Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sail's Best Boats for 2012

Sail Magazine’s 2012 Best Boats Awards were announced yesterday in multiple categories...

Farr 400 One Design Wins the Performance 30ft and Over Category.
Photo courtesy of farr400.com

SAIL Magazine has announced the recipients of its annual Best Boats Awards for 2012. Sail's judges regularly examine the nominees on the docks of the big sailing-focused boat shows, including Newport and Annapolis, and test many of the finalists before choosing the winners. We noticed the contest is sponsored by Raymarine, which probably keeps the pressure of advertiser influence minimized. Also of note is that last year's category of "The Green Award" is absent for 2012 - Not sure why.

Let's look at the winners...

Here are SAIL Magazine’s recipients of the 2012 Best Boats awards:
  • Flagship Monohull: Passport Vista 545 CC 
  • Cruising Monohull Under 50ft: Bavaria Cruiser 45 
  • Cruising Multihull Under 50ft: Leopard 44 
  • Performance 30ft and Under: VX One Design 
  • Performance 30ft and Over: Farr 400 One Design 
  • Daysailer: BayRaider 20 
  • Accommodations: Com-Pac CP 23 Pilothouse 
  • Systems: Southerly 49 
  • Deck and Cockpit: Outremer 49

You can see more about the winners and all the finalists, including video reviews of all the boats, at SAIL Magazine’s website.

###