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Named Motor Boats of the Year - Best Motorboats of the Year 2012

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While the Russian yachting community was just scouring the portholes after the New Year celebrations, the Western yachting industry gathered at London's Savoy Hotel on January 9th - and named the winners of the Motor Boat of the Year 2012.


The Motor Boat of the Year Award is one of the most important awards of the yachting world, awarded by an authoritative jury of editors of the leading professional magazines in Europe. This year 57 motor boats competed to win in nine categories. The strongest have survived, as usual. So the year has not started yet, and its best boats are already known.

In the category...Starter boat", that is, the Beginner Boat, won a 20-foot (6.15m) boat. Quicksilver Activ 645. The boat is equipped with an outboard engine of up to 200 hp, has on board a bio-toilet, and its salon is richly decorated with teak from the bow to the stern. It's a good "start" there, it's a sin to complain.

The title of "Sports Boat of the Year" (Performance and Super boat) has quickly taken the novelty away from Riva Riva Iseowhich we also paid attention to in our time. Beautiful boat, in which branded "Riva" contours and mahogany are organically combined with ultramodern on-board electronics on the platform. Apple. By the way, Iseo - almost the first production boat in the world that can be controlled through iPad.

Botnia Targa 32 - winner in the central wheelhouse boats category (Wheelhouse & Walkaround). Strongly knocked down and fast boat, a kind of sea off-road vehicle. Jack Haynes, editor of Motor Boat & Yachting magazine, chasing her on a test drive, I remember all complaining that the weather that day was too good - like a raincoat artist on a sunny beach to test.

Bénéteau Swift Trawler 44 - the winner in his class (Trawler Yacht & Aft Cabin). Cute "trawler" - though not the most rapid in appearance, but cozy and with maximum use of space on board.

Windy 31 Zonda from Norway - the best sports boat (Sportscruiser) 2012 in a class of up to 45 feet

Above class - among sports cruisers longer than 45 feet - the British reigned undivided. Princess V52. "Undividly" here is not a journalistic stamp: all judges in the jury chose it unanimously, stating that they would have bought a V52, if they now choose a boat of this class for personal use. There's nothing to add here - you have to take it!

In addition to the V52 award, the Princess Shipyard was also a favorite of the event, with the "Special Jury Award" given to David King, founder and president of the V52. Princess Yachts.

The best flybridge yachts of the year have been Prestige 500 (class "up to 55 feet") and Manhattan 63 - new product from Sunseeker ("over 55 feet").

Well, there was a powerful band Ferrettiby taking the award to a prestigious category."Custom Yacht"A yacht made to an individual design." Against the background of news about the sale of a group mired in debt to the Chinese, the victory of the yacht... Ferretti Custom Line 100 was a great "Dembele chord." As always, brilliantly anticipating global trends, ItBoat I've written about this boat a long time ago, so as part of this article, let's just congratulate the winner.

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