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Posted by on Mar 30, 2009 in Awards, Personal Watercraft, US | 3 comments

Best Marine Web Sites Named; Best Blogs, Too

Four marine websites receive awards; how about some love for the marine blogosphere?

We don’t often put out press releases of  interest to all boating types, but today we distributed one announcing the winners of the 2009 North American Marine Industry Web Awards. This is a joint award made by Boats.com, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and Soundings Trade Only. Here’s a link to the press release for the whole story, but if you want to jump straight to the sites, here they are (with my comments in parens):

Sea-Doo GTX Limited

Sea-Doo GTX Limited

Best OEM/Manufacturer Site – www.sea-doo.com (Wow! The showroom approach is really clean and visual. Just beware a slow internet connection.)

Best Dealer/Broker Site – www.marinemax.com (Impressive design, quick-loading, and I really liked the Makeover section.)

Best Marine Equipment Site – www.transhield-usa.com (Lightning fast and functional. No BS.  You can find what you want in a hurry here.)

Best Marine Site – Editorial Content – www.windcheckmagazine.com (Nothing fancy, a good, clean, quick-loading site with a lot of edit to offer.)

The judges were four industry pros with varied background (detailed in a previous release) Jorian Clarke; Adam Heneghan; Larry Rains; and Armida Markarova (NMMA’s interactive director, a substitute since the release was issued last year).  Beyond the winners, they weren’t wowed by the marine industry’s sites, saying that many were “still in the early ‘digital brochure stage’ and/or used excessive amounts of video as a substitute for good design and user-friendly navigation. They also said, “User participation techniques— often called user generated content, used so effectively in other industry categories—were also missing from a majority of sites.”

Via Twitter, Rich Lazzara of Lazzara Yachts, pointed out that it was time to recognize the best marine blogs, too. I agree completely, so I appointed him king for the day, and these were his choices (keep in mind, the smallest Lazzara Yachts models are 75 feet long):

megayachtnews.org

superyachttimes.com

snyfo.com

ibinews.com

bigbadboat.blogspot.com

sea-fever.org

gcaptain.com

(Although it was ineligible for an award this year, check out Rich’s blog on its slick new platform, too.)

—John Burnham

3 Comments

  1. Hey John – thanks for the listing – though I know Rich sent you the suggestions, it’s nice to be recognized! Keep up the great work and we’ll see you on Twitter.

    Mark

    http://www.bigbadboat.com
    twitter.com/bigbadboat

  2. Wow! Honored to see Sea-Fever make Rich’s short list!

    That reminds me that I’ve still got a post to write after taking my 5 year old son and 75 year old dad to Lazarra’s amazing yard last month as part of our boy’s Florida field trip. There’s no better place to go if you like big, beautiful boats!

    Thanks John and Rich!

    Fair Winds,
    Peter
    @petermello

  3. [Amended...Mark's BigBad comment got siphoned into the spam folder...I gotta get our spam filter to lighten up a bit!] If Rich is King for the Day (see http://www.richlazzara.com/2009/03/31/king-for-the-day) that must make both Mark and Peter a prince or something.

    Just want to note that I corrected an error in the original post — the MegaYacht News site is found at http://www.megayachtnews.org.