How does it work?
As in previous years, a nominating round will be held prior to the contest's judging round. During the judging round there will be dockside inspections, followed by sea trials. Our judges, with their varied industry backgrounds, consider many factors, including design, construction, seaworthiness, purpose of boat, performance, suitability for the intended use, commercial viability, and value. This is followed by in-depth discussions to evaluate each boat once dockside visits and sea trials are completed. (Please see 2009 Boat of the Year Rules for details.)