Hometown Boats Win “Best Boat” Awards

At Newport International Boat Show Maintenance System Wins “Best Product”

Newport, RI, September 14, 2007 – Though it’s the International Boat Show and hundreds of offerings at the Newport Boat Show come from countries around the world, the judges of Newport For New Products picked two boats from Portsmouth, RI companies as the best new boats at the show. Ted Hood’s 55 Motor Sailer won the award as “Best Sailboat” and Hunt Yachts’ new Surfhunter 25 Center Console was named “Best Powerboat” at the 37th Annual Newport International Boat Show in Newport, Rhode Island today. Awarded “Best New Boating Product” was the SeaKits Marine Maintenance System that provides high tech planning of yacht and workboat equipment maintenance.

The awards were part of the Newport For New Products program which spotlights the new boats and boating products that make the most significant contribution to the experience of recreational boating. Sponsored by Cruising World, Sailing World and Power Cruising magazines, the program recognizes the Newport Show’s unique place as the first United States boat show for the new model year and a show at which many domestic manufacturers choose to introduce newly launched products and foreign manufacturers first introduce their offering to the American marketplace. Judging is done by an anonymous panel of boating experts provided by the magazines and awards are given based on innovation, value to the consumer and aesthetics.

The Hood 55 was acclaimed by the judges as “perfectly hitting the design criteria ‘for its category’ a proper motor sailer and not just a sail assisted motor boat”. Noted as having a “beautiful finish with top level equipment throughout” and an “incredibly spacious interior that goes on forever”, the 55 overwhelmed the judges with lines that suggest perfect operation whether under ail or power.

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The Surfhunter 25 CC is built on the establisher Surfhunter 25 hull but with a complete design change that allows the center console configuration and a power platform choice of jackshaft stern drive, and inboard diesel or jet drive propulsion. The judges noted the “excellent build quality throughout” with “great details and design right to the surprisingly roomy stand-up head”. In total, the judges chose the 25 as a boat that brings “New England flair to the center console market”.

Calling the Seakits Marine Maintenance System an “owner operator’s dream”, Newport For New Products judges named it “Best New Boating Product”. Offered by Seakits Inc. of Bolton, MA, the MMS is a fully integrated, web-based maintenance management system that keeps track of equipment maintenance needs, spare parts requirements, condition monitoring and every conceivable bit of operational information needed to run a passagemaking and offshore yacht or workboat. The judges noted that the “access to a huge database specific to each boat on which it’s installed makes it a huge time and boat saver”.

Nearly 50 boats and boating products were entered into the Newport For New Products program of the Newport International Boat Show, a display of over 700 boats in the water and on land around famous Newport harbor. In addition, several hundred exhibitors of boating equipment and accessories are part of the total of 800 exhibitors at the show this week. With both power and sail boats, the show includes areas fro trawlers, down-east style boats, fishing boats, catamarans, monohulls, cruising and racing sailboats plus kayaks and canoes. The Show opens daily through Sunday at 10 AM with a full schedule of seminars, children’s activities, harbor sails” but mostly the chance to view, board and experience beautiful boats in a beautiful setting. For more information, go to www.newportboatshow.com or call 846-1115.

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