2018 Motor Boat Awards – winners revealed

See the boats that won at the 2018 Motor Boat Awards ceremony and why the judges chose them

On a Wednesday night at a glittering ceremony at the Rosewood hotel in London, the winners of 2018 Motor Boat Awards were announced.

Nine boats took away prizes and trophies were also dished out to the Service Award winner and the recipient of the Judges’ Special Award.

Here you can see the boats that won and why our judging panel picked them.

Sportsboats and RIBS
Winner Chris-Craft Calypso 30
What the judges said:
Our winner is a boat that combines effortless performance and world class build quality in a suprisingly practical but impeccably stylish package
WATCH Video review of the Chris-Craft Calypso 30
Chris-Craft Calypso 30

Highly Commended: Iguana 29
Winner Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
What the judges said:
This might just be the most capable boat in this year’s awards. Built to the highest of standards and blessed with phenomenal performance, handling and practical detailing it is the ultimate version of the ‘Unsinkable Legend
Video review of the Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
Boston Whaler 420 Outrage

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Sportscruisers up to 45ft
Highly Commended: Jeanneau NC33
Winner Bavaria R40 Coupe
What the judges said:
A boat that delivers on many different levels: fast enough to outpace most of its rivals; spacious enough to offer a full beam master cabin; tough enough to shrug off rough water and affordable enough to bring new buyers into the market
Video review of the Bavaria R40 Coupe
Bavaria R40 Coupe

Sportscruisers over 45ft
Winner Princess S60
What the judges said:
A category with some real variety but one boat stood out. With timeless style, effortless performance and a high quality, cleverly laid out interior
Video review of the Princess S60
Princess S60

Wheelhouse and Cockpit Cruisiers
Highly Commended: Greenline 39 Hybrid
Winner Cockwells Duchy 35
What the judges said: 
A boat that we’d all love to own; elegant styling, married to a sturdy semi-displacement hull and a beautifully hand-crafted interior ensures this is a boat that will stand the test of time
WATCH Video review of the Cockwells Duchy 35
Cockwells Duchy 35

Winner Fountaine-Pajot MY44
What the judges said:
The winner of this category claims the prize for teaming long distance capability with a useful turn of speed and tremendous living spaces. In a booming sector, this powercat is one of the best on the market
Video review of the Fountaine-Pajot MY44
Fountaine-Pajot MY44

Flybridges up to 60ft
Winner Absolute 58 Fly
What the judges said:
The number and variety of finalists shows what a keenly fought sector this is so it’s all the more impressive to see one boat stand out from the crowd courtesy of clever thinking, a richly detailed and very spacious interior and a really capable IPS-driven hull
Video review of the Absolute 58 Fly
Absolute 58 Fly

Flybridges over 60ft
Winner Sunseeker Manhattan 66
What the judges said
Three excellent boats and very little to separate them but the winner’s versatility and plethora of layout options separates it from the pack. Proven sales success confirms that with this model the designers have hit the spot
Sunseeker Manhattan 66

Custom Yachts
Winner Azimut Grande 35 Metri
What the judges said:
Our winner is a yacht which genuinely moves the game on. Its intelligent balcony mechanism and tender garage might be worthy of an award mechanism and tender garage might be worthy of an award on their own, but with its efficient and versatile wave-piercing hull design, the 35 Metri’s talents are more than skin deep
Azimut Grande 35 Metri

Service Award, sponsored by Lombard
Winner Boats.co.uk
What their customers said:
Regardless of what we buy or where, the service is never ever anything other than perfect

Judges’ Special Award
Winner Fairline Yachts
What the judges said:
This year the award goes to a group of people who have defied all expectations to achieve one of the most remarkable turnarounds that any of us can remember
Fairline Yachts


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