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Düsseldorf has named the best European motorboats of the year.

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On the first evening of the yacht show in Dusseldorf the traditional award «ceremony of European Boats of the Year 2012» - a kind «of Oscar» of the European yachting industry - took place. The nominees competed in six categories, and this was the result of a strict jury vote.

European boat of the year in a class of up to 25 feet:
Four Winns S215

They were also nominated:
XO 240 RS Cabin
Galia 670 MC
Sea Ray 210 Overnighter
Yamarin 53 Cross Center Console.

European Boat of the Year in the class of up to 35 feet:
Cranchi 30 Endurance

They were also nominated:
Windy 31 Zonda
Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
Viksund 335 St. Cruz
Frauscher 1017 GT

European boat of the year in a class of up to 45 feet:
Nimbus 365 Coupé

Swedish group Nimbus has performed brilliantly, winning a prestigious award since her first appearance. And the competition in this class, as you can see, was not a joke - the names of other rivals inspire respect.

They were also nominated:
Galeon 420 Fly
Princess V 39
Bavaria 43 HT
Sealine SC42.

European boat of the year in class over 45 feet:
Jeanneau 500 Prestige Fly

Here Europeans were unanimous with their overseas colleagues who awarded 500 Prestige with a similar title from their bell tower.

They were also nominated:
Sessa 45 Fly
Bénéteau GT Flyer 49 Fly
Sunseeker 53 Manhattan
Azimut 45 Fly

In the Displacement Boat class, the Bruijs Coaster 1400 Open Cockpit is the best in Europe.

They were also nominated:
Linssen Range Cruiser 450 Sedan
Delphia 1350 Escape
Boarncruiser 42 Retro Line
Adagio 58 Europa.

A separate award «for innovation» this year went to the Norwegian boat Goldfish 23 eFusion, a tender with an outboard electric motor. The boat can reach a speed of 47 (!) knots without consuming a drop of gasoline.


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