Newport show seeks entries for new-product awards

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The Hunt 72 that is shown in the background won for best new powerboat 35 feet and larger at last year’s show.

The Hunt 72 that is shown in the background won for best new powerboat 35 feet and larger at last year’s show.

The Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, said it is accepting applications for the 2017 Newport For New Products Awards.

Judged by a team of marine industry experts, the product awards honors winners for best new powerboat, sailboat and multihull; best new navigation product; and best new product for boat operation, maintenance and safety.

New for 2017, the awards program will include a “green” award. Each product accepted into the program will be eligible. One winner will be chosen for “Best Green Boat” and one for “Best Green Product,” based on the environmental benefits and features of the entry.

Winners will be announced on Sept. 15 at the Industry Awards/Press Breakfast.

Visitors who attend on opening day will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite new boat as part of the People’s Choice Award. One voter will be selected randomly and receive a $250 American Express Gift Card.

Organizers said the product awards are in their 12th year and, in partnership with leading national marine publications, it is a highlight of the industry, helping to publicize what’s new and exciting for boaters.

The program is open to domestic and foreign products launched after April 1 that will make their official boat show debut at Newport. Foreign boats and products that have been shown and sold outside the United States are still eligible. Industry experts judge entries on the basis of innovation, value to the consumer, safety and aesthetics.

“Our show attracts visitors who want to view a diverse selection of powerboats, sailboats and marine products on display,” Newport Exhibition Group show director Nancy Piffard said in a statement.

“Manufacturers from around the world see the Newport International Boat Show as the ideal venue to unveil new products to the North American market, and our exhibitors recognize the show is perfectly timed to present their latest boats and products to a truly discerning audience. Based on initial interest from our exhibitors, we are positive we will have a number of exciting entries this year.”

All submissions must be received by June 15.

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