Best of the Chicago Boat Show 2023

February 2, 2023

All Things Boating – 2023

Earlier this month, Beyond Design checked out the 2023 Discover Boating® Chicago Boat Show®, held at McCormick Place, downtown Chicago. Attendees had the opportunity to compare boat brands, purchase a boat of their own, and learn from the pros. Our team enjoyed checking out some of the industry’s top boats and brands, and we’d like to share some products that stood out.

No. 1 – The FlagGuard™

We made sure to stop by The FlagGuard™ booth, showing off one of Beyond Design’s many products that our team has developed, to spend some time with Erin MacLaughlin, the inventor of The FlagGuard™. This was the perfect product to be featured at the boat show, helping to address the problem of the approximate 4,463 boating accidents each year (US Coast Guard).

With a mission to help prevent accidents, to keep children safe and seen in the water. The FlagGuard™ is a conveniently designed to help boaters see children floating in the water. It features a universal-fitting, bright orange flag attachment and innovation for efficiency and comfort combined. Visit for more information.

NO. 2 – Manitou New Generation of Pontoons

Boat brand, Manitou, caught our eye at the show this year, with their shiny, new and modern pontoon collection. With superior design and innovation, the Manitou Explore and Cruise models elevate the on-water experience to whole new level. Manitou pontoon owners have the ability to design their own floor plan to accommodate their personal boating lifestyle. Featuring digital technologies, these new generation pontoon boats make sharp turns, with powerful acceleration, standing out as a superior brand in the boating industry.

NO. 3 – Yahama XTO Offshore Outboard

In the boating industry, when you see Yahama products, you think power, and that is exactly what we thought this year when we walked by their award-winning XTO Offshore. This outboard motor features extreme control, precision, and reliability, setting the bar for power and performance.

As leaders in the industry, Yahama brings innovative technology, with an award-winning charing system and integrated all-electric steering, constantly elevating the boating experience. The XTO Offshore outboard combines durability with a sleek, modern design.

NO. 4 – Ravik 3 Electric Jet-Board by Awake

It’s a must to check out all the new water toys when attending a boat show, and the Ravik 3 electric jet-board by Awake definitely left an impression on us. Designed for a perfect blend of cruising and racing, the Ravik 3 is a high-allows riders to share adventures with others without sacrificing the high-performance speed when you want to go fast.


We’ve covered all things gliding on the water, but what about products that freely zip you through the water, both on the surface and down below. Users can ride the SEABOB at their own leisure and safely drive under water with diving depths up to 30 meters, giving you an unforgettable experience and enhancing your underwater adventures. This jet provides outstanding agility underwater, and the steering is simple and easy. The SEABOB has a futuristic feel and look, boasting space-ship like features, while giving the user access to a world you’ve never explored before.

That’s a wrap for this year! The Beyond Design team looks forward to checking out the latest innovations in boating in 2024!

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