Cruising World Announces Boat of the Year Nominees

A Fleet of 27 new cruising sailboats will be tested and sailed as part of the 2022 Boat of the Year contest, held during and immediately after the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland.

The boats are in, their banners are flying, and all is ready for the crowds visiting the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland.Mark Pillsbury

Cruising World magazine today announced its roster of nominees for the 2022 Boat of the Year awards. 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-seven boats – 16 monohulls, and 11 catamarans – have been nominated for the 2022 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, longtime sailing writer and ABYC scribe; and naval architect and boat designer Gerrard Douglas.

“This is a deep and highly diverse fleet, ranging in size from a 24-foot daysailer, the Tartan 245, to the Contest 67,” said Herb McCormick, Cruising World Boat of the Year director. “After the absence of an Annapolis show last year due to COVID, it’s fantastic to see the downtown docks again full of cruising boats. With over two dozen nominees, we have one of the strongest BOTY fleets in years. We can’t wait to get out and put them through their paces!

  • Balance 482
  • Bali Catspace
  • Bali 4.6
  • Bavaria C38
  • Beneteau First 27
  • Cigale 16
  • CNB 66
  • Contest 67
  • Seawind 1600
  • Dufour 470
  • Dufour 61
  • Elan GT6
  • Fountaine Pajot Isla40
  • Fountaine Pajot Samana59
  • Grand Soleil 44
  • Hallberg-Rassy 340
  • Hylas 57
  • J/Boats J9
  • Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 380
  • Jeanneau Yachts 60
  • Kinetic Catamarans KC54
  • Lagoon Sixty5
  • Leopard 42
  • Royal Cape Majestic 530
  • Salona 46
  • Tartan 245
  • Xquisite X5

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