Cruising World magazine has announced the nominees for its Boat of the Year Competition for 2024. The list of nominees includes the Rapido 40.

Below is an edited extract of the original article that was published on 26 September 2024.


Top boatbuilders from around the globe are set to compete for the prestigious Boat of the Year award at the Annapolis Sailboat Show.

Cruising World magazine today announced its roster of nominees for the 2024 Boat of the Year awards. Judging and testing for the awards will take place during and after the Annapolis Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, which begins October 12.

Thirteen boats were vetted and officially received nominations for 2024 Boat of the Year honors. The annual awards, selected by an independent judging team, recognize the best new production cruising boats and multihulls laid out and equipped for coastal and offshore sailing and voyaging. This year’s judging panel is comprised of systems expert Ed Sherman of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), and previous CW editors-in-chief Mark Pillsbury and Herb McCormick.

For nearly 25 years, Cruising World’s annual Boat of the Year program has been the recognized leader in inspecting, testing and rewarding the best sailboats introduced into the US market by boatbuilders the world over. Throughout the history of the competition, the rotating crew of judges has sailed hundreds of boats, and in doing so, helped the Boat of the Year program earn its reputation as the gold standard of international sailboat awards.

The 2024 Boat of the Year winners will be announced in the January issue of Cruising World. Here is the complete list of nominees.

  1. Beneteau Oceanis 37.1
  2. Dufour 41
  3. Elan Impression 43
  4. Hallberg-Rassy HR 40C and HR 57
  5. Hanse 510
  6. HH44
  7. Italia Yachts 14.98
  8. Jeanneau 55
  9. Rapido 40
  10. Seawind 1170
  11. Solaris 44
  12. Vision 444

Below is the description published for the Rapido 40.

With a self-tacking jib, carbon spreaderless mast and an option for a rolling furl boom, the Rapido 40 is designed and engineered as a high-tech, all-carbon performance cruiser.

Penned by acclaimed designers Morrelli & Melvin, the all-carbon and folding 40 borrows DNA from the Rapido 60, designed for fast passagemaking and classic cruising for couples or singlehanders.

Interiors are lightweight yet extremely durable (even the countertops are carbon), and the flooring is made of cork.

The 40 employs carbon-foam construction, with watertight bulkheads (including the engine compartment containment) and bulkheads with no through penetrations below the waterline.

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