The winners of the 2018 Motor Boat Awards were announced at a gala dinner at London’s Rosewood Hotel on Wednesday night.
Hosted by UK magazine Motor Boat & Yachting (MBY), and sponsored by Side-Power, the event attracted an international audience of more than 250 people and was held to coincide with the opening night of the London Boat Show.
Nine boats took away prizes, and trophies were also given to the Service Award winner and the recipient of the Judges’ Special Award.
The winners in each of the categories were:
Sportsboats and RIBs
Winner: Chris-Craft Calypso 30
Winner: Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
Highly Commended: Iguana 29
Sportscruisers up to 45ft
Highly Commended: Jeanneau NC33
Winner: Bavaria R40 Coupe
Sportscruisers over 45ft
Winner: Princess S60
Wheelhouse and Cockpit Cruisiers
Winner: Cockwells Duchy 35
Highly Commended: Greenline 39 Hybrid
Winner: Fountaine-Pajot MY44
Flybridges up to 60ft
Winner: Absolute 58 Fly
Flybridges over 60ft
Winner: Sunseeker Manhattan 66
Winner: Azimut Grande 35 Metri
Service Award, sponsored by Lombard
Judges’ Special Award
Winner: Fairline Yachts
The night was particularly rewarding for Fairline, having picked up its third award in just three months. Hugo Andreae, editor of MBY, described the UK builder as a company that has defied all expectations to achieve one of the most remarkable turnarounds of recent times.
“Just two years ago the brand was a mess; a lot of us felt this could be the end of one of Britain's best-loved boatbuilders,” he said. “Two years on and the brand is flourishing once again under new owners. It is still building boats in Britain, still investing in its rapidly growing workforce and still demonstrating that British craftsmanship is second to none. None of this would have been possible without the vision of its new owners and directors nor the commitment of its loyal workforce.”
Fairline MD Russell Currie thanked the judges for their consideration and decision, along with everyone at Fairline for their hard work. “Fairline’s golden year was definitely one to remember and we cannot think of a better way to kick start 2018,” he said.