Engine Display, Gemeco Marine Accessories
Custom Reinforced Tube Trailer, Magic Tilt Trailers
Hydrocoat Eco, Pettit Paint
This product is actually two good bottom paint technologies made to work together.
Breakwater X, Safety Components Fabric Tecnologies
A marine exterior fabric with a ten year warranty, made from an advanced polymer alloy, and built to withstand the harshest environment is unheard of.
System Builder, Simrad-Navico
This is a product that simplifies the sales and order process and also begins the proper documentation and diagram of the electronics on a boat.
Honorable Mention: Xtreme Bimini, Marine Accessories Corporation
Smart Wheel, Syntec Industries
This product from Syntec Industries is an invitation to boat builders everywhere to trick out their boat steering wheels with wireless or Bluetooth communication.
Environmental Valve Vent, Clean Marine Systems
The Environmental Valve Vent is a perfect example of using the power of IBEX to solicit input from design engineers from the major OEMs. This yielded an improved product that solves forthcoming EPA regulations.
Honorable Mention: Silken 2, Kenyon International
Marine Fastmount Very Low Profile Clip, Spradling International
The Fastmount Very Low Profile Clip vastly improves panel mounting with no special tools.
SeaLand Orbit 7100 Series Toilet, Dometic Marine
Dometic has come up with a smart solution to fitting marine toilet into today's multi-angled small space heads.
Evolution Autopilot, Raymarine
Simplified installation and no calibration make Raymarine's Autopilot a game changer.
Glass Cockpit System, Volvo Penta
The Glass Cockpit System sets a new industry standard for the intergration of engine and navigation data.
Honorable Mention: Marine Stereo with Universal Media Device Dock and Bluetooth Streaming, Fusion Electronics
2.8L inline Four Marine Power Platform, Yamaha Marine Group
This highly versatile four stroke power platform featuring a narrow footprint and ability to retro fit has a very broad appeal for both the end user and the marine industry.
Lower Unit Fill/Drain Kit, SeaStar Solutions
The Lower Unit Fill/Drain Kit will encourage owners to take better care of their lower units by being environmentally responsible.
Safety Equipment App, American Boat & Yacht Council
This app is personalized to your size boat and a necessary good start for the large percentage of boaters who do not buy through a retail dealer who would otherwise provide new boater instruction.
GelMatch Gelcoat Color Matching System, Dolphinite
Being able to access a database of thousand of Gelcoat colors from dozens of manufactureres is impressive, but the innovation may well be in the method of injecting catalyst into an aersol can for easy spray-on Gelcoat repair for the DIY at a low cost.
Isotherm Smart Energy Controller Kit, Indel Webasto Marine
The smart energy controller is a simple-to-install kit that can be retro-fitted to any brand of DC refrigerator reducing refrigerator battery consumption up to 50 percent.
Honorable Mention: DF20A/DF15A, Suzuki Motor of America
V8-380 Engine Sterndrive, Volvo Penta
The V8-380 brings new generation engine technology to the sterndrive market. Its performance, fuel economy and carb 4-star rating raise the bar for sterndrive engines.
CoolTouch Vinyl Technology, Syntec Industries
Syntec's proprietary cooling feature removes prior interior design restrictions allowing boatbuilders to introduce dark colors to vinyl seating.
Honorable Mention: Taku Hatch Fan, Caframo Limited
Xtreme Mechanical System, Telefex Marine
Teleflex bridges the gap between hydraulic and conventional cable steering with an affordable, easy-to-install steering system that makes driving mid-sized boats a pleasure.
Optimus EPS/360 Joystick Docking System, Teleflex Marine
Easily the most anticipated and exciting product category at this year's show, joystick docking for outboards will do for outboards what pod drives have done for inboards.
Safety Prop, PowerTech Propellers
While acknowledging that this prop is not for the tournament or performance market, PowerTech has a rather convincing presentation that the word safer blade edge design and props can be menitoned in the same sentence.
