The NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored today winners of the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, recognizing exceptionally groundbreaking new consumer marine products. The Awards were presented during the boat show’s annual Innovation Breakfast, held at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key. This year’s program evaluated 62 products across 19 categories featuring an outstanding pool of entries. The judges ultimately selected 17 winners and two honorable mentions in 16 categories for a total of 19 honorees.

The 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award winners are:

Cabin Cruisers:350 Realm, Boston Whaler, Inc.

Center Console/ Walkaround Fishing Boats: DC 365, Pursuit Boats

Consumer Safety Equipment (Dual Winners):Search and Rescue Yellow TD2401, Throw Raft; CrewWatcher MOB Alert, Weems & Plath

Cuddy Cabin and Bowrider Boats:Sport 38 LS, Tiara Yachts

Deck Equipment:Outboard Swivel Rigging Hose Connector Kit, Hardin Marine

Docking and Fendering Equipment:Blue Isles Solar Docks, PowerDocks LLC

Electric Motor/ Battery Powered Propulsion/ Hybrids: PropEle Electric Boat Motors Inc. EP Carry, Annapolis Hybrid Marine

Environmental Award:PlasDeck Eco Series, Plasteak, Inc.

Inboard Engines: 3JH40 Common Rail Inboard Diesel Engine, Yanmar Marine International B.V.

Outboard Engines:3.4L V6 Outboard, Mercury Marine

Personal Gear, Soft Goods: Super Watch Jacket, Grundens USA

Personal Watercraft:Sea-Doo GTX Limited Watercraft, BRP U.S., Inc.

Propulsion Equipment & Parts: BOW-Proportional, Vetus Maxwell, Inc.

  • Honorable Mention: SurfPointe, Yamaha WaterCraft Group Company

Sailboats:Walk-Around Deck 490, Jeanneau America

  • Honorable Mention: 50, Leopard

Tow Boats:Xstar, MasterCraft Boat Company

Watersport Equipment:Frigid Rigid Pull Cooler, Rigid Boats

The Innovation Awards judges’ committee is comprised of eight BWI members who perform product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine products and equipment. The judges’ committee is co-chaired by Zuzana Prochazka and Alan Wendt.