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 the opening day of the Newport International Boat Show and announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, the tenth-annual
NFNP winners are:
Best New Navigation Product: Dockwa Marine Reservation App
Best New Boating Operation, Maintenance or Safety Product: IMTRA Largo Tri-Color LED Dome Light
Best New Sailboat 30′ and Over: Arabesque 50
Best New Sailboat Under 30′: Fareast 28R
Best New Powerboat 30′ and Over: Hunt 32 Center Console
Best New Powerboat Under 30′: Seaway 24 Sport
People’s Choice Award: Hinckley Bermuda 50
A highlight of the industry, NFNP entries were open to domestic and foreign products launched in the U.S. after April 1, 2015 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 extremely impressed by the number and quality of entries this year,” said Nancy Piffard, show director of Newport Exhibition Group. “We are thrilled to have these boats and products represent all of the new and exciting introductions at the Newport International Boat Show.”
The Newport International Boat Show opened on Thursday, September 17th and continues through Sunday, September 20th, 2015 along the Newport Waterfront on America’s Cup
Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, this
year’s event has over 750 exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of
boats of every type and style from 15 to 110 feet, and a variety of accessories, equipment,
electronics, gear and services for boaters. For more information on the 45th Annual Newport
For More information on the Newport International Boat Show and the 10th annual Newport For New Products awards, please visit
www.newportboatshow.com. Event updates are being posted as they become available and communicated on the show’s Twitter and Facebook accounts: @NewportBoatShow and www.facebook.com/newportboatshow, respectively.
To see all the nominees, check out our previews for Gear and Electronics and Boats.
Dockwa A convenient, unified booking and marketing platform that connects boaters to marinas. Boaters can book transient reservations for docks and moorings by simply downloading the app, explore, reserve, and pay at their favorite marina, in a matter of minutes. Marinas confirm the reservation, collect payment, and deposit the customers information into their intelligent database with a single click.
Imtra Largo Tri-color Largo Tri-Color LED Dome Light features a built-in switch to easily alternate between Red/Blue/White LED colors. The switch also dims all three colors and saves previously set dim levels. Perfect for any location that requires bright white light with the convenience of red and blue light for safety or navigation.
Arabesque 50 Designed by Fontaine Group, featuring a cold-molded wooden hull, teak over plywood deck, wood cabin & cockpit. Carbon fiber rig w/ in-boom furling and twin roller furling head stays including large genoa for light air. Sail handling achieved by push button w/hydraulically controlled mainsheet, electric winches, hydraulic roller furling, backstay, outer forestay, and electric boom furling. Fin keel and bow thruster make for easy handling. Mahogany finish and polished stainless steel below deck.
Fareast 28R A barebones racer, the new Fareast 28R is the latest sportboat making waves for its style and performance. Clocking in at up to 20 knots, the 28R continues the line of high performance racers that Fareast has to offer, adding a mid-range size that is still easy to trailer with its lifting keel.
Hunt 32 CC The new hunt 32 center console offers an innovative layout for entertaining and dayboating all while being fishing capable. Features include; a proper companionway, oversized head, unique aft folding seat, wrap-around windshield, roomy flush cockpit, swim platform, and counter area w/sink, drawers, storage. Chose deluxe fishing package with live well, tackle & bait stations or entertaining package with refrigerator and grill.
Seaway Sport 24 A no nonsense downeast center console ideal for family fishing and fun. 100% composite construction, fuel efficient with a 115 4-stroke outboard makes it a great day boat. The 24 Sport will cruise in the mid 20’s and has great range with its 64 gallon fuel capacity. All this and its trailerable.
Hinckley Bermuda 50 Hinckley’s new Bermuda 50 Watermark takes on a modern style that is new for the company in a big way. Hinckley has produced two of their new boats, with Watermark tailored to racing, and hull number one optimized for performance cruising.