BOB is the International Motorboat Award,
focused on the boater’s point of view.

STORY OF BOB

The Best of Boats Award was launched in 2014 by boat journalists from many countries and
different editorial offices which had and have two things in common: Their very large experience as boat testers and their particular interest in the practical needs of boaters.

It is the biggest annual appreciation for motorboats in Europe, assuming the number of participating media and boat tests. As the only motorboat award wor- ldwide, its is at home in all important european water-sports regions.

The Best of Boats Award is focused on the boaters point of view. All categories are defined by real-life use cases and correspond to target groups, not to boat lengths.

Who is BOB
The Jury

The Best of Boats Award was launched in 2014 by boat journalists from many countries and different editorial houses. All were united by two things: Their profound experience as boat testers and a strong interest in the practical needs of active boaters. From all over Europe, these professional boat journalists are currently members of the Jury.

ALFRED J. BOER

The Netherlands

Testing for BeNeLux boating mags such as Nautique and Varen, the former commercial pilot and long-time tester is based near Amsterdam.

VINCENT BOREL

France

Editor in chief of Hors-Bord magazine, Vincent lives in Antibes. Boating from early age, offshore race sailing is his passion too.

ZUZANA PROCHAZKA

USA

Contributing to 18+ boating publications, Award-winning freelance writer and photographer Zuzana also leads the Board of Directors for Boating Writers International.

ANTON CHERKASOV

Russia

Editor in chief of the Russian edition of Motorboat & Yachting, based in St. Petersburg.

KERSTIN ZILLMER

Germany

Founder and editor in chief of float, Germany’s leading online magazine for everything that moves on the water. Based in Berlin.

NEALE BYART

United Kingdom

As editor in chief of UK’s premier digital motorboat magazine, the long-time boat pro is based in Rayleigh.

ENRIQUE CURT IBORRA

Spain

Owner and editor in chief of Mares boating magazine. Long-time boating media entrepreneur Siga is based in Barcelona.

BERND HOFSTÄTTER

Austria

Chief motorboat tester and long time contributor of Austria’s classic Ocean7, Bernd is based in Klagenfurt.

GIACOMO GIULIETTI

Italy

Sailing with almost everything, wind or motor powered crafts, is his passion, and that’s what the boat tester of Vela e Motore and award winner, did for most of his life.

STANISLAW IWINSKI

Poland

Sport sailor by passion since 55+ years, journalist by profession since 45+ years, based in Warsaw.

TROELS LYKKE

Denmark

Founder and editor in chief of Motorbaads Nyt, Denmark’s leading online magazine for motorboats. Based in Aarhus.

KRUNOSLAV MIHIC

Editor in Chief of the leading Croatian Boat Magazine, Kruno is based in Rijeka.

GERASIMOS GEROLIMATOS

Greece

Founder and head of print + app + web magazine Skipper On Deck, based in Athens.

BOGDAN PARFENIUK

Ukraine

Editor in chief of the leading ukrainian boat magazine and passionate yacht skipper, Bogdan is based in Kiev.

AREK REJS

Poland

Correspondent for Wiatr and int’l boat magazines, Poznan-based Arek almost always on the water, if not in the air.

JAN SJÖLUND

Finland

Editor in chief of two finnish boat magazines in Helsinki, Jan is also chairman of the Finnish Boating Journalists Association.

JULIJAN VISNJEVEC

Slovenia

Owner and editor in chief of Slovenian leading boat magazine, based in Ljubljana.

STEFAN GERHARD

Germany

Keeps the friends of BOB together as founder and chairman of the Best of Boats Award.

WHO IS BOB
OUR MAGAZINES

Burza Nautike

Magazine

Burza Nautike is Croatia’s leading nautical magazine and web portal in the region. Due to its informative and educational character, it has been proved useful for boat owners, industry professionals and for every seaman and person who loves the sea and sailing.

float

Magazine

float is Germany’s leading online magazine dedicated to everything that moves us on the water, in particular boats and people on the water. float is host of the biggest and most engaged Facebook community in the DACH region and founding member of the BOB Award.

Hors-Bord

Magazine

Hors-Bord Magazine is one of the most popular boating magazine in France since is launch in 2005. Specialized about motor boats approximately up to 40 feet, the magazine is available in all francophone countries every two months.

