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September 05, 2016

Best of Boats Awards finalists nominated

“And the winner is…“ On 23 November 2016, at an awards ceremony at the Gala of boats, the winners of the Best of Boats Awards will be announced. Europe’s new event for motorboats, which focuses on the user, will be held at BOAT & FUN BERLIN. While final boat testing is still ongoing, for some 25 finalists the red carpet will be rolled out at the evening preview event in hall 6.2a. They are the ones who came out ahead of their competitors and were nominated in five categories for the finals.

Best for Beginners

AMT 190 BR

Bayliner VR 6

Bella 700 BR

Silver Eagle BR 640

Best for Fishing

Beneteau Barracuda 8

Faster 545 CC

Jeanneau Merry Fisher 795

Best for Family

Bavaria R 40 Fly

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46

Finn Marin Finnmaster T7

Jeanneau Leader 46

Sargo 33

Targa 30.1

Best for Fun

Agapi 800

Axopar 37

Finnmaster Husky R8

Frauscher 1414 Demon

Ganz Ovation 7.6

Jeanneau Cap Camarat 10.5 WA

Sea Ray 250

NEW – Best for Travel

Bavaria E 40

Beneteau Swift Trawler 30

Delphia Escape 1150 Voyage

Elling E 6

Nimbus 305 Coupé E-Power

Bavaria and Beneteau are represented with their boats in the new Best for Travel category. Their nomination was announced at the HISWA Amsterdam In-Water Boat Show. Marcus Schlichting, press spokesman of Bavaria Yachts, is delighted that the Bavaria E 40 has reached the final: “The BOB Awards are among the international yacht industry’s most important awards. We know that the selection panel is very critical and painstaking in its boat tests and in making its final decision, which is why we are particularly proud to have been nominated.“ Gaëlle Violleau, Beneteau’s manager of Communications, had this to say about the nomination of the Swift Trawler 30: “Over the past 15 years we have been listening closely to the customer in this market segment. Together with the design team’s enthusiasm that is what led to this nomination, which is a great honour for us.“

The finalists will be announced on 6 September as the Cannes Yachting Festival gets under way. To date this year 521 tests have been carried out of 169 of the latest motorboats, which represent 19 countries. Two years after its launch the Best of Boats Awards has become one of Europe’s biggest and best-known events for motorboats.

The selection panel comprising 17 experienced boat magazine journalists represent Europe’s main markets and boating regions and come from 15 countries: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and Ukraine.