Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards

The Innovation Awards program honors manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products for the boating industry to market. The Minneapolis program offers three consumer product categories for entry.

Minneapolis Boat Show Innovative Products Categories

  • Aluminum Fishing Boats
  • Fiberglass Fishing Boats
  • Pontoon Boats
Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards By Years

2020 Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Awards Winners
Aluminum Fishing Boats

Crestliner Boats, Active Performance (AP-X) Hull

Represented by: Crestliner Boats

"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

Yar-Craft, 2020 Yar-Craft 219 TFX

Represented by: Hannay's Inc. 

"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

Avalon & Tahoe, Avalon Waketoon-Surf Series (WINNER)

Represented by: Dan's Southside Marine

"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.

Bennington, Bennington Bowrider (Honorable Mention)

Represented by: Miller Marine

Judges Quote: "The industry’s first bowrider-style pontoon is worth acknowledging as the stadium-like seating increases driver sight lines while providing a sporty and elegant look not seen before."