Have you been tinkering over the winter, developing the next big (or small) thing for the marine industry? Applications for the Newport for New Products Awards for the 2015 The Newport International Boat Show are now being accepted! The NFNP Awards, sponsored by Cruising World, Sailing World and Yachting magazines, will be given in the categories of best new powerboat and sailboat, best new navigation product, and best new product for boat operation, maintenance, and safety.
Judged by a team of marine-industry experts, NFNP winners will be announced on Friday morning, September 18th. 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’.
In its tenth season, and in partnership with leading national marine publications Cruising World, Sailing World and Yachting, NFNP is a highlight of the industry, helping to publicize what’s new and exciting for boaters. NFNP is open to domestic and foreign products launched after April 1, 2015 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. Industry experts judge the entries on the basis of innovation, value to the consumer, safety and aesthetics. Individuals who attend the show on Thursday, September 17th will receive a voting card upon entry and cards returned that evening will be tallied. The People’s Choice Award will be announced along with the other winners on Friday morning, September 18. One “People’s Choice” voter will be selected randomly and receive a $150 Newport Restaurant Group gift card.
“We received over 60 Newport For New Products entries in 2014 and this year we expect to see even more,” said Nancy Piffard, Show Director of Newport Exhibition Group. “Newport attracts over 40,000 visitors who want to view a diverse selection of powerboats, sailboats and marine products on display. Manufacturers from around the world recognize the Newport Show as the ideal destination that is perfectly timed to reach a truly discerning audience.”
All submissions for NFNP must be received by June 15, 2015. Full instructions and applications are available at www.newportboatshow.com/nfnp/newport-for-new-products-exhibitors.htm.