We celebrate the well-deserved winners of the 2019 Motor Boat Awards, as chosen by our select group of judges
Wheelhouse & Cockpit Cruisers
- Aquador 35 AQ
- Beneteau Antares 9
- Botnia Targa 27.2
- Grand Banks Eastbay 44
- Jeanneau Merry Fisher 10.95
- Parker Monaco 110
- Rhéa 850 Timonier
Winner: Botnia Targa 27.2
The Botnia range is one that defines a genre. If you’re after a wheelhouse cruiser that will take you anywhere all year round then a Targa is the obvious choice. It’s just a question of picking which size you want.
The 27.2 is a sweetspot in the sweetest of ranges. It’s compact enough to be manageable single-handed and not too expensive to berth but big enough to tackle conditions that would send far larger craft back down their own wake trail, tails between legs.
It is as tough as old boots yet it has the agility and performance of Nike running spikes. In the Blackline trim it even looks more modern, while still retaining the timeless Targa appeal.
This is a boat that has to be driven to be believed, preferably in a gale with sheets of water slapping off the impenetrable hull. Even by Botnia’s own lofty standards, the 27.2 is exceptional.