These are Europe's best motor yachts, which are awarded the "Oscar of water sports" annually in a total of five categories. For the fourteenth time, the international award "European Powerboat of the Year" was presented on Saturday, January 18th during the Flagship Night of boot Düsseldorf and Delius Klasing Verlag.
More than 200 new boat models appear on the market every year. There are five length classes: up to 25 feet, up to 35 feet, up to 45 feet, over 45 feet and a length-independent displacement class. The expert jury of the "European powerboat of the Year Award" consists of the eight leading European motorboat publications from Norway (Båtliv), Italy (BoatMag), France (Neptune), the Netherlands (Motorboot), Spain (Nautica y Yates), Switzerland (marina.ch), Austria (Yachtrevue) and Germany (BOOTE). In September, with the help of an sophisticated points system, the panel of experts first nominated its 23 top candidates from this large number of new entries, from which the winners were then selected.
Winners up to 25, up to 35 & up to 45 feet
Silver Tiger DCz
In the small class, powerboats up to 8 metres, the Silver Tiger DCz ultimately won the race. The Silver Tiger DCz is characterised by its excellent, safe driving properties and favourable price-performance ratio. In addition, its offers maximum safety for the entire crew, thanks to its fully sealed cockpit.
Beneteau Flyer 10
Above all, the boats in the powerboats up to 10 metres class must offer practical solutions, a solid finish and safe handling on all waters. In this category, the Beneteau Flyer 10 won the award. On the Flyer 10, various concepts from larger yachts have been successfully transferred to the 10-metre class. It is a skilful mix between a day boat and a cruiser.
The winning entry in the powerboats up to 14 metres class was the impressive Pardo 38. The Pardo 38 has outstanding driving properties, paired with exceedingly high-quality craftsmanship. In the eyes of the jury, it is the perfect large-format day cruiser.
In the powerboats up to 20 metres class, the jury selected the Solaris Power 48 Open. With its second model, the boatbuilder Solaris has finally arrived in the world of powerboats. Just like the design, the manufacturing quality sets new standards in its class. This is accompanied by balanced driving properties. The foldable “cockpit terraces” are a further highlight of the Solaris Power 48 Open.