Honorable Mention: Cover-1: The 4-in-1 Boat Cover, Ameritex Fabric Systems/Taylor Made Group LLC
Windlass V500, Nautilus Marine Group
IMC 40, Charles Industries, Ltd
EFOY Fuel Cell, US Marine Products
Curve Porta Potti, Thetford Marine
Universal Sprayless Connector, Attwood Corporation
e7D Multifunction Display, Raymarine Inc.
150 FourStroke Outboard, Mercury Marine
BF250 Outboard Engine, Honda Marine
Honorable Mention: Raw Water Flow System, Livorsi Marine Inc.
PowerStop! Propeller, Powertech! Propellers
VR-140 Panoramic Mirror System, Protomet Corporation
Prisma SPT - Strip Plank Technology, Structural Composites Inc.
Robust-Aire Marine Diffuser, Kasco Marine Inc.
Azure, PlasDECK Inc.
Combination Rod and Drink Holder, Sawgrass Distributors Inc.
Power Core Hybrid - Ion Energy/Propulsion System, EnergyTech Marine Group
ProNautic P, Professional Mariner LLC
Molded Advanced Polyurethane Products, Corium Urethane Technology
Gulley IC, Whale Water Systems
In-Duct Breathe Easy™ Air Purifier, Dometic Corporation
GPSMAP 7215, Garmin International
4.2L V MAX SHO® VF250, Yamaha Marine Group Company
Safety Torque - Hub and Drive Line Protector Systems, PowerTech! Propellers
Lever Jack, Quality Mark Inc.
Prisma "TA", Structural Composites/Compsys, Inc.
Lithium Ion Battery, Mastervolt, Inc.
Boreal, Morbern Inc.
The Intelli-Hinge, Taco Metals
SSA Series Raw Water Systems Monitor, Groco
eco4-90-1.7sp Polyurethane Flotation Foam, Foam Supplies, Inc.
Smart Cat, M.V.P. Magnum Venus Plastech
Book Builder on boatpubs.com, Ken Cook Co.
MasterShunt, Mastervolt, Inc.
Isotherm Frost Free Refrigeration, Indel Webasto Marine USA
Acrylico, Acrylico Inc.
Adjustable Windshield System, Ameritex Technologies
Hybrid Drive, Steyr Motors
Jet Thruster Systems, WillDo USA
Nautic Air, Schuman
The Wizard, AMT Revolution
Zplex, 3tex Inc
EXT/CAT, Indmar Products Inc
Fastmount, G & T Industries
Enclosed Shaft System, Seatorque
Rocktek, Rocketek Marine
Air Fusion™- Thermoelectric Environmental Control, Heater Craft
Control Panel, Sea-Fire Marine
DF300 4-Stroke Outboard Motor, Suzuki Motor of America
Travel, Torqeedo GmbH
Reusable Infusion Port, Bayview Edison Industries
BEI's port features a reusable aluminum bushing, allowing set up to be simple and efficient. This part is a new, inexpensive and practical solution to some of the problems that can oftnn hold up a job's progress.
Dual Circuit PLUS Battery Switch, Blue Sea Systems
This is the product for individuals who always turn their battery switch to ‘both’ because they don’t know which is the ‘house’ and which is the ‘engine.’
Smart Cap, Royce Industries
A marine tank monitoring system that virtually eliminates the possibility of overfilling the tank. It is easy to use and solves a lot of problems plaguing older systems.
VisionAir Seat, Attwood Corporation
The seat uses an elastomeric mesh to help distribute a person’s weight evenly and relieving pressure from concentrated areas.
Panel Mount Rode-Counter System, Auto Anchor
These counters tell a boat owner precisely how much anchor line is out and is capable of resetting itself if the anchor line slips.
Inboard Performance System, Volvo Penta
It is the first new drive system in more than 40 years.
TropiKool 40 Marine Refrigerator, AvXcel Inc.
The refrigerator employs a reverse stirling cycle engine and natural refrigerants such as helium and carbon dioxide to cool the unit, and contains only two moving parts.
Shadow Technology Digital Throttle & Shift, Mercury Marine
The digital system allows a boater to control his or her engines with just two throttle controls.It is totally electronic and can have a plug-and-play installing for a second control station.
