April 23, 2024

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2023 Boat of the Year: Judges’ Special Recognition

2023 Boat of the Year: Judges’ Special Recognition

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Each and every calendar year, the Boat of the 12 months judging panel is empowered to cite nominees that merit distinctive accolades for exemplary steps or general performance. Typically, the choices acknowledge boats that did not win their respective class, but that were being nevertheless deserving of praise. This calendar year, the judges concurred that, in mild of its standout sailing ­performance, the Beneteau To start with 36 deserved a nod for its deserves as a stand-by yourself sportboat. And 1 country’s attention to innovation in sustainable setting up procedures also caught their collective eyes.

First 36
Light and powerful, the Beneteau Very first 36 provides distinctive sailing thrills.
Jon Whittle

Particular Award: Groupe Beneteau for Most effective Sportboat, the Beneteau First 36

For 2023, the judges honor the Beneteau Very first 36, one of the top sailing boats in the contest, as the Most effective Sportboat. Choose Mark Pillsbury describes the factors why: “The Initially 36 was a genuinely entertaining boat to sail. The big cockpit designed it uncomplicated to shift all around when trimming sails, and down under, there were just adequate creature comforts to take into consideration this boat to be a practical coastal cruiser. Judging by the 36, Beneteau is genuinely on to a little something with the 1st selection.” 

“The Very first 36 was really a entertaining boat to sail. Beneteau is truly onto one thing with the To start with array.”

—Mark Pillsbury

The Initially line was included into the Groupe Beneteau spouse and children when the French conglomerate obtained the Slovenian-constructed Seascape model of enjoyable, fast racers and functionality cruisers. The 36-footer is a extremely functional boat, with modular cockpit seats and lockers that can be mounted for cruising or left on the dock when racing. Light-weight and strong—the displacement is a mere 10,580 pounds—the boat provides special sailing thrills, and its twin rudders supplied possibly the most delightful, responsive helm of the contest. 

Beneteau First 36
The massive cockpit on the Very first 36 produced it effortless to transfer all around when trimming sails.
Jon Whittle

Specific Award: French Boatbuilders (Groupe Beneteau and Fountaine Pajot) for Clean and Ground breaking Setting up Tactics

In this evolving period of a altering weather, each and every manufacturer, in every single sector, ought to be on the march for extra environmentally helpful making tactics and elements. Two French boatbuilders with a number of makes in the sail and ability categories—Groupe Beneteau and Fountaine Pajot—are undertaking particularly that. 

Groupe Beneteau’s Let us Go Outside of! initiative is a companywide method meant to deal with efficiencies in functions and production. As just one case in point, the company’s E’Lab has introduced a prototype of the Excess 15 product with a Torqeedo Deep Blue hybrid propulsion technique. The aim is to make electric powered propulsion a viable different to auxiliary engines dependent on fossil fuels. 

Fountaine Pajot Aura 51
The sustainability capabilities of the Fountaine Pajot Aura 51 is just one particular illustration of the commitment that French boatbuilders have manufactured to cleaner creating tactics.
Jon Whittle

Fountaine Pajot has invested greatly in its possess strategic approach termed Odysséa with the aim of “becoming the leader in environmental transformation in the nautical industry” by 2030. This corporation is also performing on vessels with hybrid electrical propulsion in conjunction with groundbreaking hydrogen enterprise EODev, with a goal date of 2024 for the start of electric Fountaine Pajots.

Watch all of the winners by class, meet the judges, and more…