The NMMA Innovation Awards

By Ann Dermody

Every year at the Miami International Boat Show, the NMMA Innovation Awards recognize manufacturers who strive to make boating bigger and brighter with clever creations.

Cost-Cutting PWC

There are great ideas that come along to save you time and effort while adding to your fun quota. But occasionally something comes over the horizon that might just revolutionize the industry. BRP is aiming to do that with their Spark Sea-Doo personal watercraft. It costs 40 percent less than its nearest rival, is made of a lightweight durable 100-percent recyclable Polytec, making it half the weight of its competitors' lightest offering. Best of all? You can tow it with a compact car. So no need to buy a new tow vehicle to pull your new, cost-effective PWC, which comes in five eye-watering, candy-crush colors. For another $600 for the trailer, you're on the water for less than $6,000. $4,999 |

In A Snap!

Photo of the SNAPP Fuel Filter Water Separator

Fed up of grappling with messy fuel filters while underway? No need to any more with the marine SNAPP Fuel Filter Water Separator.

You buy the initial unit with a bracket, and when it's time for a service, simply snap in a new filter and throw the old unit away. And another bonus? It requires no tools! $63 |

Take The Mask Off

Love snorkeling but hate masks and tubes? Now you have an alternative with the Zayak Sea Sled, a hard plastic, glass-bottomed raft with a neoprene dry mask that blocks out all the light and reflection, giving you great visuals of what's floating below. The best bit is you can just lie there and relax while your fellow swimmers paddle like ducks to stay afloat. $325 |

Knuckle Savers

Photo of Marinco's E-Z-Mount Battery Switch

Do you have the busted-up knuckles to prove your struggles with changing your battery switch? Marinco's E-Z-Mount Battery Switch aims to save your hands and expletives with a patent-pending switch that lets you wire from the front. Take the top off the switch, add the wiring, then clip on the actuator and cover. Simple. Brilliant. $50 |

— Published: April/May 2014

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