By the industry, for the industry

The Boat Builder Awards were initiated in order to recognise individual and team success within boat building companies globally. The awards of METSTRADE and International Boat Industry magazine is a prestigious and widely recognised honour.

Nominees are acknowledged across ten categories of business achievement and a number of outstanding initiatives and colleagues have already been rewarded in previous editions. However, the industry still offers many more admirable projects and people and so our search for inspiration continues.

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

Collaborative Solution between a superyacht builder and its supply chain partner for boat builders and shipyards companies producing yachts 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.

Innovative On-board Design Solution for boat builder and shipyard companies 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. 

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.


Collaborative Solution between a production boat builder and its supply chain partner for boat builders and shipyards 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.

Retail Marketing Initiative for boat builders 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.

Innovation in a Production Process for boat builders and shipyards companies

Nominee boat builders in this category will have made small or large changes to improve production processes. By doing so, they will have achieved tangible benefits – such as improved efficiency, cost savings, enhanced quality or increased safety for the workforce. 


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.

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. 

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. minees should be no older than age 35 on 18 November 2019.

International Distributor or Dealer Development for individuals and company teams

Awarded to individuals or teams working for boat builders who have generated significant growth of their business through export success, by expanding their distributor or dealer network or by strengthening relationships with existing networks.

Judging Panel

All nomination entries are carefully evaluated by an international panel of six 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

Nominate someone - how does it work?

Participation in the competition is free. It is open to boat builders, shipyards, and manufacturers of leisure boats and superyachts. Certain categories are open to those that work for boat builders and shipyards or businesses that supply services and products to them. See all terms and conditions here.

The nominations for the 2020 Boat Builder Awards will open soon!

  • 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.
  • To nominate yourself, your business or a third party, complete and submit the online application form before the given deadline.
  • 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 and Best apprenticeship) the nominated products, initiatives and services should have been released, improved, implemented or launched onto the market to a maximum of 14 months before METSTRADE.

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 October before the start of METSTRADE. Shortlisted nominations will be informed by the end of October, by e-mail.

Please see all terms and conditions here.