Nominees for CW and SW 2006 Boat of the Year Awards

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Cruising World and Sailing World
Announce Nominees for the 2006 Boat of the Year Awards

Newport, RI--The list of nominees is out for the highly anticipated 2006 Cruising World and Sailing World Boat of the Year awards. The magazines announced which new sailboats are under consideration during a press conference October 6 at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland.

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the awards from Sailing World, while it has been 12 years since Cruising World added its honors. Each magazine will name a Boat of the Year, considered the highest honor in the industry, as well as awards in several other categories.

Cruising World nominated 26 boats in seven categories: Production Cruisers 31 to 36 Feet, Production Cruisers 35 to 39 Feet, Production Cruisers 40 to 44 Feet, Performance Cruisers Over 45 Feet, Full-Size Cruisers, Unlimited, and Cruising Catamarans. The overall Boat of the Year will be one of the winners from these categories. Sailing World is considering 15 models for Boat of the Year: the BigFish, Blade Formula 16, Bruckmann Daysailer, C&C 115, Corsair Sprint 750, Gunboat 48, Musto Performance Skiff, Reynolds 33, Rocket 22, RS Feva, Salona 45, Swan 46, Wyliecat 44, X-37, and X-46.

Any model introduced to the North American market between the 2004 and 2005 Annapolis Boat Shows is eligible, and builders could enter boats in the contests of both magazines. Judges scrutinized the latest boats at the Newport Boat Show and during the opening days of the Annapolis show. They considered design, construction, seaworthiness, performance, purpose of the boat, fitness for the use intended, and cost.

Two independent judging panels will evaluate and test boats for the respective magazines. The Cruising World awards will focus on production boats laid out and equipped for coastal and offshore cruising and voyaging. Judges on the Sailing World panel will concentrate on boats designed and built with racing in mind.

Cruising World, published monthly by World Publications, is considered the bible for bluewater and coastal-cruising sailors. Cruising World nurtures cruising sailors' dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure articles.

Sailing World, published nine times a year by World Publications, is considered the authority on performance sailing. Advice on the latest boat models and equipment, as well as racing tips, tactics, and techniques, make it a must-read for sailors who race to win.

Cruising World Boat of the Year nominations

Production Cruisers 31 to 36 Feet

Hunter 31
Tartan 3400
Dufour 365

Production Cruisers 35 to 39 Feet

Bavaria 39
Impression 384 by Elan
Hallberg-Rassy 37

Production Cruisers 40 to 44 Feet

Delphia 40
Hunter 41 DS
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42 DS

Performance Cruisers Over 45 Feet

Hanse 461
Salona 45
Swan 46
X-46

Full-Size Cruisers

Beneteau 523
Island Packet 440
Morris 42
Moody 49

Unlimited

Seguin 52
Hallberg-Rassy 62
Stevens Custom 53
Kanter Bougainvillaea 65

Cruising Catamarans

Broadblue 42
Gunboat 48
Jaguar 36
Lagoon 500
St. Francis 50

Sailing World Boat of the Year nominations

BigFish
Blade Formula 16
Bruckmann Daysailer
C&C 115
Corsair Sprint 750
Gunboat 48
Musto Performance Skiff
Reynolds 33
Rocket 22
RS Feva
Salona 45
Swan 46
Wyliecat 44
X-37
X-46