Judges named for first Innovation Awards at Minneapolis show

Publish date:

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.


Mercury’s Impact on the Local Economy

A new study shows that the manufacturer has a more than $5 billion annual impact on the Fond du Lac, Wis., community.

Lippert Posts Record Q1

The quarter marked a “watershed moment” for the component supplier, as net sales hit $1 billion.

Rollick Reaches 100th OEM Customer Mark

Customers that use its Aimbase marketing technology represent 65 percent of U.S. marine unit sales.

Safe Harbor Adds Lauderdale Marine Center

The Florida superyacht facility was acquired in a deal worth $340 million.

Don’t Throttle Back Now

As pandemic restrictions ease, folks will be getting back to leisure activities that often compete with boating.

IBEX Announces In-Person Dates

The show returns to the Tampa Convention Center Sept. 28-30 after being held virtually last year.

Brunswick’s Aine Denari Joins CSP Board

The Center for Sportfishing Policy, a coalition of advocates for recreational fishing and boating, also announced that The Billfish Foundation is a Sustaining Member.

Malibu Reports Record Q3

The company reported a 50 percent increase in net sales and a 47.2 rise in net income for the fiscal quarter.