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Best of Boats Award

The new international boat recommendation for motorboats focused on the boaters point of view.


Best for Beginners

A beginners boat should be, according to the BOB jury, a ship easy to use, safe to travel with, made by a service-driven shipyard plus economically favorable regarding purchase price, fuel consumption and costs for maintenance.

Best for Family

A boat suitable for families should be, according to the BOB jury, a ship with enough space for all generations aboard, safety features for kids plus facilities and amenities for a longer stay on the ship.

Best for Fun

A boat is “Best for Fun”, according to the BOB jury, if the ship is versatile for many kinds of watersports, adaptable to the needs of different crews and – of course – fun to drive with to experience nature, water and power equally.

Best for Fishing

A boat is „Best for Fishing“, according to the BOB jury, if the ship is seaworthy, has plenty of workspace, equipment like rod holders, fish tank and worktable, protection against sun or rain and preferebly foldable furniture as well as a second helm station.

This year’s jury is as follows:

Germany: Uwe G. Meiling (Bootshandel-Magazin, Berlin)
Finland: Jan Sjölund (Venemestari, Helsinki)
France: Dominique Salandre (Youboat, Paris)
Greece: GerasimosGerolimatos (Skipper On Deck, Athens)
UK: Nick Burnham (Professional Marine Media, Torquay)
Italy: Maurizio Zacchetti (Vela e Motore, Milan)
Netherlands: Alfred J. Boer (Varen and Yacht-View, Amsterdam)
Austria: Thomas Dobernigg (Ocean7, Klagenfurt)
Poland: ArekRejs (Wiatr, Poznań)
Poland: Stanislaw Iwinski (Żagle, Warsaw)
Russia: Anton Cherkasov (Motorboat & Yachting Russian Edition, St. Petersburg)
Switzerland: Stefan Detjen (Wave Magazine, Rancate)
Slovenia: JulijanVišnjevec (Val Navtika, Ljubljana)
Spain: Enrique Curt Aborra (Skipper, Barcelona)
Ukraine: BogdanParfeniuk (Farwater, Kiev)

Winners announced of the Best of Boats Awards

Parker 630 Sport (Best for Beginners)

Axopar 28 (Best for Fun)

Boston Whaler 270 Dauntless (Best for Fishing)

Jeanneau Leader 36 (Best for Family)

Volvo Penta Forward Drive (Special Award)