Sail magazine has announced the winners of its 2018 Best Boats Awards.
Executive editor Adam Cort said that if there’s a word that sums up the Best Boats class of 2018 it would have to be “performance.”
That extends not just to boat speed — although Sail’s judges did execute their editorial prerogative to create a third performance-specific category to accommodate three new “speedsters.”
“Whether it’s in our cruising categories or in those categories oriented toward racers, every one of our winners exhibits some kind of insight or innovation specifically designed to enhance life afloat,” Cort said in a statement. “As always, congratulations not just to this year’s Best Boats winners, but to an entire industry that simply refuses to rest on its laurels. I’m already looking forward to seeing what’s next!”
The team of Best Boats judges consisted of Cort; systems specialist and Sail contributor Nigel Calder; Sail’s cruising editor, Charles J. Doane; veteran boat reviewer Tom Dove; and Sail’s charter editor, Zuzana Prochazka.
Best Performance Boat 30 to 40 feet: 
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