The nominees were selected as the best of the best from 82 strong nominations

A total of 36 companies from 15 countries have been named as potential winners for this year’s Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement 2019, in association with Raymarine.

The nominees were selected as the best of the best from 82 strong nominations that were considered by an international panel of judges after a preliminary assessment round.

The Boat Builder Awards is jointly organised by IBI and METSTRADE. It celebrates and rewards the outstanding business achievements of individuals and teams across key areas in the worldwide leisure boat and superyacht builders. More than 300 people from across the global marine industry are expected to attend an extraordinary gala dinner celebration, which is held under the glittering glazed ceiling of the National Maritime Museum on the first night of METSTRADE, 19 November in Amsterdam.

In addition to the shortlisted companies, the judges have also selected notable winners of the Rising Star category, for boat builder industry professionals up to age 35, plus the always much anticipated Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chair of the judging panel and IBI Editor, Ed Slack, commented: “The field of entries that the judges considered was 25 per cent up on last year and our largest yet. We considered nominations spanning some of the smallest boats that our industry produces, right up to large superyachts and from niche producers through to volume manufacturers. You could see themes emerging that demonstrate the industry is responding to its current challenges, from finding new customers and responding to environmental protection, to exploiting new technology. We were also pleased to see the strongest field yet of Rising Star nominations, which provides great hope for the future that boat builders can nurture and retain brilliantly talented people.”

Group Director Maritime at RAI Amsterdam, Irene Dros, added: “In five years we have seen the Boat Builder Awards grow in significance globally, reinforcing the critical importance of METSTRADE as the most significant meeting point annually for boat builders and their supply chain collaborators. On behalf of our partner, IBI and title sponsor, Raymarine, I very much look forward to welcoming guests to the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement 2019 on 19 November. It will be a brilliant celebration of all that is great in our industry and a must-not-miss opportunity to network with leading lights from around the world.”

Tickets for the Boat Builder Awards

Tickets for the IBI METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement 2019, in association with Raymarine Gala Dinner can be obtained here


Retail Marketing Initiative

Sponsored by Glomex

Azimut Yachts – Azimut S6 in NY Times Square

Gunboat – Rebuilding the company’s reputation

Riva – Riva Lounges, Privées and Decks


International Distributor or Dealer Development

Sponsored by Volvo Penta

Aquila – Creation of global distribution for brand

Galeon – North America, Australia and Asia growth

Highfield Boats – Growth of global distribution


Collaborative Solution between a production boat builder and its supply chain partner

Sponsored by Ultraflex

Aquila and Opacmare – Aquila 32 SAFE wraparound platform

Hallberg-Rassy and Lewmar – Hallberg Rassy 340 steering system

Marquis Yachts and Toyota Motor Corporation – Co-development of Lexus LY 650

Numarine and Energy Solutions (UK) Ltd – XP Explorer interfaces and systems


Collaborative Solution between a superyacht builder and its supply chain partner

Sponsored by Lumishore

Azimut Yachts and Naviop-Simrad – Azimut Grande S10 Naviop screens/control systems

Benetti Yachts and ABA Yacht – Hell Sea bulkhead watertight exhaust fitting

Royal Huisman, Rondal, Com&Sens and Gurit – Load sensing composite rudder

Spirit Yachts and Lewmar – Spirit 111 hydraulic system


Innovative On-board Design Solution

Sponsored by Fusion

Aquila – Hydro Glide Foil

Benetti – Benetti FB272 propulsion system

Greenline – Greenline 48 Coupe solar power AC always on

Wettoncraft – Trailer-free RIB


Innovation in a Production Process

Sponsored by Dometic

Classic Works – Efficient workshop layout for yacht refit

Paul Dijkstra Composites – Pre-preg manufacturing at low cost

Grand Banks – eight-axis mill


Environmental Initiative

Sponsored by UCINA

Amer Yachts – Adoption of GS4C and Filava

Spirit Yachts – Manufacturing processes and yacht designs

Vaan Yachts – Vaan R4 circular economy approach


Best Apprenticeship or Training Scheme

Sponsored by Marine Resources

Princess Yachts – Apprenticeship scheme

TaShing – Female apprenticeships and training


Rising Star

Sponsored by Gurit

This category celebrates those aged 35 or under, working for a boat builder, who have been making a growing impact on any aspect of their business. The judges will select a winner from a strong field of candidates, to be announced on the evening.


Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by Side-Power

The awards evening culminates with the much-anticipated Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in the previous four years to Paolo Vitelli of Azimut Benetti, Robert Braithwaite, CBE of Sunseeker International, David King of Princess Yachts and Annette Roux of Groupe Beneteau.

The IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards is jointly organised by METSTRADE, the world’s leading platform for professionals in the leisure marine equipment industry with its flagship Marine Equipment Trade Show, and International Boat Industry magazine (IBI).

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