2016 Newport for New Products Winners

The judges have made their choices and the votes are in! These are the best new poducts of 2016 at the Newport International Boat Show!
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The Maine Cat 38, named the best new sailboat in the 2016 Newport for New Products. Maine Cat Catamarans

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 eleventh-annual 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
People’s 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

About Newport Exhibition Group:

Based in Newport, Rhode Island, Newport Exhibition Group has produced the highest quality consumer/trade shows for more than 30 years. A subsidiary of Newport Harbor Corporation, the organization owns and produces the annual Newport Charter Yacht Show and the Newport International Boat Show.