As the European Yacht of the Year contest for sailboats moves forward, so does a parallel contest for European Powerboat of the Year 2013, with competition among 25 nominated boats. The expert jury consisted of editors form the following magazines: Barche a Motore (Italy), Båtliv (Norway), Boote (Germany), Marina CH (Switzerland), Neptune (France) and Yachtrevue (Austria).

The Flipper 670ST is one of the candidates in the "Up to 25 Feet" category.

The candidates were split into five categories for thorough inspection and testing before they were judged with the help of a specially formulated scoring system. Key criteria include performance, comfort, safety, interior arrangements, and value.

During Flagship Night, hosted by Delius Klasing (publisher of the magazines YACHT and Boote, which are in charge of the respective contests), the class winners will be announced on stage at the Dusseldorf Boat Show before the overall winner of of European Powerboat of the Year 2013 is announced.

Here’s the complete list of nominees:

Up to 25 feet

Up to 35 feet

  • Atlantis 34

  • Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855

  • Marex 320 AC

  • Sessa Key Largo 27 Inboard

  • Viknes 930

Up to 45 feet

  • Absolute 40 STL

  • Azimut 43 Magellano

  • Bavaria 420 Virtess

  • Minor 36 Offshore

  • Sea Ray 370 Venture

45 feet and up

  • Beneteau Swift Trawler 50

  • Galeon 550 Fly

  • Goldfish 50 Ocean

  • Prestige 620

  • Sealine F 48 Fly

Displacement yachts (no length restriction)

  • Garcia GT 54

  • Grand Banks 54 Heritage

  • Jetten 44 Sedan

  • Linssen 28 New Classic Sturdy Sedac

  • Sturier 620 CS

Last year’s winners:

  • Up to 25 feet: Four Winns S 215 (USA)

  • Up to 35 feet: Cranchi 30 Endurance (Italy)

  • Up to 45 feet: Nimbus 365 Coupé (Sweden)

  • 45 feet and above: Prestige 500 Fly (France)

  • Displacement yachts: Bruijs-Coaster 1400 OC (Holland)

  • Innovation Award: Goldfish 23 eFusion (Norway)

And here's a photo gallery of nominated boats for 2013.

- Dieter Loibner