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Seeking entries for new product awards

Published on May 7th, 2019

The 49th Annual Newport International Boat Show is accepting applications for its 2019 Newport For New Products (NFNP) Awards Program.

The 2019 Newport International Boat Show will take place September 12-15 on the Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. As one of the largest in-water shows in the country, it marks the kick-off to the boat show season.

In its fourteenth year, the NFNP helps to publicize what’s new and exciting for boaters. The program is open to domestic and foreign products launched after April 1, 2019 that will make their official boat show debut at Newport. Foreign boats and products that have been shown and sold outside the U.S. are still eligible.

Judged by a team of marine-industry experts on the basis of value to the consumer, design, and innovation, NFNP winners will be selected for best new powerboat, sailboat, and multihull; best new navigation product; and best new product for boat operation, maintenance, and safety.

All products accepted into the NFNP program will be eligible for the “Green” award. One winner will be chosen for “Best Green Boat” and one for “Best Green Product” based on the environmental benefits and features of the entry.

For 2019, the show has also added a new field to the ‘new product’ category. Applications will be accepted for Weather Gear (wearable). This includes apparel and gear intended for racing, cruising, and offshore sailing. For example: jackets, bibs, base layers, survival suits, gloves, boots, and hats.

“Given recent innovations in boating outerwear and the types of attendees and exhibitors we attract, we’ve decided to break out this important subset,” said Show Director Nancy Piffard. “Boating products can range from fenders to furlers and to try to judge them alongside the most advanced fishing boot on the planet, would be complex. We look forward to seeing how this addition sparks increased participation.”

Winners will be announced on September 13 at the Exhibitor Awards/Press Breakfast. In addition, attendees present on opening day will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite new boat as part of the ‘People’s Choice Award’. One voter will be selected randomly and receive a $250 American Express Gift Card.

All submissions for NFNP must be received by June 15, 2019. Full instructions and applications available by emailing: npiffard@newportexhibition.com.

For more information: www.newportboatshow.com.

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