Which Sailboat is the Best New Boat for 2022?

Cruising World is putting two dozen nominees through their paces under sail this week on the Chesapeake Bay for our annual Boat of the Year contest.


October 20, 2021
Bavaria C38
With its distinctive V-shaped bow, hard chines and dual wheels, the Bavaria C38 is one of the many sharp contenders in the 27-strong field of contestants for Cruising World’s 2022 Boat of the Year. Courtesy of the Manufacturer

Cruising World recently announced its roster of nominees for the 2022 Boat of the Year awards. Twenty-eight boats – 16 monohulls, and 12 catamarans – have been nominated and are contending for prizes. The judges had a close look at the nominees on the dock during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. The on-water testing for the awards takes place this week on the Chesapeake Bay.

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 Gerard Douglas.

Sun Odyssey 380
Judges check out the foredeck on the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 380 on the docks during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. Theresa Nicholson

“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.”


The 2022 Boat of the Year award winners will be announced in the January issue of Cruising World. The full list of nominees is below.

2022 Cruising World Boat of the Year Nominees include:

  • 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
  • Voyage 590
  • Xquisite X5 Plus
Hallberg-Rassy 340
Cruising World judges get the run down on the Hallberg-Rassy 340 on the docks during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. Theresa Nicholson

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