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.

Award categories

Retail Marketing Initiative for boat builders and shipyards

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.

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International Distributor or Dealer Development for individuals and 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.

Collaborative Solution between a production boat builder and its supply chain partner for boat builders and shipyards of 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. For yachts under 24m.

Collaborative Solution between a superyacht builder and its supply chain partner for boat builders and shipyards of 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. For yachts over 24m.

Innovative On-board Design Solution for boat builders and shipyards

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. Nominated solutions must have been released, improved, implemented or launched onto the market between 1 January 2017 until 31 May 2018.

Innovation in a Production Process for boat builders and shipyards

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

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 individuals working for a boat builder or shipyard

This award seeks to highlight the excellent work carried out by many boat builders 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, be 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.

Lifetime Achievement Award for individuals working for a boat builder or shipyard

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

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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.

Ed Slack

Editor of IBI magazine, UK

Hugo Andreae

Editor Motor Boat and Yachting magazine, UK

Andrea Frabetti

CEO at Diesel Center SPA, Italy

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.


  • 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 by 26 September 2018.
  • 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 between 1 January 2017 and 31 May 2018.

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 of 26 September 2018 and carefully complete the form with as much detail as you can. The Jury will reach its decision in October 2018 and shortlisted nominations will be informed by the end of October, by e-mail.

Please see all terms and conditions here.