Out of a fleet of a dozen new models, no other sailboat did as many things well as the Excess 11, which earned it the title of 2021 Boat of the Year.
Cruising World Boat of the Year Judges sail and test boats for 2021.
In the midst of a pandemic, and with the fall boat shows—including the “big one,” the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland—canceled up and down the coasts, the fate of our 2021 Boat of the Year contest was very much in doubt. But with a bit of creative thinking, some luck, and the assistance of a persistent group of builders, brokers and sailors, a fleet of 12 strong nominees emerged, and a series of terrific tests were conducted from New England to Florida. When the spray had settled, there were prizes to pass out…including one to an overall winner—a tidy, peppy French catamaran—that surprised even us.