We celebrate the well-deserved winners of the 2019 Motor Boat Awards, as chosen by our select group of judges
Flybridges up to 60ft
Winner: Princess 55
With the launch of the R35 at one end of the Princess range and the radical X95 at the other, it’s easy to forget the bread and butter of its mid-size flybridge range. The 55 is a sharp jab in the chest and a reminder that the Plymouth shipyard is expert at creating flybridge cruisers of this size.
The 55 simply does not put a foot out of line. Okay, the optional hardtop detracts from its looks but that is a droplet of a complaint within a vast pool of flawless execution. Its interior is vast; be it the saloon, the master ensuite or the twin guest cabin, there is space and light in abundance. It is beautifully made and the decor is achingly tasteful – stylish and sophisticated without ever appearing gauche.
There is lots of storage space, the engineroom is immaculate, the flybridge huge and the foredeck comfortable enough to be a living space in its own right.
The list goes on. It even drives well and is light and agile in a way that it has no need to be, given the type of boat it is. But that’s the beauty of the 55, no stone has been left unturned. It’s probably the most well-rounded boat on the market right now and, in most cases, all the boat you will ever need.
Highly commended: Galeon 360 Fly
A huge pat on the back for Galeon for addressing a part of the market that has been ignored for so long and making such a good job of it.