For the first time, Boating has released details on the finalists for its Boat of the Year award, an annual honor that recognizes the best of the best in recreational boat manufacturing, in advance of the overall winner.

Boating’s Tech Team – a group of experts with a combined 75 years of boat-testing experience – tested 130 boats throughout the year, but only five earned the honor of 2017 Boat of the Year Finalist: the Everglades 253 CC, Formula 430 Super Sport Crossover, Grady-White Freedom 235, Sea Ray SLX 400 and Supra SE 550.

One of the five finalists will be announced as the overall 2017 Boat of the Year in the January issue of Boating, available on newsstands and the iPad Dec. 12. The winning manufacturer will be presented with an award at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show in February 2018.

Boating’s “Certified Boat Tests” program represents the gold standard in boat reviews, valued by industry professionals and consumers alike. Boats are rated based on criteria such as innovation, technology, safety, performance and style, then ranked against other boats in the same category to determine which model stands out among its peers.

Boating, the most trusted source for recreational boat buyers since 1956, chooses the Boat of the Year with the greatest pride and care of selection,” said Kevin Falvey, editor-in-chief of Boating. “Boats awarded Boat of the Year push forward recreational boat design, building, performance and safety.”

In 2016, the Regal 29 OBX earned the coveted title of Boat of the Year. Finalists were the Beneteau Swift Trawler 30, Carbon Marine Paragon Super Sport 28, Monterey 378 SE and Pursuit S 408.

Boating editors test and analyze more boats than any other organization in the industry. Boat of the Year candidates must comply with all American Boat and Yacht Council standards, fulfill the mission of the builder, and advance the art of boatbuilding and the sport of boating.

The full story can be found in the November/December issue of Boating, available on newsstands and the iPad today, and online at

For more information, visit the Boat of the Year online hub at