For Immediate Release
December 14, 2005
Contact: Erika Fish
Marketing Manager, Beneteau USA, INC.
523 Wins Boat of the Year "Best Full Size Cruiser"
The Beneteau 523 was awarded Boat of the Year by Cruising
World Magazine for Best
Full Size Cruiser. Cruising World magazine announced the best in boatbuilding
for 2006 with its 12th
annual Boat of the Year Awards on December 13th. The results will be featured
in Cruising Worlds
January 2006 issue.
A field of 42 boats had entered the competition before Cruising World
Editors Herb McCormick and Tim
Murphy, assisted by Ralph Naranjo, a world cruiser who oversees the sailing
program at the U.S. Naval
Academy, whittled down the fleet to 26 nominees. The nominated boats were
then inspected and sailed by
independent judges Bill Lee, formerly of Santa Cruz Yachts; Suzanne Giesemann,
the winner of Cruising
Worlds 2005 essay contest; Peter Hogg, a New Zealand-born veteran
multihull sailor who holds a slew
of offshore sailing records; and Ed Sherman, who serves as the Curriculum
Designer and Senior
Instructor for the education programs of the American Boat & Yacht
Council (ABYC). Judges toured the
boats at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, and sailed them
on Chesapeake Bay over four
On our go-fast/go-slow options scale, Lee said, it had
a good, real mainsail with real battens. It had
the six-feet-two-inch medium draft, so those things were good. But it
still had the three-blade prop so I
bet you could pick up another half knot with a folding option. It sailed
just fine, and if you put the deep
keel and folding prop on the boat, it could fit right into the performance
cruising class. It would sail that
Geisemann described the overall feel as one of the luxury and comfort.
Details she liked in the main
salon included the sole (gorgeous, and adds to the total picture)
and the counter space in the galley
(best Ive seen on any boat). The layout of the
whole boat was great, she said, but I especially liked
the aft cabin with the small desk. And the aft head had a shower that
was nothing short of inviting. Even
with all that luxury, the boat gave us a fun, fast ride with a nice feel.
For more information about the Beneteau 523 please visit www.beneteauusa.com.
Beneteau USA, the American division of the worlds largest sailboat
manufacturer, builds hundreds of
32-47 foot production sailboats, as well as the Swift Trawler 42, in Marion,
SC and imports sailing yachts
up to 57 feet in length from its parent company in France. The boats are
sold through a network of over
40 dealers from the north in Alaska to the southern tip of Chile.