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

2022 Innovation Award Recipients
Boat Care and Maintenance

ElectroStrainer, ElectroSea

This clever combination of a salt chlorinator cell and seawater strainer reduces biofouling in raw water-cooled marine plumbing systems.

Boatbuilding Methods and Materials

Massivit 10000 Additive Tooling System, Massivit 3D

The Massivit 10000 dramatically simplifies and shortens the process for producing complex custom molds. By combining multiple cutting-edge technologies, they have created a tool that will significantly benefit any marine manufacturer working with composites.

Boatyard and Marina Hardware and Software

Radian IoT GPS Monitoring Solution and SaaS Platform, Radian IoT

Starting with a simple telematics device, Radian IoT is a broad information system that promises to revise the social contract among boatbuilders, dealers, trucking companies, banks, insurers, and boaters. From a single data platform it provides boatbuilders with live inventory tracking, dealers with predictive sales analytics, and other stakeholders real-time assurance about the state of their present and future assets. 

Deck Equipment and Hardware

Honorable Mention: Navico Group for PowerBase & Antenna

Overboard Pro Mounted Fish Dehooker, Overboard Technologies, Inc.

Overboard’s mounted dehooker helps anglers get from one catch to the next more quickly while reducing the amount of handling caught fish face. Fewer skewered fingers and lower mortality rates—that’s a game changer regardless of which end of the fishing rod you’re on.

Electrical Systems

Honorable Mention: Navico Group for ProMariner ProTournamentelite

XD Series Triple Flex Relay/ACR/LVD w/Knob, Egis Mobile Electric

Egis’ XD Series Triple Flex Relay offers simple configuration and rich functionality. Its modular approach reduces components and complexity.

Furnishings and Interior Parts

VDC Grill, Kenyon International Inc.

 As an advocate for higher voltage DC systems on boats due to the enhanced efficiency these systems provide, I applaud Kenyon for introducing their 48-volt grill to the industry. Get the LP gas off the boat!

Mechanical Systems

Seakeeper Ride, Seakeeper, Inc.

The Seakeeper Ride is a vessel attitude control system that uses an innovative rotary blade system to control roll and pitch while underway through its proprietary inertial sensing hardware and software. 

OEM Electronics

Garmin Surround View Camera System, Garmin USA

Garmin’s Surround View Camera System eases challenging docking and tight-quarters handling with a birds’ eye view of the boat and its surroundings. Integrating up to six cameras, it gives the kind of visibility we all want when inches matter. 

Honorable Mention: Minn Kota/Humminbird/Cannon for MEGA Live Imaging TargetLock

Propulsion Parts, Propellers

Accuthrust, QMI

The QMI Group’s Accuthrust pontoon thruster is an intuitive, flush-mounted, in-tube system that won’t restrict pontoons or tri-toons from getting into shallow depths. Even if weeds or debris get caught up, the reverse clean-out function quickly clears out the system. It’s fully waterproof and, for safety, only operates when the engines are on.

Safety Equipment

Revolve, PYI Inc.

 Deploy your boat hook like a lightsaber!  This fun accessory was genuinely inspired by technology from the space industry.