We celebrate the well-deserved winners of the 2019 Motor Boat Awards, as chosen by our select group of judges
The winners of the 2019 Motor Boat Awards were announced last night at the Corinthia Hotel London. We explain why they came out on top in their respective categories.
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.