Fishing & Boating News

Judges Names For IBEX Innovation Awards

by: Dan Green, NMMA Staff,

(Aug. 11, 2004 - CHICAGO, IL) National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) have announced the panel of judges for this year’s IBEX Innovation Awards. The awards will be handed out at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, produced by NMMA and Professional Boatbuilder magazine, being held at the Miami Beach (FL) Convention Center October 25-27.

Each judge serving on the awards panel has a particular area of expertise in the award categories. Serving as judges at this year’s event are:

  • Roger Marshall, editor-in-chief, Dockwalk
  • Lenny Rudow, technical editor, Boating
  • Dean Clarke, executive editor, Sport Fishing
  • Jim Barron, senior technical editor, Trailer Boats
  • Jan Mundy, editor, DIY-Boatowner
  • Bill Pike, senior editor, Power & Motoryacht
  • Zuzana Prohaska, Santana magazine

The IBEX Innovation Awards honor the most innovative new marine equipment and processes in the marine OEM sector, recognizing those products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and consumer; practicality and cost-effectiveness.

Up to nine products will be recognized during IBEX representing the following categories:

  • Boatbuilding Methods & Materials
  • Hardware Fittings (anchors, deck equipment & machinery, winches)
  • Furnishings & Finishes (appliances, furniture, lighting, etc.)
  • Mechanical Systems (air conditioning, heating, plumbing, pumps)
  • Electrical Systems (AC/DC onboard and shore power systems, batteries, etc.)
  • OEM Electronics and Electronic Systems (entertainment, navigational, onboard systems)
  • Inboard Engines (including sterndrives, jet drives and Propulsion Systems)
  • Outboard Engines (including outboard systems)
  • Yard and Boat construction hardware and software (management programs, inventory and job flow software, etc.)

Deadline for entries is October 8, however, earlier submission provides greater exposure among visitors to the IBEX 2004 website, Entry forms and complete rules and regulations are available by contacting NMMA assistant director of Communications Dan Green at (312) 946-6269;

IBEX is owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and National Marine Manufacturers Association. For boat builders, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators, IBEX is the single source for the latest boatbuilding technologies, tools, and materials.

Professional BoatBuilder, the boatbuilding-industry’s preeminent trade magazine, was first published in 1989 in response to a growing need for a dedicated forum for boatbuilding-related professionals. The magazine’s worldwide readership exceeds 27,000 (subject to BPA audit).