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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.
CRUISING WORLD 2013 BOTY WINNERS:
Domestic Boat of the Year and Best Performance Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet
Best Midsize Cruiser, 40 to 44 Feet
Best Full-Size Cruiser, 45 to 49 Feet
Bavaria Vision 46
Best Full-Size Multihull