Cruising World magazine today announced the winners of its 2019 Boat of the Year competition, presented by Helly Hansen, the maker of technical sailing apparel. The top prizes were awarded to the Island Packet 349, conceived and built in Florida, which was named the Domestic Boat of the Year, and the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490, designed and manufactured in France, which earned the title of Import Boat of the Year.
“The Island Packet 349 and the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 are very different yachts but ones that will serve their respective target markets very well,” said Herb McCormick, Cruising World Boat of the Year director. “The Island Packet is the first new model introduced since the
company underwent a change of ownership, and is intended for long-term cruising and living aboard for a couple. The judges were impressed by the overall quality of workmanship. The Jeanneau was one of the best sailing yachts in this year’s contest, and is the very definition of an outstanding performance cruiser. The panellists gave the boat top marks for innovation and
The 2019 Boat of the Year contest will be featured in full in a 22-page special report in the January 2019 issue of Cruising World. Contact us for more information on the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey range.