Newport International Boat Show announces Newport for New Products award winners

NEWPORT, R.I. – Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today the results of this year’s Newport For New ProductsTM (NFNP) Awards. Judged on Thursday during the opening day of the Newport International Boat Show and announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, the ninth-annual NFNP winners are:

Best New Navigation Product

ForwardScan presented by B&G

Best New Boating Operation, Maintenance or Safety Product         

Wireless LED Lights presented by Nightwatch Marine

Best New Sailboat 30’ and Over

Gunboat 55 presented by Gunboat

Best New Sailboat Under 30’

Wanderer presented by Zim Sailing

Best New Powerboat 30’ and Over

True North 34 Outboard Express presented by US Watercraft

Best New Powerboat Under 30’

Vanquish 26 presented by Vanquish Boats

Peoples Choice Award

Gunboat 55 presented by Gunboat

A highlight of the industry, NFNP entries were open to domestic and foreign products launched in the U.S. after April 1, 2014 that made their boat show debut at Newport. Show attendees 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.

“We were extremely impressed by the number and quality of entries this year,” said Nancy Piffard, show director of Newport Exhibition Group. “This is a new record for the Newport for New Products program, and we are pleased to have these boats and products represent all of the new and exciting introductions at the Newport International Boat Show.”

The Newport International Boat Show opened on Thursday, September 11th and continues through Sunday, September 14th, 2014 along the Newport Waterfront on America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, this year’s event had over 750 exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 110 feet, and a variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. For more information on the 44th Annual Newport International Boat Show and the 9th annual Newport For New Products awards, please visit Event updates are being posted as they become available and communicated on the show’s Twitter and Facebook accounts: @NewportBoatShow and, respectively.

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