European Yacht of the Year: The Nominations Are In

The international jury selected the most thrilling and promising 20 yachts in four categories for the European Yacht of the Year 2014.

1st August 2013.
By Michael Good

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.

The Bavaria Cruiser 37 is nominated in the Family Cruiser category. Photo: N.Krauss, YACHT

The Bavaria Cruiser 37 is nominated in the Family Cruiser category. Photo: N.Krauss, YACHT

Family-Cruiser

Allures 39.9

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

Winner 9.00

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

Family Cruiser Photo Gallery

European Yacht of the Year logo

Luxury Cruiser

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

Gunfleet 58

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

Hallberg-Rassy 55

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

ICE 62

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

 Mylius 18E35

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

Luxury Cruiser Photo Gallery

The Gunfleet 58, one of five nominees in the Luxury Cruiser category. R. Langdon, YACHT

The Gunfleet 58, one of five nominees in the Luxury Cruiser category. Photo: R. Langdon, YACHT

Performance-Cruiser

Dehler 38

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

 Elan 400

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

Pogo 30

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

Premier 45

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

XP-33

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

Performance Cruiser Photo Gallery

 Special Yachts

Django 6.70

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

Essence 33

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

The Essence 33, a graceful daysailer from Holland, is a nominee in the Special Yachts category. Photo: B. Scheurer, YACHT

The Essence 33, a graceful daysailer from Holland, is a nominee in the Special Yachts category. Photo: B. Scheurer, YACHT

Malango 8.88

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

Sailart 22

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

Saphire 27

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

Special Yachts Photo Gallery

 

yacht-logoThis story originally appeared in YACHT magazine, and is republished here by permission. Translated by Dieter Loibner.


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