There seems to be some confusion about how a new boat is considered and chosen for WorkBoat’s Top 10 Significant Boats of 2019.

Let’s clear up any confusion. First of all, only boats that appear in WorkBoat magazine from December 2018 to November 2019 will be considered. (Why not just do it by calendar year, you ask? It’s a publishing thing; nothing we can do about it.) In addition, the boat has to appear as a full On The Ways item (not a boatbuilding bitt), or be the focus of a Boats and Gear article or a Cover Story.

And remember, saying you don’t want to participate because you don’t want your competitors to know what you are building is a stance you might want to rethink. The workboat world is a small one. Your competitors already know what you’re building. You draw from the same workforce pool, you use the same vendors, etc.

Here are some other qualifications:

  • Being “considered” is not the same as being “chosen,” but you can’t be chosen if you’re not first considered.
  • The story must have a list of specifications, including owner, builder and designer. You can request one of our spec sheets by emailing me at [email protected] or calling me at 985-626-0298/985-635-9995.
  • There have to be quotes from at least one of the major participants in the project for an On The Ways item, and more than one person quoted in a Boats and Gear article or Cover Story.
  • Photos — the more the merrier. There is no guarantee we will use them all, but the more photos our art director has to choose from the better his layout will turn out.

Our 10 Significant Boats of the year will be announced in the fall. Our Boat of the Year comes from one of the 10 Significant Boats and will be announced at the Significant Boats breakfast/party at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans in December.

Again, if you have any questions about qualifying for our Top 10 Significant Boats, you can contact me at the email address or phone numbers above. Significant Boats continues to grow in popularity, and we want you and your boat to be a part of it.



Ken Hocke has been the senior editor of WorkBoat since 1999. He was the associate editor of WorkBoat from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has written for other publications including The Times-Picayune. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an arts and sciences degree, with a concentration in English, in 1978.