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 achievements of boat building and shipyard companies globally, 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.

For the 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.

METSTRADE Connect to host this year's Boat Builder Awards

Since the inception of the Boat Builder Awards, Raymarine has been our Headline Sponsor. Raymarine is a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures electronic equipment.

This year's METSTRADE Connect will host the virtual awards ceremony on 10 December at 16.00 CET. Five key awards will be presented, two of which are entirely new categories spotlighting the industry’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Boat Builder Awards

Exceptional Commercial Achievement in an Unprecedented Year

for boat builder and shipyard companies

Community Support Initiative


for boat builder and shipyard companies

Environmental Initiative


for boat builder and shipyard companies

Rising Star

for individuals working for a boat builder or shipyard

Lifetime Achievement Award

for individuals working for a boat builder or shipyard

Judging Panel Boat Builder Awards

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