With Gerasimos Gerolimatos (Greece), Nick Burnham (UK), Maurizio Zacchetti (Italy) and Alfred J. Boer (Netherlands) now also on the jury of the Best of Boats Awards (BOB Awards) it has become an even more international event.
The Best of Boats Awards highlight everything to do with motor boat use and feature forward-looking award categories that take boat owners’ needs, such as those of newcomers and families, rather than the size or type of boat into account, thus clearly setting this event apart from other industry awards. BOAT & FUN BERLIN is the premium partner of the Best of Boats Awards.
The 2015 Best of Boats Awards are divided into the following categories: Best for Beginners, Best for Family and Best for Fun. Best for Fishing is a new category that will be awarded to motor boats suitable for sports anglers and includes ocean-going craft.
This year’s jury is as follows:
Germany: Uwe G. Meiling (Bootshandel-Magazin, Berlin)
Finland: Jan Sjölund (Venemestari, Helsinki)
France: Dominique Salandre (Youboat, Paris)
Greece: Gerasimos Gerolimatos (Skipper ONDECK, Athens)
UK: Nick Burnham (Professional Marine Media, Torquay)
Italy: Maurizio Zacchetti (Vela e Motore, Milan)
Netherlands: Alfred J. Boer (Varen and Yacht-View, Amsterdam)
Austria: Thomas Dobernigg (Ocean7, Klagenfurt)
Poland: ArekRejs (Wiatr, Poznań)
Poland: Stanislaw Iwinski (Żagle, Warsaw)
Russia: Anton Cherkasov (Motor boat & Yachting Russian Edition, St. Petersburg)
Switzerland: Stefan Detjen (Wave Magazine, Rancate)
Slovenia: Julijan Višnjevec (Val Navtika, Ljubljana)
Spain: Enrique Curt Aborra (Skipper / Neumáticas, Barcelona)
Ukraine: Bogdan Parfeniuk (Farwater, Kiev)
The jury will also honour the most remarkable boats in 2015 for the main European markets and sailing regions, a prize that takes both boat owners and manufacturers into account. The Best of Boats Awards will only be presented to boats that have been tested under normal conditions.
Barely halfway into the boating season the 15 members of the jury have already tested 239 different boats from 20 countries representing the model year 2015. The list of finalists will be posted on www.bestofboats.com around mid-September 2015.
The presentation of the Best of Boats Awards will take place on 26 November 2015 at BOAT & FUN BERLIN, one of Germany's leading exhibitions for motor boats.