The representatives of 11 European boating publications settled on their candidates for the European Yacht of the Year contest for 2014. They divided their selections into four categories of five boats each. This fall, the following boats are invited to be reviewed at Southampton, England and La Spezia, Italy.
Robust aluminum blue-water cruising boat with integrated centerboard.
LOA: 12.65 m / Beam: 4.15 m / DSPL: 10.3 t / Draft: 1.06–2.75 m
Bavaria Cruiser 37
Voluminous cruiser with good sailing qualities and a well-structured interior.
LOA: 10.90 m / Beam: 3.67 m / DSPL: 7.0 t / Draft options. 1.95 + 1.63 m
Beneteau Oceanis 38
Beneteau’s variable concept offers three different versions, including daysailer, weekender, and cruiser.
LOA: 11.50 m / Beam: 3.99 m / Draft options: 2.05 + 1.60 m
Dufour 410 Grand’Large
Uncompromising cruising boat, surprisingly agile performance.
LOA: 11.98 m / Beam: 4.20 m / DSPL: 9.4 t / Draft options: 2,10 + 1.75 m
Spacious and sporty family cruiser from the Netherlands.
LOA: 9.00 m / Beam: 2.96 m / DSPL: 3.0 t / Draft options: 1.60 + 1.90 + 1.25
Contest 42 CS
Smallest boat from the exclusive Contest yard in the Netherlands with plenty of customization, especially belowdecks.
LOA: 12.85 m / Beam: 4.15 m / DSPL: 11.0 t / Draft options: 2.20 + 1.80 m
Luxurious bluewater cruiser in premium build quality with keel-centerboard. Ready for long-distance cruising.
LOA: 17.60 m / Beam: 5.20 m / DSPL: 31.0 t / Draft: 1.75–3.60 m
The name is synonymous with top quality, high functionality, and classy looks. The HR 55 lives up to expectations.
LOA: 16.68 m / Beam: 4.69 m / DSPL: 26.3 t / Draft: 2.30 m
Cool avant-garde project from Italy. Premium equipment, lots of carbon fiber, and retractable keel. Luxurious belowdecks.
LOA: 18.8 m / Beam: 5.20 m / DSPL: 17.0 t / Draft: 2.50–4.00 m
A classic Italian Gran Tourismo, a promising package of comfort, performance, quality, and design.
LOA: 18.35 m / Beam: 4.80 m / DSPL: 15.9 t / Draft: 3.50 m
Attractive design with many practical details. Showed excellent performance during the test.
LOA: 11.30 m / Beam: 3.75 m / DSPL: 7.1 t / Draft options: 2.00 + 2.20 + 1.60 m
Hot racer from Slovenia that balances sport, performance, and a comfortable interior.
LOA: 11.95 m / Beam: 3.87 m / DSPL: 7.5 t / Draft options: 2.40 + 2.20 m
Exceptional execution of a very modern design with very high performance potential. Swivel keel for variable draft.
LOA: 9.14 m / Beam: 3.70 m / DSPL: 2.8 t / Draft: 1.05–2.50 m
Entirely built from carbon fiber and exquisitely appointed. The Premier 45 is built in Dubai, with an optional hydraulic lifting keel.
LOA: 13.72 m / Beam: 4.15 m / DSPL: 8.0 t / Draft: 1.83–2.75 m
Should extend the successful run of the X-99. Equipped to fly a big A-aail from a retractable bowsprit and endowed with very good performance.
LOA: 9.99 m / Beam: 3.21 m / DSPL: 4,3 t / Draft: 1.90 m
Small cruiser with good performance and a wide range of purposes. Lifting keel and twin rudders allow this French design to sail tidal waters.
LOA: 6.70 m / Beam: 3.00 m / DSPL: 1.0 t / Draft: 0.50–1.60 m
Exclusive and very pretty daysailer from Holland, designed by André Hoek. Classic looks above the water, modern appendages below.
LOA: 11.16 m / Beam: 2.70 m / DSPL: 2.7 t / Draft: 1.80 m
Sporty coastal cruiser from France with swiveling keel. Very special is the storage space for a dinghy under the cockpit floor.
LOA: 8.88 m / Beam: 3.45 m / DSPL: 2.8 t / Draft: 0.95–2.25 m
Distinctive and well-appointed daysailer with lots of interesting details and very good performance under sail.
LOA: 6.60 m / Beam: 2.30 m / DSPL: 1.06 t / Draft (swivel keel): 0.66–1.45 m
Exciting crossover design from Switzerland. This very sporty boat with livable interior demonstrates great versatility .
LOA: 8.00 m / Beam: 2.50 m / DSPL: 1.3 t / Draft (lifting keel): 0.40–1.70 m
This story originally appeared in YACHT magazine, and is republished here by permission. Translated by Dieter Loibner.