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Motor Boat Awards Enter Their Eighth Year

Published on February 4, 2014 by   ·   No Comments

Since Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boat & Yachting teamed up for their launch in 2007, the Motor Boat of the Year Awards has been a highlight of the London Boat Show.  2014 was no different with winners announced at a glitzy gala at Marylebone’s The Landmark London Hotel.

More than 250 guests from across the world applauded the winning boats in nine categories ranging from 16 foot Starter Boats to super-luxury Custom Yachts.  The judging panel of experienced journalists gave a further seven boats a ‘highly commended’ nod.

Here’s what co-hosts, Editors Hugo Andreae and Rob Peake, had to say about the winners:


Starter Boat – Won by the US-built Bayliner Element which Motor Boats Monthly editor Rob Peake described as:  “the perfect first step afloat financially, as well as practically”.

Performance Boat – Won by the Austrian-built Frauscher 1017 GT thanks to its:  “outstandingly fast, agile hull and outrageously beautiful design”.  Take a look at MarinaLive!’s review here:

Wheelhouse and Walkaround – Won by UK builder Trusty Boats for its new Trusty T28, which the judges praised as:  “a handsome and adaptable craft with a classic ‘little ship’ feel”.


Trawler Yachts and Aft Cabin – The Outer Reef 700 took the honours with Motor Boat & Yachting editor Hugo Andreae saying:  “it does everything a world class trawler yacht should and matches it with a level of build quality and customisation that we would never have believed possible at this price.”


Sportscruiser up to 45ft – The first of two Italian winners from Azimut-Benetti, this category was won by the Azimut Atlantis 34 with Rob Peake praising the way clever cost savings had given:  “ordinary motorboaters a chance to buy into one of boating’s most exclusive marques.”


Sportscruiser over 45ft – This was dominated by UK boats, but it was the Sunseeker San Remo that took the prize on the night.  Hugo Andreae admitted that this was one of the hardest fought categories saying the Sunseeker won through because:  “it perfectly balances the demands of sleek, sporty looks with generous space below decks. It’s also beautifully built and huge fun to drive.”  MarinaLive! featured the San Remo here:

Flybridge up to 55ft – Plymouth-based UK builder Princess Yachts International won the category with its new Princess 43.  The judges described it as being:  “so refined, spacious, classy and capable that it’s hard to see why buyers at this price would look anywhere else.”  Our review is here:


Flybridge over 55ft – The second win from Azimut-Benetti, the Azimut 80 was announced as category winner because:  “it delivers on every level, matching designer looks with sophisticated finishes, fabulous entertaining spaces and a driving experience which exceeded all expectations”.

Custom Yacht – Keeping it Italian, Ferretti won this highly prized category with the Ferretti 960.  Motor Boat & Yachting’s specialist custom yacht contributor, Alan Harper, said:  “It stretches the limits of customer expectations to a whole new level, delivering a genuine superyacht experience without the associated costs, complexities and risks”.


Alongside the three UK-manufactured boats that won on the night, a further three were highly commended by the judges – the English Harbour Yachts 16, the Hardy 62 and the Pearl 75 ( in the ‘Starter Boat’, ‘Trawler Yachts and Aft Cabin’ and ‘Flybridge over 55ft’ categories respectively.  This reflects the UK’s continuing position as a leader in the design and manufacture of leisure boats.

The final award of the night, The Judges’ Special Award, was given to Williams Performance Tenders for its outstanding contribution to the marine industry.  On presenting the award to founding partners and brothers Matthew and John Hornsby, Hugo Andreae said:  “Williams are one of the outstanding stars of the British boat building industry.  From a small shed in their parents’ back garden, they have grown into the UK’s most prolific boat builder.”

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