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2018 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards

Entry to the 2018 Miami Innovation Awards is OPEN! The Innovation Awards, managed by NMMA and judged by BWI, is one of the industry’s most prestigious honors recognizing manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products for the boating industry to market. Awards will be presented on Friday, February 16 during the Innovation Breakfast.

Deadline for Entry is January 8, 2018.

How to Enter: Entry is open to contracted Miami Boat Show exhibitors who meet all requirements outlined in the Rules & Regulations.

1.) Email Rachel Harmon your contracted company name and booth number to receive the online entry form.

2.) Complete entry form.

Due at time of entry: Selection of one Product Category; submission of Product Description* and submission of Payment. ($350 NMMA member/ $400 non-member, payment can be submitted by credit card or electronic check)

*Product Description should clearly illustrate the innovation(s) of the product and how they work in 250 words or less. Do not include promotional language about the company. Focus should be on the unique features of the product. 

3.)  After entry has been submitted a Dropbox invitation will be sent via email. Please allow up to 48 hours after entry submission. Accept the invitation and upload the REQUIRED product photo, company logo and product video; along with any additional supporting material (photos, brochures, articles).  Access to the Dropbox folder will close January 9, 2018.  Materials will not be accepted after the folder closes.

4.) A representative must be available to meet with the judges' onsite Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 14. This meeting will be scheduled closer to the show and will require the physical product to be on hand.

The 2017 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award winners are:

Boat Care and Maintenance: Snap Tool Multi-Key, Davis Instruments
Center Console/ Walkaround Fishing Boats: 230 Outrage, Boston Whaler
Consumer Safety Equipment (Dual Winners): 100 N Junior Harness Lifejacket, Spinlock USA; SeaAngel SA15 ASI Flare SART/MOB, FT-Tec USA
Cuddy Cabin and Bowrider Boats: SLX 400, Sea Ray Boats
Deck Equipment and Hardware: Scout Articulating Rocket Launcher, Scout Boats
  • Honorable Mention: CLite2 LED Searchlight with FLIR Camera, IMTRA Corporation
Docking and Fendering Equipment: EZ Kayak Launch, EZ Dock
Electric Motor/ Battery Powered Propulsion: Cruise Fixed Pod System, Torqeedo
Fishing Equipment, Gear & Tackle: Sea Lime Fishing Lures, Sea Lime
Furnishings & Interior Parts: Anti-Spill Wine Glasses, Royal Stabilis
Inboard Engines: GDI Engine Series, Ilmor Marine
Personal Gear, Soft Goods: Deck-Boss Boot, Grundens USA
Personal Watercraft: Sea-Doo SPARK TRIXX, BRP U.S.
Propulsion Equipment & Parts: Volvo Penta Inboard Joystick, Volvo Penta
Tow Boats: Dock Star, MasterCraft Boat Company
  • Honorable Mention: Super Air Nautique GS-Series, Nautique Boat Company
Watersport Equipment (Dual Winners): StereoActive, Fusion Electronics; Mirage Eclipse, Hobie Cat Company
Consumer Electronics, Mobile Applications and Software (Dual Winners): GX6500 Fixed Mount VHF, Standard Horizon; Axiom MFDs, Raymarine           

Questions? Contact Rachel Harmon, Project Manager at

Innovation Award Information


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