The best boats on the market chosen by us

The Motor Boat of the Year Awards took place at the Savoy, London, last night, with the technical teams of MBY and our sister title MBM naming what they believe are the best boats on the market today.

More than 200 members of the marine industry gathered from across Europe for the glitzy bash, which was sponsored by Shoreguard.

MBY’s editor Hugo Andreae told the audience of manufacturers and dealers that to be nominated for an award was an honour in itself.

In some categories the boats were of such high quality that a ‘highly commended’ award was also given.

The judging panel was made up of the boat test teams of MBY and MBM.

Here are the boats they chose:

RIBs and Sportsboats
Winner: Windy 25 Mirage
Highly commended: Regal 2250

Wheelhouse and Walkaround
Winner: Botnia Targa 31
Highly commended: Nimbus 42 Nova

Trawlers and Aft Cabins
Winner: Nordhavn 47
Highly commended: Fleming 55

Traditional and Retro
Winner: Swordsman 30 (winners pictured with editor Hugo left)
Highly commended: Dale Classic 45

Steel and Inland
Winner: Linssen 299 Grand Sturdy
Highly commended: Wim Van der Valk 1750

Sportscruisers below 45ft
Winner: Fairline Targa 38

Sportscruisers above 45ft
Winner: Azimut 62S

Flybridge below 50ft
Winner: Nord West 420
Highly commended: Fairline Phantom 48

Flybridge above 50ft
Winner: Fairline Squadron 68

Custom Yacht
Winner: Mochi 74 MaxiDolphin

Service Award (chosen by MBY and MBM readers)
Winner: Penton Hook Marine Sales