Boat of the Year 2023 Awards

The wind cooperated and sun beamed bright on five performance-sailing craft that impressed Sailing World’s team of judges and earned their respective awards.

Boat of the Year

From a diverse field of new performance sailing entries, vetted and sailed in perfect conditions in Annapolis in October, four favorites emerged as the best of the best. The overall winner, our 2023 Boat of the Year, is the one we’ve been waiting for.

Today we reveal the winners of our prestigious Boat of the Year Awards with the Beneteau First 36 earning our Boat of the Year for 2023. The 36-footer presented by Beneteau America (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) emerged as the judges’ unanimous favorite after a week of intensive reviews and sailing tests of 11 new performance sailing models in Annapolis, Maryland, in October.


2023 Boat of the Year Winner

Boat of the Year

The Beneteau First 36 is versatile and powerful machine with many masters to serve.

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Winners by Category

The 2023 Boat of the Year Team

Judges: Chuck Allen, Greg Stewart and Dave Powlison

Photography: Walter Cooper