Awards 2020: Special Edition

For its sixth edition, IBI and METSTRADE are running a special one-off format of the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement in 2020. It will acknowledge the challenges, ingenuity and resolve of our industry in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and accommodate the safety of those attending the final announcements. It will feature five key awards spanning current priorities – two of which will be entirely new categories spotlighting the industry’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Headline Sponsor: Raymarine

Raymarine has been 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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Award categories

Exceptional Commercial Achievement in an Unprecedented Year for boat builders and shipyard companies

This award is for boatbuilders that have implemented strategies or protocols that not only protected their business and team but also enabled them to emerge strongly from lockdown.

Community Support Initiative for boat builder and shipyard companies

This award is for a boatbuilder and its employees who showed great social awareness by channelling resources, expertise or manufacturing capabilities to aid wider community COVID-19 crisis support.

Environmental Initiative for boat builders and shipyards companies

Boat builders nominated for this award will highlight any change that targets sustainability. Examples include reducing the environmental impact of production processes or of boats and yachts, recycling initiatives and support of environmental campaigns.

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 10 December 2020.

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.


Judging Panel

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

Ed Slack

Editor of IBI magazine, UK

James Grazebrook

Founder and former owner of Halyard, UK

Michel Luizet

Editor Neptune magazine, France

Lars-Ake Redeen

Chief Editor Batliv magazine, Sweden

Klaus Röder

Yacht designer at Carpe Diem Yacht Design, Germany

Hugo Andreae

Editor Motor Boat and Yachting magazine, UK.

Craig Ritchie

North America Correspondent, IBI magazine, USA

Davide Cipriani

Boat and industrial designer, president of yacht design at Centrostiledesign, Italy

Make a Nomination - how does it work?

Participation in the competition is free. It is open to boatbuilders, shipyards, and manufacturers of leisure boats and superyachts or, for some categories, those employed by them. See the 2020 Boat Builder Awards Terms and Conditions of Participation for the type of nomination expected per category.

  • Nominations can be made directly by the individuals or businesses whose activities, products and services are entered. Or by any professional working within the leisure marine industry who wishes to highlight the good work of others.
  • To nominate yourself, your business or a third party, complete and submit the online application before 3 November 2020.
  • All nominations must comply with the terms and conditions and with the award categories to be eligible for judgement.
  • For all categories (except for Rising star, Lifetime achievement) the nominated products, initiatives and services should have been released, improved, implemented or launched onto the market between 1 September 2019 until 10 December 2020.

The judges want to see as much information as possible, so you are strongly encouraged to include PDF documents, website links, images and video links if you have them. 

Please make your nomination(s) before the deadline and carefully complete the form with as much detail as you can. The Jury will reach its decision in the month November, before the start of METSTRADE Connect.

Please see all terms and conditions here.


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