We’re proud to announce the bracket for the inaugural Boat Trader Boating Madness, which can be downloaded here. The seeding was straight-forward. We pulled the top 64 brands on Boat Trader by detail page views, and then went down the list and seeded 1-16 for the four regions of the bracket. Congratulations to the top four seeds of the tournament: Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Grady-White and Chaparral.
Boat Trader assembled a committee of sports fans in the office to determine the most relevant matchups in the first round given the order of seeding in the traditional basketball tournament format. Several heavyweights will face off in the first round, including as (1) Grady-White and (16) Viking, pontoon and deck boat favorites (5) Bennington and (12) Hurricane as well as ski/wake giants (3) Master Craft and (14) Nautique.
In the history of the basketball tournament, a 16-seed has never upset a one-seed. Could it happen with boats? We’ll find out on March 8.
As a reminder, voting takes place on our Facebook page with updates taking place weekly on Boat Trader’s Waterblogged, tournament headquarters.
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: April 2