The 2012 Editor's Choice Awards

Glitz, glamour and Grey Goose. The first annual AIM Marine Group Editor’s Choice Awards had it all and then some. With 42 awards in 15 categories, the Editor’s Choice Awards recognize innovation, excellence and achievement throughout the boating world.
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Glitz, glamour and Grey Goose. The first annual AIM Marine Group Editor’s Choice Awards had it all and then some. With 42 awards in 15 categories, the Editor’s Choice Awards recognize innovation, excellence and achievement throughout the boating world.
Award recipient Annette Bénéteau-Roux with AIM CEO Skip Zimbalist

Award recipient Annette Bénéteau-Roux with AIM CEO Skip Zimbalist

Glitz, glamour and Grey Goose. The first annual AIM Marine Group Editor’s Choice Awards had it all and then some. From its original location on the water’s edge at the new Nova Southeastern’s Center for Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems Research, the event had to move, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. The swanky W hotel in Fort Lauderdale opened its doors and within days, the event was ready to go in a new venue and with a new format. With 42 awards in 15 categories, the Editor’s Choice Awards recognize innovation, excellence and achievement throughout the boating world.

Guests in their best mingled during cocktail hour before Chef Steve Martorano single-handedly prepared dinner, served family style, to close to 400 international guests. A video announced the winners of the first-ever Editor’s Choice Awards before AIM CEO Skip Zimbalist invited Lifetime Achievement Winner Annette Bénéteau Roux to the microphone to accept her award (see interview with Roux here).

Later that evening, Martorano switched hats from chef to DJ and spun 1980s tracks late into the night to the crowd’s delight. Event proceeds benefit NSU’s oceanographic research programs. For more information about the NSU’s programs, visit nova.edu/ocean

Photos Billy Black and Gerlinde/Michael Photography

The Winners

Best Center Console
Less than 30 feet: Boston Whaler 210 Montauk

30-40 feet: Contender 30 ST

40+ feet: Intrepid 400 Center Console

Best Down East
25-35 feet: Hinckley T34

35-45 feet: Hunt 44

45-55 feet: Sabre 48

55-65 feet: Grand Banks Eastbay 55

65+ feet: Palm Beach 65

Best PassageMaker
30-40 feet: Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

40-50 feet: Magellano 43

50-60 feet: Kadey-Krogen 52

60-70 feet: Nordhavn 63

70-80 feet: Outer Reef 70

80-100 feet: Marlow 97

Best Tender
Less than 20 feet: Rendova XT 15

20+ feet: Protector 30

Best Sportfish
40-50 feet: Cabo 44

50-60 feet: Viking 55

60+ feet: Viking 66

Best Import Motoryacht

20-30 feet: Riva 27 Iseo

30-40 feet: Princess V39

40-50 feet: Sealine SC42

50-60 feet: Maritimo 58

60-70 feet: Fairline Squadron 60

70-80 feet: Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 70

80-90 feet: Ferretti 870

90-100 feet: Sanlorenzo SL94

100-110 feet: Horizon 105

Best Domestic Motoryacht
20-30 feet: Cutwater 28

30-40 feet: Chris-Craft 36

40-50 feet: Cruisers Yachts 45

50-60 feet: Sea Ray 510

60-70 feet: Marquis 630

80-100 feet: Pacific Mariner 85

Most Innovative New Design
Wider 42

Most Innovative New Sailboat
Sig 45 Catamaran

Most Innovative New Technology
Twin Disc Express Joystick

Best New Builder
Belize Motoryachts by Riviera

Best Overall Boat of the Year
Ocean Alexander 120

The AIM Green Award
Greenline 40

Good Samaritan Award
Robert C. Arzbaecher

Lifetime Achievement Award
Annette Bénéteau-Roux

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