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Motor Boat Awards 2018


Motor Boat Awards – 2018 – Finalist

There are many events (boat shows) in Europe that serve to issue awards and distinctions. Each boat show or boat shows are pretexts for doing so: Cannes, Dusseldorf, London, Genoa, etc …

But Cannes and London enjoy unparalleled publicity.

Next January 10 (2018) in London, it will be the moment where we will know the finalists for each category. It must be said that the effect of being nominated is already in itself a form of reward.

The Motor Boat Awards take place during the Great Britain Boat Show and the Awards Night is held in London. Of course, the manufacturers are very happy both to be nominated but also to receive a distinction. A boat or yacht that receives a distinction allows the manufacturer to highlight its ability to renew itself, the budget it puts in research and development to produce boats / yachts that will please consumer is increasingly demanding.

The manufacturers who are doing well right now are those who can re-invest in R / D which has not been easy since 2010 as the market is really not growing as it was the years 2000-2010. The consumer needs to be much better informed. Some manufacturers have chosen to reduce the quality of assembly at the plant in order to reduce costs or some manufacturers sell the boats to dealers without guarantees. It is for this reason that boaters sometimes prefer to buy used rather than new so that certain anomalies of a new boat are settled.

However, don’t put all manufactures in the same basket, some have kept their priorities to produce a yacht with the maximum quality. I would be tempted to say, be cautious of certain European manufacturers trying to penetrate the North American market with products that are mainly aesthetic oriented but whose navigation qualities or the budget allocated to engine compartments and / or invisible components are laid out with a minimum budget.

You have to read, find information, consult all the industry blogs or do business with a competent and experienced broker so as not to make a transaction you will regret. Sometimes the price is attractive, but you also have to take into account the other side of the coin. It’s the job of your broker to inform you on everything.

For the moment, here are the boats / yachts nominated in each of the categories:

The finalists are:

Sportsboats and RIBs :
Alfastreet 23 Open
Chris-Craft Calypso 30   (winner)
Cormate U23
Fjord 36 xpress
Sacs 900 Sport
Sea Ray SLX 310
XO Cruiser

Superboats :
Boston Whaler 420 Outrage    (winner)
Iguana 29
Riva Rivamare
Vanquish VQ48

Sportscruisers up to 45ft :
Bavaria R40 Coupe
Glastron GS 259
Jeanneau Leader 33
Jeanneau NC33      (winner)
Sealine C430
Sea Ray 320 Sundancer
Windy 27 Solano

Sportcruisers over 45ft :
Fairline Targa 53 Open

Fairline Targa 63 GTO
Fjord 48 Open

Princess S60          (winner)

Wheelhouse and cockpit cruisers :
Chris-Craft Commander 42
Cockwells Duchy 35        (winner)
DaVinci 30
Greenline 39 Hybrid
Jetten Beach 45
Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 Sedan
MB Yachts Rene 36
Rhéa 730 Timonier

Passagemakers :
Fleming 78
Fountaine-Pajot MY44      (winner)
Sirena Yachts 64
Storm X-65
Trader 42 Signature

Flybridges up to 60ft :
Absolute 58 Fly         (winner)
Bavaria E40 Fly
Bénéteau Swift Trawler 35
Fairline Squadron 53
Sea Ray L550

Flybridges over 60ft :
Azimut 66
Princess 62
Sunseeker Manhattan 66     (winner)

Custom Yachts
Azimut Grande 35 Metri     (winner)
Custom Line Navetta 37
Ferretti 850
Sanlorenzo SL78


I will get back to you after January 10th to give you the winners for each category.

(Done, see the WINNER)

Do not hesitate if you have any questions, the Ita Yachts Canada Broker Team is at your disposal. tel 514-521-1221 or by email at info (@)


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