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The contestants in the category "Family Cruiser" for the 2020 European Yacht of the Year Award are:


● Impression 45.1 

● Oceanis 30.1

● Sun Odyssey 410

This catagory is all about typical cruising boats. They need to offer enough room and comfort for you to take your family, but they should be easily enough managed to sail double- or singlehanded as well. Beyond this versatility family cruisers need to be relatively affordable which is why many come from the big production builders. While in the past the segment was mainly derived from the 30 to 45 foot range the market has seen more and more larger models lately – which also tend to become more sophisticated every year. This trend is driven in part by the charter business. By their very nature and their attractive price tags typical family cruisers are often to be found in charter fleets. But there are quite different proposals from small yards as well.

The announcement of this year’s winners, will take place during the Flagship-Night on the first evening of the Boot Düsseldorf (18.-26.01.2019).  

Impression 45.1
Elan Impression 45.1
Sun Odyssey 410

Revising existing models instead of developing completely new yachts has become somewhat of a trend among many builders. There are boats in the market which have been updated several times over the last ten or fifteen years. So did Elan: The Slowenian brand has just released the 4th iteration of her 45-footer. With a new deck and a completely revamped interior the boat has gained a lot of appeal for both owners and charter skippers with 3 to 4 cabins and 6 to 10 berths if the salon sofa and table are to be converted into a bed. Enough to beat the competition among which there is last year's category winner from Beneteau, the 46.1? 

For further information, please feel free to visit the webpage of the manufacturer​.



Length: 13.00 m ● Width: 4.18 m  ● Draft: 1.90  m  (opt. 1.60 m) ● Displacement: 10.5 t ● Sail area: 99.3 sqm

Oceanis 30.1
Oceanis 30.1

She is the newest and smallest model in market-leader Beneteau's much heralded cruising range. Following the award-winning Oceanis 46.1 the 30.1 is the first true family boat – with a modest price tag and a compact size that fits many sailors budgets. Built in Poland by Delphia Yachts, now a Beneteau subsidiary, her quality is not just in the looks but also in substance. With her far ranging options list the Oceanis 30.1 can be well specified to the owners likings. No wonder she was the star of this year's boot Düsseldorf.

For further information, please feel free to visit the webpage of the manufacturer.


Length: 8.99 m ● Beam: 2.99 m ● Draft: 1.88 m (opt. 1.30 or 0.95 - 2.33 m) ● Displacement: 4.0 t ● Sail area: 39.5 sqm 

Sun Odyssey 410
Sun Odyssey 410

Jeanneau has been and still is one of the more innovative serial production yards. Two years ago the Sun Odyssey 440 won the European Yacht of the Year Award, thanks not so much for her novel walk-around-cockpit but for her remarkable overall qualities. The slightly smaller but very similar 410 was launched last year already but it's her latest feature that caught the Jury's attention: the optional hydraulic swing keel, equally practical as rare in this segment of the market. How well is it integrated, how efficient does it work? We will find out for sure in our week-long seatrails!


Please find further renderings and information at Jeanneau's homepage​.


Length: 11.99 m ● Beam: 3.99 m ● Draft: 1.37 - 2.97 m Displacement: 7.8 t ● Sail area: 77.1 sqm

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