To win the "Best Value" prize, a sailboat doesn't have to be the fastest, have the most clever touches, or be the cheapest. It must, however, convince the judging panel that its builder has assembled at a fair, reasonable price a complete package of cruising requirements in a well-designed and well-built package that will deliver predictable and satisfactory performance for years to come. If the boat maintains a high resale value, that seals the deal. For 1999, the judges concluded that no vessel better met these stringent requirements than the Island Packet 380.
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