What is the best fishing boat

float magazine

On the evening of the first day of the fair, the nominees for the finals of the Best of Boats Awards 2018 were announced at the Cannes Yachting Festival. For the fifth time, the largest European award for the motor boats of the year will be given. The tension at the ceremony in the Palais des Festival was accordingly high.

There were more than 550 boat tests this year in order to distill the best motorboats of 2018 for the Best of Boats Award from all the new products. To choose the best series boats for families, beginners, travelers, sport fishermen and for fun sports, 18 jurors from all over Europe were on the road for testing throughout the season. float is a member of the jury for Germany in this international competition.

Here is the overview of the nominees:

Best for beginners

In 2018, there is a strong Finnish presence among the motorboats, which are particularly suitable for beginners, with the nomination of the AMT 190 R, the Falcon BR 7 from the new boat series of the same name and Silver Fox, which is equally present in the Avant and BR variants. This comes from France float Universal-RIB Zodiac Open 5.5 called the Swiss Army Knife in the shape of a boat in the test.

Best for fishing

Sport fishermen like to have space and freedom of movement on board - and to get to their destination quickly, which in this case are fishing grounds. The Beneteau Barracuda 6 from France, the small US boat Boston Whaler 170 Montauk, the completely different Invictus 200 HX from the design-oriented shipyard from Italy and the Wellcraft 202 Fisherman from the USA meet these requirements best, according to the BOB judges.

Best for Travel

More and more boat models that are suitable for long journeys at sea, in coastal waters and inland areas are currently being laid down on keel. The list of nominees for the Best of Boats Award 2018 in the Best for Travel category is correspondingly extensive. The race for Motorboat of the Year was made up of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 (France), the Eastbay 44 from Grand Banks (made in Malaysia), the Linssen Grand Sturdy 45.0 Sedan (Netherlands), the Prestige 520 (France) and two motor yachts Slovenia: the Seafaring 44 Flybridge and the Greenline 39.

Best for fun

The Buster Magnum and Grandezza 25 S from Finland qualified for the sporty boats, which are also suitable for water skiing and other fun sports. We have the Frauscher 858 Fantom Air from Austria in float already presented as a Fantom on Lake Garda. The Glastron GTD 220 comes from the USA. Like the two unequal twins Jeanneau Cap Camarat 9.0 CC and WA, this boat model belongs to the French shipyard group Beneteau.

Best for family

The family boat category is shorter than in previous years. The Jeanneau NC 33 from France was nominated by the jury as the first completely new boat in the revised series. The Parker 110 Monaco is the largest boat of the Polish shipyard to date. The Targa 27.2, a classic commuter from Finland, is more of a family boat than a travel ship due to its compact dimensions.

  • Jeanneau NC 33
  • Parker 110 Monaco
  • Targa 27.2

Decision in Berlin

The jurors will decide who will ultimately be the winner of the Best of Boats Award 2018 in a secret ballot. We will know more on November 29, 2018: The motorboats of the year 2018 will be publicly announced at the award ceremony in Berlin. The venue is then Boot & Fun Berlin.

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