PDB editor judges at IBEX 2011

October 2011 News
Thirteen marine manufacturers were honored this morning for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 2011 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards in Louisville. Eleven winning companies received their 2011 IBEX Innovation Awards, and two received honorable mentions, during the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize those products that best
meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured;
benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt. A total of 65 new products were entered in this year's IBEX Innovation Awards program.

"The winners recognized at IBEX today are a testament to the ongoing commitment to boating ingenuity necessary to the future of our industry," noted NMMA President Thom Dammrich. "It's encouraging to see companies focus their efforts on forward-thinking solutions to help consumers and further the industry, and I'm excited to see how these products adapt in the market."

"One of the motivators for writers involved in the Innovation Awards is the ability to see and touch the future. This is our Discover Boating, and this year's product submissions didn't disappoint - from the electronics OEM's that wowed us with game-changing technology to engine manufacturers that delivered more efficient products than we've ever seen," stated Alan Wendt, IBEX Innovation Awards committee chair and contributor to TalkoftheDock.com. "The future of boating advancement is bright."

Additional BWI members serving on the IBEX Innovation Awards judging panel this year include: Zuzana Prochazka, editor of TalkoftheDock.com, technical editor for Latitudes & Attitudes, freelancer for publications including Sea, Sail, Yachtworld, Lakeland Boating, and DIY Boatowner, and president of BWI; Frank Lanier, accredited marine surveyor, public speaker; and contributor to numerous publications including Sea, Practical Sailor, Lakeland Boating, and Southern Boating; Susan Canfield, accredited marine surveyor, technical writer, and Wooden Boat School instructor; Roger McAfee, former lawyer, contributor to Pacific Yachting, Sea magazine, Southern Boating, Lakeland Boating, ShowBoats International and Dockwalk, and past president of the Metal Boat Society; Brady Kay, editor of Pontoon & Deckboat magazine and Houseboat magazine; and Patricia Kearns, former ABYC technical assistant, contributor to DIY Magazine, founder and CEO of Marine Experts Group, maritime consultant, and frequent speaker at IBEX.

IBEX Innovation Awards were presented to the following companies in these categories:

Deck Equipment & HardwareWinner: Nautilus Marine Group, Windlass V500 

Judge Susan Canfield noted, "The well-engineered windlass tension band keeps the rope and chain splice in constant contact with the chain wheel easily handling knots and hackles of life at anchor.

"Honorable Mention: Ameritex Fabric Systems, Four-in-One Boat Cover
Electrical Systems
Winner: Charles Industries, Intelligent Marine Charger

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