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Hunt 72 wins top Newport show honors

The Hunt 72 was named Best Powerboat Overall in the Newport for New Products Awards at the Newport International Boat Show.
The Hunt 72 (third from front) was named Best Powerboat Overall at the Newport International Boat Show.

The Hunt 72 (at rear) was named Best Powerboat Overall at the Newport International Boat Show.

The Hunt 72 was named Best Powerboat Overall in the Newport for New Products Awards at the Newport International Boat Show, as well as Best Powerboat 35 Feet and Over.

As one of the show’s largest yachts, the Hunt 72 received wide attention during a VIP party that took place Thursday evening. The yacht, which cruises at 32 knots, features three en suite staterooms, a varnished cherry saloon, a galley and an extended flybridge with dinghy storage and a lift. There is access to the flybridge from the aft deck or via the interior saloon.

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the show, said the competition was open to domestic and foreign products that were launched in the United States after April 1 that made their boat show debut at Newport.

Show attendees selected the People’s Choice Award winner; all other category winners were selected by a team of industry experts on the basis of innovation, value to the consumer, safety and aesthetics.

“We were impressed by the number and quality of entries this year,” Newport Exhibition Group show director Nancy Piffard said in a statement. “We are honored to have these new and exciting introductions launched at the Newport International Boat Show.”

The new Back Cove 32 won for Best Powerboat Under 35 Feet. The boat, which features an updated layout, is the latest model to be launched in a range that spans more than 700 hulls and 14 years.

The new Back Cove 32 won for Best Powerboat Under 35 Feet.

The new Back Cove 32 won for Best Powerboat Under 35 Feet.

The People’s Choice Award went to the Nordic Tug 40, which features direct access to the flybridge from the pilothouse, a starboard side-boarding door in the cockpit, and a pilothouse with seating for six.

Winning for Best Sailboat was the Maine Cat 38. The open bridge deck is designed with a forward or aft helm layout that offers 360-degree visibility. The performance cruising catamaran is built with thermoformed Core-Cell foam coring with quadraxial E-glass infused with vinylester resin for all components.

Garmin’s GPSMAP 7600 J1939 Chartplotter Series was named Best Electronic Product; the Forespar PureWater+ was named Best Product.

The recipients of the Newport for New Products Awards were chosen by Bonnier publications Cruising World, Yachting and Sailing World.

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