Boat Judging Criteria

All boats on display on land and in the water are eligible for judging. Any owner with a boat not in a display and nor on a Festival mooring who wishes to have their boat judged is eligible but must register with the Festival committee. All boats to be judged must complete a judging form in advance of the Festival.

Tentative judging categories for the 2007 Festival are 'Best in':

  • Classic Sail - traditional sailboat of classic design
  • Bristol Sail - best kept and maintained sailboat
  • Classic Power Boat - traditional power boat of classic design
  • Bristol Power - best maintained power boat
  • Work Boat - boat designed and built for commercial operations
  • Runabout - small, powered boat
  • Pulling Boat - open boat, propelled by oars

In addition, awards will be made for:

  • Most Innovative
  • Oldest
  • Furthest Travelled
  • Honourable Mention
  • Best of Festival
  • And of course one boat will sail away with People's Choice

The judges will visit the registered boats at their moorings on Friday morning, with a second tour Friday afternoon for those boats that arrive late. Boats ashore will be visited at the judges' convenience on Friday and/or Saturday.

Winners will receive a plaque and a Wooden Boat Festival pennant at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, and are encouraged to display their plaques and pennants at this and future Festivals.

If you have a boat which you would like to have the judges consider, please use our contact form and select "Having My Boat Judged ".