Boating's Boats of the Year 2000-2019

The best boats from a variety of categories have won Boat of the Year honors.

Every once in a while a boat model is introduced that stands out in so many way’s it becomes a “category killer.” These are boats that changed the game in the niche they occupy—often rippling other niches as well. We call them Boat of The Year. You can just say “Wow.”

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--Kevin Falvey
Editor-In-Chief

2000: Bertram 450

Bertram
2000: Bertram 450Forest Johnson

Combining speed, luxury and a mastery of the boat builder’s art, this iconic boat left all others in its wake.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2001: Grady-White 330 Express

Grady-White
2001: Grady-White 330 ExpressForest Johnson

Redefining the offshore battlewagon, and setting a new standard in quality and innovation, this sportfish broke the mold.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2002: Donzi 38 ZR

Donzi
2002: Donzi 38 ZRForest Johnson

One of the first truly competitive stepped-bottom go-fasts you could buy straight off the showroom floor.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2003: Mastercraft Maristar 280 VLD

Mastercraft
2003: Mastercraft Maristar 280 VLDForest Johnson

Unique construction, a new standard in style and one of the first “yacht-quality” runabouts, this boat set the bar higher.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2004: Sea-Doo 3D

Sea Doo
2004: Sea-Doo 3DSea Doo

This PWC debuted as the industry transitioned away from standup watercraft. It offered the quick reflexes and freestyle fun of a traditional standup but was easier to ride.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2005: Intrepid 475

Intrepid
2005: Intrepid 475Forest Johnson

The very first outboard-powered luxury cruiser, this boat, and its key elements would be copied in whole and in concept by many other builders.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2006: Pursuit LS 345

Pursuit
2006: Pursuit LS 345Pursuit

Pursuit's LS 345 Drummond Island Runner was so groundbreaking, so trend-setting, and so unique that the decision was easy.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2007: Yamaha AR230 High Output

Yamaga
2007: Yamaha AR230 High OutputBoating Magazine

Yeah, jet boats are common now. Check out the boat that led the wave.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2008: Chaparral 400 Premiere

Chaparral
2008: Chaparral 400 PremiereForest Johnson

Its ground-breaking new hull form was one reason it won. Read on to find out what else this boat impressed us with.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2011: Pursuit ST-310

Pursuit
2011: Pursuit ST-310Forest Johnson

They say every boat is a compromise. We say: “Pursuit didn’t.”

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2012: Sea Ray 370 Venture

Sea Ray
2012: Sea Ray 370 VentureBill Doster

Sea Ray's 370 Venture is powered by outboards, cleverly hidden and ingeniously installed. It reshaped the express cruiser category with its quieter ride and larger accomodations.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2013: Cruisers Sport Series 328

Cruisers
2013: Cruisers Sport Series 328Bill Doster

For leading with innovation and excellence in a brand-new boat category and doing so without being the highest-priced boat in that category, we name Cruisers Sport Series 328 Boating's 2013 Boat of the Year.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2014: Chris-Craft Launch 36

Chris-Craft
2014: Chris-Craft Launch 36Boating Magazine

The Chris-Craft Launch 36 advances the sport of boating. This boat runs like a blue-water fish boat and sports a bold layout that combines the very best elements of an open boat with those of a cruiser.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2015: Boston Whaler 420 Outrage

Boston Whaler
2015: Boston Whaler 420 OutrageBill Doster

Boston Whaler's 420 Outrage combines technology with performance and amenities to win the 2015 Boat of the Year award.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2016: Regal 29 OBX

Regal 29 OBX BOTY
2016: Regal 29 OBXTom King

Regal's 29 OBX exceeds almost every measure by which one might judge a bowrider or day boat.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2017: Sea Ray SLX 400

2017: Sea Ray SLX 400
2017: Sea Ray SLX 400Sea Ray Boats

Sea Ray's SLX 400 delivers performance and attention to ­detail above the rest.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

2018: Yamaha 210 FSH
2018: Yamaha 210 FSHCourtesy Yamaha Motor Corporation USA

Yamaha’s affordable, jet-powered center-console for boaters seeking a multimission vessel resulted in a well-designed boat that proved versatile, finely crafted and laden with innovation.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.

Boat of the Year: Solace 345
2019: Solace 345Solace Boats

The Solace 345's arrangement, which extends the cockpit aft between widely spaced outboards, is as much a stand-alone innovation as it is an integration of the latest in propulsion, with courageous design and flawless execution.

For more best boats picks check out Best Boats of 2013, Best Boats of 2012 and Best Boats of 2011.