Cruising World Magazine Announces 2019 Boat of the Year Nominees

Presented by Helly Hansen

October 4, 2018
2018 US Sailboat Show
Opening day at the 2018 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland Jen Brett

Cruising World magazine today announced its roster of nominees for the 2019 Boat of the Year awards, and welcomed Helly Hansen, a leader in technical sailing apparel, as the event’s presenting sponsor. Testing for the awards is taking place during and after the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, which begins today along the shores of Chesapeake Bay.

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.”


The 2019 Boat of the Year awards will be announced in the January issue of Cruising World. The full list of nominees is below. For more information, visit

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

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