Multifunction Tiller Handle, Yamaha Motor Corp.
Marine Line Quick Change Hole Boring System, Forest City Tool Inc.
The system features a unique bit capable of drilling through gel coat without it chipping. The hole saw is also self-cleaning. No longer does a boat owner have to lose time digging a plug out of the saw.
SWORL, Prairie Technology Group
It is a boon for boatbuilders who must make a part a number of times. It enables the builder to lower costs, time, and investment and still have a fully finished vacuum bagged part.
Safe-CO™ Gasoline Generator, Westerbeke Corporation
Safety is really important in the boating realm and I applaud Westerbekes’s development of this line of gensets. I look forward to the time when we see a propulsion system that uses their technology.
Polymer Heat Exchanger, R & D Systems
It reduces weight, virtually eliminates corrosion in the heat exchanger jacket, is easy to design for specific applications, and can be retooled almost within hours.
Honorable Mention: Outdura™ Trio, Shurford Mills, LLC
Silent Running – SR 1000 Marine Coating, Current Composites
A water based, VOC free, single part vibration dampening coating that is applied by spraying to a total thickness of 40 mils. It is a US Coast Guard approved for use in engine compartments to reduce noise.
Hi-Mod Failsafe Insulator, Hayn Enterprises
The Hi-Mod insulator is the only fail safe wire rigging insulator on the market.
Fire Foe, Sea Fire Marine
At last a fire suppression system that is affordable, does no damage to the engine, and easy to activate. Every boat should have one.
Honorable Mention: LowranceNet, Lowrance Electronics
Honorable Mention: MG2000 System, Faria Instruments
Micronet System, Tacktick
The installation savings alone makes the system worth it. You don't have to take down the overhead, run wires through the mast or behind furniture. Now you can install an instrument package that has no power draw from your sailboat's batteries.
Verado Engine, Mercury Marine
About the only thing traditional about this engine is the prop nut. Everything else has been designed from scratch making it totally new for the marine industry.
Buff Magic, Yacht Brite
Saves time and money for production builders by cutting out several steps from mold maintenance. Starting out as four micron particles, the product gradually breaks down to 0.05 microns, saving time by eliminiating the need to use different particle sizes when polishing a mold or other finished boat products.
Pontoon Hull, Wilson Distribution
Developed in an eight-foot module that interlocks with a unique locking device, allowing its length to be adjusted to fit many different size boats. The corrosion-resistant, roto-molded pontoons can be fitted by OEMs or retro fitted to existing pontoon boats and docks.
Dock Tester, ESC Products
An easy-to-use diagnostic tool that verifies the polarity and level of AC voltage in an electrical system. It measures the existence and magnitude of stray electrical currens and can be used to locate the precise location of the item aboard a boat that is putting electrical current into the water.
Solid Switch, Material Sciences Corporation
This product is a brand new solid state switch with no moving parts. It is reliable, waterproof, completely corrosion proof, and idiot proof.
JetPac, Outboard Propulsion Systems
Designed to replace an outboard motor - Comprised of a 150 hp diesel engine mounted directly on top of a ten-inch water jet, its watertight housing provides additional buoyancy so that boats can float relatively level.
O'Brasive Sanding Disk, New Abrasives, LLC
Eliminates the center of the disc and does away with the cornrows that the slower turning center portion of the disc generates, while its wavy outer edge makes it easy to get into corners and provides a higher polish to the finished product.
EEz-In Ladder, Garelick Manufacturing
The EEz-In Ladder adds a huge level of safety to any boat it is fitted on.
Micro HPS Marine Refrigeration System, Glacier Bay
Provides cooling for refrigeration, freezers and air conditioning in one unit. Measuring twelve inches deep, thirteen inches wide and nine inches high, it has sound deadening panels to reduce noise levels while using half the energy of other systems.
Management Program, DealersCircle
It is the first web-based, real-time system to connect repair facilities, dealers and their customers in real-time, requiring only a simple Internet connection.