Best Boats 2011

The business maxim that you have to innovate your way out of a recession seems to have been taken to heart by boatbuilders. After a comparatively small field of new boats in 2009, this year's boat shows were crammed with talent. There was genuine innovation, a great degree of variety, and a good many excellent examples of the art of boat design and building. Our judges' task was harder
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The business maxim that you have to innovate your way out of a recession seems to have been taken to heart by boatbuilders. After a comparatively small field of new boats in 2009, this year's boat shows were crammed with talent. There was genuine innovation, a great degree of variety, and a good many excellent examples of the art of boat design and building.

Our judges' task was harder than it has been for some years, but by the end of the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD we had sailed and pored over enough boats to arrive at a consensus.

So without further ado, the recipients of the 2011 Best Boats awards are...

Flagship Monohull

Southerly 57RS

Innovation Award

Beneteau Sense 50

Flagship Multihull

Gunboat 66

Deck and Cockpit

J/111

The Green Award

Hunter 27e

Daysailer

C.W. Hood 32

Performance, 30ft+

Beneteau First 30

Cruising Monohull Under 50ft

Presto 30

Best Dinghy

Topaz TAZ

Performance, 30ft and Under

X-Treme 25

Most Innovative Rig

Radical Bay 8000

Cruising Multihull + Accommodations

Discovery 50

radical.landing
xtreme.landing
discovery50
beneteausense.landing

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EXPLORE ALL OF 2011's BEST BOATS NOMINEES:

Small Boats

Cruising Monohulls

Cruising Multihulls

Performance Boats

Flagships

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