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Innovation Awards winners named at Minneapolis show

The Lund Impact XS won the Innovation Award in the aluminum fishing boat category.

The Lund Impact XS won the Innovation Award in the aluminum fishing boat category.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International honored winners of the 2018 Minneapolis Innovation Awards Thursday night at the Minneapolis Boat Show.

The awards program came to Minneapolis for the first time to honor manufacturers and suppliers that bring new and innovative products to market in the aluminum fishing boat, fiberglass fishing boat and pontoon boat categories.

Fourteen products were evaluated.

The 2018 Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Award winners are:

  • Aluminum fishing boats: Impact XS, Lund Boats
  • Fiberglass fishing boats: WX2060, Skeeter Boats
  • Pontoon boats: L-Class, Barletta Boats.

“It is a testament to the importance of the Minneapolis Boat Show to move three categories of the Innovation Awards to Minneapolis,” said show manager Darren Envall in a statement.

“Fishing boats and pontoons have a strong presence in this marketplace, and the Minneapolis Boat Show is the best place to see the latest technology and innovation in these categories year after year.”

The show opened Thursday and will continue through Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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