The selection process starts with testing more than 100 boats per year of all sizes, types and makes, from PWCs to cruisers, and wakeboats to offshore fishing craft. This multiplicity of categories allows us to experience not just a wide variety of boat types, but also numerous boats in each category. That’s important because a ski boat cannot be compared to a fishing boat, nor a pontoon to an ocean racer. We judge boats by the others in the same category, by others with the same mission. And Boat of the Year is the boat that stands out in its category more than any other boat stands out in any other niche.