Our Concours judges come from all walks of life and from all parts of the country.


Our Concours judges come from all walks of life and from all parts of the country, some are professional restorers; others are amateur restorers and collectors for whom boating has become a way of life. Most importantly, all have the passion for wooden boats and have been actively involved in the use and presentation of these boats for years. Many also have extensive libraries that they have put together while restoring their own boats and those of others.

Each year, after the panel of judges is assembled, including the most knowledgeable and capable individuals in the antique and classic boating community, the group has a seminar. As a group, they review the previous year’s show to confirm what the previous judging teams have learned, what discoveries have been made and, most importantly, work on forming a consensus about what constitutes a fair deduction for a certain flaw or incorrect item.

The Concours team has developed a 100 point scorecard to judge the boats. (Sample scoring guide available here)  Our goal is to reward those who have restored their boat to the authentic standards of the time.

Based on the boats entered each year, the judges is assembled into teams from the panel to review the various classes of boats. The entries are then distributed to each team so they can do their own research on the models and years they are going to judge well before the show.

The Concours has additional teams that confirm the engine and lighting systems are operational and give this basic information to the judges on the day of the show. The show’s panel has a library of reference material and a “collective” wealth of knowledge.

Each year our chief judge, Terry Fiest, stresses three things:

1. Judge what is in front of you today – not what it used to be or might be one day.

2. Base your decisions on what you know to be true – not what you think you know. Facts are verifiable, opinions are just that – opinions.

3. This should be fun for all involved! After all, at the end of the day it’s just a “boat show”. One of the best in the country, but still just a boat show.

Walking through the marina full of boats can be like traveling back into a time that represents very important and innovative aspects of our life and our culture. At the very least, these boats are a representation of our love for the water and the beauty we feel we bring upon it.


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