The 24 best powerboats of the year
The opening night of the Dusseldorf Boat Show coincides with the unveiling of the European Powerboat of the Year Awards 2016. Here are the nominees.
The European Powerboat of the Year award ceremony – along with the European Yacht of the Year awards – the equivalent for sailboats – has become a major event in the marine calendar, adding a dash of glamour and excitement to the darkest days of January. In the five powerboat categories, the shortlist and the winning boats are decided by the editors of eight European specialty magazines, who test each candidate before casting their votes. Build quality, fit-out, seakindliness, interior layout, overall concept, price and performance are the key criteria for the judges. The winners will be presented with their trophies during the Delius Klasing Flagship Night, an invitation-only gala on the evening of January 23 – the opening day of the Dusseldorf Boat Show.
Category: Up to 25ft (7.62m)
XO 250 Open
A speedy runabout from Finland with a predilection for choppy waters and lots of power.
Displacement: ca. 1, 5 t
Engine: 150 HP to 350 HP outboard
This pontoon boat features an innovative M-shaped hull, lots of freeboard and space for a football team and a half.
Engine: Up to 250hp
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Bella 600 BR
A centre console boat from Finland with a forward cockpit and seating for up to six passengers.
Four Winns Vista 255
Sport cruiser from the US with a high-volume hull that creates oodles of interior space.
Ranieri International Interceptor 222
A centre console that brings a touch of Italian flair and style to sport fishing.
Engine: Up to 230hp
www.ranieri-international.com or see our 2012 Ranieri Voyager 19S review.
Category: Up to 35ft (10.67m)
Sporty 28-footer from Finland with a stepped hull that is offered in a variety of fit-outs.
Displacement: 2,000kg (approx.)
Engine: 150–350hp outboard
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Cranchi’s latest cruiser was designed with a level cockpit, inside and out.
Engine: 2 x 260hp sterndrives
Invictus 280 TT
Multifunctional fun machine that also could double as a tender for something really big.
Family cruiser in the Scandinavian tradition. Solidly built and sensibly appointed.
Sasga Minorchino 34
Special attention was paid to the interior design to maximise available space.
Engine: Up to 2 x 225hp
Category: Up to 45ft (13.72m)
Beneteau Gran Turismo 40
Sporty hardtop cruiser from Beneteau that is offered with a practical sunroof.
Engine: Up to 2 x 370hp
www.beneteau.co.uk or take a look at the bigger Beneteau GT 49 Fly video.
Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
A luxury centre console with an optional flybridge and appetite for horsepower.
Displacement: 10,500kg (approx)
Engine: Up to 1,675hp
Boston Whaler 420 Outrage review: the new top dog.
Fountaine Pajot MY 37
New entry-level power cruiser by the French multihull builder with lots of space and range.
Engine: 300–440hp (2x150hp–2x220hp)
This hardtop cruiser from Norway comes with a large aft cockpit and some fresh ideas.
Displacement: 8,000kg (approx)
Engine: Up to 2 x 300hp
Steeler NG 43
Dutch aluminium cruiser that delivers high performance with an eye on fuel efficiency.
Category: Over 45ft (13.72m)
Azimut Magellano 66
A stylish new trawler from an upscale Italian builder.
Engine: 2 x 800hp
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Galeon 500 Fly
Designed by Tony Castro and built in Poland, this flybridge yacht surprises with innovative solutions.
Engine: Up to 2 x 725hp
Galeon 500 Fly review: ingenuity and execution.
Jeanneau Leader 46
Jeanneau’s new hardtop cruiser features a smart partition between deck salon and aft cockpit.
Engine: Up to 2 x 400hp
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Sea Ray L 590 Fly
This model constitutes a foray into the upper end of the market by a large US manufacturer.
A well-mannered, sharp-looking new platform with a focus on cruising for relaxation in style.
Category: Displacement Yachts
Boarncruiser Elegance 1200
A modern rendition of the traditional steel yacht with a practical interior and attractive styling.
Engine: 1 x 150hp
Linssen Grand Sturdy 530
The name says it all: a solid cruising yacht with inside steering. The convertible roof is optional.
Engine: 2 x 132hp
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Integrity 47 XL
Looks, fit-out and build quality are the strong suits of this yacht that was conceived for canal cruising.
Super Lauwersmeer Evolve 48 OC
Sunrise in the cockpit or sundowner in the salon, it’s all in a day’s work for this Dutch cruising yacht.