5 Dutch entries in Boat of the Year 2021 contest

DÜSSELDORF –  Five Dutch yachts have been nominated for a ‘European Boat of The Year 2021’ award. Winners will be announced at the 2021 Boat Düsseldorf January 23 to 31, 2021 (Jan. 23-31), the world’s largest indoor boating event.


The Dutch nominees are:

  • (Sailing boats). Category: Luxury Cruiser: The Contest 55C, a 17m Judel/Vrolijk design of 17m. A highly finished, go-anywhere bluewater performance yacht with a choice of sailing systems, set up and management, and
  • (Motor yachts): The Linssen 35 SL AC that Linssen Yachts introduced at the 2020 Boot Düsseldorf;  the Bestevaer 53M, an aluminum motor yacht from KM Yachtbuilders and the Bronson 50, an entry from Steeler Yachts, a yard that has been nominated 6 times before and won in 2015, 2016 and 2019.
Boarncruiser 46 Traveller

Traditionally, the boat-of-the-year prizes are announced on the opening day of Boot Düsseldorf.

It remains to be seen how that will turn out in the age of COVID-19.

The awards were initiated in 2004 by the German sail magazine YACHT. The jury consists of editors of 12 boating magazines across Europe.

Bestevaer 53 motor yacht

Editors and test experts meet 4 times every year to nominate candidates and put all boats through sea trials lasting several days.

The 2021 awards jury has sailed more than 40.000nm.

Linssen 35 SL AC