Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today the results of this year’s Newport For New Products™ (NFNP) Awards. Judged on Thursday, opening day and announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, September 14th, 2018. The thirteenth-annual NFNP winners are:

Best New Electronics Product            Vakaros Atlas
Best New Boating Operation,
Maintenance or Safety Product          Parasailor USA Catch and Lift Rescue System
Best New Sailboat Over 35 Feet        Friendship Yacht Company Surfari 50
Best New Sailboat Under 35 Feet      Figaro Beneteau 3
Best New Powerboat Over 35 Feet   Palm Beach Motoryachts GT-50
Best New Powerboat Under 35 Feet Back Cove Yachts 34O
People’s Choice Award                      Back Cove Yachts 34O
Green Award – Boats                         SW Boatworks 38 Calvin Beal “Star”
Green Award – Products                    Elco Motoryachts EP-50 Electric Outboard Motor

A highlight of the industry, NFNP entries were open to domestic and foreign products launched in the U.S. after April 1, 2018 that made their debut at the Newport International Boat 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.

“This was a year of true innovation,” said Nancy Piffard, show director of Newport Exhibition Group in a press release on Saturday. “There were so many excellent entries; the judges had a hard task ahead of them. 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 13th and continues through Sunday, September 16th, 2018 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 hosts nearly 600 exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 90 feet, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. For more information on the 48th Annual Newport International Boat Show and the 13th annual Newport For New Products awards, please visit

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