Cruising world magazine announces its list of nominees for the 2019 boat of the year awards. Testing for the award is taking place on the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland which has already began along the shores of Chesapeake Bay, The show is on October 4-8, 2018.



The 2019 Boat of the year prize contest will consist of total 22 boats. Among them 15 monohulls, 6 catamarans and a trimaran. The selection process judging panel comprised of systems expert Ed Sherman of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC); Tim Murphy, a veteran cruising sailor and writer; and two-time circumnavigation Alvah Simon, an award-winning author based in New Zealand.

“This is an incredibly deep list of nominees, perhaps our strongest in recent years,” said Herb McCormick, Cruising World Boat of the Year director. “There are a good number of solid contenders under 40-feet, a fine selection of mid- and full-sized go-anywhere cruising yachts, and an intriguing collection of multihulls, which seem to become more impressive and innovative every year. Our judging panel will have its work cut out for them.”

The winner of the 2019 Boat of the year award will be announced in January 2019 issue of cruising world magazine.
The 2019 boat of the year award nominees:

  • Bali 4.1
  • Beneteau Oceanis 46.1
  • Catana 53
  • Dufour Grand Large 360
  • Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42
  • Hanse 348
  • Hanse 418
  • Hanse 548
  • Hylas 48
  • Island Packet 349
  • Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319
  • Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410
  • Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490
  • Lagoon 40
  • Lagoon 50
  • Leopard 50
  • Neel 51
  • Seawind 1260
  • Tartan 395
  • Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 42
  • X-Yachts Xp 55

The nomination process is set to take place on Annapolis Boat Shows along the shores of Chesapeake Bay. As mentioned on Annapolis boat show website the whole ideal of Annapolis boat show an in-water sailboat show began in 1970.

The boat show resembles a pillar of the city’s long tradition as the sailing capital of America. The boat show is the central marketplace of the recreational boating world with an estimated 40,000 visitors from across the nation. The boat show spans for two weekends every year. It might be a day dream for the city to hold the Olympic games sailing event but for ever year the city is the central place for boat lovers across the world. contributor Bill Springer puts it on the website, “Every year, for a long weekend in early October, the sleepy little Chesapeake Bay-side town of Annapolis, Maryland, turns into the unofficial epicenter of readily ‘achievable’ American sailboat shopping … (featuring) a wide variety of sailboats that you don’t necessarily need to be a billionaire to afford.”

The reference to Annapolis as “sleepy” could only be said by someone visiting the boat show only. The city is also a home of two major educational institutions with an annual flow of tourist and a burgeoning of cultural life.