2015 BWI Award Winners

At the recent annual meeting of Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show, seven BoatUS Magazine features were honored for excellence in journalism in the 21st Annual BWI Writing Contest. Judged by active members of the boating media, this year's contest attracted entries in categories ranging from fishing to travel, boat tests to social media. Here are this year's winners:

  • Thumbnail photo of Chris Landers restoring his boatRunabout Restoration

    By Chris Landers
    Follow Chris' trials and triumphs as he lovingly refits his classic 1964 MFG Westfield runabout.

  • Thumbnail photo of inspecting the hydraulic steeringCaring For Your Hydraulic Steering

    By Bill Parlatore
    An annual inspection of your hydraulic steering system starts at the helm.

  • Thumbnail photo of a abandoned boatThe Derelict Dilemma

    By Ryck Lydecker
    The cost of removing derelict vessels from waterways often comes out of boaters' pockets.

  • Thumbnail photo of an aerial view Eleuthera BahamasEleuthera Bahamas

    By Al Jacobs
    These boaters discover an extraordinary back story of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • Thumbnail photo of Horn IslandMississippi Gulf Islands

    By Troy Gilbert
    Once home to gunrunners and pirates Mississippi's barrier islands are an escape to solitude.

  • Thumbnail photo of Matt RutherfordMatt Rutherford Vs. The World

    By Matt Rutherford
    He became the first man to circumnavigate the Americas solo.

  • Lifeline illustrationBoating Is A Lifeline For This Veteran

    By Dave Livingston
    He went to war, and dreamed about a life after; imaging his wife, himself, a boat, and freedom.

— Published: April/May 2015