BWI Award Winners

Published: April/May 2014

At the recent annual meeting of Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show, four BoatUS Magazine features were honored for excellence in journalism in the 20th Annual BWI Writing Contest. Judged by active members of the boating media, this year’s contest attracted 370 entries in categories ranging from fishing to travel, boat tests to social media. This year, the BWI awards attracted 337 entries from 131 participants. Here are this year's winners:

Thumbnail photo of girl jumping into a lakeESD Explained

By Beth Leonard

Electric Shock Drowning, or ESD is when 120-volt AC leakage from boats or docks electrocutes or incapacitates swimmers in fresh water.


Thumbnail illustration of a tornadoTornado Alert!

By Tom Neale

We may have been safer during that tornado in our well-anchored, well-built boat than in a typical house!


Thumbnail photo of holding a buffer pad flat against the boat hullHow To Make Your Fiberglass Gleam

By Lenny Rudow

Keeping the gelcoat properly maintained isn't just a matter of vanity, it's also a matter of protecting your boat's fiberglass.


Thumbnail photo of boat electrical systemBoat Engine Troubleshooting

By Tom Neale

Trust your senses and listen to what your boat's telling you before it's too late.