Carl Schumacher's had a lot of experience with Boat of the Year, both as an eight-time member of our judging panel and as a naval architect whose designs have won BOTY awards in other years. His design office in Alameda, California, opened in 1977 and is credited with over 50 custom and production boats. His performance production designs include the popular Express 27, 34, and 37 one-designs as well as the Alerion Express line of traditional-looking
modern performance boats. Schumacher is an avid racer in the San Francisco Bay area.