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Motor Boat Awards 2014 Winners

January 07, 2014

Last night, the winners of the 2014 Motor Boat Awards were unveiled at a Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony, attended by more than 250 international guests and hosted by IPC Marine Media at The Landmark Hotel in London. Motor Boat Awards went to winning boats in nine categories, varying in size from 16-foot Starterboats to super-luxury Custom Yachts. Additional seven boats were Highly Commended by the judges.

MBA 2014 Winners

MBA 2014 Winners

The Award Ceremony was co-hosted by the editors of Motor Boat & Yachting and Motor Boats Monthly, Hugo Andreae and Rob Peake. These two IPC Marine Media titles launched the Awards in 2007 and their experienced journalists make up the judging panel.

A total of 55 boats were selected as finalists for the 2014 awards and the winners came from Austria, England, Italy and the US.

The US-built Bayliner Element won the ‘Starter Boat’ Category, which Motor Boats Monthly editor Rob Peake described as: “the perfect first step afloat financially, as well as practically”.

The Austrian-built Frauscher 1017 GT yacht tender collected top spot in the ‘Performance Boat’ category thanks to its “outstandingly fast, agile hull and outrageously beautiful design”.

The ‘Wheelhouse and Walkaround’ category was won by UK builder Trusty Boats for its new Trusty T28, which the judges praised as “a handsome and adaptable craft with a classic ‘little ship’ feel”.

The Outer Reef 700 yacht took the honours in the ‘Trawler Yachts and Aft Cabin’ category, with Motor Boat & Yachting editor Hugo Andreae saying: “it does everything a world class trawler yacht should and matches it with a level of build quality and customisation that we would never have believed possible at this price.”

The first of two Italian winners from Azimut-Benetti was the Azimut Atlantis 34 in the ‘Sportscruiser up to 45ft’ category with Rob Peake praising the way clever cost savings had given “ordinary motorboaters a chance to buy into one of boating’s most exclusive marques”.

The ‘Sportscruiser over 45ft’ category was dominated by UK boats, but it was the Sunseeker San Remo that took the prize on the night. Motor Boat & Yachting editor Hugo Andreae admitted that this was one of the hardest fought categories saying the Sunseeker won through because “it perfectly balances the demands of sleek, sporty looks with generous space below decks. It’s also beautifully built and huge fun to drive”.

Plymouth-based UK builder Princess Yachts International won the ‘Flybridge up to 55ft’ category with its new Princess 43, which the judges described as being “so refined, spacious, classy and capable that it’s hard to see why buyers at this price would look anywhere else”.

The Azimut 80 superyacht made it two wins from two for the Italian yard Azimut-Benetti when it was announced as the winner of the ‘Flybridge over 55ft’ category because “it delivers on every level, matching designer looks with sophisticated finishes, fabulous entertaining spaces and a driving experience which exceeded all expectations”.

Ferretti made it a third win for the Italians as the superyacht Ferretti 960 won the highly-prized ‘Custom Yacht’ category. Motor Boat & Yachting’s specialist custom yacht contributor, Alan Harper, said: “It stretches the limits of customer expectations to a whole new level, delivering a genuine superyacht experience without the associated costs, complexities and risks”.

Alongside the three UK-manufactured boats that won on the night, a further three were highly commended by the judges – the English Harbour Yachts 16, the Hardy 62 and the Pearl 75 yacht in the ‘Starter Boat’, ‘Trawler Yachts and Aft Cabin’ and ‘Flybridge over 55ft’ categories respectively. This reflects the UK’s continuing position as a leader in the design and manufacture of leisure boats.

This year the reader-nominated Garmin Europe Outstanding Service Award was presented to Norfolk Yacht Agency whose customers “convinced the judges not just with sheer force of numbers but with their heartfelt enthusiasm for the service they’d received”.

The final award of the night, The Judges’ Special Award, was given to Williams Performance Tenders for its outstanding contribution to the marine industry. On presenting the award to founding partners and brothers Matthew and John Hornsby, editor of Motor Boat & Yachting, Hugo Andreae said: “Williams are one of the outstanding stars of the British boat building industry. From a small shed in their parents’ back garden, they have grown into the UK’s most prolific boat builder.”

