Powerboat Magazine Picks 2001 Boats of the Year

Powerboat magazine honors top boats for 2001.

14th May 2001.
By Staff

VENTURA, Calif. — Powerboat magazine selected its Boats of the Year for the 2001. The highest honors given in the monthly magazine’s annual Awards for Product Excellence program, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the awards went to seven boats. The winners were:

Chaparral 220 SSi: Runabout of the Year

Chaparral 220 SSi: Runabout of the Year

Chaparral 220 SSi: Runabout of the Year
Powerboat Magazine Picks Boats of the Year

Powerboat Magazine Picks Boats of the Year

MasterCraft X-9: Tow Boat of the Year
Howard 28 Bullet: Custom Sport Boat of the Year
Donzi 28ZXO: Production Sport Boat of the Year
Donzi 28ZXO: Production Sport Boat of the Year

Donzi 28ZXO: Production Sport Boat of the Year

Eliminator 28 Daytona: Sport Catamaran of the Year
Eliminator 28 Daytona: Sport Catamaran of the Year

Eliminator 28 Daytona: Sport Catamaran of the Year

Fountain 35′ Lightning: Offshore Boat of the Year
Fountain 35' Lightning: Offshore Boat of the Year

Fountain 35′ Lightning: Offshore Boat of the Year

Douglas Skater 32: Offshore Catamaran of the Year

“Powerboat takes great pride in its annual Performance Trials program,” said editor Brett Becker in a press release from the magazine. “During the Trials, we test each boat and require it to meet set standards for performance, workmanship and value. Awards are given based on how well a boat scores in those areas.

“Each boat is judged for the same criteria as other boats in its category,” Becker continued. “Year after year, manufacturers use our test team’s suggestions and critiques to improve the quality of their products.”

Each year, nearly 50 boats undergo a thorough testing during Powerboat’s Performance Trials held in Florida and California. Evaluators examine every inch of the boat from its workmanship to its performance on the water.

Nineteen awards were handed out to the manufacturers during an awards banquet earlier this month in San Diego. Given for outstanding contributions to the marine industry, the Publisher’s Award went Correct Craft, the Orlando, Fla.-based builder of Ski Nautique tow boats. Articles profiling each of the award-winning boats is in the May issue of Powerboat magazine.

Powerboat Magazine 2001 Awards for Product Excellence

Award Manufacturer Model
Runabout of the Year Chaparral 220 SSi
Outstanding Runabout Workmanship Cobalt 262
Outstanding Runabout Performance Ebbtide Campione 210 BR
Tow Boat of the Year MasterCraft X-9
Outstanding Tow Boat Performance Malibu Sunsetter VLX
Outstanding Tow Boat Value Centurion Elite Bowrider
Custom Sport Boat of the Year Howard 28 Bullet
Production Sport Boat of the Year Donzi 28ZXO
Outstanding Sport Boat Workmanship Formula 280 Sun Sport
Outstanding Sportboat Performance Fountain 29′ Fever
Outstanding Sportboat Value Lightning 23 XS
Offshore Catamaran of the Year Douglas Skater 32
Sport Catamaran of the Year Eliminator 28 Daytona
Outstanding CatamaranWorkmanship Marine Technologies 42 Victory Supercat
Outstanding Catamaran Performance Eliminator 36 Daytona
Offshore Boat of the Year Fountain 35′ Lightning
Outstanding Offshore Value Advantage 30′ Victory
Outstanding Offshore Workmanship Cigarette 42 Twin Step Tiger
Outstanding Offshore Performance Baja 36 Outlaw

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