Meet the 2018 IBEX Product Innovation Award Winners

TAMPA, FL, —The 2018 Innovation Awards, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), were presented at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) recently. Eight BWI judges with various technical backgrounds in boating selected the new product winners among dozens of entries submitted by marine trade companies. 

The winners in each of the 13 categories of the 2018 Innovation Awards are:

  • Boat Care and Maintenance: AWLGRIP North America, Quick Build
  • Boatbuilding Methods & Materials: Structural Composites Inc., Advanced Marine Coatings, Honorable Mention: Dowco Marine, Nextoon
  • Covering: Taylor Made, Pole-less Self-Draining Pontoon Cover, Honorable Mention: Quality Mark, Pop-A-Pole
  • Deck Equipment and Hardware: Dripper Guard, Dripper Guard PRO
  • Electrical Systems: Balmar, SG200 Battery Monitor
  • Entertainment: FUSION Entertainment USA Inc., Apollo 770
  • Furnishings and Interior Parts: SHOXS, X Series Shock Mitigated Pedestals
  • Lighting: Megaleds Ind, ORPHOS
  • Mechanical Systems: Blue Guard Innovations, BG-One
  • OEM Electronics: Raymarine Inc., Axiom ClearCruise Augmented Reality
  • Honorable Mention: Suzuki Motor of America Inc., Multi-Function Gauge
  • Outboard Engines: Yamaha Motor Corporation, V8 XTO Offshore
  • Propulsion Parts, Propellers: Mercury Marine, Tiller Handle Assembly for Portable Outboard Motor
  • Safety Equipment: Medallion Instrumentation Systems, Docking/Trailer Camera

All product entries can be viewed along Innovation Way in Aisle 2200.

“This year’s entries were very focused on improving the boating experience,” said Alan Wendt, chair of the judging panel, IBEX. “From solving simple issues with canvas, to more complex engineering challenges with hardware and composites, there is ample evidence of innovation underway in a thriving industry.”

“Recognizing and encouraging innovation in our industry is what IBEX is all about,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “The winning products will positively impact boating forever, and it’s very exciting. Congratulations to all the entrants for their dedication to product evolution.”

For more information about IBEX, visit For information about BWI, visit For information about the NMMA and to find a transcript of Dammrich’s address, visit