2022 Boat Builder Award Categories & Winners

The eighth edition of the IBI METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, in association with Raymarine, highlights the critical influence of new boat and superyacht production across the whole industry.

A total of ten categories will highlight personal achievement, environmental responsibility, collaborative working, innovation, design and marketing.

See the Jury's Winners, Honourable Mentions and Shortlisted Nominees for each
Award Category below

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Raymarine has been the headline sponsor of the Boat Builder Awards ever since the very first edition in 2015. Raymarine a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational, boating and light commercial marine markets.

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The 2022 Award Categories & Winners


Retail Marketing Initiative

For boat builder and shipyard companies
Nominated boat builders and shipyards in this category will have created an imaginative and effective idea for the promotion of new boat sales. Examples could include print, online, video or social media campaigns, boat show initiatives, successful partnerships and dealer promotions.


  • Astondoa  –  677 Coupe launch and social media interior design campaign


  • BRP – Manitou Pontoon Boats multi-channel launch
  • De Antonio Yachts  – Partnership with Cupra

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Collaborative Solution between a Production Boat Builder & its Supply Chain Partner

For boat builder or shipyard companies producing yachts under 24m
This award celebrates a partnership between a boat builder responsible for series production and any business partner in its supply chain to improve an aspect of a boat model’s sales potential, performance or services.


  • Fairline Yachts and Lippert Marine Group Europe – Fairline 68 Squadron side access door
  • Aquila and Sino Yachts – Close collaboration to overcome disruptive events
  • Groupe Beneteau and Sailectron / SOLBIAN Solar – Lagoon 51 photovoltaic system

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Collaborative Solution between a Superyacht Builder & its Supply Chain Partner

For boat builder or shipyard companies producing over 24m
Boat builder and business partner joint nominees will have co-operated closely to produce an enhancement, solution or service to meet an owner’s needs or solve other requirements of a new build or substantial refit.


  • Benetti Yachts and Siemens Energy – Benetti B.Yond 37M hyb
  • Amer Yachts and Simrad Yachting – Green Assistant system
  • Benetti Yachts and Siemens Energy – Benetti B.Yond 37M hybrid solution
  • Numarine and Lippert Marine Group Europe – Patio doors for Numarine 37XP
  • Sanlorenzo and ABA Yacht – Floating door system

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Innovative On-Board Design Solution

For boat builder & shipyards or boat design companies nominating a specific yacht solution
Boat builders nominated in this category will have innovated to create a new feature or design solution that enhances the appeal to end customers and/or improves the function of a production boat or one-off yacht.


  • BRP –  Manitou Pontoon Boats new generation design features
  • Azimut Yachts – Grande 26M design features
  • Balance Catamarans – Versa-Helm
  • Ferretti Group   – X-AID Adaptive Integrated Docking System
  • Sanlorenzo  – SP110 design features
  • Sunseeker International – 100 Yacht design features

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Environmental Improvement in Manufacturing Process

For boat builder and shipyard companies
Nominee boat builders in this category will have made small or large changes to improve their businesses and/or production processes that have resulted in measurable reductions in environmental impact.


  • Beneteau Group – Integration of bio-sourced materials and recyclable resin at scale
  • Baltic Yachts – Sustainability strategies
  • Boston Whaler – Fully recyclable GRP boat R&D

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Eco-focused Boat of the Year

For boat builder and shipyard companies
Boats and superyachts nominated for this award will show demonstratable reduction in environmental impacts compared to immediate past practice with regard to development, manufacturing, and operational.


  • Northern Lights Composites  –  Ecoracer


  • IMPACD Boats – 3D printed sustainable boat


  • Spirit Yachts – Spirit 30

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Designer of the Year

For designers working for boat builders and independent agencies
This award will praise the notable achievement of a designer or design team on one or more naval architecture, design or interior design boat or superyacht projects specified in the entry.


  • Carrie Fodor and Kristin McGinnis – Sea Ray
  • Tony Castro Yacht Design

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Best Apprenticeship or Training Scheme

For boat builder and shipyard companies and trade associations
This award seeks to highlight the excellent work carried out by many boat builders, shipyards and trade associations in developing much needed skills for new and existing employees and partners. Examples will include apprenticeship schemes, one-off training and continual improvement programmes.


  • Riviera Australia – Apprentice training programme
  • Sunseeker International – Technical apprenticeships and graduate training


  • MAST Academy – apprenticeship programme

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Rising Star

For individuals working for a boat builder or shipyard
Individuals nominated in this category will be aged 35 or under, working for a boat builder and will have been making a growing impact on any aspect of their business, from design and production, to management, buying and any other boat building discipline. Nominees should be no older than age 35 on 13 November 2022.


  • Garrett Koschak – Manitou Pontoon Boats
  • Hayley Spencer – Princess Yachts

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Lifetime Achievement Award

For individuals working for a boat builder or shipyard
We invite nominations to this special award for a person who has made a lifetime’s contribution as a boat builder. Nominees will have made a significant impact on the boat building businesses that they have been associated with in their careers.


  • John Lu - Horizon Yachts

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Judging Panel

All nomination entries are carefully evaluated by an international panel of seven judges, chaired by Ed Slack, Editor in Chief at IBI.