Magazine features top 2012 sailboat nominees

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Sail magazine announced the 2012 Best Boats fleet in its September issue.

This year's lineup of more than 40 newcomers is made up of monohulls and catamarans of all sizes making their debut at the fall boat shows.

There are five Best Boats categories: small boats, cruising monohulls, cruising multihulls, performance boats and flagships, plus awards for excellence in systems, deck and cockpit plan and accommodations.

Best Boats winners will be announced in the magazine’s December issue.

Sail's team of experts, led by editor-in-chief Peter Nielsen, will conduct its fleet evaluations in and around the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, which runs through Sunday, and the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., which runs Oct. 6-10.

“We're looking forward to getting on board the latest boats, sailing them and comparing the best in boatbuilding and design,” Nielsen said in a statement.

Click here for the full list of nominees.