The most readily useful and finest in Europe’s ship business tend to be awarded the “Oscars of Water Sports” annually: this is actually the eleventh time the intercontinental “European Yacht of the Year” honors had been presented, additionally the 8th time for “European Powerboat associated with Year”. The jury includes the test administrators and editors-in-chief of Europe’s nineteen leading yachting and powerboat publications. The hotly contested rewards tend to be traditionally granted in the FLAGSHIP EVENING, the traditional conference regarding the industry managed by Delius Klasing Verlag and “Boot” Düsseldorf on the very first weekend associated with program. Publisher Konrad Delius and “Boot”-project supervisor Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel welcomed significantly more than 400 guests through the international maritime scene into prizes ceremony this season.
Only four yachts can win
Very nearly 100 brand new yachts reach the market each year. However, only four shipyards could enjoy winning the hotly contested “European Yacht of the Year 2014” title. Because there are not enough new items to choose from on the list of catamarans and trimarans, there was no award in multi-hull group. This year it absolutely was specially hard to produce a quick variety of 20 nominated yachts because the market had never seen such a richness of good, balanced, appealing and unique yachts as in 2013. The jury through the eleven leading cruising mags held two practical test sessions in Southampton, England and Porto Venere, south of La Spezia, Italy, involving intensive tests and tests.
The Family Cruiser group had been claimed by market leaders Beneteau, demonstrating courage and a flavor for development. The Beneteau Oceanis 38 is a silly design through-and-through, a yacht that can be transformed from a household cruiser to a-day sailboat for 2. Plus its exceptional sailing attributes, the variable Beneteau Oceanis 38 additionally impressed the jury using its stylishness and light below deck.
The other nominees into the category Family Cruiser were:
Bavaria Cruiser 37
Dufour 410 Grand Large
Winner 9, 00
This year’s award within the Performance Cruiser group went along to the Dehler 38 in an immaculate debut. Even though many competitors in this portion focused on overall performance, the Dehler 38 successfully steers a middle training course as a sports model which additionally beneficial to touring. The specific virtues that characterise Dehler vessels – a high level of practicality and quality, as well as good balance, positive cruising performance and an interesting pricing policy – come to the fore in this model.
The other nominees when you look at the group Performance Cruiser had been:
Within the Unique Yachts category, a beginner into tests for Europe’s boat of the season consistently came out on the top, regardless of the wind conditions. The Saphire 27 from Switzerland is today's recreations motorboat that's perfect as a sprightly time cruising vessel and for one-design regattas. The Saphire 27 normally suitable for touring.
One other nominees into the category Unique Yachts had been:
The Georg Nissen-designed competition 42 CS won out in the very competitive Luxury Cruiser category. The practically 13 metre boat features impressively streamlined lines and an obvious design. It brings the ambience of 60 foot contemporary luxury cruisers to a size that may be effectively taken care of by smaller crews. Its excellent cruising performance is unrivaled.
The other nominees inside group deluxe Cruiser were: