The first quarter of the new year is the perfect time to recap the most significant events of 2020. One of these undoubtedly includes Europe's biggest sailing event - the Best of Boats Award. These prestigious awards have been presented by Boat & Fun Berlin since 2014.
Origins of the Best of Boats Award
The idea for the Best of Boats Award, known as BOB for short, was born in 2014. This event, which today is the most prestigious one in the world of sailing, was initiated by journalists. Although they came from many countries and had different backgrounds, they all shared a passion for sailing.
It evolved into a desire to create a unique competition that would award prizes to the best motorboats each year. Currently, it is the initiators of the competition - journalists, who are members of the Jury.
Finalists of the Best of Boats Award 2020
The number of qualified candidates exceeded the organisers' expectations, who eventually selected 21 finalists in five categories:
What interests us most are the winners of the last three categories, whom we will present in brief.
Best for families
The best yacht for families was the French Prestige 420 Fly. It is perfect in every detail. On board, there's everything you need for a dream and comfortable cruise with your whole family. It is a spacious and elegant yacht. It's worth mentioning that it is fitted with the V-Drive propulsion system, which provides excellent balance, thanks to the centralisation of weight.
The Prestige 420 Fly yacht is available with a variety of engines, so you can ensure easy control and adapt the driving power to your individual needs. For us, this is above all a yacht full of class and elegance!
Best for fun
The winner in this category is the Swedish Nimbus T8 created purely for fun! It was designed with all kinds of water sports in mind. At the same time, its safe and comfortable deck is an ideal place for socialising. Its versatility is yet another important characteristic. Nimbus T8 has 3 different canopy solutions to choose from: harbour cover, helm canopy or a T-top design with a large canopy that covers the entire afterdeck. The T-top increases the comfort of the trip as it provides protection even when the weather gets worse.
This, in turn, promotes an extended sailing season.
Best for travel
This category marks the triumph of the Italian yacht Absolute Navetta 64. Voyage comfort is guaranteed thanks to the enormous space on board.
The salon on the main deck is surrounded by frameless glass windows, offering a view of the beautiful scenery as you cruise. Comfortable sofas, a large table and an entertainment area complete the design. The main justification for the jury's verdict is functionality and innovation, which are both clearly visible in the execution of the aft cabin.