The contestants in the category "Luxury Cruiser" for the 2019 European Yacht of the Year Award are:
● Hallberg-Rassy 57
● Sunbeam 46.1
● Wauquiez 42 Pilot Saloon
This is the upper-class of boatbuilding. Yachts that make a difference – not only in the way they sail but also by the kind of craftsmanship involved and the special aura they radiate. It’s the world of a rare few. Luxury cruisers are sold and built not by the dozens but by a handful each year. They are a rare sight in most harbours, respected if not adored for their superb finish and style. Some owners take them around the world, even to high latitudes because they can take it. Others just use them for hopping the coasts and enjoying their high degree of comfort and refinement. While quality, space and design rank very highly on the jury’s list when evaluating the candidates, price and performance are of lesser importance. After all: Who would want to go fast in a yacht offering amenities that even a five-star hotel can hardly compete with?
The announcement of this year’s winners, will take place during the Flagship-Night on the first evening of the Boot Düsseldorf (19.-27.01.2018).
The iconic Swedish yard has developed quite a footprint in the market above 50 foot in recent years. The all new 57 is their second biggest model behind the flagship 64, and it is also the most modern Rassy as of now. Her stand-out features include a center cockpit with two pedestals controlling twin rudders – a first for the brand. Clean hull lines and a flush deck are testament of German Frers design prowess. The HR-57 is clearly an owner's boat, offering several different layouts, including the option of a highly comfortable boat captain's cabin in the bow.
You can find further information, more data as well as first photos on Hallberg-Rassy's dedicated HR-57 website.
Length: 17.44 m ● Beam: 5.11 m ● Draft: 2.43 m ● Displacement: 28 t ● Sail area: 163 m2
With the debut of the 46.1 the well-respected Austrian yard is returning to the upper end of the luxury market. She represents Sunbeam's new top model and ranks among the most thoroughly designed newcomers of the year, suited for pretty much all cruising grounds – from the Baltic to the Med, from the English Channel to the Caribbean and beyond. While looking very much contemporary with soft chines and an arch above the companionway she airs some timeless appeal as well. Coupled with a no-nonsense approach to innovation and sturdiness the 46.1 also promises to withstand fads as well as everything the weather can throw at her.
For further information, please feel free to visit the webpage of the manufacturer.
Length: 14.75 m ● Beam: 4.45 m ● Draft: 2.20 m ● Displacement: 13.0 t ● Sail area: 115 m2
Wauquiez 42 Pilot Saloon
Boats with a view have become a rare sight as of late. There are just not that many yards playing the niche of pilot or deck saloon yachts anymore. Wauquiez is different, though. The French yard has built hundreds of them and continues to care about the special segment. The 42 PS is a striking example of fine craftsmanship and surprising performance. It also features a pretty interior design that feels both comfy and chic.
More pictures and a designer's comment plus additional information right here at Wauquiez' homepage.
Length: 12.99 m ● Beam: 4.34 m ● Draft: 1.65 m (opt. 2.15 m) ● Displacement: 11.3 t