UPDATE: Boat Trader’s Inaugural ‘Boating Madness’: Finding America’s Favorite Boat Brand

Editor’s Note: Boat Trader’s Editorial Team will be consistently updating this story to share the results from the inaugural Boating Madness tournament. This will be your new headquarters for all recaps and information regarding America’s quest to determine the nation’s favorite boat brand. Last updated on March 15, 2018.

UPDATE (March 15, 2018): Sweet Sixteen is Set!

There are now more 16 seeds still in the tournament than 1 seeds as (1) Sea Ray the overall top seed fell to (9) Hatteras. (16) Bertram and (16) Viking face new challenges from (4) Regal and (5) Pursuit to make into the regional finals.

The lone 1 seed is (1) Boston Whaler after taking down Yellowfin in the South region. Will the unsinkable legend stay afloat against (13) Regulator? The offshore life brand got past (5) Chris-Craft in the second round.

Don’t Call it a Comeback

(13) Cobia trailed (5) Skater for the majority of the voting period, but the center console brand was able to squeak past the high performance catamaran builder before time expired.

Sweet Sixteen Matchups

East Region

(9) Hatteras v. (13) Cobia
(2) Formula v. (11) Cruisers Yachts

West Region

(4) Regal v. (16) Bertram
(3) Cobalt v. (7) Scout

Midwest Region

(5) Pursuit v. (16) Viking
(3) Contender (7) Robalo

South Region

(1) Boston Whaler v. (13) Regulator
(2) Harbor Cottage v. (14) Tiara


UPDATE (March 8, 2018): Round 1 Results

Upsets Galore! In the 78 years of the basketball tournament, a 16 seed has never beaten a 1 seed. In the inaugural Boating Madness tournament, we have two 16 seeds advancing to the second round. (16) Bertram, the revived deep-v hull legend took down (1) Chaparral. (16) Viking knocked out (1) Grady-White. The second round will test to see if the glass boat shoes still fit for these two Cinderellas.

The only 2 seed to not advance was (2) Bayliner, which were upset by (15) Pathfinder. After taking down (3) MasterCraft in the first round, (14) Nautique will represent the ski/wake boats in the next round against (11) Cruisers Yachts.

Honorable Mentions

(10) HCB Yachts, the custom center-console maker known for their monster 53’ Sueños, was down big early against (7) Robalo and mounted a furious comeback that ultimately fell short. (13) Everglades also gave it all they had but (3) Contender held firm, advancing to take on the popular Bass Fishing brand (11) Nitro.

Full Second Round Matches

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East Region

(1) Sea Ray v. (9) Hatteras
(5) Skater v. (13) Cobia
(11) Cruisers Yachts v. (14) Nautique
(2) Formula v. (10) Baja

West Region

(9) Monterey v. (16) Bertram
(4) Regal v. (12) Hurricane
(3) Cobalt v. (6) Four Winns
(7) Scout v. (15) Pathfinder

Midwest Region

(8) Donzi v. (16) Viking
(4) Carver v. (5) Pursuit
(3) Contender v. (11) Nitro
(2) Ranger v. (7) Robalo

South Region

(1) Boston Whaler v. (9) Yellowfin
(5) Chris-Craft v. (13) Regulator
(6) Mako v. (14) Tiara
(2) Harbor Cottage v. (7) Malibu


Previous Announcement (February 26, 2018)

It’s almost that time again. That time where the madness of college sports’ largest event consumes America’s sports fans. Every sports bar will have their TVs locked to the CBS family of stations. Those sitting in offices across the country (including ours) will have a tab on our web browser live streaming the games that can be hidden at a moments notice.

Bracketology has been used to settle the score on everything from the best beers, to the best dogs and movies, so it got us thinking: Boaters are passionate about the brands they choose to get them out on the water, let’s let the public vote to find out which is really America’s favorite.

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Are you ready for ‘Boating Madness’? Who is your Cinderella brand that you hope will make it to the Floating Four?

Seeding Boats

We pulled a report of the top 64 brands with the most viewed listings on Boat Trader in 2018. We’re going old-school and keeping the pre-expansion 68 play-in format. Now we’re in the process of matching the seedings for the most relevant match-ups. Check out our Facebook page for the selection show that will be live streamed on Wednesday, Feb. 28.


How does a boat win? The most votes are tallied at the end of each week. The brand with the most in each matchup will move onto the next round. The schedule is as follows:

First Round: March 1-7
Second Round: March 8-14
Round of 16: March 15-21
Elite 8: March 22-28
Floating Four: March 29-April 1
Championship Vote: April 2

Check back in the coming days for more information including the bracket and how to vote.


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