Five Best Boats for Cruising 2015
Each year boaters begin wondering what the best boats on the market for that year are. For this reason, the Cruising World’s 2015 Boat of the Year contest is held. Throughout this 10-day event, an independent judging panel spends around 60 hours inspecting various boats to create a list of the best boats for cruising that year.
Best Boats for Cruising
The Gunboat 55
Even in the rockiest of conditions, your ride in this boat is serene. Costing over $2 million, this is a very innovative, well designed boat. This boat has engine rooms in each of its narrow hulls and a powerful sail plan with wave-piercing bows as well as controls in the helm station at the front of the boat. You’ll also enjoy the well-equipped galley that’s lined with couches and teak-covered transom steps. Many believe we’ll see lots more of this design in the future.
The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349
When in search of a compact cruiser for quick getaways, look no further than the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349 designed by Marc Lombard. This isn’t only a great pocket cruiser, but it’s one of this year’s best imported boats. Over 100 were already built and sold at the price of $125K (the lowest priced boat in this class), which isn’t a bad price for such a luxurious 34-foot boat that includes a square-topped mainsail, reverse-cycle air conditioning; a centerline drop-leave table, and other live aboard features that are wonderful for those who are just getting into sailing, as well as anyone who wants to scale back without giving up quality because this boat really can maneuver its way through any weather.
The Beneteau Ocean 35
A German yacht constructed in Denmark, the Beneteau Ocean 35 is a great mid-size cruiser. This 35-foot boat is a true beauty with a saloon; a completely separate shower room, windows in the hull. Available in three stages (daysailer, weekender, full-on cruiser), this boat is very agile thanks to twin rudders.
The Salona 44
Named the best cruiser racer of 2015, the Salona 44 is a tall, triple spread rig with feathery twin wheels. Whether you’re sailing upwind or down, this is a stiff, fast boat that can easily handle double-digit speeds. Downstairs is the innovative yet spacious cockpit while upstairs you’ll enjoy really comfortable twin aft cabins and a full-size navigational desk.
The Garcia Exploration 45
If you’re looking for a great combination of safety and style, you’ll find it in the Garcia Exploration 45. This aluminum yacht is designed for easily sailing into the ice that’s oftentimes encountered during high-latitude adventures without ever squeaking or groaning even once. However, this boat isn’t just bulletproof; it’s also full of some great creature comforts, many of which are built upon the advantages of having a wind generator and solar panels. Additionally, there are beautiful cork, non-skid decks; watertight doors; large windows that allow for all- around visibility; and a queen berth in the owners’ forward cabin.