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Sail Magazine announces its 2020 Best Boats Awards

The Catalina 545 was the winner of the Best Systems category. Courtesy of Catalina/Billy Black

The Catalina 545 was the winner of the Best Systems category. Courtesy of Catalina/Billy Black

Sail Magazine today announced 11 winners of its 2020 Best Boats Awards. The winners were presented in the magazine’s January issue. The awards ranged the sailboat spectrum, from best Daysailer to Best Large Multihull (51 feet and above). The awards also had a category for Best Systems. Beyond the winners, the contest had an honorable mention.

“Once again, the boatbuilding industry has shown how it never seems to run out of fresh ideas—something that is clearly evident in SAIL’s Best Boats contest,” said executive editor Adam Cort in a statement. “As always, congratulations not only to this year’s Best Boats winners, but to an entire industry that simply refuses to rest on its laurels. I’m already looking forward to seeing what’s next.”

The Best Boats judges included Cort, associate editor Lydia Mullan, cruising editor Charles J. Doane, charter editor Zuzana Prochazka, boat reviewer Tom Dove and SAIL's contributing editor Tom Hale.

The winners are:

Best Large Monohull 51ft and above: Catalina 545 (

Best Large Multihull 51ft and above: Eagle Class 53 (

Best Monohull Cruising Boat 41 to 50ft: Amel 50 (

Best Multihull Cruising Boat 41 to 50ft: Fountaine Pajot Elba 45 (

Best Multihull Cruising Boat Under 40ft: Excess 12 (

Best Performance Boat over 31ft: J/99 (

Best Performance Boat under 30ft: F101 (

Best Small Cruiser: Beneteau Oceanis 30.1 (

Best Daysailer: Cape Cod (

Best Systems: Catalina 545 (

Honorable Mention: Tiwal 2 (

SAIL magazine, New Boats



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