Boat of the Year Finalists 2016

Four great boats that stood out above the others in their category.

December 12, 2016

Regal’s 29 OBX wasn’t the only boat in consideration for Boat of the Year. Our selection process is ongoing; as each of our editors and contributors test boats that they feel deserve consideration — boats that stand out above the others in their category — a list is created, and discussion and debate occurs. The list is eventually winnowed down to a select few. Besides the Regal 29 OBX, here are this year’s finalists, in alphabetical order.

Boat of the Year: Beneteau Swift Trawler 30
Beneteau Swift Trawler 30 Beneteau America

Beneteau Swift Trawler 30
This boat impressed Boating‘s Tech Team by combining the seaworthiness and voluminous accommodations of a top-notch trawler with the performance and high-style luxury of an express cruiser.

Standout Features: An emergency tiller steering system; transom gates; retractable dinghy davits.

Boat of the Year: Carbon Marine Paragon Super Sport 28
Carbon Marine Paragon Super Sport 28 Carbon Marine

Carbon Marine Paragon Super Sport 28
The first-ever boat constructed of fully exposed carbon fiber, this boat is light and strong; as a result, it boasted phenomenal fuel economy, delivering over 2 mpg at 51 mph.

Standout Features: The carbon laminate possesses twice the strength-to-weight ratio of fiberglass boats; every fitting and fixture is top-of-the-line and gorgeous.

Boat of the Year: Monterey 378 SE
Monterey 378 SE Forest Johnson

Monterey 378 SE
The 378 SE likely has the most livable berths and head in any open-bow day cruiser available today. Yet, this 9-ton beauty proved quick and nimble under power. It looks great and pays better attention to detail than most.


Standout Features: Runs rough water as soft as a fish boat; integral tablet navigation; signature cockpit arrangement is most versatile.

Boat of the Year: Pursuit S408
Pursuit S408 Pursuit Boats

Pursuit S408
This big center console offers bluewater readiness and luxury with fewer compromises than aboard similar craft. Pursuit’s build quality is second to none, and even our seasoned testers were wowed by the luxury fitments installed.

Standout Features: Patent-pending transom-reinforcement system; standard diesel genset; the helm station is glare-free, ergonomic, serviceable and functional.


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