Here we go again, Jesus, this was a big one
The boats nominated for European boat of the year 2012 contest were announced:
On the Performance cruiser sailboat category
many interesting boats, most of them already posted on this thread.
Grand Soleil 50
Some of these boats have already been tested by some magazines and they are going to be extensively tested by all the main European sailboat magazines. I am very curious about the Dehler 41. I know that the Pogo and the XP44 are great sailboats and the Grand Soleil looks just beautiful and they are normally very fast. Only the J111 seems a bit out of place here and it is a pity because it is a great boat, but more a race boat than a performance cruiser. I don't really understand why they did not put it on the Special sailboat category.
Nominated for the Family Cruiser category
Benetau Oceanis 45
Most of these were also posted on the thread. Like the J111 I think that the Elan 210 should not be here. This is a performance boat and should be among those not here, or are they discriminating based on size
. It can go faster than a lot of much bigger boats
. Regarding the others, the Oceanis is too plain, the Jeanneau 376 looks a not so nice 409 clone and I think the winner is going to be or the Dufour or the RM. The Dufour comes in the continuity of the 425, a great boat, but seems even better and nicer and the RM bets on the innovation, but some youth problems (heavy steering an unappealing interior) can compromise its position against a Dufour here everything seems right.
Make your bets
Tomorrow I will post about the other two caregories