Newport International Boat Show Announces Newport for New Products Award Winners

Best-in-class boats and gear chosen by industry experts and show attendees.
Newport International Boat Show
The sun returned on day two of the Newport International Boat Show. Jennifer Brett

The Newport International Boat Show kicked off the 2019-2020 boat show season on September 12-15 in downtown Newport, Rhode Island.

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 during the show’s opening day and announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, September 13th, 2019. The 14th annual NFNP winners are:

Best New Electronics Product: Garmin GPSMAP 86SCI
Best New Boating Operation,Maintenance or Safety Product : UGO Tablet Case
Best New Wearable Weather Gear: Helly Hansen HP Racing Midlayer Jacket
Best New Sailboat 35′ and Over: Gunboat 68
Best New Sailboat Under 35′ Rosewest Boatyard Cape Cod Daysailer
Best New Powerboat 35′ and Over: MJM 53z
Best New Powerboat Under 35′: Solace 345
People’s Choice Award: Vicem 65
Green Award – Products: TotalBoat Elixir Enamel Topside Paint by Jamestown Distributors


A highlight of the industry, NFNP entries were open to domestic and foreign products launched in the U.S. after April 1, 2019 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 and aesthetics.

The Newport International Boat Show opened on Thursday, September 12th and continued through Sunday, September 15th 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 90 feet, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. For more information on the 49th Annual Newport International Boat Show and the 14th annual Newport For New Products awards, please visit