2013 Boat of the Year Winners

Announcing the winners of Cruising World's 20th annual Boat of the Year awards.

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Topping this year’s list of winners for the most anticipated awards in the sailboat industry were the C&C 101 and the Beneteau Sense 55. The C&C 101 won the Domestic Boat of the Year award, and the Beneteau Sense 55 was named Import Boat of the Year.

Seven other boats also won awards from an independent panel of experts, who inspected and tested 24 nominated boats following the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., earlier this year. Decisions were based on extensive dockside inspections and sea trials of the boats. All of the winners, along with the rest of the 2013 BOTY nominees, will be featured in the January issue of Cruising World.

In addition to claiming the Domestic Boat of the Year award, the C&C 101, built in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, was also named Best Performance Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet. “The C&C 101 is a true dual-purpose boat that will excel as a club racer and an inshore cruiser,” said Boat of the Year director and Cruising World senior editor Herb McCormick. “The judging panel was particularly impressed with the fit and finish of the boat, which was superb.”


The French-built Beneteau Sense 55 was named Import Boat of the Year as well as Best Full-Size Cruiser Over 50 Feet. “This is a huge 55-footer that will be a tremendous boat for living aboard. The layout was particularly impressive, with an expansive cockpit, generous saloon, and truly innovative accommodations,” said McCormick.


Domestic Boat of the Year and Best Performance Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet
C&C 101


Import Boat of the Year and Best Full-Size Cruiser Over 50 Feet
Beneteau Sense 55 (Read a review of the Beneteau Sense 55)

Best Inshore Cruiser
Catalina 315 (Read a review of the Catalina 315)

Best Midsize Cruiser, 40 to 44 Feet
Moody 41


Best Full-Size Cruiser, 45 to 49 Feet
Bavaria Vision 46

Best Multihull Under 45 Feet
Nautitech 441 (Read a review of the Nautitech 441)

Best Full-Size Multihull
Leopard 48


Best Bluewater Cruiser
Oyster 625 (Read a review of the Oyster 625)

Most Innovative
Neel 45

Click here for a list of all the nominees.
View photo galleries of all the nominees here.
Click here to see the winners from 2012.


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