Powerboat Magazine Names 2003 Boats of the Year

For more than 30 years, the Powerboat test team has conducted its annual Performance Trials, testing approximately 50 new boats, from family bow riders and cuddy cabins to potent offshore machines. This year, Powerboat tested 51 boats and published the results in six issues, December 2002 through May 2003. These performance reports are the most respected in the marine industry and the most trusted among performance-boating enthusiasts. As a culmination of the months of testing, Powerboat recognized the best-of-the-best at the 2003 Awards for Product Excellence banquet held at Lake Las Vegas, Nev., on May 3. Awards were presented for Performance, Workmanship, ...

7th May 2003.
By Staff

For more than 30 years, the Powerboat test team has conducted its annual Performance Trials, testing approximately 50 new boats, from family bow riders and cuddy cabins to potent offshore machines.

This year, Powerboat tested 51 boats and published the results in six issues, December 2002 through May 2003. These performance reports are the most respected in the marine industry and the most trusted among performance-boating enthusiasts.

As a culmination of the months of testing, Powerboat recognized the best-of-the-best at the 2003 Awards for Product Excellence banquet held at Lake Las Vegas, Nev., on May 3. Awards were presented for Performance, Workmanship, and Value, as well as “Boat of the Year.”

2003 Awards for Product Excellence

Award Category Winner
Tow Boat of the Year Malibu Wakesetter 21 XTi
Outstanding Tow Boat Value Moomba Outback
Runabout of the Year Cobalt 220
Outstanding Runabout Workmanship Ebbtide Mystique 2300 Bow Rider
Outstanding Runabout Value Chaparral 210 SS
Sport Cruiser of the Year Donzi 39ZSC
Outstanding Sport Cruiser Value Formula 330 Sun Sport
Sport Catamaran of the Year Lavey Craft 27 Sabre
Outstanding Sport Catamaran Performance Magic 28 Deck Boat
Outstanding Sport Catamaran Workmanship Cougar 27 MTR
Sport Boat of the Year Howard 28 Bullet
Outstanding Sport Boat Performance Nordic 21 Blaze
Outstanding Sport Boat Workmanship Fountain 29 Fever
Outstanding Sport Boat Value Cobra 27 Razor
Offshore Boat of the Year—Catamaran Douglas Skater 40
Outstanding Offshore Boat Performance—Catamaran Spectre 36
Outstanding Offshore Boat Workmanship—Catamaran Marine Technology Inc. 44
Offshore Boat of the Year—V-Bottom Donzi 38ZR
Outstanding Offshore Boat Performance—V-Bottom Velocity 390
Outstanding Offshore Boat Workmanship—V-Bottom Formula 353 FAS3Tech
Outstanding Offshore Boat Value—V-Bottom Kachina Matrix 34
Custom Boat of the Year Outerlimits 51 Quad Step Sport Yacht
Publishers Award Fred Kiekhaefer Mercury Racing

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