NMMA kicks off its winter boat present season with the Progressive Insurance policy Minneapolis Boat Show opening nowadays at the Minneapolis Conference Center, and operating as a result of Sunday, Jan. 23. The region’s longest-running boat exhibit – celebrating its 49th yr – showcases the most up-to-date boat versions, maritime engineering and accent debuts.

To bring in attendees of all ages and skill levels and interact the wave of new boaters who have entered the market, the show has an intensive lineup of interactive attributes, including the Antique & Common Boat Display, virtual boat racing, Fred’s Shed How-To Middle Offered by Progressive, Land of 10,000 Lakes oasis featuring stay audio, and Innovation Way, displaying the year’s most revolutionary goods.

A Sneak Preview event was held very last night in which company, media and influencers had been invited to tour the clearly show ground and go to the 2022 Minneapolis Innovation Awards presentation, which honors the greatest of our field, with a nod to the brands and suppliers who are advancing the recreational boating market.

The NMMA and Boating Writers Worldwide (BWI) announced the winners of the 2022 Minneapolis Innovation Awards, recognizing groundbreaking new buyer marine items, through the Progressive Coverage Minneapolis Boat Show’s Sneak Preview function on Jan. 19. 

The Minneapolis Innovation Awards honor manufacturers and suppliers who convey new, ground breaking solutions in the boating market to market place in the following classes: aluminum fishing boats, fiberglass fishing boats, pontoon boats, and furnishings. This year’s method evaluated 14 products judges in the end selected 4 Innovation Award winners and a single honorable point out.

“We’re very pleased to honor this year’s Innovation Award winners in this article in Minneapolis. The marine solutions we see in this article tonight ended up formulated by organizations who stand for economic resilience, perseverance, and ahead-wondering amid the previous two many years,” noted Display Manager Darren Envall. “We’re fired up to showcase these products and solutions and the dozens of other innovations at the 2022 Progressive Insurance plan Minneapolis Boat Show, and provide attendees a leading location to discover the best in boating.”

In the aluminum fishing boat classification, Lund Boats received the Innovation Award for the Renegade. “The Lund Renegade requires a bass boat and makes it more relatives pleasant with no compromising fishing capacity. Whenever you can greatly enhance a boat’s versatility, that’s a reward,” reported Decide Eric Colby.


In the fiberglass fishing classification, Bass Cat Boats was honored with the Innovation Award for the Puma STS. “The bass boat sector is so hotly contested that tiny particulars make major discrepancies, from the magnetic buckle rod straps to the dual electronic shelf to the new lift latches the Bass Cat Puma STS is the sum of its parts,” states Decide Eric Colby.

In the pontoon boat category, BRP, Inc. was honored with the Innovation Award for the Sea-Doo Swap Pontoon. “With so numerous families wanting to get into boating for the initially time, the improvement of the new and inexpensive Sea-Doo Switch is not only great for the pontoon field, it’s substantial for the entire boating marketplace,” reported Choose Brady Kay.

In the furnishings category, Leading Maritime, Inc. gained the Innovation Award for the Intrigue Rev with Mercury 600XL Verado. “Offering flexibility is essential for boaters’ ever-evolving wants today. Premier’s 360 degree Revolution seating delivers new experiences for all at just about every flip,” states Judge Adam Quandt.

Brunswick Corporation gained an honorable mention in the pontoon boat group for Mercury Marine’s Joystick Piloting for One-Motor Pontoons.

2022 Minneapolis Innovation Awards’ judges bios:  

Brady Kay, this year’s Innovation Awards Chair, is the executive editor of Pontoon & Deck Boat journal and has been at the helm of the publication for about 20 decades. Throughout his tenure, he has analyzed and reviewed a great number of pontoon and deck boats, traveled to all 50 states for function profiles and has taken thousands of pictures. He also oversees Great Lakes Boating journal, a sister publication at Harris Publishing, and serves as the president of Boating Writers International.

Eric Colby is the editor at BOATTest.com. He has written about boats and the boating marketplace for 35 years for Soundings, Soundings Trade Only and Boating publications. He was the Editor-in-Main at Powerboat magazine for seven decades.

Adam Quandt is the editor and the Major 100 Program Director for Boating Field magazine. Adam tackles all the things from testing and examining new products and solutions, to monitoring and reporting on industry trends, and serves on the board for a lot of field-focused award systems. Though not essentially born into the boating planet like lots of others, he has speedily produced a enthusiasm for the field and strives to continue bringing boaters with each other.

For typical inquiries about the Minneapolis Innovation Awards, please make contact with Rachel Harmon, rharmon@nmma.org. The Minneapolis Innovation Award winners will be on show during the display, Jan. 20-23 at the Minneapolis Conference Centre.