Magazines name Boat of the Year nominees


Cruising World and Sailing World magazines today announced their nominees for the 2012 Boat of the Year awards at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.

“This year’s collection of nominees represents a broad cross-section of excellent cruising boats and high-performance ocean voyagers,” Cruising World Boat of the Year director Herb McCormick said in a statement. “The judges are really looking forward to getting on the water and putting the boats through their paces.”

Sailing World nominated 12 performance-oriented models for its awards: Performance Multihulls PT-11; Bavaria 32 and 54; Corsair Sprint 750 Mark II; Aquila RP45; VX One-Design; Farr 400 One-Design; Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379; Dufour 445 GL; Topaz 14CX; Tartan 4000; and J/108.

Cruising World nominated the following 21 boats in five categories:

Compact Cruisers (30-35 feet)

• Bavaria Cruiser 32

• Hunter e33

• J/108

Mid-Size Cruisers, 36-40 feet

• Bavaria Cruiser 36

• Catalina 385

• Hallberg-Rassy 372

• Island Packet 360

• Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379

Mid-Size Cruisers, 40-45 feet

• Bavaria Cruiser 40

• Beneteau Oceanis 41

• Dufour 445 GL

• Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 430

• Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS

• Tartan 4000

Full-Size Cruisers, 45 feet and above

• Bavaria Cruiser 45

• Beneteau Oceanis 45

• Passport Vista 545

Cruising Multihulls

• Leopard 44

• Nexus 600

• Outremere 49

• Performance Multihulls PT-11

The 2012 Boat of the Year winners will be announced in the January issue of Cruising World and the January/February issue of Sailing World, which are set to hit newsstands in mid-December. This is the 28th anniversary of the awards for Sailing World and the 19th for Cruising World.