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 opening day and announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, September, 16th. The eleventhannual NFNP winners are:

Best New Electronics Product Garmin GPSMAP 7600 with J1939 Connection

Best New Boating Operation,

Maintenance or Safety Product Forespar PureWater+

Best New Sailboat Maine Cat 38

Best New Powerboat 35’ and Over Hunt 72

Best New Powerboat Under 35 Back Cove 32

Peoples Choice Award Nordic Tug 40

A highlight of the industry, NFNP entries were open to domestic and foreign products launched in the U.S. after April 1, 2016 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 impressed by the number and quality of entries this year, said Nancy Piffard, show director of Newport Exhibition Group. “We are honored to have these new and exciting introductions launched at the Newport International Boat Show.

The Newport International Boat Show opened on Thursday, September 15th and continues through Sunday, September 18th, 2016 on the Newport waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, the event will host nearly 600 exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 110 feet, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. For more information on the 46th Annual Newport International Boat Show and the 11th annual Newport For New Products awards, please visit

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