The Boat Builder Awards

By the industry, for the industry


The Boat Builder Awards were initiated by METSTRADE and International Boat Industry magazine (IBI) in 2015, to recognise the business achievements of leisure boat builders, as well as the teams and individuals that make them successful. It has since then grown to become a prestigious and widely recognised awards programme.

This sixth edition of the Boat Builder Awards was scheduled to follow its usual format of 10 categories with a grand prize dinner in November, but circumstances dictated otherwise. Undeterred, joint organisers IBI and METSTRADE created a cut-down, pandemic focused awards to run during the virtual METSTRADE Connect 2020, which took place on Thursday 10 December that revealed all the very best of boatbuilding enterprise.

This year’s virtual edition of the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, held in association with Raymarine, honoured the Lifetime Achievement of Hallberg-Rassy’s Christoph Rassy, awarded its Rising Star to Jack Fenlon of Gulf Craft and celebrated the resilience and achievements of the industry through a difficult 2020.

“IBI Editor and chair of the Boat Builder Awards judges, Ed Slack, commented: “Our industry’s reaction to the opportunities and challenges of 2020 has been incredible in so many ways. No-one would have wished for the test of a pandemic, but we have all learned just what strength in depth we have through this experience. It was good that we were able to celebrate the enterprise and sheer hard work of all boatbuilders at this time.”

More details on the Boat Builder Awards 2021 competition to be annouced in July.

Headline Sponsor: Raymarine

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 Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement are organised jointly by METSTRADE Show organiser RAI Amsterdam and IBI publisher Boating Communications.

METSTRADE is the world’s leading platform for professionals in the leisure marine equipment industry with its flagship event METSTRADE Show; the largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international leisure marine industry worldwide.

International Boat Industry (IBI) is the leading business-to-business magazine and website ( covering the global recreational marine trade. The magazine and its related daily newsletter,, are received by over 14,000 professionals in the industry.