All Cruising World entries must be cruising sailboats. They will be judged according to levels of seaworthiness, comfort, safety, ease of maintenance, sailing performance, design and construction, suitability for purposes intended, and other factors. Please choose the general category in which you'd like your boat to be judged; the category sheet is included in the Boat of the Year Entry form. These are general categories that may be refined by Cruising World once a final list of nominees has been selected. We also ask you to provide a design statement, elaborating on the boat's design purpose; your written statement will be an important factor that's considered when assigning awards. Cruising World winners will be selected from categories either based on size and price, or based on type, such as multihull. Special awards, taken from the entire fleet, may also be given for innovation or special purpose. Cruising World will also name an overall Domestic and Import Boat of the Year.