Rules and Guidelines


Electric Boats Under 8 metres / 26 feet 3 inches (includes 8m / 26′ 3″)
Divisions: In Production  •  In Development

Electric Boats Over 8 metres

Divisions: In Production  •  In Development

Commercial Passenger Electric Boats
Divisions: In Production  •  In Development

Electric Sailboats

Customized / DIY Electric Boats

New Category for 2022

Electric Workboats

Electric Boats Under 8 metres / 26 feet 3 inches (includes boats 8m)
Electric Boats Over 8 metres / 26 feet 3 inches
Commercial Passenger Electric Boats
Electric Workboats

  • Main propulsion must be electric
  • Can include other non fossil fuel propulsion methods as secondary propulsion (i.e. sail)
  • Fossil fuel propulsion as secondary propulsion does not meet criteria:
    a hybrid boat that uses fossil fuel for propulsion does not meet the criteria
    UNLESS it is offered for sale to the public in an all-electric version
  • At least one production model sold
  • Commercial Passenger Electric Boats must have at least one vessel in operation
  • Only one model per Category per Manufacturer
  • Previous Gussies Winners not eligible for 2021 Awards

Clarification of Commercial Passenger Electric Boats

This category is to award electric boats that have been designed specifically to take paying passengers from one location to another such as ferries and watertaxis. Boats designed for recreational use that may be used as tenders should be nominated in the appropriate length category above, as should boats that are designed for recreational use but are in use for rental or charter purposes.

The general criteria for Production Boats apply to this category.

Criteria for DIY /Customized Electric Boat

  • ‘One-off’ boats that have been specifically built or re/retrofitted for electric propulsion. Production boats customized, altered or fitted to the purchasing client’s desires are Production Boats.
  • Main propulsion must be electric
  • No fossil fuel propulsion or generation

Criteria for Electric Sailboats

  • Main propulsion wind/sail
  • Secondary propulsion all electric
  • Sailing boats with an all-electric drive train that use fossil fuel to generate electricity but not to propel the boat are eligible

  • Nominations/Entries open to all boats that meet criteria.
  • Only 1 entry per category per manufacturer
  • International Judging Panel will select Finalists. Panel includes members of national Electric Boat Associations and other Organizations, and past Winners of The Gussies. In regard to Judges who have boats in the Awards, they have the option of voting for another boat in the category or recusing themselves from the voting in the category, in which case the weighted votes of the other Judges increases proportionately.
  • Final Awards calculated through combination of public vote and industry vote: 60% Industry Panel, 40% Public Voting

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