Every year the world’s largest indoor boat show provides the backdrop for the ceremony of the European Powerboat of the Year Award. It is presented in four different size categories, plus there are additional recognitions for displacement yachts and a special innovation award for the top technical novelty of the year. The manufacturers of all 25 nominated boats and the three entries in the innovation category were looking forward to this night with high expectations. Who’d walk off the stage with the coveted prizes was decided by an international jury that consisted of journalists and testers from seven different European countries?
1. Up to 25ft
Four Winns S215
The first award of the evening was handed to the Four Winns S215. The 6.5 metre boat from the US prevailed in the category for boats of 25 feet maximum length over the XO 240 RS Cabin, the Yamarin 53 Cross Center Console (both from Finland), the Sea Ray 210 Overnighter (from the US) and the Galia 670 MC from Poland.
2. From 25-35ft
Cranchi 30 Endurance
In the class up to 35 feet, the winner comes from Italy with the jury getting most enticed by the Cranchi 30 Endurance. Other nominees were the Windy 31 Zonda (Norway), the Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 (France), the Frauscher 1017 GT (Austria) and the Viksund 335 St Cruz (Norway).
3. From 35-45ft
Nimbus 365 Coupe
At 10.95 metres overall length the Nimbus 365 Coupé the winning entry in the category between 35 to 45 feet comes from Scandinavia. Among the other contenders were the Princess V 39 and the Sealine SC 42 (both from the UK), the Polish Galeon 420 Fly and the Bavaria Sport 43 HT from Germany
4. Over 45ft
Prestige 500 Fly
In the top category above 45 feet, the French Prestige 500 Fly won top honours. This 15.20 metre long flybridge cruiser beat the Sessa 45 Fly and the Azimut 45 Fly (both from Italy), the Bénéteau GT Flyer 49 Fly (France) and the Sunseeker Manhattan 53 (from the UK).
5. Displacement yacht
Bruijs Coaster 1400 OC
The award for the best displacement yacht went to the Dutch Bruijs yard for their 14.65-metre Coaster 1400 OC, which bested two other Dutch entries, the Linssen Range Cruiser 450 Sedan and the Boarncruiser 42 Retro Line, the Delphia 1350 Escape from Poland and the Fuzhou Allegro Adagio 58 Europa, a trawler from China.
6. Innovation award
Goldfish 23 eFusion
Finally, the presentation of the ‘Innovation Award’ went to – a boat. The Goldfish 23 eFusion from Norway, a skiff that’s powered by an electric outboard wowed the jury with a top speed of 47 knots and a range of 45 nautical miles. Other nominees in this category included the Simrad NSS Sport Touchscreen and the Hybrid Touch e7 by Raymarine.
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