The Beneteau 40 was awarded Boat of the Year by Cruising World Magazine for Best Midsize Cruiser. Cruising World magazine announced the best in boatbuilding for 2008 with its 15th annual Boat of the Year Awards. The results were featured in Cruising World’s January 2008 issue.

In October, the judges nominated 24 boats in six categories: small cruisers, midsize cruisers, multihulls, midsize luxury cruisers, full-size cruisers and a unlimited cruisers category called, “Nothing quite like it.” The judges included Steve Callahan, boat designer, Stacey Collins, a lifelong cruiser and veteran judge in the Boat of the Year Awards; Tom Linskey, former racer, sail maker and magazine editor; and Ralph Naranjo, former boatyard manager, technical editor and author. The judges toured the boats at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, and sailed them on Chesapeake Bay over four days.
In the category of midsize cruisers, the competition included the Dufour 425, Grand Soleil 40, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42i, Sabre Spirit and the Beneteau 40.
“Comfortable and stylish belowdecks and well organized topside, the Beneteau 40 showed light-air performance on the waters off Annapolis last fall that hinted at good handling in a stiffer breeze, and convinced the BOTY judges that this boat was a standout among Midsize Cruisers,” according to Cruising World.
“All in all, a good coastal cruising boat at a very reasonable price,” Naranjo said.
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