Want to know what’s happening on the yacht market? Look at the European Yacht of the Year 2019 awards



European Yacht of the Year 2019 ceremony

European Yacht of the Year 2019 ceremony; photo: boot.de; sunbeam yachts

International water sports industry celebrates best yachts and powerboats of the year at boot 2019. The Düsseldorf International Boat Show is considered to be one of the world’s premier boat shows and a benchmark for nautical industry. Nineteen yachts in five categories had the chance to win the coveted “European Yacht of the Year Award” at the boot Düsseldorf 2019. These are very special boats for very special customers. The great thing about the prize giving ceremony in Düsseldorf is that you can have a close look at the yachts in detail in the exhibition halls.

The awards are seen as a reflection of what’s happening on the yacht market in general. The latest trend, says experts, is going towards increasingly larger yachts with customised interiors and numerous extras. On the other hand, sports boats optimised for a crew of one or two are currently adding a breath of fresh air to the sailing boat market.

The adrenaline level provided by these yachts is only rivaled by winning your first important regatta or celebrating a victory with resorts online casino bonus code. But these yachts are not only for sensation-seekers. Another trend we see is that the e-drives are becoming increasingly effective. Electric solutions for boats are becoming more and more effective, they deliver more power and have ever greater ranges. They can provide very special boating experiences with quiet boating trips to not to disturb the wildlife or the sensitive marine habitat. Apart from large superyachts, luxury tenders or what are known as “chase boats” are also getting increasingly popular. The facilities such a boat has can be as luxurious as the owner wants.

Let’s take a dive: The “European Yacht of the Year 2019” and “European Powerboat of the Year 2019 awards. The boot 2019 motto “360° watersports experience“ is synonymous with “no end of fun and action”.

European Yacht of the Year 2019 Luxury Cruiser

Sunbeam 46.1 – European Yacht of the Year 2019 in the “Luxury Cruiser” category; photo: sunbeam-yachts.com

Sunbeam 46.1 wins in the Luxury Cruiser category

The luxury cruiser SUNBEAM 46.1 has a striking design with all the technical details that make a sailor’s heart beat faster. The 46.1 is Mattsee shipyard’s top model and it is the most versatile. According to experts, it is as suitable for long distance tours as it is for lazy cruising. The Sunbeam 46.1 is a fast, performance-oriented and yet smooth yacht. It has a great speed potential in all weather conditions. Sunbeam 46.1 features all of the latest must-have details such as a twin tiller, a fold down swim platform, a large cockpit with a table, Targa bar with a fixed window and an integrated spray hood.

Oceanis 46 point1 boat

Oceanis 46.1 yachtl photo: beneteau.com

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 wins Family Cruiser of the Year Award

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1 is a yacht designed for sailing on day trips or holidays but also for long-distance blue water cruising. The Oceanis 46.1 by Beneteau is a touring yacht holding up two ten berths in five cabins. The boat has more sail area the previous models, which along with a finely balanced rig geometry and successful aerodynamic lift distribution improves its sailing performance even more, notes the jury.

Arcona 435 yacht

Arcona 435 yacht; photo: arconayachts.com

Performance Cruiser of the Year 2019 award won by Arcona 435 yacht

Designed for fast and competitive sailing on the race course, Arcona 435 boat is catering for all comforts required for enjoyable holiday sailing as well. She is a boat that will win regattas one weekend and then take the family for a comfortable and safe sail the next.

“The 435 has an efficient sail design, a low weight and the same stability known in every Arcona yacht. We liked the hull shape and line of the 430 so for the 435, we’ve built on our learning from her predecessor while modernising the boat inside and out.” explained the Designer Stefan Qviberg.

Astrea 42 catamaran by catamarans-fountaine-pajot

Astrea 42 catamaran by Catamarans Fountaine Pajot; photo: catamarans-fountaine-pajot.com

Multihulls winner of the year 2019 is Fountaine Pajot Astréa 42 catamaran

The coveted award in the multihull category went to Fountaine Pajot Astréa 42, a catamaran (yacht with two hulls) which can offer an exceptionally large living space on board and boast a higher speed potential. The spacious cockpit of the catamaran is the perfect place to relax and feel at one with the sea.

“Front cockpit, electric dinghy lift, recliners on the cabin roof, outdoor pantry – the Astréa 42 is a strict continuation of the trend towards more exclusive design quality and comfort on 57 square metres of living space and on top of that, it also performs well,” concluded the jury.

Lite XP boat 2019

Lite XP boat; photo: Lite XP

Lite XP boat is the Special Yachts category winner

The “Special Yachts” category puts the focus on groundbreaking hull construction, innovative features or technologies like foils or wing sails. The Lite XP stood out from the competition with a sandwich construction weighing only 150 kilograms. Coming with fuel-free hybrid propulsion, the hull with a small cabin can either be paddled or sailed.

Nimbus Weekender 9 Outboarder

Nimbus Weekender 9 Outboarder; photo: nimbus.se

The gala ceremony for “European Powerboat of the Year 2019” awards was just as invigorating.


In the small boat class, up to 25 feet, the Nordkapp Noblesse 660 boat ultimately won the title. The Noblesse 660 represents a new concept in the day cruiser segment. It offers many practical solutions, a well-protected cockpit and excellent performance properties. Above all, the boats in the 35 feet class must offer practical solutions, a solid finish and safe handling on all waters. In this category, the Nimbus Weekender 9 Outboarder won the award. This is a boat for those who value functional Scandinavian design, simplicity, safety, security and attention to details.

The winning entry in the under 45 feet class was the impressive Cranchi T 36 Crossover boat with generously proportioned deckhouse offering plenty of room and living space. The powerful Z-drive with two 300 BHP diesel engines offers speeds of up to 40 knots.

Nordkapp Noblesse 660

Nordkapp Noblesse 660 boat ; photo: Nordkapp

In the boats over 45 feet class, the jury selected the De Antonio Yachts D46 Open luxury powerboat. It can reach speeds of up to 46 knots. Length-independent displacement hull class, the “European Powerboat of the Year” award 2019 went to the Steeler NG 65 S – a smart steel boats perfectly suitable for the disabled. It is equipped with everything that disabled people need to cope with life on board.

With these boats every day will be a great day. Reliable, comfortable and stylish, they are perfect for cruises with your friends and ready for fun even when you only have a few hours free.

De Antonio Yachts D46 Open

De Antonio Yachts D46 Open; photo: deantonioyachts.com

Steeler NG 65 S

Steeler NG 65 S; photo: steeleryachts.com

Sunbeam 46.1 wins in the Luxury Cruiser category

Sunbeam 46.1 wins in the Luxury Cruiser category; photo: sunbeam-yachts.com