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Fairline Boats was the big winner in Monday’s Motor Boat of the Year Awards, scooping two prizes and a ‘highly commended’.

Fairline’s Targa 38 (pictured) won the Sportscruiser below 45ft category, while the Squadron 68 picked up the Flybridge over 50ft prize. In the Flybridge under 50ft section, the Phantom 48 was highly commended.

The awards, sponsored by ShoreGuard, were judged by the boat testers of Motor Boats Monthly and Motorboat & Yachting and presented on Monday night at the Savoy Hotel, London. Each category was open to all boats currently on the market that had been tested by one or both of the magazines.

Also among the winners were the Nord West 420 for Flybridge under 50ft, the Nordhavn 47 for Trawler and Aft Cabin, and the Windy 25 Mirage for Sportsboat and RIB.

In the Outstanding Service Award, nominated by visitors to ybw.com, Penton Hook Marine Sales came out top.

MBM Editor Simon Collis said, “Congratulations go not just to the winners, but to every manufacturer whose boats were shortlisted. They are all top-quality products – though the winners are simply outstanding.”

Look out for full reviews of the awards in the February issues of MBM and MBY.

The full roll of honour:

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
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
Winner: Penton Hook Marine Sales

For the full shortlist, click here .