The NC 1095 was named as Boating Magazine's 2018 Boat of the Year Finalist.
The nomination could be justified by the fact that this is the only 35-foot cruiser with the option for three private staterooms (counting the convertible dinette topside, it will sleep eight). But really, it’s the asymmetrical side decks that sealed the deal. By offsetting the deckhouse to port, the starboard side deck is twice as wide, providing super-secure access from bow to stern. This feature also allowed for another wow: a door at the helm leading to the side deck. Docking solo is so much easier when the skipper has immediate access to the side, but few small boats offer this convenience.