Simon Owen, Publishing Director of IPC Marine Media, congratulated the winners, summarising, ‘The wide range of nationalities we have welcomed onto the stage tonight perfectly reflects the growing international reach and appeal of Motor Boat & Yachting and Motorboats Monthly. Despite the harshness of recent years, it’s enormously gratifying to be in the company of winners and finalists who have once more impressed our judges with their mixture of high quality construction, design innovation and outstanding on-water performance.’

The 2014 Motor Boat Awards Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception was sponsored by Intellian and, after dinner, guests enjoyed a celebratory drink at the Motor Boat Awards Post Dinner Bar, sponsored by Dometic.

WINNERS OF THE MOTOR BOAT AWARDS 2014

Starter Boats
Winner:  Bayliner Element
Manufacturer Brunswick Corporation (USA)
• High Commended – English Harbour Yachts 16 (UK)

Performance Boats
Winner:  Frauscher 1017 GT
Manufacturer Frauscher (Austria)

Wheelhouse and Walkaround
Winner:  Trusty T28
Manufacturer Trusty Boats (UK)
• High Commended – Contest 52MC (Holland)

Trawler Yachts and Aft Cabin
Winner:  Outer Reef 700
Manufacturer Outer Reef Yachts (USA)
• High Commended – Hardy 62 (UK)

Sportscruiser up to 45ft
Winner:  Atlantis 34
Manufacturer Azimut-Benetti (Italy)
• High Commended – Elan Power 30 (Croatia)

Sportscruiser over 45ft
Winner:  Sunseeker San Remo
Manufacturer Sunseeker International (UK)

Flybridge up to 55ft
Winner:  Princess 43
Manufacturer Princess International (UK)
• High Commended – Monte Carlo 5 (France)

Flybridge over 55ft
Winner:  Azimut 80
Manufacturer Azimut-Benetti (Italy)
• High Commended Pearl 75 (UK)

Custom Yacht
Winner:  Ferretti 960
Manufacturer Ferretti Group (Italy)
• High Commended – Monte Fino ecHo 85

Garmin Europe Outstanding Service Award

Winner: Norfolk Yacht Agency

The Judges’ Special Award

Williams Performance Tenders

Double triumph for Azimut Yachts at Motor Boat Awards 2014

January 07, 2014

The prominent Italian shipyard, Azimut Yachts, opens the year 2014 with two prizes at the 2014 Motor Boat Awards. Superyacht Azimut 80 won the award in the ‘Flybridge over 55 feet’ category, while Azimut Atlantis 34 yacht won in the ‘Sportcruiser up to 45 feet’ category. The Awards represent a contest organised by authoritative British magazines Motor Boat & Yachting and Motor Boats Monthly.

Azimut 80 superyacht at full speed

Azimut 80 superyacht at full speed

The prestigious awards were officially presented on the occasion of the London Boat Show on January 6 by a panel of judges including the magazines’ editors and experienced boat testers on the basis of the results of tests conducted at sea with the vessels over the past twelve months and published in the magazines. The finalists in each of the nine categories were required to undergo rigorous, thorough testing procedures before the judges made their final decisions.

“These awards boost the importance of these two yachts, already recognised unique in their category in the previous months” underlines Francesco Ansalone, Marketing Director of Azimut|Benetti Group. “Azimut fans have already demonstrated their appreciation for both vessels, each of which presents decidedly innovative content and sophisticated solutions adopted to respond to the tastes and demands of an increasingly well-informed, evolving clientele. Receiving further confirmation of the success of these decisions from top experts in the field brings us all great satisfaction and encouragement to continue producing vessels which are the product of Italian creativity and skill but also, and above all, of on-going research and application of the best technologies.”

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Azimut.

UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship Programme gains UCAS accreditation

January 07, 2014

In order to offer tomorrow’s yacht crew both professional knowledge as well as recognised academic qualifications, UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship Programme has gained UCAS accreditation for its FD (Foundation Degree) in Operational Yacht Science. Run in partnership with The University of Plymouth and Falmouth Marine School, the new UCAS accreditation represents a unique development within an already highly successful training programme for the Isle of Wight based youth charity.

UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship Programme gains UCAS accreditation

UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship Programme gains UCAS accreditation

The superyacht sector has seen major advances in yacht design, vessel production and new technology over the past decade. But perhaps one of the biggest and most welcome developments right across the industry has been around the professionalisation of crew training. The introduction of UKSA’s UCAS accreditation to the existing FD degree level qualification is a positive and natural progression of those developments. Gone are the days of enthusiastic backpackers and amateur yachties walking the jetties looking for seasonal work. Recent changes to maritime legislation and much higher standards of maritime safety now require entry level yacht crew to have successfully completed a raft of qualifications including full medicals, sea survival training, fire fighting and first aid as bare minimum.

In the future and without exception, anyone potentially in command of, or serving as a member of crew aboard superyachts, typically costing €100 million plus, will require the highest standards of training and qualification. These qualifications together with the required amounts of sea time will only increase as individuals move up the ranks. Therefore, the modern day yachtie needs to consider a long-term development plan if they are to achieve a successful career.

There are certainly no more fast track routes to the bridge. Students wishing to pursue a career in the superyacht sector will continue to find the investment of time, money and hard work enormously rewarding. However, whilst the qualifications and skills gained within the superyacht industry are still often misunderstood or undervalued in the mainstream job market, the combination of professional cadet training and the degree qualification could soon change all that. With UCAS accreditation students will now have the advantage of being able to apply for student loans. In addition those interested in gaining a place on the cadetship programme can access bursaries and sponsorship to help support them during their studies.

Emma Baggett, Cadetship Manager at UKSA, said
“This is the first time a yacht training establishment has been able to provide crew with a UCAS accredited degree qualification to back-up traditional maritime tickets. Our aim is not only to equip yacht crew with the skills and knowledge required to work on a superyacht, but also to provide them with the academic foundations for a life outside of yachting.”

Mark Upton, Director at MGMT Yacht, the London based superyacht consultancy firm said, “This is fantastic news for the luxury yacht industry. Young crew who are looking for a professional career path will now have an outstanding opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification that will not only reinforce their career path but also offer a transferable qualification for later life. We strongly support this initiative from UKSA.’

Photos of Sunseeker 75 Yacht on display at London Boat Show 2014

January 07, 2014

Sunseeker International has released the photos of the all-new Sunseeker 75 Yacht, officially launched on the opening day of the currently running London Boat Show. As the latest addition to the Sunseeker Yacht range, the 75 Yacht represents the embodiment of sophistication as well as style that Sunseeker is so famous for. Below are the photos of Sunseeker 75 Yacht from the 2014 London Boat Show, published by Sunseeker International.

New Sunseeker 75 Yacht on display at the 2014 London Boat Show

New Sunseeker 75 Yacht on display at the 2014 London Boat Show - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Exterior

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Exterior - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Aboard Sunseeker 75 Yacht

Aboard Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 75 Yacht

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Wheelhouse

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Wheelhouse - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Galley

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Galley - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Dining

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Dining - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Saloon

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Saloon - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Cabin

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Cabin - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Bathroom

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Bathroom - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Twin cabin

Sunseeker 75 Yacht - Twin cabin - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Suzi Perry launches charity auction with Williams Turbojet 325 superyacht tender

January 07, 2014

Yesterday, January 6, 2014, saw broadcaster Suzi Perry attend the currently running London Boat Show to launch an auction to raise money for Breast Cancer Care’s FAB1 Million. Williams Performance Tenders has applied its extensive customisation skills to a unique Turbojet 325 superyacht tender, the centerpiece of the stand at this year’s event. Suzi was on hand to launch the bright pink yacht tender on behalf of the charity.

