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 Products (NFNP) Awards. Judged on Thursday, opening day, and announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, September 14, 2018, the 13-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 Co. 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. “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.”

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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