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Some great news hot off the press – the Balance 482 has won its third award! SAIL Magazine Best Boats Best Multihull Cruising Boat 40-50ft!

“In case you hadn’t heard, the fall 2021 boat show season was one for the record books. If there was ever any doubt the sailing public still enjoys making its way to Newport, Rhode Island, or Annapolis, Maryland, to see the latest in boat design, those doubts were put to rest this past fall. Boat sales were through the roof, and the lines to get in to see the various boats on display at the Annapolis show, in particular, were unprecedented. Even the weather was outstanding!

Adding to the fun was the fact the marine industry also pulled out all the stops this year. Even in the very darkest days of the pandemic, the naval architects and boatbuilders of the world never lost hope as they continued to do what they both love and do best. The result was another outstanding crop of new boats and as a strong class of Best Boat winners as we’ve seen in years. As in the past, there were plenty of big new boats to be seen, including, of course, this year’s Best Boats contest flagship winners, the Dufour 61 and Kinetic 54. Equally fun, though, were some of the smaller boats on offer, including two great daysailers that received a nod as Best Boats winners: the J/9 from Rhode Island-based J/Boats, and a brand-new performance catboat of all things. How cool is that!

On a personal note, it sure was nice being able to enjoy the energy out on the docks and reconnect with old friends. The kind of “maritime road show” that the industry put together last year to connect buyers with boats was interesting, but it sure was nice getting back…”

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Best Multihull Cruising Boat 40-50ft
Best Multihull Cruising Boat 40-50ft

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