Judges named for first Innovation Awards at Minneapolis show

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International announced the panel of judges for the inaugural Progressive Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards.

The panel, which will evaluate 14 product entries across three boating categories, is composed of three BWI members who test products throughout the year.

The Innovation Awards come to Minneapolis in 2018 for the first time to honor manufacturers and suppliers that bring the industry innovative products in the aluminum fishing, fiberglass fishing and pontoon boat categories.

This year’s awards competition includes products from Apex Marine Inc.; Crestliner Boats; Forest River Marine; Lowe Boats; Lund Boats; Manitou Pontoons; Skeeter Boats Inc.; Smoker Craft, Inc.; Tracker Marine; and Yamaha WaterCraft Boat Co.

Winners will be announced on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Lakeshore Lifestyle Experience Booth 803.

Products will be on display throughout the Jan. 11-14 show at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Veteran boat and travel writer Zuzana Prochazka is chairwoman of the committee; past BWI president Alan Wendt and Brady Kay — editor of Pontoon & Deck Boat, Houseboat, and Great Lakes Boating magazines — are also judging.

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