Sailing World magazine named the Farr 280 as its 2015 Boat of the Year.
The 28-foot raceboat was designed by Farr Yacht Design, of Annapolis, Md., and built by Premiere Composite Technologies of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The magazine’s independent judges — sailmaker Chuck Allen, boatbuilder Tom Rich and naval architect Greg Stewart — tested 15 performance sailboats after the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis.
“What I like about the boat is that it’s innovative and they’re not trying to be everything to everybody,” Rich said in a statement. “They made a grand-prix, go-fast, one-design boat — that’s it.”
“We had a diverse fleet this year,” Sailing World editor and Boat of the Year director Dave Reed said. “One point the judges kept making was how each of the builders had advanced quality and innovation. Culling the best from the entries wasn't easy, which is a testament to the outstanding quality and value among the finalists.”
The magazine’s other award-winning entries include:
• Gunboat 55, Best Multihull
• Topper Topaz Argo, Best Recreational Dinghy
• RS Aero, Best One-Design
• Seascape 27, Best Crossover