NEWPORT, R.I. — Sailing World magazine has chosen the winners of its 25th annual Boat of the Year awards, it reported in a recent statement. The King 40 by Summit Yachts was this year's overall winner, and four other boats won awards from an independent panel of experts, who inspected and tested 17 nominated entries during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., earlier this year. All of the winners will be featured in Sailing World's January/February issue.
“The criteria I used was performance, fun, quality and market fit,” said Greg Stewart, a judge and a naval architect with Nelson/Marek Yacht Design in San Diego.
Another judge, professional sailmaker Chuck Allen, had high praises for this year's winner, a 40-foot raceboat built by King Marine in Argentina.
“When you get into really sailing the King 40, it just has a slight edge upwind and downwind,” he said. “The King 40 was my highest rated boat. I like everything about it.”
Other categories and their winners were:
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