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Sail magazine names best boats for 2018

The Hanse 588 was Sail magazine’s choice for best boat in the category of monohulls 50 feet and larger.

The Hanse 588 was Sail magazine’s choice for best boat in the category of monohulls 50 feet and larger.

Sail magazine has announced the winners of its 2018 Best Boats Awards.

Executive editor Adam Cort said that if there’s a word that sums up the Best Boats class of 2018 it would have to be “performance.”

That extends not just to boat speed — although Sail’s judges did execute their editorial prerogative to create a third performance-specific category to accommodate three new “speedsters.”

“Whether it’s in our cruising categories or in those categories oriented toward racers, every one of our winners exhibits some kind of insight or innovation specifically designed to enhance life afloat,” Cort said in a statement. “As always, congratulations not just 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 team of Best Boats judges consisted of Cort; systems specialist and Sail contributor Nigel Calder; Sail's cruising editor, Charles J. Doane; veteran boat reviewer Tom Dove; and Sail's charter editor, Zuzana Prochazka.

The winners of Sail's 2018 Best Boats Awards (announced on page 22 of the December issue) are:

Best Large Multihull 50 feet and above: HH66

Best Monohull Cruising Boat 40 to 50 feet: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440

Best Multihull Cruising Boat 40 to 50 feet: Fountaine Pajot Saona 47

Best Multihull Cruising Boat Under 40 feet: Maine Cat 38

Best Performance Boat Over 40 feet: ClubSwan 50

Best Performance Boat 30 to 40 feet: J/121

Best Performance Boat under 30 feet: Foiling UFO

Best Daysailer: RS Zest

Best Systems: Reverso AIR.

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