Suzi Perry launches the Williams Pink Turbojet 325 yacht tender for Breast Cancer Care

Suzi Perry launches the Williams Pink Turbojet 325 yacht tender for Breast Cancer Care

Suzi joined Williams staff to officially unveil the unique Turbojet 325 superyacht tender, which features a stand-out pink colour scheme. With an auction running throughout the show, it is hoped that the one-of-a-kind tender will raise thousands for Breast Cancer Care’s FAB1 Million project. Breast Cancer Care is the only UK wide charity providing support and tailored information for anyone affected by breast cancer.

The FAB1 Million project is centred around the famous pink Rolls Royce Ghost, and is aiming to raise £1 million through various initiatives, including hiring the famous car. Williams was inspired to create its very own pink tender to assist the campaign, with anyone wanting to take possession of their very own FAB boat able to place their bids on the FAB1 Million eBay page until Sunday 12th January.

Mathew Hornsby, Sales Director at Williams, commented:
“Not only is our pink Turbojet 325 stunning to look at and a great showcase for our customisation options, but is more importantly a fantastic way for us to assist a very worthy cause. Many of our regular suppliers have helped to make the pink Turbojet 325 a reality, so our thanks go to them as well.

“We’d advise anyone looking to bid on this unique tender to get their bids in early – we’re hoping to raise a considerable amount for Breast Cancer Care through the auction. We were delighted to welcome Suzi Perry to help us officially unveil the boat, and look forward to the considerable interest it is sure to create during the show.”

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation – Official charity of the 2014 London Boat Show

January 06, 2014

The London Boat Show is pleased to announce that The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has been appointed as the official charity of the 2014 event. Opened at ExCel London on Saturday, January 4, and running until Sunday, January 12, the 60th annual Show is hosting thousands of boats, brands, products, as well as suppliers.

London Boat Show 2014 - Photo credit to onEdition

London Boat Show 2014 - Photo credit to onEdition

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is a national charity that encourages young people to get into sailing.  Andrew Simpson, gold and silver Olympic medallist and America’s Cup professional, tragically lost his life in a training accident in May 2013. Inspiring the next generation was something Andrew was extremely passionate about and so to honour his life and legacy Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah founded the Andrew Simpson sailing foundation.

The Foundation looks to support deserving children and young people from their first experiences on the water through a mentoring programme with some of the world’s best sailors. Through sailing experiences the charity will help to develop their life skills, and importantly it will assist the children into employment in the sailing community through apprenticeships with partners including sail makers, boat builders and other marine companies.

Murray Ellis, Managing Director of National Boat Shows commented: “We are proud to be partnering with The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation at the 2014 London Boat Show. Andrew was a huge supporter of the Boat Shows, frequently giving his time to support the industry and encourage boating participation. Together I hope we can raise the profile of boating and watersports in the UK and highlight the opportunities available to all Show visitors.

Sir Ben Ainslie, Trustee of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation comments: “The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is very pleased to be partnering the London Boat Show. Together we share a common goal to inspire the next generation and enthuse passion of sailing and watersports. We hope all those who visit the show are inspired by Andrew Simpson and the work the Ambassadors are undertaking for the Foundation.”

In addition to receiving donations, the charity will have a stand at the London Boat Show, manned by a number of Olympic sailors and friends of Andrew. Head to stand E144 to learn more about the Foundation’s work.

Video from launch of Sunseeker 75 Yacht on the opening day of London Boat Show 2014

January 06, 2014

The all-new Sunseeker 75 Yacht was officially launched by comedian and BAFTA nominee James Corden on the opening day of the 2014 London Boat Show, held on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Built by Sunseeker International, the new 75 Yacht has been crafted to perfection, using the latest materials and techniques. Below is a video from the launch of Sunseeker 75 Yacht, published by BoatShowLondon.

London Boat Show 2014 now open

January 06, 2014

This year’s London Boat Show was officially opened on Saturday, January 4, 2014. The opening of Europe‘s first boat show was marked by launches from the leading British luxury yacht builders: Princess, Fairline and Sunseeker. Thousands of visitors filled the aisles, checking out award winning boats and products, as well as all the latest technology and innovations. The event will last until January 12, 2014.

