Here are the nominees for European Yacht of the Year, the prestigious international award that each year selects the best boats produced during the year. The list of nominated models has a total of 22 boats, divided within the 6 categories: Family Cruiser, Performance Cruiser, Luxury Cruiser, Special Yacht, Multihull Cruiser, Multihull Performance.
European Yacht of the Year 2022
European Yacht of the Year 2022 – Family Cruiser
On the Bente 28 a pronounced fully transparent deckhouse, a detail that makes it aesthetically distinctive despite being rather tall for a 28-footer.
This project is partly an evolution of the previous Dufour 360, but comprehensively rethought a bit in all aspects. It is 20 cm wider, has a more comfortable interior and more sail area, but also a larger cockpit and redesigned light points.
A Swedish 39-footer with a sleek, fluid design that, despite the double rudder wheel, has a stern that is narrower than the maximum beam, and even at the bow the broadside converges fairly quickly.
European Yacht of the Year 2022 – Performance Cruiser
Beneteau wants to create a stronghold in the high-performance cruiser/racer market, that is, to give a mass-produced model the characteristics of a fast thoroughbred, but one that has everything needed for cruising. In short, a cruiser that can glide smoothly while maintaining ease of use.
The Elan E6 represents the Slovenian shipyard’s return to the origins of its identity, namely that dedicated to sport cruising boats. With a hull by the “usual” Rob Humpreys, and a touch of Italian design by Pininfarina, Elan is re-emerging with a new model in the performance sector as well.
Comfort, elegance, and space worthy of a superyacht are concentrated in 40 feet: thanks to painstaking exterior and interior design work that took advantage of every corner of the boat.
Combining the will of a boat with sporting ambitions, while still making it usable for cruising and with a stylish and trendy interior design, as it is known, is one of the most difficult exercises in the nautical world, but Italia Yachts in its history has already proven to be able to overcome similar challenges.
Elegant in the simplicity of its lines and in the well-chosen design of the deckhouse, it conceals at first glance what are instead the substantial innovations of this new model from the Italian shipyard, a leader in the “premium” fast cruiser segment.
European Yacht of the Year 2022 – Luxury Cruiser
Ice 62 Targa, which will share much of the construction with the GC, the thing that is prominent in the cockpit is the carbon T Top, on which the mainsail will be deferred. A trendy structure in the blue water cruising world, useful for cleaning the cockpit and also providing some nice shade.
A bluewater built to combine comfort and luxury while making the most of available space. Well sheltered Nordic-style cockpit, large area forward of the deckhouse and below deck for up to 4 cabins.
The new Oceanis Yacht 60 has a deckhouse reminiscent of the one inaugurated with the First 53, low and with a gentle line integrated on the deck, characterized by the long side windows. The stern is the one with soft shapes and a slightly raised knee on the water, which will go underwater when the boat is heeled increasing its buoyancy, performance and sailing ability.
The Oyster 495 is a boat that has an almost minimalist design, with a clean deck and a panoramic deck saloon-style deckhouse equipped with a window that gives a sense of movement to the boat’s aesthetic.
European Yacht of the Year 2022 – Special Yacht
Hull and skeleton of the Ace 30 are constructed of biobased epoxy CP and cellular glass/PET sandwich. This French design is most notable for the carbon reinforcements that distinguish the boat.
A small cruising trimaran that is livable, sporty, and trailerable. It was built by Asts Boats, which, after the 16.5 and 20.5, is seeking ultimate affirmation with this boat that is just over 8 meters in overall length.
The EcoRacer 769 (or EcoRacer 25), a 7.69-meter sports boat that won this year’s Italian Minialtura Championship, is built with alternative materials such as thermo-plastic resins and flax fiber, which make the boat recyclable at the end of its life, a unique achievement in today’s boating scene. The boat’s design is by Matteo Polli, the wizard of ORC racing, who has created eye-catching, modern lines and a hull designed to compete in the mini offshore or Open circuits.
European Yacht of the Year 2022 – Multihull Cruiser
A catamaran measuring 13.34 x 7.87 m (but overall length varies from 13.97 to 15.99 m, depending on options and bowsprit) whose distinguishing feature is, first and foremost in the interior layout.
The design of the new Aura 51 was entrusted to the Berret/Racoupeau duo, who had already designed the Samana 59 that dictated somewhat the aesthetic line of the new Fountaines. Inverted bows and tapered volumes at the bow, then a living cell with a significant height with full glazing, with these some of the elements that characterize the Aura 51.
Nautitech’s new 44-footer espouses the philosophy of balancing performance, boating comfort and safety. You won’t find luxurious flybridges, but a marine boat for world travel and “bluewater” cruising that Marc Lombard designed in collaboration with Nautitech’s research and development team.
On the new cruising catamaran Lagoon has increased attention to outdoor spaces, particularly in two places, the fly bridge and in the area in front of the deckhouse. The 50 on the Fly had only a sundeck area, which on the 51 becomes a real living area with table and seating.
European Yacht of the Year 2022 – Multihull Performance
Phili Berman and Anton Du Toit are the pens behind the Balance 482, a catamaran designed to fearlessly tackle even long sailings. Water lines and sail area are those of a cruising catamaran, but one that does not give up performance and sporty trim.
The new Ocean Class (14.99 m long – 7.83 m wide) in addition to performance has a philosophy more oriented to long sailing. Lightweight and strong, thanks to the use of carbon, the hulls of this catamaran are designed to best adjust to the wind to ensure the right comfort for those on board at all times.
The C-48 takes some elements from the philosophy of the C-37. First and foremost is the cockpit with large bimini, which can be closed again when desired, and then the dinette that faces the outside by connecting the two spaces, almost creating an open space divided only by the sliding door.