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Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards

The Innovation Awards, managed by NMMA and judged by Boating Writers International, is one of the industry’s most prestigious honors recognizing manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products for the boating industry to market.

2020 Minneapolis Innovation Awards Winners: Read more    

Aluminum Fishing Boats: Active Performance (AP-X) Hull, Crestliner “The Crestliner Active Performance Hull (AP-X) blends their established hull manufacturing with the new, unique keel design to enhance low speed handling and high speed efficiency,” noted Innovation Awards’ Judge and Chair Brady Kay.

Fiberglass Fishing Boats: 219 TFX, Yar-Craft “Yar-Craft has brought unique design improvements and quality manufacturing elements together in their 219TFX.  A monocoque, uni-body Iike built, multi-species boat delivers a strong, efficient hull combined with a full featured deck to serve a variety of anglers needs,” said Innovation Awards’ Judge Bill Gius.

Pontoon Boats: Waketoon-Surf Series, Avalon & Tahoe “The Avalon Waketoon has presented the industry with an innovative design that could become a popular segment within the pontoon boat marketplace.  Wake surfing has become one of the most popular “tow” sports and this boat marries that with the most popular boating segment on the water,” said Innovation Awards’ Judge Adam Quandt.

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2020 innovation award winners


Innovation Award Documents