Presenting the 2011 Boat of the Year Awards

Press Release: Announcing the winners of the Cruising World 18th Annual Boat of the Year Awards

BOTY Winners

Billy Black

For Immediate Release

Cruising World Announces '11 BOTY Winners

Middletown, R.I. — Cruising World magazine announced today the winners of its 18th annual Boat of the Year awards. Topping this year's list of winners for the most anticipated awards in the sailboat industry were the Catalina 355 and the Discovery 50. The Catalina 355 won the Domestic Boat of the Year award, and the Discovery 50 was named Import Boat of the Year.

Four other boats also won awards from an independent panel of experts, who inspected and tested 19 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 2011 BOTY nominees and several other boats reviewed by the magazine's editors, will be featured in the January issue of Cruising World.

In addition to claiming the Domestic Boat of the Year award, the Catalina 355 was also named Best Midsize Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet. "The judges were impressed with the 355's sailing performance, accommodations, and overall construction quality," said Boat of the Year director and Cruising World senior editor Bill Springer. "This boat strikes a good balance between cruising comfort and sailing performance in a 35-foot package."

The Discovery 50 cruising catamaran from England was named Import Boat of the Year as well as Best Catamaran. “The Discovery 50 is well suited to withstand the rigors of offshore passagemaking, and the judges thought it had the best owner’s cabin of all the boats they tested,” said Springer.

For more information on the winners and other nominees, visit Cruising World's__ website (

Cruising World, based in Middletown, R.I., is published monthly by Bonnier Corp. As the largest sailing magazine in the world_, Cruising World_ is considered the bible for bluewater sailors. The magazine seeks to nurture cruising sailors' dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure articles.

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Best Midsize Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet, and Domestic Boat of the Year

Catalina 355

Best Catamaran and Import Boat of the Year

Discovery 50

Best Small Cruiser, 30 Feet and Under

Beneteau First 30

Best Cruiser, 40 to 49 Feet

Dufour 45e

Best Full-Size Cruiser, 50 to 55 Feet

Beneteau Sense 50

Best Premium Cruiser Over 55 Feet

Hylas 56

Cruising Spirit Award

Presto 30

_CRUISING WORLD _2011 BOTY Nominees:

Small Cruisers 30 Feet and Under

Presto 30

Beneteau First 30

Hunter 27e

Midsize Cruisers 30 to 39 Feet

Hunter e36

Dufour 375

Hanse 375

Catalina 355

Cruisers 40 to 49 Feet

Dufour 405

Jeanneau 409

Dufour 45e

Full-size Cruisers 50 to 55 Feet

Beneteau Sense

Moorings 50.5

Jeanneau 53

Premium Cruisers Over 55 Feet

Hylas 56

Southerly 57

Beneteau 58


Vision 450

Discovery 50

Gunboat 66