Minneapolis Innovation Awards

The Innovation Awards program presented at the Discover Boating® Minneapolis Boat Show® honors manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products for the boating industry to market. The Minneapolis program offers five consumer product categories for entry. Complete details can be reviewed on the program webpage.


Product Categories

  • Aluminum and Non-Fiberglass Fishing Boats (new model or significant changes to an entire boat)
  • Electric Boats (20 ft. and under)
  • Fiberglass Fishing Boats (new model or significant changes to an entire boat)
  • Furnishings (specific features such as a helm, furniture, lighting, tow bar, fishing station, etc.)
  • Pontoon Boats (new model or significant changes to an entire boat)
Innovation Awards Archive

2024 Innovation Award Recipients
Fiberglass Fishing Boats

WXR 2060F, Skeeter

"While offering a new level of deck space, Skeeter went a step further for its new WXR 2060F by redesigning in the hull. Eliminating flex for more stability in the new console pods for a better boating experience,” says judge Adam Quandt.


Easy Step Ladder, LilliPad Marine

“It’s not just another ladder, designed with simple, common sense features for aftermarket use, the LilliPad Marine Easy Step Ladder incorporates hidden, innovative features, said judge Bill Guis. It’s built for easy installation with versatility to accommodate the boater and their pets use on new or vintage boats.”

Premier Angler, Premier

“As impressive as the Premier Angler is, there is one new feature that stands out above all others and that’s the exclusive Troll & Stow system,” said judge Brady Kay. “Truly a game-changer, the revolutionary trolling motor design stows completely below deck for a clean, clutter-free deck.” 

Pontoon Boats

Barletta Lusso L25UCAT, Barletta

“We’re used to seeing twin engine pontoon models, but Barletta’s custom engine pod design is unlike anything else out there,” said Judge Brady Kay. “Mounting the two engines together increases the functionality for a smooth and powerful ride.”

Crowne 250, Harris Pontoons

“From its new Zero-G Lounger to a newly designed chassis, no details went unchecked in the next iteration of the Crowne from Harris. Bow to stern, the Crowne takes boating in luxury and comfort to the next level,” said judge Adam Quandt.