The Best Boats of 2021 | The Ultimate Guide

Published on 22 November 2021

Turns out it takes more than a pandemic to keep sailors, naval architects and boatbuilders down.

It wasn’t fair, but there’s no denying some parts of the global economy fared better than others this past year, and among the lucky ones was the marine industry. Supply and workplace issues certainly put a crimp in productivity, as was evident in the fewer number of entries in last year’s Best Boat contest.

However, the industry has since come roaring back, and the result is the Best Boat class of 2022 that’s as healthy as we have seen in years.


One of the best boats of 2021 is the little sister to Bavaria’s C42, the Bavaria C38. It has been designed to maximize the potential in its smaller LOA while at the same time bringing innovation and comfort to simple sailing performance.

A powerful bow and distinctive chines promote easy handling and improved helm station control. A 9/10 anodized aluminium rig comes standard, with in-mast furling available as an option. The Bavaria yachts self-tacking jib makes coming about a matter of simply turning the wheel while reaching sails can be flown from a combination anchor roller/spirit.

Owners have a choice between a standard or shallow-draft keel. Several layouts are available with two or three cabins. The master cabin is located forward and boasts a generously sized berth. When three is a company on board, the saloon table can also be lowered to create more sleeping space.


Cossutti’s design has a clever shape, the first Bavaria C-Line with hard chines and a rounded ‘V-bow’, which make a crucial difference, both below decks and on the water. It provides maximum space where you most want it – in the cabins, saloon and cockpit. Despite some sharp corners and small details, the yard should be commended for its attention to finish quality.

However, when competing in this broadest of markets – 40ft family cruisers – an extra something is still needed to help it stand out from the crowd. And in the case of the Bavaria C42, it’s this powerful but stable hull shape that combines with a generous sailplane for admirable performance while providing sailors with a direct helm feel of the single rudder.


The Nautitech 44 open a best boat of 2021 is the natural evolution of the Nautitech line, a new advanced design that redefines, once again, the standard on bluewater cruising boats.

A new addition to the already successful range of Nautitech catamarans, the 44 Open promises to give you everything you are looking for in the dream catamaran for your sailing adventures!

Designed by and built for sailors, Nautitech has developed this new model following extensive research and collaboration with multihull owners and dealers, incorporating the exciting new innovations the catamaran market is calling out for!

Focusing on a combination of comfort and performance there is a wide range of options available to suit your needs, style and sailing plans.

For the performance-orientated, there is the option of a genoa to replace the standard self-tacking jib, carbon mast and bowsprit for gennakers, spinnakers or a Code 0.

For those with circumnavigation in mind a wide array of energy options including up to 1760W of solar panels, lithium battery upgrade and the exciting new 'SMART ROOM' configuration, giving a unique space which could be your workshop, your utility room or simply storage for you sailing kit, paddleboards and everything you collect on your journey!

If cruising in style is more your thing, there is the choice of Walnut interior or an optional light oak finish and a range of upholstery choices, allowing you to customise your catamaran to suit you!


Losing the flybridge does little to detract from Greenline’s 45 coupe handsome lines and it means there is more space for the eco-conscious Slovenian yard to pack on the solar panels.

There are eight in all, totalling 2.4kW, which on a sunny day can produce a charge of more than 15kWh – plenty of juice to run the boat with four people on board without having to fire up the generator for top speed.

On electric power alone, the Greenline 45 Coupe has a five-knot cruising range of 30nm, not ground-breaking but enough to allow you to cruise in silence on rivers and around marinas throughout the day. Solar suitability aside, the coupé should be a hit with those cruising in areas with air draught restraints or for owners with restricted mobility for whom the upper deck is surplus to requirements.

From the roof down, the layout is shared with the Greenline 45 Fly, so there is a stylish modern interior from Too Design and a two or three VIP cabin layout. The two-cabin arrangement includes large walk-in wardrobes for the VIP and master cabins, both of which are sacrificed for twin bunks or a small double if three cabins are chosen.

The hull and drivetrains are also identical to the Greenline 45 Fly, with twin-shaft drives from Yanmar and Volvo of 220hp, 320hp or 370hp with hybrid capability or two IPS options, the larger of which is good for 30 knots.


The Bavaria Vida 33 is available in two versions, an open version and a version with a hardtop. Together the Bavaria Vida 33 provides a sporty hull design with recessed hull windows, the result is a dynamically elegant silhouette. The foreship also offers two layout variants. The choice is between a flat foredeck with space for a generous sun bed area and a lounge area at the bows with a cocktail table.

The BAVARIA VIDA 33 can fulfil many wishes. The lounge area at the bow with a cocktail table and space for six people is the perfect layout for a great day on the water with friends and family.

A good book and a cool drink, there is no better way to spend the day at sea. The sunbed area of the BAVARIA VIDA 33 is the ideal place for those special moments.

At Clipper Marine, we specialise in both used boats and boats that are newer in stock. If you have any questions or queries regarding our best boats of 2021 then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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The Best Boats of 2021 | The Ultimate Guide