2011 IBEX Innovation Award

Indmar Marine Engines, the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of gasoline powered inboard marine engines, announced today that the 5.7L Assault 345 has won the coveted 2011 International Boatbuilders Exhibition (IBEX) Innovation Award in the Inboard Marine Engine category.  Organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by members of Boating Writers International (BWI), the awards recognize innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured that benefit the marine industry and consumers.

So what made Indmar stand out from the rest?  Well, have you ever considered the wear and tear that an engine experiences from watersports that it powers?  Think about wakesurfing and what happens to an engine when it’s completely tilted to one side. Now, imagine an inboard built to protect itself from the rugged watersports it powers every day.

The 5.7L Assault 345 leads the industry as the first inboard marine engine engineered to adapt to a drivers driving style and watersports lifestyle.  The all new 5.7L Assault 345 features an air-oil separator device that adapts the engine to your driving style, while preventing oil induction into the PCV.  From the ability to handle high g turns and steep boat angles to the oversized 7 quart oil pan with baffling, the all-new 5.7L Assault 345 is the first inboard marine engine built to protect itself from the rugged demands of the watersports it powers day after day.

“Wakesurfing is rapidly growing in popularity,” noted judge Brady Kay. “However, the strain on engines required proactive engineering to reduce engine failure. Indmar has a workhorse for rugged watersports.”

“Indmar Marine Engines has a pedigree going back 40 years in the inboard marine industry and a proud tradition of pointing the way forward,” said Chuck Rowe, President of Indmar Marine Engines.  “Today, we couldn’t be more honored to receive this prestigious award for innovation as it represents our commitment to stay at the forefront of implementing and applying innovative technologies to enable watersports and the industry to progress and grow.“  Rowe further explained, “At Indmar, we believe in the strength of working with our vendors and partners to grow our respective businesses and receiving this award is a testament to that belief.  I would like to acknowledge Supra and Moomba boats as part of this innovative achievement as their team was instrumental in the development of 5.7L Assault 345 and is exclusive to their brands.”

“The winners recognized at IBEX today are a testament to the ongoing commitment to boating ingenuity necessary to the future of our industry,” noted NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “It’s encouraging to see companies focus their efforts on forward-thinking solutions to help consumers and further the industry, and I’m excited to see how these products adapt in the market.”

About Indmar:  Indmar is the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of gasoline powered inboard marine engines. Indmar has pushed the envelope much like an athlete introducing new innovations and technologies enabling the sport and the industry to progress and grow.  From the first to bring fuel injected engines to the market to introducing an innovative green technology three years earlier than regulation that reduces exhaust emissions, just because it was the right thing to do. Today, this legendary brand delivers an inimitable mix of unrivaled performance, meticulous craftsmanship and ground breaking innovations – Charting a course for others to follow, yet leaving the competition behind.  For more information about Indmar Marine Engines, please visit www.indmar.com

About NMMA: National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information visit www.nmma.org.

About IBEX: IBEX is owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event. For boat builders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators, IBEX is the single source for the latest boatbuilding technologies, tools, and materials. For the latest information, visit IBEXShow.com

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