19 different magazines, from 11 different countries, testing 25 yachts in five different categories, over two weeks in two different seas. This is the process that discovers the top 5 European Yachts of 2015.
The European Yacht of the Year is like the “Oscars of Water Sports”. Divided in 5 different categories – family cruiser, luxury cruiser, performance cruiser, special yachts, bluewater cruiser – the seatrials that decided the winners took place in the autumn of 2014. The crowned yachts of 2015 were announced on the last saturday 17th of January. Find’em below.
FAMILY CRUISER WINNER: Bavaria Cruiser 46
The Bavaria 46 is proof that you can get both a cheap yacht that is value for money. The German production giants continue to diligently improve build quality year after year.
LUXURY CRUISER: Wauquiez Centurion 57
he Centurion 57 represents good build quality at a reasonable price, a comfortable and well-finished yacht throughout. It was also one of only a couple of yachts to venture out in the big seas and swells when the wind was up to a Force 7, and cope commendably with the conditions.
PERFORMANCE CRUISER: JPK 1080
As the appeal of racing shorthanded grows steadily there is a greater incentive for owners to find boats that are suitable and competitive for both shorthanded and fully crewed racing.
SPECIAL YACHTS: Advanced Yachts 44
Sometimes you have to reward the will to do something wild and different. The Advanced 44 lives up to her name by being the most contemporary monohull of 2014, and one that puts sailing pleasure above any trivialities like practicality and cost. And what a sensation she provides… the ride is stable, direct and super-responsive – this is a true supercar of the sea.
BLUEWATER CRUISER: Boreal 52
This boat is all about live aboard, go anywhere [period].
One of the most good and useful things about the European Yacht of the Year Awards is that offers you the knowledge of the best production yachts on the market at the moment. If you want a wider look on the best yachts of 2015, visit here the full nominations.