Cruising World Reveals 2019 Boat of the Year Nominees

Published on October 4th, 2018

The editors at Cruising World magazine released the roster of nominees for the 2019 Boat of the Year awards, the sailing industry’s premier program for recognizing the best new sailboat models in North America.

Testing for the awards along the shores of Chesapeake Bay is taking place during and after the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. The show is on October 4-8, 2018.

Twenty-two boats – 15 monohulls, 6 catamarans and a trimaran – have been nominated for the 2019 Boat of the Year prizes. The annual awards, selected by an independent judging team, recognize the best new production cruising boats and multihulls laid out and equipped for coastal and offshore sailing and voyaging.

This year’s judging panel is comprised of systems expert Ed Sherman of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC); Tim Murphy, a veteran cruising sailor and writer; and two-time circumnavigator Alvah Simon, an award-winning author based in New Zealand.

“This is an incredibly deep list of nominees, perhaps our strongest in recent years,” said Herb McCormick, Cruising World Boat of the Year director. “There are a good number of solid contenders under 40-feet, a fine selection of mid- and full-sized go-anywhere cruising yachts, and an intriguing collection of multihulls, which seem to become more impressive and innovative every year. Our judging panel will have its work cut out for them.”

2019 Cruising World Boat of the Year Nominees:
Bali 4.1
Beneteau Oceanis 46.1
Catana 53
Dufour Grand Large 360
Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42
Hanse 348
Hanse 418
Hanse 548
Hylas 48
Island Packet 349
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490
Lagoon 40
Lagoon 50
Leopard 50
Neel 51
Seawind 1260
Tartan 395
Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 42
X-Yachts Xp 55
X-Yachts X 4.9

The 2019 Boat of the Year awards will be announced in the January 2019 issue of Cruising World.

Source: Rushton Gregory Communications

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