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The American Sailboat Hall of Fame is a defunct hall of fame honoring 26 production sailboats built-in the United States. The hall of fame was established in 1994 by Sail America, a trade association for the U.S. sailing industry, to recognize ingenuity in designs by American boat builders. The last year of induction was 2004.

Half-hull models of each Hall of Fame inductee was housed in a permanent exhibit at The Museum of Yachting located in Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island prior to the museum's dismantling after a 2007 acquisition by the IYRS School of Technology & Trades. The collection also traveled around the country each year to be displayed at the various Strictly Sail boat shows sponsored by Sail America, and at Sail Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Inducted sailboats were required to be production models built in the U.S. introduced at least 15 years prior to induction, and to have made a lasting impact on sailing. Selections to the hall of fame were made by a committee composed of magazine editors of Sailing Magazine, Sailing World, and SAIL.


Inductee year inducted
Aqua Cat 2001
Bermuda 40 1995
Cal 40 1996
Catalina 22 1995
Catalina 30 2001
Day Sailer 2003
International Optimist Dinghy 1999
Ensign 2002
F-27 2004
Flying Scot 1998
Freedom 40 2000
Hobie 16 1997
J/24 1995
J/35 1999
Laser 1997
MacGregor 25 2000
Morgan Out Island 41 1996
Pacific Seacraft 37 2002
Sabre 28 2003
Santa Cruz 27 1997
Sonar (keelboat) 2004
Sunfish 1995
Tartan Ten 1998
Triton 1995
Valiant 40 1997
Windsurfer 1996

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