We celebrate the well-deserved winners of the 2019 Motor Boat Awards, as chosen by our select group of judges
Sportsboats and RIBs
Winner: Jeanneau Cap Camarat 9.0
The Cap Camarat range has always been one of practical, value-conscious boating. Not ostentatious but solid and dependable, a natural step into the world of boating and an ideal tool for a family to enjoy themselves on the water.
The 9.0 is different though, it still has all of these important elements but with this model, Jeanneau has created a boat that will also keep the driver happy. With a pair of 250hp Yamaha outboards it will achieve a top speed just short of 50 knots and cruise anywhere from the mid-teens to the mid-40s. The hull rides softly and grips tenaciously when pushed from the helm but at no point feels like it might turn around and bite you.
It’s a versatile craft too, available as either a walkaround with a sociable bow area or as a centre console with a cuddy cabin for overnight stays or some shelter if the weather turns.
Jeanneau could have so easily built a safe and sensible 30ft sportsboat but instead it created a boat with the creature comforts expected of a Cap Camarat and endowed it with real ability and exhilarating performance, which has to be applauded.
Highly commended: Agapi 950
This is a RIB that dares to do things differently. It fits on a trailer (just!), has sleeping space for four and performs impressively with twin outboard engines.