A festive atmosphere in the blue-lit Marshall House at Messe Berlin on Thursday evening: for the tenth time, the Best of Boats Awards judges presented the most important motorboat awards of 2023 in front of a large international audience. At Europe’s largest motorboat award, the jury selected the winners in a total of seven categories.
The prize for electric boats was awarded for the first time at the Best of Boats Award. The event was hosted by Boot & Fun Berlin, where it took place on the first day of the trade fair. Also for the first time, an award was presented in the Best for Performance category to so-called “superboats”: Particularly luxurious sporty boats that impressed the jury in terms of their speed and performance.
What are the best boats?
Julijan Višnjevec, editor-in-chief of Val Navtika from Slovenia, presented the prize for the best beginner boat to Beneteau representative Marc Averhoff for the Beneteau Flyer 8. “We are delighted to receive this award. Getting novice boaters excited about water sports is what we all want,” said Averhoff. The jury’s reasoning: “The day cruiser with its savoir-vivre flair, cabin and sun loungers is both safe and comfortable.
In the Best Electric category, which was awarded for the first time, the X Shore 1 was the winner. Stefan Gerhard presented the award to Alexander Nelgen, partly because of the particularly good price-performance ratio.
As chief motorboat tester of the online magazine Pressmare from Italy, Giacomo Giulietti presented the prize for the best fun boat, the AMT 240 DC. Dominik Entzminger, Managing Director of AMT importer Boat Solutions, accepted the award for the boat like a rock song on behalf of the shipyard.
Made for large crews
For Arek Rejs, tester for Wiatr magazine from Poland, a good family boat must be easy and safe to sail, have space and be fun. He presented the award to Marc De Antonio, founder and CEO of De Antonio Yachts. The De Antonio D50 Coupé was honored. Here is the floattest report.
“The award is a great honor for us. We founded our company in 2012 with a lot of passion and the will to innovate. The award gives us the energy to keep it growing,” said the shipyard boss, who had traveled all the way from Barcelona.
The prize for the best cruising boat was presented by Alfred Boer, chief motorboat tester of the magazines Nautique (Netherlands) and Varen (Belgium), to Catina Burchardi from aqua marin, who accepted the prize on behalf of Prestige Yachts. The spacious Prestige M 48 catamaran won over the jury. It is the first multihull ship from the French shipyard. “The time was ripe for a catamaran to win in this category,” said Catina Burchardi.