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Regarding the reasons that lead the main European boat magazines to choose them among all the nominees :
Performance cruiser - POGO 12.50
The light and sparsely appointed Pogo surprisingly won out over more established competitors.
Even though it's not a boat for the masses, she impressed the jury with her concept and fantastic performance potential.
Reaching in a 25-knot breeze under jib and a double reef in the main, the boat surpassed 17 knots of top speed while remaining safely under control at all times.
There's plenty of space below with all the necessities for a family cruise, so she's quite the long-distance flyer.
LOA: 12.50 m; Beam: 4.50 m; Sail Area: 107 sq.m.; , DSPL: 5.5 t; Price: 221.410 euros.
Family cruiser - BENETEAU OCEANIS 45
The Oceanis 45 persuaded the jury with her concept and a combination of innovative details such as a well-balanced sail plan, a rig that's stepped farther aft, a Targa bar above the companionway that keeps the clutter out of the cockpit and improves the sheeting angle of the main, wide and gently descending companionway steps, a large and well-organized cockpit, and a stern hatch that doubles as a swim platform when lowered, among others.
LOA: 13.50 m; Beam: 4.49 m, Sail Area: 100 sq.m.; DSPL: 9.6 t; Price: 203.370 euros.
Luxury cruiser - OYSTER 625
This 19-meter Oyster 625 , a luxury yacht designed by Rob Humphreys, had to fend off very tough competition in very difficult conditions.
During the test in the North Sea it was howling with 50 knots and more, but it was no problem for the Oyster 625, which stayed comparatively dry and under control.
Bright, posh, and spacious belowdecks, there was no creaking noise to notice, not even in four-meter waves.
It was downright difficult to find flaws. Although the realm of “mega” really starts above 80 feet, the Oyster, in many ways, resembles a super yacht.
LOA: 19.37 m; Beam: 5.44 m; Sail Area: 236 sq.m.; DSPL: 33.5 t; Draft: 2.80 m (alt. 2.15 m); Price: 3,070,200 euros.
Special yachts - Esse 750
Small but completely carbon, the Esse 750 has a hull, rig, and bowsprit all made from the magic fiber. The expensive construction material drives up the price of the Esse, but it also makes her light, strong, and fast.
Designed by Umberto Felci, the boat, which is built in Switzerland near Lake Zurich, is a delight to sail: precision and speed.
The 750's helm is perfectly balanced, she can be easily handled by a crew of one or two, and going to weather is a thrill. It's the perfect fit for connoisseurs and experts who are looking for something special.
A one-design for going full tilt.
LOA: 7.50 m; Beam: 2.05 m; Sail Area: 35 sq.m; DSPL: 960 kg; Price: 63,070 euros.
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