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It's all about events and industry awards - MarineBusinessWorld.com North American newsletter

09/10/2019


North American MarineBusinessWorld.com Newsletter - It's all about events and industry awards

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We start with the report on IBEX which was a resounding success from all accounts. The 29th International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) closed on Thursday, October 3rd with early indications that attendance figures were up from last year for the three-day event.

More than 700 exhibitors - 100+ new to the show - from 25 countries filled the 138 thousand square feet of exhibit space. The International Pavilions included exhibitors from Australia, France, Italy, Slovenia and South Korea, which accompanied the four Specialty Pavilions: The Compliance, Standards and Education Pavilion; Composites Pavilion; Marina & Yard Pavilion, and the NMEA Connected Boat Experience.

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2019 Grow Boating Marketing Summit - photo © National Marine Manufacturers Association
2019 Grow Boating Marketing Summit - photo © National Marine Manufacturers Association

More than 175 marine industry marketers attended this year's Grow Boating Marketing Summit, an IBEX Special Event. A panel of leading marketing and research experts provided insights on the evolving digital marketing landscape and offered actionable strategies to help businesses boost their sales. Summit attendees included boat, engine and accessory manufacturers, as well as dealers, boat clubs and marine industry service providers.

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Chaparral Boats' Ryan Swaims (right) instructs a guest through the //DRIVR virtual reality boat display. - photo © National Marine Manufacturers Association
Chaparral Boats' Ryan Swaims (right) instructs a guest through the //DRIVR virtual reality boat display. - photo © National Marine Manufacturers Association

Coinciding with Congress's return from summer recess, NMMA hosted its inaugural boating industry showcase event on Capitol Hill late last month, providing attendees with interactive boating experiences and insights into some of the latest innovations in marine products. The event, Captains, Cocktails, and Canapés, drew nearly 400 participants, including eight members of Congress, helping to bolster the association's profile in Washington, D.C.

Evinrude recognized with industry award for product innovation - photo © Tacy Briggs-Troncoso
Evinrude recognized with industry award for product innovation - photo © Tacy Briggs-Troncoso

Awards were in abundance and among the recipients was engine manufacturer, Evinrude. Evinrude announced recently that it has been awarded the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award in the Outboard Engine category at IBEX.

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IBEX Award-Winning Next-Generation D4 and D6 Marine Propulsion Systems from Volvo Penta; Group Shot of Volvo Penta Employees with IBEX Innovation Award; Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas - photo © Rhodes Communications
IBEX Award-Winning Next-Generation D4 and D6 Marine Propulsion Systems from Volvo Penta; Group Shot of Volvo Penta Employees with IBEX Innovation Award; Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas - photo © Rhodes Communications

Another engine manufacturer was also recognised. Volvo Penta has been honored with multiple awards for its practices, products and people at IBEX in Tampa, Fla. Honors include an IBEX Innovation Award, placement on Sounding Trade Only's Most Innovative Companies list, and Mover & Shaker of the Year. At the IBEX Industry Breakfast on October 1, Volvo Penta was presented with an IBEX Innovation Award for its Next-Generation D4 and D6 Marine Propulsion Systems.

Union Marine recognized at the Annual Bayliner Dealer Meeting - photo © Bayliner Boats
Union Marine recognized at the Annual Bayliner Dealer Meeting - photo © Bayliner Boats

Dealers have not gone unnoticed. Bayliner Boats recently awarded Union Marine at their Annual Dealer Meeting in Knoxville, TN. Union Marine was awarded the 2019 President's Club Top 10 North American Dealer & 2019 Creative Marketer. Union Marine has been honored as Bayliner's market leader for the past ten years. Mark Helgen, VP of Sales stated, "We are really excited about the direction that the Bayliner team is going and we are also thrilled to be awarded for our creative marketing prowess and brand leadership".

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Vesper Marine receives Innovation Award for Cortex - photo © Andrew Golden
Vesper Marine receives Innovation Award for Cortex - photo © Andrew Golden

And New Zealand-based company Vesper Marine announced that Cortex, its new integrated VHF, AIS and monitoring product, has been awarded the IBEX Innovation Award for safety equipment.

Brunswick new boat development facility - photo © National Marine Manufacturers Association
Brunswick new boat development facility - photo © National Marine Manufacturers Association

And finally, confidence in the marine industry has been reaffirmed with the Brunswick Boat Group officially opening its new, 45,000 square foot technology center in Edgewater, Florida. Joining the Brunswick team and many distinguished leaders in the community were Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Congressman Michael Waltz. "We are changing the future of boating by bringing together the best engineering and design talent in a state-of-the-art facility to collaborate on advancing marine products and technology and integrating that technology to differentiate Brunswick boats," said Huw Bower, Brunswick Boat Group president. "The Brunswick Boat Group Technology Center is another substantial step in executing our vision to define, create and embody the future of recreational boating."

Peter Rendle - peter.rendle@marinebusinessworld.com

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FLIR and Raymarine honoured with prestigious 2019 NMEA Awards
Manufacturers scored big at the 2019 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA)/Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, held late last month at the Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth, Virginia.

An excellent turnout for the 2019 Newport International Boat Show
Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that, even with site changes and construction, the 2019 Show ended on a positive note.

Award-winning and unique multifunctional sensor showcases at United States Sailboat Show, Annapolis
Sail-Sense, the latest revolutionary Sense device from Spinlock, a global leader in best-in class maritime equipment design and manufacturing, will be showcased at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, from 10-14 October.

