Each year, the American magazines Cruising World and Sailing World select the top boat in six different categories as part of the Boat of the Year Contest. The awards recognize and honor the best and newest sailboat models introduced to the North American market over the past year. This year, the Sun Odyssey 349 made a strong impression and received two trophies!
Cruising World Magazine tells us all about it:
“[…]Given such competition, it would clearly take an exceptional boat to rise to the top. That’s what the judges discovered when they boarded Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349. After a thorough inspection, they named it not only the year’s top Pocket Cruiser, but also 2015’s Import Boat of the Year. With over 100 already built and sold, the marketplace has already spoken. There’s just tons to like about this “little big boat.”
First off was the cost. […] “It’s the lowest-priced boat in this class and represents exceptionally good value,” said Judge Ed Sherman. “It could be a terrific entry-level cruiser for a young couple or someone just starting out, but it could also be a fine option for someone scaling back from a larger yacht who still wants to go cruising in a good sailboat.”
“It’s a Marc Lombard design,” said Judge Tim Murphy, “and you can see in the whole Jeanneau range that they are really paying attention to how the boats sail. I think we see that more clearly in the Jeanneau line than we do with other builders with offerings in this size range.”
“The cockpit worked for me,” said Judge Mark Schrader, “and so did the twin wheels and twin rudders. It’s typical Jeanneau grid construction, which they have dialed in very well. I do think they’re giving themselves short shrift when they say it’s an ‘entry-level’ boat. I’m not an entry-level sailor and I really like it.”
Sherman summed up the judge’s collective opinion concisely: “It has come in at such an exceptional price for what you get that it’s really the best value in the entire contest. The formula, then, is simple: marry value with quality and the result is a winner.”
The Paris International Boat Show has organised the second issue of this prize for power boat design in partnership with Moteur Boat, Neptune and Sport&Style magazines.
After a public vote and the votes of a jury of professionals to elect the overall winner amongst the five finalists in each category, the Nautic Motor Boat Design Award prize for the “Cruiser” category has been awarded to the PRESTIGE 420.
The PRESTIGE 420 receives the 2014 “Nautic Design Award”
The prestigious jury, who awarded the prize, comprised:
Alain Pichavant – General Organiser of Nautic
Nathalie Bigaignon – General Secretary of the French Federation of Nautical Industries
Odile Decq – 2013 architect and designer of the year, represented by Hugo Duchiron - designer at Odile Decq Design
Stéphanie de Loustal – Editing Director, Moteur Boat & Neptune Yachting
Michel Luizet – Editor in Chief, Neptune Yachting
Frédéric Pelatan – journalist, Sport&Style and Editor in Chief of the Journal du Nautisme
With the additional participation of Philippe Starck, Ole Nissen-lie (Batliv.com), Morten Brandt (Badnyt)
The prizes were handed out this Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 7 pm in Hall 4 at the Paris Boat Show.
This competition was open to all power boats launched after 2013; all categories and all prizes taken into account, this prize rewards the following criteria:
- the exterior silhouette,
- the originality and aesthetics of the hull,
- the ergonomics,
- the choice of materials (trim, upholstery etc).
Come discover the Prestige 420 at the Düsseldorf Boat Show from January 17th to 25th, 2015, and her coupé version at the London Boat Show from January 10th to 18th, 2015
The aesthetic design reflects reality. Philip Briand wanted to build a fast boat, one that would move quickly beyond the horizon and, above all, be a pleasure to sail.
The Jeanneau 43DS is a very popular model and design with expansive panoramic views from everywhere in the main salon, bright and airy interior.