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Minneapolis Innovation Award Winners Announced

(From left ) Minneapolis Innovation Award winners Bass Cat Boats, Premier Marine , Sea-Doo and Lund Boats with awards chair Brady Kay.

(From left ) Minneapolis Innovation Award winners Bass Cat Boats, Premier Marine , Sea-Doo and Lund Boats with awards chair Brady Kay.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International announced the winners of the Minneapolis Innovation Awards, which recognize advancements in aluminum fishing boats, fiberglass fishing boats, pontoons and furnishings.

Lund 1975 Renegade.

Lund 1975 Renegade.

The winners were awarded during the Minneapolis Boat Show preview yesterday.

“The marine products we see here tonight were developed by companies that represent economic resilience, perseverance and forward thinking amid the last two years,” show manager Darren Envall said in a statement.

Bass Cat Puma STS.

Bass Cat Puma STS.

In the aluminum fishing boat category, Lund Boats took top honors for the 1975 Renegade bass boat, which judge Eric Colby described as “more family-friendly without compromising fishing ability. Anytime you can enhance a boat’s versatility, that’s a bonus.”

Bass Cat Boats took the award in the fiberglass fishing boats category for the 20-foot Puma STS. “From the magnetic buckle rod straps to the dual electronics shelf to the new lift latches, the Bass Cat Puma STS is the sum of its parts,” Colby said.

Sea-Doo Switch.

Sea-Doo Switch.

BRP won the crowded pontoon boat category for the Sea-Doo Switch. “With so many families wanting to get into boating for the first time, the development of the new and affordable Sea-Doo Switch is not only great for the pontoon industry, it’s huge for the entire boating industry,” judge Brady Kay said.

Brunswick Corp. received an honorable mention in the pontoon category for Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for single-engine pontoons.

Premier Intrigue Rev.

Premier Intrigue Rev.

Premier Marine took the award in the furnishings category for the Intrigue Rev pontoon. “Offering versatility is crucial for boaters’ ever-evolving needs today. Premier’s 360-degree Revolution seating offers new experiences for all at every turn,” judge Adam Quandt said.

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