Magazine names top sailboats for 2012


Cruising World magazine announced the winners of its 19th annual Boat of the Year awards.

Topping this year’s list of winners in the sailboat industry were the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 and the Leopard 44. The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 won the Domestic Boat of the Year award, and the Leopard 44 was named Import Boat of the Year.

In addition to claiming the Domestic Boat of the Year award, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379, built for U.S. and Canadian markets, also was named Best Midsize Cruiser, 36 to 40 feet. The Leopard 44 cruising catamaran was named Import Boat of the Year as well as Best Multihull.

Other winners include:

• Best Compact Cruiser, 30 to 35 feet: Hunter e33

• Best Midsize Cruiser, 40 to 45 feet: Tartan 4000

• Best Full-Size Cruiser, 45 feet and above: Passport Vista 545 CC


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