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

  • Fishing Boats
  • 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

2023 Minneapolis Innovation Awards Winners
Fishing Boats

Veer X13, Lund

“Bringing in an entirely new concept of boat with next generation technologies and an entry-level price point, the Veer X13 offers the joy of getting on the water to a whole new generation of boaters and offers access to waters never before explored by a motorized boat,” said judge, Adam Quandt.


Meridian Lounge, Barletta Boats

“As the popularity of multi-function rear lounges continues to grow, Barletta discovered a unique way to give you the same versatility but in a center walkthrough design,” said judge, Brady Kay.

Pontoon Boats

230 Sunsation Angler, Premier Marine

“Designed to open access to the water for anglers, the Open Water Panels fold away for a layout all boaters will appreciate. Combine the panels with a unique stern fishing station and you have a truly great fishing setup,” said judge, Brady Kay. 

Manitou Explore, BRP

“The combination of the low profile Rotax 150S outboard and Max Deck design unlocks 38 square feet of aft deck space and eliminates the visual intrusion of the outboard motor. Exterior panels formed of powder coated aluminum supported by a composite inner structure offer a distinctive and handsome profile, and also integrate exterior lighting. The result is a pontoon that breaks new ground for both function and style,” Charles Plueddeman.