2006 Winning European Boats Announced – See the PIX

If you’re thinking of acquiring a new sailing boat in the near future, it will be hard to ignore considering the winning European Boats of the Year for 2006.

The boats are chosen by a jury of 10 European boating magazines from 10 countries, and announced on Day One of the Duesseldorf Boat Show, ‘Boot 2006’. Boot 2006 will be one of the biggest shows in Europe – organisers are expecting 283,000 visitors from 60 nations and 1,659 exhibitors from 55 countries to patronise the show, which finishes on 29th January..


…..and here are the winners: (CLICK ON THE NAME OF EACH BOAT TO VISIT THE WEBSITE)

Category: Over 14 metres winner:

SHIPMAN 63

Shipman 63
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Shipman 63 interior
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Short-listed were: Etap 46 DS, Felci 49, Sunbeam 53 and the Wauquiez 47 PS.
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Category: Up to 14 metres winner:

JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 45

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45
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Sun Odyssey 45 Interior
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Short-listed: C-Yacht 1250, Comet 41s, Najad 440 and the Oyster 46.

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Category: Up to 12 metres winner:

HANSE 400


Hanse 400E
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Short-listed: Dufour 365, Grand Solei 37, Hallberg-Rassy 342 and the X-35.

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Category: Up to 10 metres winner:

ELAN 344 IMPRESSION


Elan Impression 344
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Elan Impression 344 Interior
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Short-listed: Bavaria 30, Café 27, Fast Zero and the J-100.

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Category: 'Most Innovative Boat' winner:

ETAP 46 DS

ETAP 46DS
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46DS Interior
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The magazines nominate possible candidates over the course of the year before the panel produce a shortlist of around 25 yachts. These are judged in the final round in November.

Winner of the European Powerboat of the Year under 30ft (9m) was the SEALINE S29.
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