Winners of Newport for New Products Awards named

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The Sabre 45 Salon Express won the People’s Choice Award.

The Newport Exhibition Group has announced the winners in the 12th annual Newport for New Products Awards.

NFNP entries were open to domestic and foreign products launched in the United States after April 1 that made their boat show debut at the Newport International Boat Show, which ended Sunday.

Show visitors 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.

“This was a year of true innovation,” Nancy Piffard, show director of Newport Exhibition Group, said in a statement. “We are honored to have these new and exciting introductions launched at the Newport International Boat Show.”

Judged Thursday during the Newport show’s opening day and announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, the NFNP winners are:

Best New Electronics Product: SkyMate mazu iPad app and mSeries hardware

Best New Boating Operation, Maintenance or Safety Product: North Sails 3Di NORDAC

Best New Sailboat: J/Boats J/121

Best New Powerboat 35 Feet and Over: Zeelander Z55

Best New Powerboat Under 35 feet: Hinckley Dasher

People’s Choice Award: Sabre 45 Salon Express

Green Award-Boats: Hinckley Dasher

Green Award-Products: Arid Bilge Hydrocarbon Notifier

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