Significant Boats

How to qualify

Choosing WorkBoat’s 10 Significant Boats of the year is subjective, with many boats deserving of making the list. Here’s how to qualify:

  • We often choose boats with interesting and innovative designs, but it is not a requirement. Boats recognized as “Significant” can be a first of its kind, a successful series build, one that has an unusual mission or missions, operates in unusual places, or helps advance new workboat frontiers like wind energy.
  • Only boats that have been delivered qualify. Additional qualifications include an appearance in WorkBoat Magazine from December 2022 to November 2023. (It’s not when the boat was actually delivered, but when it appeared in the magazine.) The boat has to appear as a full item in our boatbuilding section (On the Ways) or be the focus of one of our Boats & Gear or other features. The story or item must have a list of specifications, and include the owner/operator, builder and designer. We also prefer to have quotes from at least one of the major participants in the project.

Here are a few other points that will improve your chances of being selected:

  • Being “considered” is not the same as being “chosen,” but you can’t be chosen if you’re not first considered. Thus, your boat must appear in the magazine from December 2022 to November 2023.
  • Photos — the more the merrier. There is no guarantee we will use them all. But the more photos that our art director has to choose from, the better the presentation of the boat will be in the magazine.

Our 10 Significant Boats of 2023 will be announced after Labor Day. The Boat of the Year will be selected from one of the 10 Significant Boats and will be announced at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans in December.


Questions?  Reach out directly to WorkBoat’s senior editor Ken Hocke at [email protected] or calling him at 985-626-0298 or 985-635-9995.

Good luck!

The Significant Boats of 2023 Awards are Presented by:


2023 Significant Boats

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2020 Significant Boats

2019 Significant Boats

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2012 Significant Boats