WorkBoat recognized the 10 Significant Boats of 2018 and named its Boat of the Year at an awards ceremony at the International WorkBoat Show Thursday morning. The 2018 Boat of the Year was the Enhydra, a 600-passenger hybrid tour vessel built by All American Marine for Red and White Fleet.

Designed by Teknicraft Design, the Enhydra is BAE System’s third and largest boat to be powered with its hybrid system, called HybriDrive.

“The system is fully automated, it assesses the power loads, both hotel loads and propulsion loads, and completely manages the use of available power,” said Joe Hudspeth, BAE’s marine marketing manager. “It draws upon the batteries as much as possible until it needs additional power from the diesel generators.”

BAE’s variable-speed generators also serve as starting motors for the two Cummins QSL9 diesel engines, rated at 410-hp each and operated with biofuel.

The Boat of Year winners for the Enhydra from BAE, Red and White Fleet, All American Marine, and Teknicraft Design.

Here are the other nine winners:

Cindy L. Erickson, Chris Reeves, Jerry Jarrett (Z-Drive Towboats)

Owner: Marquette Transportation Co.

Builder: C&C Marine and Repair

Designer: CT Marine


Clean Jacksonville (LNG Bunker Barge)

Owner: TOTE Maritime

Builder: Conrad Industries

Designer: Bristol Harbor Group (barge)/GTT (LNG cryogenic membrane)


Douglas B. Mackie (tug) (Suction Hopper Dredge ATB)

Ellis Island (dredge)

Owner: Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

Builder: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Designer: Ship Architects Inc. (tug)


Marine 24 (Fire/Rescue Boat)

Owner: Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District

Builder: Lake Assault Boats/Fraser Shipyards Inc.

Designer: Lake Assault Boats


Millville (tug), 1964 (barge) (Articulated Tug/Barge Unit)

Owner: Wawa Inc.

Builder: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

Designer: Guarino & Cox


National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture (Expedition Cruise Boat)

Owner: Lindblad Expeditions

Builder: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Designer: Jensen Maritime Consultants


Potomac Taxi I, II, III and IV (Water Taxi)

Owner: Potomac Riverboat Co., Entertainment Cruises

Builder: Metal Shark

Designer: BMT Designers & Planners Inc.


Rosemary McAllister (Ship Assist and Escort Tug)

Owner: McAllister Towing and Transportation Co. Inc.

Builder: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Designer: Jensen Maritime


Seastreak Commodore (600-Passenger Ferry)

Owner: Seastreak LLC

Builder: Gulf Craft LLC

Designer: Incat Crowther

David Krapf

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.