Sunday, February 25

Meet Winners of Best Powerboat Awards

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The Azimut Magellano 60, Marex 440 Gourmet Cruiser, Omikron OT 60, and Leopard 40 PC were all winners of annual European Powerboat of the Year awards in their various categories. The awards were made in a ceremony on Flagship Night at the opening of the Düsseldorf show.

The winning boats were chosen by a jury of editors from eight European powerboat magazines. The judging started with sea trials of boats introduced during the year and included each boat’s quality, workmanship, handling, layout, safety, innovation, and value for money. The judges started with more than 250 new boats and then narrowed the field down to 34 finalists for awards in seven different categories. The ultimate winners are:

Up To 20 Meters: Azimut Magellano 60 (pictured). The jury said, “The Magellano 60 impresses in the motoryacht class up to 20 meters. In addition to its successful visual appearance, the Magellano 60 is characterized by her newly developed hull, which ensures perfect handling at both slow and fast speeds. The workmanship and safety standards are also of the highest level.” Designed by Ken Freivokh, the Italian-built Magellano has a creative stern with an Infinity Terrace that includes a transparent parapet. Its Dual Mode semi-planing hull ensures optimal handling at varying speeds, combining comfort at low speeds with the ability to reach higher speeds efficiently. Powered by twin 730-hp MANs, the Magellano cruises at 18 knots and tops out at 26 knots.

Up to 14 Meters: Marex 440 Gourmet Cruiser. A Norwegian builder, Marex designed the 440 as a family cruiser with a special emphasis on its galley; Marex says it’s the largest in its size range. The 440 is built for safe and easy living on board, with two cabins (and an optional third) and two heads below. A washing machine is standard. And the entire cockpit can be enclosed for protection from the weather. Curtains are hidden in an overhead arch and just slide around the area.

Long Range: Omikron OT 60. Omikron, a Greek yard, says the new 60 is “a motoryacht that feels like a sailboat,” with “the perfect combination of the quiet, easygoing lifestyle of sailing and the convenience and space of a power yacht.” The Omikron OT 60 has an Eco-Cruise hull built with vacuum infusion; the superstructure is made with carbon fiber for light weight. With power from two 250-hp Yanmars, the new Omikron has a top speed of 16 knots, a cruising speed of 12 knots, and a range of more than 1,000 nm at 8 knots.

Power Catamaran: Leopard 40 PC. Made in Cape Town, South Africa, the new Leopard 40 power cat is a three-cabin, three-head, stable and seaworthy cruiser. The Leopard’s beam is 21’ 8”, slightly more than half its length, so it has vast amounts of usable space inside and out. The salon is full of light from large front and side windows and a large glass door aft. Another glass door opens directly to the foredeck.

Winners in the other categories: Up To 8 Meters: Ibiza 601; Up To 10 Meters: Sea Ray SLX 260; Electric: xShore 1.







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