The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has named 12 products as winners in its 2011 Innovation Awards contest at the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami. The awards were judged by members of Boating Writers International (BWI).
In the Cruisers category, which ranged from 25ft-60ft LOA, the Chaparral 327 SSX Bow Rider won the award. Judges found that the 327’s patented cockpit cabin widens its size to the full beam of the boat. “It shakes up the bow rider category by providing a truly livable space below,” said judge Allan Wendt. “How many Innovation Award judges can fit into the 327 cabin? It turns out, all of them.”
Sea-Doo’s GTI SE 130 watercraft won the PWC, Jet boats and Pontoon boats category. “The GTI SE 130 is a comprehensive package of features for the value-minded rider,” said judge Robert Buller. “With its new ergonomically designed deck, fuel efficient ECO mode, Intelligent Throttle Control and Breaking System, this is a smart package with a price point under $9,000.”
Beneteau’s Sense Series won the Sailboat category. “The Sense Series opens the doors to sailing for those who might otherwise be nervous by close-quarters maneuvering with its Dock and Go System,” said judge Diane Byrne. “Combine that with an enormous cockpit for entertaining, a living space separated from the noise of necessary machinery, and a deck that’s easy to navigate, and you have an impressive boat that takes the intimidation factor out of big boat sailing.”
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