HISWA picks sail, motor yachts of 2013
AMSTERDAM _ HISWA, the Dutch yachting sector lobby, has named the Nacra-17 the 2013 Sailboat of Year calling it a fast, innovative craft that is bound to delight racers and cruisers alike. The Dutch-made cat (photo) _ which has been picked as the mixed crew boat for the 2014 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro _ is “a concept that works well,” said the jury.
It called the boat “a huge joy to sail” and praised its curved dagger boards, adding:. “There are 3 dagger board positions. An extreme boat, but a good one for a mixed crew.” Jury Chairman Hugo van Wieringen, head of Azure Naval Architects, said the curved boards generate much lift. “Although fast, it is a relatively simply built and equipped boat,” he said. The 2013 award was announced at the 2nd annual HISWA in-Water show. The jury offered these comments on the Nacra-17’s closest rivals:
_ The J70: “Easy-to-handle. You can take it for a quiet spin or race it. ‘Easy does it’! And practical: the boat can be easily trailered. Keenly priced in its category. Sporty, not too extreme.”
_ Hallberg-Rassy 412: “A fast family cruiser that meets high standards. Finished well, down to the last details and in-your-face sailing qualities! A boat for extended stays, with a well-shielded cockpit and a very ergonomic cabin.”
On the power side, the Ned-70 (photo) was declared 2013 Motorboat of the Year. The jury cited its “impressive silhouette.” The Vripack-designed Ned-70 is a luxury craft evokes the looks of a naval ship.
“It oozes restraint, quiet, durability and safety,” said the jury. It also loved the Long Island 40 Runabout (“A fast boat that very successfully combines the roominess of an open craft with the comfort of a motor yacht”) and the Bronson 36 Islander (“A renewing concept. Push a button on a remote control and the transom folds open to reveal a full terrace! A great boat to sail _ and be seen _ in”).
For its part, Zeilen Magazine picked its 2013 Sailboat of the Year from the dozen day sailers, weekenders, racers and cruisers it tested in the past year. It picked the Winner 9.00 (photo).
“What impressed was how complete the yacht comes off the yard,” said Marinus van Sijdenborgh, a Zeilen writer and boat tester. “It was not an easy choice,” he added. “We liked the Dehler-38. Its finishing and overall level of quality is higher than average. We also saw a lot of quality in the Saffier SC 8m.”