Best Boat Nominees 2024

Published on October 2nd, 2023

It’s boat show season in the USA which triggers the magazines to host their ‘best boat’ contests. Here is the preview from SAIL magazine:

One thing you can say for sure about sailboat designers and builders, they are always up for a challenge—whether that’s finding new ways to provide comfort and glamour to a sailboat’s living spaces while delivering improved performance; seeking more environmentally sustainable propulsion systems, charging methods, or building processes; improving what’s tried and true; or stretching into new thinking about some aspect of sailing.

All of this and more is reflected in the designs that are nominees for SAIL’s Top 10 Best Boats for 2024. From comfort and performance to size range and customizable options, we’re seeing production boats deliver more than ever before.

It’s heartening to see solidly traditional bluewater designs that look like they could take us anywhere for a long time in even the toughest conditions, as well as models that thoughtfully consider how to make sailing more fun and inviting for sailors with different ambitions.

Some may be entirely not your cup of tea, while others may be your floating holy grail. But no matter which, we can learn something from all of them—some persistent problem cleverly solved, some innovation making us rethink how we have sailed for decades, some new model that fulfills every dream a new sailor has and brings them to the water for the first time. – Full report

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