The nine categories for boats cover all types and sizes of motor-powered craft from 18ft starter boats to 140ft custom yachts. The finalists in each category will be announced on 20 December and in the January issue of Motor Boats Monthly and the February issue of Motor Boat & Yachting. The categories are:

• Starter boat

• Performance and superboat

• Wheelhouse and walkaround

• Trawler yacht and aft cabin

• Sportcsruiser up to 45ft

• Sportscruiser over 45ft

• Flybridge up to 55ft

• Flybridge over 55ft

• Custom yacht

• Garmin award for outstanding service

How to enter

There are no entry requirements or application costs. Our panel of experienced motor boat journalists will automatically consider every boat tested and published in Motor Boat & Yachting and Motor Boats Monthly prior to 20 December 2012. This is because we believe that the awards should be judged solely on merit rather than form-filling or willingness to pay entry fees. For the same reason we only ever give awards to boats we have driven and tested out on the water where they belong.

The Garmin Award for Outstanding Customer Service


This award relies on nominations from the public to recognise and reward companies with outstanding customer service. If you have received good service from a marine company during the last 12 months please email ybw.com@ipcmedia.com with the name of the company and the reason why they should win.