The National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) have named the all-new Sylvan Mirage 8524 DLZ Bar LE as the overall winner of the pontoon boat category in the 2019 Innovation Awards presented at the Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show.

Describing the boat’s unique rear lounge seat that transforms into an inviting bar unit, innovation award judge Bill Gius said “the design responds to consumer trends for a large, comfortable aft lounge area that, through innovative design, transforms into an attractive social area with the touch of two buttons.”

Available in lengths of 22- and 24-feet, the Sylvan Mirage DLZ Bar LE is the first of its kind in the industry, with a rear double lounge that transforms into a convenient rear bar with four bar stools. The versatility of its design and ease of operation propelled the Sylvan Mirage 8524 DLZ Bar to the top of the hotly-contested pontoon boat category. Pontoon boat designs represented more than half of all Innovation Award entries this year.

Smoker Craft senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Peter Barrett, was on hand to accept the award. “Winning this award is a true testament to the hard work and creativity of our research and development team at Smoker Craft Inc.,” said Barrett. “What’s most exciting is there are more innovations and new designs on the way as we continue building upon our 116-year heritage of crafting the finest boats on the water.”

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