See the boats that won at the 2017 Motor Boat Awards ceremony and why the judges chose them
On Monday evening the 11th Motor Boat Awards took place at the Rosewood Hotel in London.
Eight boats walked away with prizes as well as a Service Award winner and Judges’ Special Award candidate. Here you can see which boats won and why the judges made their decision.
Sportsboats & RIBS
Highly Commended: Invictus 240
Winner: Axopar 37
What the judges said: Our winner is a boat that has it all: dazzling performance, effortless seakeeping, cutting edge style and a choice of different deck layouts at a price that never ceases to amaze us.
Sportscruisers up to 45ft
Winner: Marex 310
What the judges said: The winner of this award is a boat that combines sociable deck spaces with clever detailing and a bright, roomy interior. It is as comfortable being used for a quick winter blast as it is for lazy days in the sun and a 35-knot top speed make it a versatile cruising companion.
Sportscruisers over 45ft
Winner: Princess V58
What the judges said: Three strong contenders in this category with a great mix of talent and innovation but one boat stood out for delivering a truly intoxicating mix of style, sophistication and speed with a superb party boat deck layout.
Wheelhouse and Cockpit Cruisers
Highly Commended: Seaward 42
Winner: Boarnstream Elegance 1300
What the judges said: Our winner combines a stylish and practical deck design with a cool, clean interior that takes the best of solid Dutch steel boat building and gives it a modern twist.
Highly Commended: Leopard 43 PC
Winner: Azimut Magellano 66
What the judges said: Our winner is a boat that encapsulates everything you’d want from a passagemaker: masses of storage space, a safe deck layout, a hull that’s comfortable across a wide range of cruising speeds and reassuringly sturdy build quality.
Flybridges up to 55ft
Winner: Sunseeker Manhattan 52
In a category brimming with talent from top class brands, one boat stands out. With its spectacular interior, rakish looks and strong performance, our winner positively bristles with inventive design that genuinely makes life more enjoyable for everyone on board.
Flybridges over 55ft
Highly Commended: Azimut 72
Winner: Princess 75 Motor Yacht
What the judges said: The winner is a boat that doesn’t put a foot wrong in any department. A vast saloon with a flat floor from transom to helm and panoramic side windows sets the tone for a truly indulgent boating experience but the real surprise is a genuinely entertaining driving experience and a top speed of 35 knots.
Winner: Riva 76 Perseo
What the judges said: The winning yacht is beautiful to look at from afar and even better to admire from close quarters, it combines exquisite detailing with effortless performance and a near perfect blend of cutting edge features and timeless style.
Outstanding Service Award, sponsored by Lombard
Winner: Landau UK
What their customers said: Their service was well priced and they kept me informed of progress at all times. The quality of work was excellent.
Judges’ Special Award
Winner: RNLI volunteers
What the judges said: The skill, bravery and dedication shown by these volunteers in the most demanding of circumstances is truly remarkable. Not all of them are active crew members but every single one of them plays a crucial part in delivering a world-class emergency service without any cost to the end user or the British taxpayer.
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