Mercury MerCruiser’s revolutionary Axius System was recognized today by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association and Boating Writers International for “Innovative Achievement” – the third IBEX Innovation Award presented to Mercury in the past four years.
Mercury and Mercury MerCruiser officials accepted the award this morning at the 17th annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The show, which concludes today, is crucial to boat, engine and parts suppliers because it typically presents the industry’s newest products and innovations.
“This is a wonderful honor,” said Patrick C. Mackey, president of Mercury Marine. “We have great respect for this event and its judges, so it’s especially rewarding to see Axius and its amazing benefits recognized.””Axius will truly change boating forever, and we’re excited to bring this concept to the industry.”Axius is a sterndrive package that uses twin, independently articulating MerCruiser Bravo Three sterndrives to provide joystock docking.
Additionally, its Digital Throttle and Shift and Electronic/Hydraulic steering system make piloting a larger boat simple and intuitive. Axius-powered boats can move laterally, at an angle, forward, backward and even turn in a circle on its axis – all with a simple touch of a joystick. “This product overcomes the greatest challenge for every boater – close- quarter maneuvering,” said innovations judge Jan Munday, editor of DIY Boat Owner. “Until now, we’ve never seen two sterndrives that move autonomously. Axius is truly a unique innovation in the industry.”