Marine Auctions - Forthcoming Online Auctions in October 2019
The Onsite Auction will be held at the Horizon Shores Marina on Sunday 13th October at 2pm. The Onsite Auction will be held in conjunction with the Horizon Shores Boat Show, which runs from Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October.

2019 IBEX Show: A resounding success
The IBEX Docks and expanded Outdoor Displays saw more traffic than in past years. With 30 boats in slips outside the convention center, show visitors were able to participate in live product demonstrations.

Brunswick joined by Governor and Congressman for opening of new boat development facility
Last week, Brunswick Boat Group officially opened its new, 45,000 square foot technology center in Edgewater, Florida.

Grow Boating Marketing Summit drew 175 industry marketers at IBEX; view & download presentations
More than 175 marine industry marketers attended this year's Grow Boating Marketing Summit, an IBEX Special Event.

400 Congressional Staffers participate in Boating Industry Showcase event on Capitol Hill
Coinciding with Congress's return from summer recess, NMMA hosted its inaugural boating industry showcase event on Capitol Hill late last month, providing attendees with interactive boating experiences and insights into some of the latest innovations.

Union Marine recognized at the Annual Bayliner Dealer Meeting
Bayliner Boats recently awarded Union Marine at their Annual Dealer Meeting in Knoxville, TN. Union Marine was awarded the 2019 President's Club Top 10 North American Dealer & 2019 Creative Marketer.

Evinrude recognized with industry award for product innovation
Evinrude announced today that it has been awarded the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award in the Outboard Engine category at the 2019 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX).

Volvo Penta wins Marine-Industry Accolades for innovations and excellence
This week, Volvo Penta has been honored with multiple awards for its practices, products and people at the 2019 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition (IBEX) in Tampa, Fla.

Vesper Marine receives International BoatBuilders Innovation Award for Cortex
Vesper Marine, announced today that Cortex, its new integrated VHF, AIS and monitoring product, has been awarded the 2019 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition (IBEX) Innovation Award for safety equipment.

World & Americas premieres at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show - Largest 12-model Riviera & Belize display
Brilliant, beautiful and bespoke, the Belize 66 Daybridge will make her world premiere at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show [Oct 30-Nov 3] as part of the largest ever display in the Americas by premium motor yacht builder Riviera Australia.

FLIR introduces Raymarine DockSense Alert
FLIR Systems (Nasdaq: FLIR) today announced Raymarine DockSense™ Alert, a new addition to Raymarine's intelligent docking technology line designed for a broader range of vessels.

Senior Sail Designer Glenn Cook Joins North Sails
Senior Sail Designer and Superyacht Sail Design Expert Glenn Cook will join North Sails from October 2019. After 16 years with Doyle Sails North America as Head Designer, Glenn will play a key role as part of North's global Superyacht team.

Hugelmeyer assumes helm as NMMA President, delivers first industry address at IBEX
Frank Hugelmeyer started his first day as NMMA president delivering his inaugural industry address at this morning's International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) annual Industry Breakfast & Awards Presentation in Tampa.

IBEX announces product winners of 2019 IBEX Innovation Awards
Eight BWI judges with various technical backgrounds in boating selected the new product winners from over 100 entries submitted by marine trade companies - the largest program to date.

Respected NZ marine distributor takes a position on Zhik's Global Board
As part of the change of structure, the New Zealand distributor operation will be re-incorporated into Zhik's global business. For the consumer most operational aspects will remain the same, with the Zhik NZ Auckland showroom remaining open in Penrose.

Lumishore launches world's first marine-grade above-water lighting
Lumishore, manufacturer of high-performance LED marine lighting systems, announced the world's first and only marine-grade, fully color-tunable, DC smart lighting, developed specifically for the marine environment - The Lumishore LUX Lighting Collection.

Boat Fix partners with Sea Pro Boats
Boat Fix, the 24/7 marine customer service company, announced today that it has partnered with Sea Pro Boats, legendary center console saltwater fishing boat manufacturer to provide a substantially enhanced owner experience

11th Hour Racing continues support of all-women eXXpedition Round the World 2019-2021 Voyages
This all-female pioneering ocean sailing expedition will circumnavigate the globe, raising awareness of and explore solutions to, the devastating environmental and health impacts of single-use plastics and toxic substances in the world's oceans.

Vesper Marine wins NMEA Best New Product Award
Vesper Marine, a leading provider of innovative marine hardware and software, have announced that Vesper Marine Cortex has been awarded the Best New Product Award at the 2019 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Conference and Expo in Norfolk

Canadian boatbuilder's new line of electric boats set to disrupt the e-boat market
It started when the company's founders, Mark and Jennifer Fry, were looking for an eco-friendly year-round day cruiser with all the amenities found in modern powerboats.

Blue Guard Innovations launches new smart bilge pump control panel
Blue Guard Innovations (BGI) today announcd the release of its newest product, an Advanced Control Panel (BG-CP-A). The BG-CP-A is a smart panel that displays all the essential functions of a bilge pump system.

New Shakespeare Stream™ Wireless Internet Booster
With the new Shakespeare Stream™ Wireless Internet Booster, you can stop struggling with slow Wi-Fi at the dock or spotty cellular service* on the water.

Marine Auctions - Forthcoming Online Auctions in October 2019
Details of the Vessels and Berths we are offering in our October Online Auction are in the PDF link below.

ACR Electronics launches SM-3 Automatic Buoy Marker Light
ACR Electronics is introducing its new SM-3 Automatic Buoy Marker Light, a high-intensity LED strobe that provides brighter light in all directions for clear marking of a man-overboard site.

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