Miami Innovation Awards

The Innovation Awards program presented at the Discover Boating® Miami International Boat Show® honors manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products for the boating industry to market. The Miami program offers twenty-two consumer product categories for entry. Complete details can be reviewed on the program webpage.


Miami International Boat Show Innovative Products Categories

  • Boat Care and Maintenance (coatings, chemicals, paints, finishes, additives, oils and tools)
  • Cabin Cruisers, Motor Yachts, Trawlers
  • Center Console/Walkaround Fishing Boats
  • Consumer Electronics, Mobile Applications and Software
  • Consumer Safety Equipment
  • Cuddy Cabin, Bowrider, Deck Boats (boats intended for family day use)
  • Deck Equipment (rigging, rope, anchoring equipment, boat covers, canvas work, T-tops/arches, stainless work, mooring gear, steering mechanisms and wheels, exterior and underwater lighting, BBQs, blocks, winches/winch handles, screens, vents, rod holders, outriggers, etc.)
  • Docking and Fendering Equipment
  • Electric Motor/ Battery Powered Propulsion/ Hybrids and boats
  • Fishing Equipment, Gear and Tackle
  • Furnishings and Interior Parts (appliances, furniture, lighting, testiles, galley, etc.)
  • Inboard Engines
  • Inflatables and Tenders
  • Mechanical and Electrical Systems (AC/DC onboard and shore power systems, batteries, control apparatus, battery management tools, inverters, chargers, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, ventilation, pumps, tanks and fuel systems, solar panels, etc.)
  • Outboard Engines (including trolling, propane and electric motors)
  • Personal Gear, Soft Goods (clothing, footware, etc.)
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Power Multihull
  • Propulsion Equipment and Parts (gauges, trim tabs, propellers, steering systems, thrusters, etc.)
  • Sailboats (multihull and monohull)
  • Tow Boats
Miami Innovation Awards By Years

2024 Miami Innovation Awards Winners
Cabin Cruisers, Motor Yachts, Trawlers

365 Conquest, Boston Whaler

Judge Kevin Falvey said: "The unsinkable Boston Whaler 365 Conquest proved unbeatable in its category. Drawer style seats, point of use storage and moving the galley topside makes for an offshore boat of great versatility." 

Center Console/Walkaround Fishing Boats

48' Campeón, HCB Yachts

Judge Gary Reich said: "The HCB 48 Campeón takes the idea of the custom boat to a new level with an ultra-widescreen display that can be customized to the owner’s desires and a one-touch digital switching system that powers up only the systems specified by the skipper. The build quality and attention to detail that  overshadowed entrants in the category."

Consumer Electronics, Mobile Applications and Software

Skyhawk Oversea, Skyhawk Oversea

Judge Tony Esposito said: " An easy, affordable boat monitoring system that requires no hardwiring or technical knowledge."

Cuddy Cabin, Bowrider, Deck Boats

210 Vantage, Boston Whaler

Judge Tim Murphy said: "This dual console, 21-footer with its convertible portside lounge brings  many of the features of much bigger boats to this 21-foot boat." 

Deck Equipment

Eagle Ray Light Bar, Shadow-Caster LED Lighting

Judge Tim Murphy said: "From a hyper-focused long-distance spot to a diffused flood light, the Eagle Ray Light Bar offers flexibility and low energy usage in one simple installation." 

Honorable Mention: Power Board Racks, MasterCraft Boat Company

Electric Motor/ Battery Powered Propulsion/ Hybrids and boats

ePropulsion eLite, Nautical Ventures

Judge Kelsea Bonham said: "There are other electric outboards on the market, but the ePropulsion eLite beats them all on simplicity, weight and price point. Perfect for a thrifty cruiser, a savvy kayaker and many in between." 

Fishing Equipment, Gear and Tackle

Open Water Internal & Collapsible Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles, TACOine

Judge Alan Jones said: "TACO’s carbon fiber outrigger poles are lightweight collapsible, easy to ship and can be setup without tools. Go fish!"

Furnishings and Interior Parts

Backlighted SeaDek, SeaDek

Judge Kevin Falvey said: "SeaDek’s embedded RGB lighting takes the ubiquitous EVA foam decking, coaming pads, and step pads to a new level of functionality and owner customizations."

Inboard Engines

PCM ZZ8S and ZZ8R Engines, Pleasurecraft Engine Group

Judge Kevin Falvey said: "The highest performing marine engines have historically demanded the highest-octane fuel. PCM blows that paradigm out of the water with the ZZ8 engine series which makes gobs of torque and a heard of horsepower on 89 octane fuel." 

Outboard Engines

V8 500R, Mercury Racing

Judge Alan Jones said: "Mercury racing didn’t just add 25 horsepower to create the 500r, they also made it stronger, increased fuel and airflow, gave it the ability to compensate for humidity and yet it still runs on 89 octane." 

Personal Gear, Soft Goods

Basking Bag, SeaSucker LLC

 Judge Tony Esposito said: "It solves a real-world boating problem. Who among us hasn’t had to turn about to retrieve an overboard trash bag?"

Personal Watercraft

RXP-X, Sea-Doo

Judge Adam Quandt said: "The Sea-Doo RXP-X 325 takes an already strong power platform in the PWC market to a completely new level. Featuring a new Rotax power plant, all while not adding any weight or size, the RXP-X 325 is a true rocket on the water."

Propulsion Equipment and Parts

Dockmate DPS, Dockmate

Judge Gary Reich said: "Dockmate DPS brings the benefits of dynamic positioning systems to hundreds of thousands of boats that previously couldn’t leverage its safety and convenience." 

Honorable Mention: Helm Master EX for Jet Boats, Yamaha Watercraft