Cranchi and Garmin were big winners at the 13th annual European Powerboat of the Year awards at the Düsseldorf boat show. The prestigious awards were decided by a jury of editors from eight European boating magazines; they considered 24 finalists drawn from more than 200 new boats launched in Europe last year. The awards were divided into four size categories, a displacement hull category, and an innovation category.
The Nordkapp Noblesse 660 won in the small boat class, up to 25 feet. The judges said it was a new concept in the day cruiser segment, with a protected cockpit and excellent performance.
The Nimbus Weekender 9 Outboarder won in the under 35-feet category. The judges said the Swedish builder entered the outboard market with a stepped-hull boat with speeds up to 40 knots, making it a safe and serious contender in a set of fast offshore boats.
The Cranchi T 36 Crossover (pictured above) was the winner in the under 45-feet category. The show’s announcement said the T 36 Crossover combines the best of several worlds. Its trawler hull and the generously proportioned deckhouse offer plenty of room and living space; the powerful Z-drive with two 330-hp diesel engines offers speeds of up to 40 knots.
The De Antonio Yachts D46 Open won in the over 45-feet category. The Spanish luxury yacht comes with up to four outboards and has a top speed of 46 knots. The announcement said that due to its flexible manufacturing technique, the D46 can for the most part be totally customized.
The Steeler NG 65 S won in the displacement hull category. The announcement said it is “a very special boat for very special customers. It proves that it is possible to build modern, smart steel boats for the disabled. It is equipped with everything that disabled people need to cope with life on board.
The Garmin Panoptix LiveScope won the Innovation Award. The judges said, “With state-of-the-art computer technology, the Garmin Panoptix-Sonar brings the underwater world up close and intimate in a completely new three-dimensional way.” Read more: