Charles Chapman Award
The Charles Chapman Award honors individuals or groups within the marine industry who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of boating for the benefit of the recreational boating industry and boating public.
2013: Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, CEO and Founder, Sea Tow Services International
2012: Geoff Eisenberg, President and CEO, West Marine; and Randy Repass, Founder, West Marine
2011: Ralph Lambrecht
2005: Richard Schwartz, Chairman and Founder, BoatU.S.
2004: Skip Allen, Sr., Southern Boating
2003: Lars Granholm, Chairman, IMCI
2002: R.C. “Dick” Rowe, Chairman and President, Indmar
2001: Jean-Jacques “J.J.” Marie, Zodiac of America
2000: Bob and Bill Healey, Viking Yachts
1999: United States Coast Guard
1998: Jeff Napier, NMMA President 1980–1998
1997: United States Power Squadrons
1996: Lysle Gray, Former ABYC Executive Director
1995: Robert Cox, Chairman of the Board, Lauderdale Marina, Inc.
1994: Ham Hamberger, CEO, Tracker Marine
1993: Don Rocheleau, Chairman/CEO, Attwood Corp.
1992: Robert Nordskog, Former Publisher, Powerboat magazine
1991: Partners in Achievement, Scholarship Program of Chapman School of Seamanship
1990: George Van Zevern, Publisher, Boat & Motor Dealer
1989: James Lippmann, Former ABYC Executive Director
1988: Charles A. Jones, Boating Industry Magazine
1987: Jules G. Fleder, Former President, Westlawn School of Yacht Design
1986: David R. Parker Jr., Former President of Hatteras Yachts
1985: Jim Wynne, World Class Designer, Board of Trustees, International Oceanographic Foundation
1984: William (Bill) Clifford, American Waterski Association
1983: George M. Good, Bertram Yacht Division of Whitaker Marine
1982: Alan J. Freedman, Aqua Meter Instrument Corp.
1981: William (Bill) Shaw, Pearson Yachts Division of Grumman Corp.
1980: James R. McQueen Jr., Trojan Yachts, mst recently Chris Craft
1979: E.C. (Carl) Kiekhaefer, Kiekhaefer Aeromarine Motors
1978: Ralph Thacher, Burr Bros. Boats
1977: J.T. Lowe, Jacksonville (FL) Marine Association
1976 Inaugural Award: Ralph Evinrude, Outboard Marine Corp.