Superyacht Business’ sister title IBI and METSRADE, organiser of the inaugural Boat Builder Awards, in association with Raymarine, have revealed the shortlist of five categories in competition.
Collaborative Solution Award
Three boatbuilders and three equipment manufacturers have made the final shortlist for the Boat Builder & Equipment Manufacturer Collaborative Solution Award sponsored by Ultraflex.
A three-year collaborative effort between Jeanneau and Harken to re-imagine cruising and shorthand sailing resulting in the development of Assisted Sail Trim (AST) was among the three partnerings that particularly caught the eye of judges.
The judges were similarly impressed by Maxwell Marine’s development responding to a request from Baltic Yachts to create a flush-fitting 4,500lb-pull retractable capstan weighing in at just 60kg, which will now go into general production.
The final standout pairing was between UK boatbuilder Fairline and its supplier Falcon. Following a feasibility study back in 2011, and substantial investment and research, the two firms have managed to crack the considerable engineering feat of creating double curvature ‘3D’ acrylic windows – allowing the production boat builder to fit frameless windows to any of its hull forms. The windows now feature on Fairline’s new Targa 53GT express cruiser, which was launched in September.
Retail Marketing Award
Boston Whaler, Riviera, Sea Ray Group and Dominator are running for the Retail Marketing Award, sponsored by Saltwater Communications.
The judges felt that each one of them stood out from the crowd by using both innovative and comprehensive strategies to boost brand presence and sales.
Riviera, Brunswick Marine (EMEA), Azimut and Axopar made the shortlist for the Boat Builder International Distributor/Dealer Development Award, sponsored by Lumishore.
Innovation in a Production Process Award
Other three boatbuilder are in contention to win the Innovation in a Production Process Award, sponsored by Whale, including Monte Carlo Yachts, Formula Boats and Karnic.
On-Board Design Solution Award
Finally, Sunreef Yachts, Scout Boats, Galeon Yachts and Mastervolthave made the shortlist for the Innovative On-Board Design Solution Award, sponsored by Fusion.
The winner of each category, and that of the Lifetime Achievement Award, will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam on the night of November 18.
To purchase tickets to the event or for more information, visit www.boatbuilderawards.com