Meet the 2018 Boat of the Year Judges

From left to right: Tim Murphy, Bill Bolin, Ed ShermanJon Whittle

Ed Sherman is the vice president of educational programming for the American Boat and Yacht Council and is the former chairman of the marine technology department at the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, Rhode Island. An experienced racer and cruiser and BOTY judge, Sherman is the author of four technical marine books, a frequent contributor to CW and other boating publications, and often works with boatbuilders, marine surveyors, field-service staff personnel and engineering staffs in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Cruising World editor-at-large Tim Murphy grew up living aboard a 41-foot ketch and sailing along the U.S. East Coast and the Bahamas. At age 18, he earned a 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard license and has worked around boats ever since, delivering them, writing about them, and teaching people how to use them. An independent writer and editor based in Rhode Island, he is the co-author of Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology (ABYC, 2012) as well as hundreds of articles. He recently purchased a 1988 Passport 40, Billy Pilgrim, aboard which he plans to embark on an extended voyage.

Bill Bolin has been a marine patrol officer, a boating safety instructor, the owner of a sailing school and for nearly three decades was on the team of Traditional Watercraft, Inc. (TWI), the builders of Island Packet Yachts. There, his duties encompassed customer service, sales, marketing, branding, dealer development and training, market research, and design/features input to the TWI design team.

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