Best Boats 2012 Nominees

Last year, more than 40 new boats made their U.S. debuts at the fall boat shows in Newport, Rhode Island and Annapolis, Maryland. That was a fine effort from an industry that was hit hard by recession. It’s also the kind of effort that’s hard to sustain, which makes this year’s cast of 41 newcomers all the more impressive.

We love the enthusiasm and resilience of the marine trade, which matches the passion of the end users – you, me and the rest of the sailing population. Call it a sport, call it a lifestyle, call it what you will, but sailing thrives on the constant generation and regeneration of ideas and technology that all come together in the shapely forms of boats—monohulls, catamarans, trimarans, big, small, midsized, it makes no difference.

Whether you’re looking for a new boat, or just looking at new boats, join us at the fall shows for a great preview of the latest and best in boat building and design. And look for the December issue of SAIL Magazine on newsstands, where the winners of 2012's Best Boats will be announced!

So without further ado, the nominees for the 2012 Best Boats awards are…


Topaz 14 CX
RS Venture
VX One Design
Herreshoff 20






BayRaider 20
Marblehead 22
Corsair Sprint 750 MK II




Harbor 30
Bavaria 32
Hunter e33
Mystery 35




Bavaria 36
Island Packet 360
Jeanneau 379





Hallberg Rassy 372
Catalina 385
Bavaria 40
Beneteau Oceanis 41





Tartan 4000
Jeanneau 439
Leopard 44
Beneteau Sense 43




Aquila RP45
Jeanneau 44DS
Dufour 445
Hanse 445




Moody 45DS
Beneteau Oceanis 45
Moody 45AC
Bavaria 45




Tartan 4700
Seaward 46RK
Knysna 480





Outremer 49
Southerly 49
Catana 50
Hanse 495





Fluid 550
Lagoon 560
Swan 66 FD






Need more Best Boats? Check out the winners from the last four years here!

Best Boats 2011
Best Boats 2010
Best Boats 2009
Best Boats 2008





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