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Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Awards, UK, US |

European Powerboat of the Year 2013: The Winners

In the festive surroundings of Düsseldorf the eagerly anticipated winners of the European Powerboat of the Year 2013 Awards were announced.

As usual, the first night of the Düsseldorf Boat Show belonged to the European Powerboat of the Year 2013 contest. More than 400 representatives of the international boating business gathered at the Flagship Night gala of German publisher Delius-Klasing to applaud the five class winners that were chosen by the expert jury after extensive on-the-water tests. Scandinavian builders dominated, taking home three awards.

Up to 25 feet: Ryds F528

Top honors in this category, which had a very diverse set of entries, went to the Swedish Ryds 528, It impressed the jury with value, but also design and safety. Three different variations of this model that are offered.

Winner, Up to 25 feet: Ryds F528

Winner, Up to 25 feet: Ryds F528

Up to 35 feet: Marex 320 AC

The focus in this category is on all-around qualities, including workmanship, comfort, safety, and family pedigree. All these things were covered best by the Norwegian Marex 320 AC. The layout includes regular and aft cabins, each with two full-size berths. The large saloon swayed the jury as much as handling and performance.

Winner, Up to 35 feet: Marex 320 AC

Winner, Up to 35 feet: Marex 320 AC

Up to 45 feet: Bavaria Virtess 420

Five vessels with very different characteristics were entered in this class, which made for robust deliberations among the panelists. In the end, the Bavaria Virtess 420 got the nod, as the first flybridge model by Bavaria. The Virtess received praise for a fair price-to-performance ratio, practical details, and good performance. But it was the unprecedented space above and belowdecks — possibly setting new standards in this class — which especially impressed the jury.

Winner, Up to 45 feet: Bavaria Virtess 420

Winner, Up to 45 feet: Bavaria Virtess 420

Above 45 feet: Goldfish 50 Ocean

The nominees in this category split into conventional and unusual, with the most extreme boat of the contest, the Goldfish 50 Ocean, garnering top honors. “Pushing the limits” was mentioned in the assessment, perhaps synonymous in this case with “incomparable.” And that’s justifiable, because in addition to featuring excellent quality and unusual design, the Norwegian Goldfish also has wheels: Reaching more than 63 knots she ran away from the rest, despite comparatively luxurious accommodations below. To show her mettle, the Goldfish 50 is supposed to enter the 3,000-mile race from Cowes to Monte Carlo.

Winner, Above 45 feet: Goldfish 50 Ocean

Winner, Above 45 feet: Goldfish 50 Ocean

Displacement boats: Allure Garcia GT54

A new year also brought a new winner in the displacement category. This time it wasn’t one of the favored Dutch boats, but the Garcia 54 GT from France. It’s being built by Allure, normally known for sailing yachts. The vessel is designed and equipped to appeal to buyers who want to switch from sailing to power cruising. Seaworthiness, large radius of operation, and being fitted-out  for the long haul tipped the scales in favor of the Garcia.

Winner, Displacement boats: Allure Garcia GT54

Winner, Displacement boats: Allure Garcia GT54

- Dieter Loibner