Launch of Sunseeker 75 Yacht during the London Boat Show 2014

Launch of Sunseeker 75 Yacht on the opening day of the London Boat Show 2014

Sunseeker kicks off with a bang
The comedian and BAFTA nominee James Corden launched their eagerly anticipated Sunseeker 75 Yacht. With huge crowds of visitors and toe tapping music Sunseeker really impressed.

Fairline Targe 48 Yacht unveiled at the London Boat Show 2014

Fairline Targe 48 Yacht unveiled on the opening day of the London Boat Show 2014

Fairline looks to the future
Visitors enjoyed a glass of bubbly as the new motor yacht Targa 48 was launched. A fantastic piece of British craftsmanship and engineering the Targa 48 is just one of many models being showcased on the new-look stand.

Princess dazzles
Princess dazzled visitors with the launch of their V48 Open yacht. With 9 other boats including the 82 Motor Yacht, 72 Motor Yacht, Princess 64 and 56 Flybridge models, the stand is bound to excite the power boat community.

Darwin Class 96′ motor yacht STELLA DI MARE among Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2014 Finalists

January 06, 2014

Following the great success of the Darwin Class 86′ luxury yacht Vitadimare 3, nominated as one of the finalists in 2012, the all-new Darwin Class 96′ motor yacht Stella di Mare, built by Cantiere di Marche, has been announced as a finalist in the category ‘Custom Yachts’ of the Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2014. The winners will be revealed in London, today, on January 6, 2014.

Darwin Class 96' superyacht Stella di Mare built by Cantiere delle Marche

Darwin Class 96' superyacht Stella di Mare built by Cantiere delle Marche

Launched by Cantiere delle Marche in 2013, the 30-metre superyacht Stella di Mare belongs to the Darwin Class 96′ series, designed by Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec. She features contemporary, linear and very luminous interiors, designed by Pierluigi Floris and Marco Veglia. In addition to Travertino marbles, the natural Elm and open pore white Elm are the main essences. Among the special features of this lovely explorer belongs a spacious garage, storing 4 bikes, two of them electric, with their recharge battery station.

Suzi Perry to launch charity auction with Williams Turbojet 325 yacht tender at London Boat Show 2014

January 03, 2014

Broadcaster Suzi Perry will attend the 2014 London Boat Show to launch an auction to raise money for Breast Cancer Care’s FAB1 Million. Williams Performance Tenders has applied its extensive customisation skills to a very special Turbojet 325 yacht tender, expected to be the centerpiece of the stand at this year’s London Boat Show. Suzi will officially launch the bright pink tender on behalf of the charity.

The Breast Cancer Care Williams Turbojet 325 superyacht tender

The Breast Cancer Care Williams Turbojet 325 superyacht tender

Suzi will join Williams staff on Stand B230 on Monday 6th January to officially unveil the unique tender, which features a stand-out pink colour scheme. With an auction running throughout the show, it is hoped that the one-of-a-kind tender will raise thousands for Breast Cancer Care’s FAB1 Million project. Breast Cancer Care is the only UK wide charity providing support and tailored information for anyone affected by breast cancer.

The FAB1 Million project is centred around the famous pink Rolls Royce Ghost, and is aiming to raise £1 million through various initiatives, including hiring the famous car. Williams was inspired to create its very own pink tender to assist the campaign, with anyone wanting to take possession of their very own FAB boat able to place their bids on the FAB1 Million eBay page from Friday 3rd January and throughout the show.

Mathew Hornsby, Sales Director at Williams, commented: “Not only is our pink Turbojet 325 stunning to look at and a great showcase for our customisation options, but is more importantly a fantastic way for us to assist a very worthy cause. Many of our regular suppliers have helped to make the pink Turbojet 325 a reality, so our thanks go to them as well.

“We’d advise anyone looking to bid on this unique tender to get their bids in early – we’re hoping to raise a considerable amount for Breast Cancer Care through the auction. We’re really looking forward to welcoming Suzi Perry to help us officially unveil the boat, and to the considerable interest it is sure to create during the show.”