Rapido Trimarans is delighted to have our Rapido 40 nominated as for SAIL Magazine’s “Top 10 Best Boats” for 2024.
Nominees will be officially announced in the October 2023 issue of SAIL, and the winners will be presented in the January/February 2024 issue.
For details of the criteria used by Sail Magazine to determine the Top 10 Best Boats, see below.
Criteria for Sail Magazine’s Top 10 Best Boats 2024
Every year, sailboat manufacturers around the world come out with their newest and most innovative models, and every year, SAIL magazine’s experienced boat reviewers spend days and weeks learning about what’s new, talking with boatbuilders, examining the boats top to bottom dockside (usually at the Newport and Annapolis shows), and finally, sailing the boats.
This Best Boats program culminates with the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, where our review team gets together and makes its final assessments on which boats earn top honors for the year; the results are published in our January/February issue.
This year, we’re refining this well-established program to better and more fairly represent the boats we have judged to be the best. Rather than restricting the results to categories and labels (i.e., “Best Cruising Monohull 30-40 feet,” “Best Performance Monohull 40-50 feet”), we are simply going to honor the top 10 boats, period. Too often, defining these boats by categories results in unfairly comparing apples to oranges, sorting boats with very different purposes and design briefs into the same bracket just because of their LOA. By eliminating the artificial straitjacket of size categories and focusing on what are simply the Top 10, SAIL will present a more complete assessment to its readers and provide a fairer contest for boat manufacturers.