Boats, products honored at Newport show

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The Spirit 46 was named Best New Sailboat, the PB50 from Palm Beach Motor Yachts in Australia captured honors as the Best New Powerboat and Navico's Simrad NSE 2.0 was judged Best New Boating Product last weekend at the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show.

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The selections were made as part of the show's "Newport For New Products" program and recognize the best boats and the best product introduced at the show for the coming model year.

In addition to the overall winners, two other entries were recognized as the best in their categories. The Class 2M from France won for Best New Sailboat Under 30 feet, and the Sealegs 7.1 Amphibious RIB won as Best New Powerboat Under 30 feet.

"Newport For New Products" spotlights the new boats and boating products that make the most significant contributions to the experience of recreational boating. The program recognizes the Newport show's position as the first U.S. boat show of the new model year.

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The judging was done by an independent panel of experts provided by boating magazines. The awards are based on innovation, value to the consumer and aesthetics.

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