After an intensive season with hundreds of boat tests, the 18 finalists of the Best of Boats Award 2022 in the categories Best for Beginners, Best for Family, Best for Fun and Best for Travel have now been chosen. These best powerboats of the 2022 model year prevailed after numerous test runs over the past twelve months.
The 16-member expert jury, consisting of editors-in-chief and motorboat test directors from all over Europe and the USA, thoroughly tested the most interesting international motorboat innovations in numerous cruising spots.
The decision of the jury is based – as an essential criterion – on the needs of the user. This is how the jury has kept its selection for the past nine years.
These are the finalists:
BEST FOR BEGINNERS
Alfastreet 21 Open (Slovenia)
Jeanneau Cap Camarat 7.5 (France)
Quicksilver 625 Pilothouse (USA)
Ryck 280 (Germany)
Alfastreet 21 Open: Finalist 2022 in the Beginners category © Best of Boats Award / Jan Lange
Jeanneau Cap Camarat 7.5: Finalist 2022 in the Beginners category © Shipyard
Quicksilver 625 Pilothouse: 2022 finalist in the Beginners category © Shipyard
Ryck 280: Finalist 2022 in the Beginners category © Werft
BEST FOR FAMILY
Axopar 45 XC (Finland)
Bavaria SR 36 (Germany)
Beneteau Gran Turismo 45 (France)
Jeanneau DB/43 (France)
Delphia 11 Sedan Electric (Poland)
Axopar 45 XC: 2022 Finalist in the Family Category © Shipyard
Bavaria SR 36: Finalist 2022 in the Family category © Werft
Beneteau Gran Turismo 45: Finalist 2022 in the Family category © Shipyard
Delphia 11 Sedan Electric: Finalist 2022 in the Family category © Shipyard
Jeanneau D/B 43: Finalist 2022 in the Family category © Shipyard
BEST FOR FUN
Axopar 25 Cross Bow (Finland)
Fiart Seawalker 35 (Italy)
Rand Source 22 (Denmark)
Tecnorib Pirelli 50 (Italy)
Wellcraft 355 (USA)
Axopar 25 Cross Bow: 2022 Finalist in the Fun Category © Best of Boats Award
Fiart Seawalker 35: Finalist 2022 in the Fun Category © Shipyard
Rand 22 Source: finalist 2022 in the Fun category © Best of Boats Award / Krunoslav Mihic
Tecnorib Pirelli 50: Finalist 2022 in the Fun category © Shipyard
Wellcraft 355: Finalist 2022 in the Fun category © Best of Boats Award / Stanislaw Iwinski
BEST FOR TRAVEL
Absolute 56 Fly (Italy)
Balt 37 Grand (Poland)
Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 (France)
Leopard 46 Powercat (South Africa)
Absolute 56 Fly: Finalist 2022 in the Travel category © Shipyard
Balt Grand 37: Finalist 2022 in the Travel category © Best of Boats Award / Arek Rejs
Beneteau Swift Trawler 48: Finalist 2022 in the Travel category © Shipyard
Leopard 46 Power: Finalist 2022 in the Travel category © Shipyard
How do we select?
What are actually the best boats of a year? Certainly those that are deliverable – and that could actually be tested extensively. Only boats that have been tested by several jurors are considered for selection. Novelties that are still in the planning or construction stage are therefore not eligible for the Best of Boats Award.
The scope and professional depth of the test runs distinguish the campaign and make the BOB Award a seal of approval for the special quality of the selected boats. Nationally and internationally, the award is one of the most prestigious awards in the boating industry.
Voting for the shortlist is secret: 16 professional boating journalists from all over Europe and the USA make the pre-selection. For the past eight years, the expert jury has selected the finalists in categories that correspond to user types – such as beginners, families and long-distance travelers.
Cross-section of boat development
The selection for the 2022 Best of Boats Award reflects the full range of the current model year. This year, almost all popular boat types are represented in the Best of Boats Award 2022: from RIBs to family cruisers and pure sport boats to displacement boats and motor catamarans. Only the Best for Fishing category is taking a break this year.
Newly launched brands such as Ryck from Hanse Yachts are among them, as is Delphia Yachts with its electric Mindful Cruising concept. Back on the European market is the Wellcraft brand from the USA with a Jeep on the water. Strong boatbuilding nations such as France, Italy, Finland and Poland are naturally very well represented. But also countries less known for boatbuilding like South Africa and Denmark are present.
Boot & Fun is premium partner and host
The Best of Boats Award will be presented on the first evening of Boot & Fun Berlin. The #2 water sports show in Germany will take place from November 24-27, 2022. The announcement of the winners with the judges, international representatives of the boating industry and shipyard bosses will be on Thursday, November 24, 2022, starting at 6:30 pm.
BOB winners 2021 shipyard boss Bernhard van Oranje, juror Alfred Boer and Teun Enklaar (from left) © Messe Berlin
The Berlin-based company has been a premium partner of the Best of Boats Award since 2014 and will again host the festive Winner Party this year. One winner will be selected per category. Four times it is then „And the winner is …“ in the exhibition hall, before the creators of the best powerboats of the current model year 2022 take to the big stage..