The Awards

The Boat Builder Awards have been organised since 2015 by METSTRADE and IBI to recognise individual and team success within boat building companies globally across the eight categories of business achievement.

Award categories

Retail Marketing Initiative

Outstanding creative retail marketing initiative introduced in 2016/17. This could be anything from imaginative ideas for the promotion of new boat sales in print or online, outstanding boat show exhibits, successful partnerships or local promotions at dealer level where the boat builder has had a significant input.


Boat Builder International Distributor/ Dealer Development

Teams or individuals who have shown significant expansion of their boat building business through export success during 2016/2017 and the expansion of their distributor or dealer networks resulting in increased export sales.


Boat Builder & Equipment Manufacturer Collaborative Solution

An instance where a supplier and a boat builder have worked together from a conceptual stage to improve an aspect of the boats performance or on board services during 2016-2017.


Innovative On-board Design Solution

Innovative on-board design feature in 2016-2017, which enhance the owners enjoyment of their boats.


Innovation in a Production Process

Innovators within boat building production and have improved efficiency, cut costs or improved quality.


Best Apprenticeship and Trainee Scheme

Running the best in boat building apprenticeship and training schemes in 2016-2017.


Live Time Achievement Award

A boat builder who has made a life time’s contribution to the industry in terms of establishing a world renowned brand which is a leader in its segment.


Environmental Initiative

Boat builders who have implemented and contributed to environmental sustainability over 2016-2017. 


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

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)
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.