> Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters FishingBoating Features Photo Gallery Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
MarineBusiness-World
Sail-World.com : With no awards, it's the year of living dangerously
With no awards, it's the year of living dangerously

'Jeanneau's Prestige 500 found favour with European judges last year'    Jeanneau Australia    Click Here to view large photo

Around this time of year, a lifetime ago, I was in the salubrious Modern Boating canteen perched on ink-stained seats and sipping the fifth watery cappuccino of the morning, while pages listing 70-odd boat names lay spread across the table.

With me were David Toyer, Warren Steptoe, Barry Tranter and David Lockwood, all legends of their boat-testing craft. Our task, a thankless one, was to pick the annual Boat of the Year winners.

Thoughts were deep and the mood argumentative, but the debate was nothing if not fascinating. Considering there’d be five delighted divisional winners and dozens of potentially peeved advertisers, not to mention disgruntled readers if we got it wrong, everyone was taking it seriously.

First came the challenge of dividing the contenders into the rightful categories, which isn't always easy with, say, a hybrid family/fishing trailerboat. Then the respective design merits were tossed back and forth across the table, like Federer and Murray slugging it out at Wimbledon.

We whittled the list down by process of elimination until only the victors were left standing.

Meanwhile, over at the Boating Industry Association offices, they were poring over rigid score sheets trying to determine their own winners. Their judges had flown the length and breadth of the country in a desperate attempt to be transparent and all-inclusive, and armed guards kept the results under lock and key until boatshow time.

But the system didn’t stack up. Icebox too small – lose 10 points. Hull dangerously unstable – lose 10 points.

We, on the other hand, were judging by head and heart, not that these are bad barometers. Your gut often has better instincts than a clinical comparison of facts. Your gut puts things in perspective and detects the mystical X Factor that separates the strong from the weak.

It’s impossible not to impose personal taste and preferences. To this day, whenever I review a boat I close my eyes and try to picture myself as the end user, in the bay of my dreams far from the maddening salesman. In this euphoric state I then try to decide whether I’d fork out my hard-earned to own it.

So the magazine awards weren’t perfect but they gave builders something to strive for and helped raise standards.

A survey at the time showed that 22% of potential buyers felt a Boat of the Year award was a significant factor in their decision-making process. Price remained the number one priority, though, with more than half of survey respondents saying it had the greatest impact.

Sadly, the Australian awards are no more, at least not in a meaningful and truly national sense. If someone can resurrect them at some stage I'd put my hand up again, but for now it means we have to wade through a myriad of international gongs.

An increasing number of people will have to make their own hand-on-heart decision, which perhaps is a good thing. Buyers are, and always have been, the best judges as well.


by Mark Rothfield

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=101054

9:58 PM Thu 16 Aug 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Powerboat-World.com Editorial

Related News Stories:

25 Jun 2012  It's the old story - we need something that's truly new
16 Jun 2012  When you do the research we're incredibly lucky
17 May 2012  Avoiding boat show blindness and being shafted by salesmen
01 Mar 2012  Houseboats winning the hearts of women
20 Feb 2012  When too much caring is never enough
08 Dec 2011  Tinnies moving ahead in leaps and bounds
14 Oct 2011  One hull, ten outboards - such is our disposable world
01 Jul 2011  Good times come in small packages
25 Jun 2011  It takes a tinnie tragedy to learn a lifejacket lesson
03 Jun 2011  Food for thought - the new age of boating journalism
MORE STORIES ...






Power Boat News







UK superyacht industry on the rise by British Marine Federation,












Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
































Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),


Dangerous conditions for boating on entire NSW Coast by Transport Roads and Maritme Services,


Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,












AYSS PacificNet/Tahiti voted a success!
Taiwan's first marina a Superior effort *Feature
Ferretti Group’s ‘Service University’ for the first time in Asia_Pac
Solar 1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014 - Day 1 + Video
Portland’s new state-of-the-art boat ramp officially opened
2014 Sarasota Grand Prix - 77 Lucas Oil SilverHook got second place
Superboats turn up the heat in the Tropics
Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters
APSNZ appoints Duthie Lidgard as new MD
Whale freed from rope at Byron Bay
Tidal current installations will increase boating hazards
Dangerous conditions for NSW coastal boaters from Thursday
World premieres and national debuts for Sydney International Boat Show
Marine Auctions experiencing rising tide of interest *Feature
Tags reveal Chilean devil rays are among ocean's deepest divers
Auckland On Water Boat Show to hold world record attempt
Zodiac at Sydney International Boat Show 2014 – Australian
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Exhibitor space filling fast
Ceramic coated exhaust manifolds reduce engine bay temps on superboat
Reminder of safe distance requirements for whales
Changes to Australian bass closed season   
Fusion achieves industry-wide acceptance of FUSION-Link   
BSE Brisbane Slipways open for business as normal   
Honda’s everywhere at Sydney International Boat Show!   
Fifth round of XCAT World Powerboat Series moves to China   
Sly 43 - Making her Australian premier   
Maritimo full of confidence following recent wins   
Australia event cements its position as hosting 'the' marina party   
Up close and personal with whales on the Gold Coast   
SA Marina Day encourages South Australians to enjoy their marinas   
Southport Yacht Club raffle: Dusit Thani, BRIG Falcon, Marriott stay   
Enjoy the whale spectacle, just keep your distance   
The Dinghy Nav Light Solution- a brilliantly dumb idea   
Extension granted for salvage of a paddle steamer on the Murray River   
Sydney International Boat Show set to embrace new location   
Thermal imaging helping bulk carriers avoid collisions in port and in   
Third CYCA Solas Trusts grant to Australian Volunteer Coast Guard   
CruiseCraft adds Explorer 595 Hard Top   
Severe weather warnings prompt reminder to boat owners   
Be won over by the new Azimut 50   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS PBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT