Shortlist announced for Boat Builder Awards 2016

Tue Oct 25 2016, 14:36 PM

22 companies to contest this year’s Awards at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam on November 16

The shortlisted nominations for the second Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, in association with Raymarine, have been announced, with 22 companies in the running to pick up an award.

This year’s event has been hotly contested across eight award categories with close to 100 nominations received. Winners and honourable mentions will be announced at a gala dinner on the evening of Wednesday, November 16 at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Between 250 and 300 guests are expected to attend the event held under the glittering dome of the museum’s central courtyard.

The shortlist is as follows:

Retail Marketing Initiative

Ferretti Group

Sea Ray



Boat Builder International Distributor/Dealer Development


Larson Boat Group



Boat Builder & Equipment Manufacturer Collaborative Solution

Lewmar/NV Equipment/Beneteau

Amer Yachts/Volvo Penta

Azimut Benetti/Rolls Royce


Innovative Onboard Design Solution

Ferretti Yachts


Malibu Boats


Innovation in a Production Process


Azimut Yachts



Environmental Initiative Award

Alerion Yachts

Blue Gas Inc

SES Europe


Best Apprenticeship and Training Scheme


Sunseeker International



The evening culminates with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented last year to Paolo Vitelli, founder and chairman of Azimut Benetti.

“The event promises to be even bigger and better than last year,” commented IBI publishing director Nick Hopkinson. “The standard of entries continues to impress and in some cases the judging panel found picking an outright winner tough. That said, winners have been chosen for what looks set to be a memorable night.”

METSTRADE manager maritime Irene Dros added: “It feels only fitting that as the industry emerges from some tough years that we can celebrate those individuals and companies positively transforming the way the marine business operates. We look forward to honouring their best practices, innovations and can-do spirit.”

Now in its second year, the prestigious Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement is jointly organised by IBI and METSTRADE and recognises and rewards the outstanding business achievements of individuals and teams within a number of key areas in the global leisure boatbuilding industry.

Headline sponsor for the event is Raymarine. Category sponsors are Ultraflex, Fusion, Saltwater Stone, Lumishore, Kohler, Marine Resources, Dometic, Scott Bader and Side-Power.

For more information or to obtain tickets to the gala dinner, visit the Boat Builder Awards website.