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Top European powerboats honored at German show

The European Powerboat of the Year awards, now in their 12th year, were handed out at the Dusseldorf Boat Show.

The European Powerboat of the Year awards, now in their 12th year, were handed out at the Dusseldorf Boat Show.

The contest is judged by journalists from 11 magazines from 11 European nations. Each jury member tested every yacht from the five categories over two separate weeks at two locations — from La Rochelle in September and from Santa Margherita in October.

Organizers said the standard of nominees that made the shortlist for the European Yacht of the Year 2016 awards was particularly high. The voting in the multihull, family cruiser and special yacht categories was especially tight. After the decisions were finalized, the five category winners were announced during the opening night of boot Düsseldorf 2016: the Flagship Night.

Winning the up to 25-foot category was the Four Winns V 255, beating out Bayliner and three other brands.

The Axopar 28 took the up to 35-foot category, and Steeler NG 43 won in the category up to 45 feet, beating out big brands such as the Beneteau Gran Turismo 40 and Boston Whaler's 420 Outrage.

The Galeon 500 Fly, recently added to the MarineMax portfolio, won in the category over 45 feet, beating out Azimut's Magellano 66, the Ferretti 550, the Jeanneau Leader 46 and Sea Ray's L 590 Fly.

The Boarncruiser 1200 Elegance Sedan won in the displacement category.

On the sailing side, the Hanse 315 won in the family cruiser category.

The Solaris 50 won the performance cruiser award.

The luxury cruiser award was given to the Grand Soleil 46 LC, and the Dragonfly 25 won in the multihull category.

The Quant 23 took the prize for best special yacht.

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