European Powerboat of the Year 2015 is the prize awarded by a jury consisting of the Editors in Chief of eight European magazines from eight Countries. For Italy, that magazine is the one you’re reading: BoatMag.
The choice wasn’t east, especially in the up-to-45- and over-45-feet categories. Some boats nominated for these classes have been head to head until the end, but as in every contest there’s only one winner. So, let’s see who the European Powerboat of the Year 2015 winners are:
Category up to 25 feet
Beneteau Flyer 6 (France)
Three models out of the same boat, with a debut: here’s the bowrider, Made in Europe! The Sport Deck version features a bow cockpit with side couches, working as chaise longues as well thanks to the specific headrests. The SunDeck is fully dedicated to sunbathing, while the SpaceDeck boasts a pretty clean space, except a perimetral couch. LOA 6.43 mt (21ft 1in); beam 2.50 mt (8ft 2in); engine 1x200HP.
Category up to 35 feet
Draco 26 RS (Norway)
A refined design combines clean lines with sophisticated details on board. For instance, look at the space in the cockpit, the facing benches that offer an uninterrupted sea view, or the table to bow. The fore cockpit boasts a couch on the perimeter. LOA 7.89 mt (25ft 10in); beam 2.49 mt (8ft 2in); engine 1x200HP to 1×300 HP.
Category up to 45 feet
Cranchi Eco Trawler 43 LD (Italy)
This new trawler actually debuts in two sizes: 40 and 43 feet, but the latter is the one displayed to public. The main difference is in the basic trim of the 40, lacking swim platform and other accessories for a lower price. Both models can be chosen with two or three cabins, while the engines space from Volvo diesel 2×260 to 2×330, all with IPS. The two-cabin layout imply another choice: given the bow master, there’s a double cabin to starboard and a lazarette to port, or a full beam cabin amidships with double bed and couch, a proper owner’s room if it weren’t for the outside access to the second heads. The other layout sees two guest cabins to port and starboard. LOA 13.80 mt (45ft 3in); beam 4.37 mt (14ft 4in); engines 2x260HP, 2x300HP, 2x330HP. HYPERLINK “http://www.cranchi.it/”www.cranchi.it
Category over 45 feet
Azimut 50 Fly (Italy)
The new 15 meters from Azimut reaffirms the family feeling that the shipyard introduced to give more prestige to the flybridge models, starting from the smaller boats. On the 50 Fly Azimut has been able to create uncommon spaces for such a size: many design and style solutions recall the new Azimut 80, as it’s clear by looking at the side, unencumbered windows enlarged to aft for a better sea view from the living. The interior décor carries the same prestige feeling, but it’s the space on board what surprises most: the cockpit measures 17.50 square meters, while belowdecks there’s a third cabin with bunk beds. The other two cabins are both double, with the master amidships and the VIP to bow. The galley is on the lower deck as well, in the passageway to the bedrooms. LOA 15.88 mt (52ft 1in); beam 4.60 mt (15ft 1in); engines 2x690HP.
The choice of the winners is based on many criteria, among which a good value for money, performance, innovation in the segment. The aim of the contest is to award boats and boatyards that pursue quality, regardless of their brand or their international distribution: that is why it’s been decided to pick four different sizes: in order to avoid big motoryachts from famous builders to overshadow smaller products that still bring innovation in their segment. For the same reason, every member of the jury comes from a different Country, so no one can count on patriotism in order to win. The winners have definitely deserved the prize, and even the runner-ups will have the privilege of a nomination for a prestigious international award.