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 four consumer product categories for entry. Complete details can be reviewed on the program webpage.


Minneapolis Boat Show Innovative Products Categories

  • Aluminum Fishing Boats (new model or significant changes to an entire boat)
  • 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)
Minneapolis Innovation Awards By Years

2022 Minneapolis Innovation Awards Winners
Aluminum Fishing Boats

Renegade, Lund

“The Lund Renegade takes a bass boat and makes it more family friendly without compromising fishing ability. Anytime you can enhance a boat’s versatility that’s a bonus,” says judge Eric Colby.

Fiberglass Fishing Boats

Puma STS, Bass Cat Boats

“The bass boat market is so hotly contested that small details make big differences, 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 it’s parts,” says judge Eric Colby.


Intrigue Rev with Mercury 600XL Verado, Premier Marine

“Offering versatility is crucial in boaters ever evolving needs today. Premier’s 360 degree seating offers new experiences for all at every turn,” says judge Adam Quandt.

Pontoon Boats

Honorable Mention: Mercury Marine for Joystick Piloting for Single-Engine Pontoons, Brunswick Corporation

Sea-Doo Switch Pontoon, BRP

“With so many families wanting to get into boating for the first time, the development of the new and affordable Sea-Doo Switch is not only great for the pontoon industry, but it’s huge for the entire boating industry,” said judge Brady Kay.