The tenth Motor Boat Awards ceremony was held at a gala dinner at the Rosewood Hotel in London. An audience of 230 international guests saw the 2016 Motor Boat Awards presented to winning boats in eight categories ranging from sports boats and RIBs to 100-foot plus custom yachts.
Hosted by Motor Boat & Yachting magazine’s editor, Hugo Andreae, and deputy editor, Jack Haines, a panel of five experienced marine journalists were responsible for sea-trialling all 51 of the finalists before selecting the winning craft.
The excellent Finnish Axopar 28 (see boats.com review) won the ‘Sportsboats and RIBs’ category, with judges quite rightly describing it as: “A boat that has it all: searing performance, a fantastic hull, brilliant deck spaces, somewhere to sleep and looks to die for.”
From the UK, the English Harbour Yachts 29 Offshore collected top spot in the ‘Wheelhouse and Cockpit Cruisers’ category, with Jack Haines calling it: “A slice of British-built heaven; one of the classiest coastal weekend cruisers on the market.”
The ‘Trawlers, Aft Cabins and Catamarans’ category was won by the vast French motor cat, the Lagoon 630. It was praised by judges as: “The perfect long distance cruiser; a supremely effortless and comfortable liveaboard with minimal fuel consumption and cabins that blow you away.”
The beautifully designed Sealine C330 (see boats.com review here) and S330 took top honours in ‘Sportscruisers up to 45 feet’, with the judges saying: “Not only do they look good, perform beautifully and burst with clever features but they’re also impressively good value for money.”
And in other categories, Sunseeker collected the award for best ‘Sports Cruiser over 45 feet’ for its Predator 57 (see boats.com First Look Video); the ‘Flybridges up to 60ft’ award was presented to a boat that “dares to do things differently” – the French-built Monte Carlo 6 (see boats.com video here); and the Prestige 680 took top honours for ‘Flybridges over 60 feet’.
Final Motor Boat Awards winners list
Sports Boats and RIBs: Axopar 28 (Finland)
Wheelhouse and Cockpit Cruisers: English Harbour 29 Offshore (UK)
Trawler Yachts and Aft Cabins: Lagoon 630 (France)
Sportscruisers up to 45 feet: Sealine C330 & S330 (Germany)
Sportscruisers over 45 feet: Sunseeker Predator 57 (UK)
Flybridges up to 55 feet: Monte Carlo 6 (France)
Flybridges over 55 feet: Prestige 680 (France)
Custom Yachts: Custom Line Navetta 28 (Italy)
See also: 2016 European Yacht and Powerboat of the Year Awards announced.