Mares

Magazine

Mares is run by a group of professionals who share the objective to propose new challenges to everyone who loves nautical sports. Idealistic, enthusiasts, open minded and a little bit stubborn the creators are are really ambitious with the new, 2017 established magazine.

Motorboat

Magazine

Motorboat Owner is the UK’s premier digital motorboat magazine, launched in 2013 by two journalists with 25 years experience in the industry – and a lifetime of passion behind them. It specializes in the sector up to 45 ft with a strong practical element in its content.

Nautique

Magazine

Nautique is the exclusive Dutch Yachting Magazine that brings yachting to its readership in the most eye-catching way, commissioning only the best travel, luxury, design, gastronomy and of course yachting editors and photographers.

Ocean7

Magazine

Emotional stories from all exciting areas of the world, factual information about maritime innovations, competent tests of new sailing and motor yachts and plenty of first-hand tips make Ocean7 the bimonthly Yacht magazine for Austria.

Ondeck

Magazine

The luxury yachting & lifestyle magazine covers news from the worldwide shipyard community with emphasis on sailing and motor boats longer than 9 meters. Published in english four times per year, it is available all over Greece.

Southern Boating

Magazine

Founded in 1972, Southern Boating is a monthly glossy print magazine, the largest in the southern U.S. Focused on powerboats 30-90 feet, it publishes the best of the boating lifestyle in the tradition in which it started.

Totalvene

Magazine

Totalvene is Finland’s premiere boating digital media with expert focus in boat testing, product novelties and news. Established in late 2017 by an experienced boating publisher and journalist team Totalvene looks to the future with deep insight to the boating.

Val navtika

Magazine

Val navtika was the first boating magazine to be published in Slovenia, and now prides itself on a long heritage as the most respected magazine in the Slovenian marine industry. Since 1991, Val navtika has stood at the vanguard as the most widely read boating periodical.

Varen

Magazine

Varen is Belgium’s most read watersports magazine for more than 40 years, offering 10 editions each year with 25.000 copies each per annum.

Venemestari

Magazine

Venemestari is the leading boat magazine in Finland. Made for practical boat owners and people with a boating lifestyle plus individuals who prefer to upkeep their own boats, Venemestari differs from all other magazines in Finland.

Motorbaads

Magazine

Denmarks biggest digital voice about testing boats up to 70 ft is dedicated also to lifestyle at sea and practical aspects of boating. Launched in 2011, the free magazine is run by journalist Troels Lykke with 20 years experience in the boat industry.

Wiatr

Magazine

With trustworthy boat tests, exciting travel stories and watersports news, Wiatr became quickly one of the most popular boating magazines in Poland after its start in 2010. It is distributed free of charge where boaters spend their free time.

Vela e Motore

Magazine

Vela e Motore from Italy has a tradition since 1923 in the market, covering tests, previews and everything related to pleasure boats without limits to the kind of craft: from sailing to motorboats, RIBs and superyachts.

How to BOB
Tests, Categories & Awards

Hundreds of new boat models from all leading boat-building countries get tested each year by the Best of Boats Award jury members in confirmed full-scale boat tests.
Future-bound categories show the full range of boating based on the user’s point of view. Currently it consists of six motorboat only categories: best for beginners, best for family, best for fun, best for fishing, best for travel, best for future plus a special award.

This years' prize-giving for Best of Boats Award will be held on 19th November 2020 in Berlin, Germany’s vibrant capital,
in a prestigious celebration on the first day of Boat & Fun Berlin, Germany’s growing boat show, famous of its motorboat selection.

Best for Beginners

A beginners boat should be, according to the Best of Boats jury, a ship easy to use, safe to travel with, made by a service-driven shipyard plus economically favorable regarding purchase price, fuel consumption and costs for maintenance.

Best for Family

A boat suitable for families should be, according to the Best of Boats jury, a ship with enough space for all generations aboard, safety features for kids plus facilities and amenities for a longer stay on the ship.

Best for Fun

A boat is “Best for Fun”, according to the Best of Boats jury, if the ship is versatile for many kinds of watersports, adaptable to the needs of different crews and – of course – fun to drive with to experience nature, water and power equally.

Best for Future

A motorboat “Best for Future” is, according to the Best of Boats jury, a blend of new and groundbreaking technologies and concepts, combined
with the awareness regarding sustainability and the responsible use of our resources.

Best for Fishing

A boat is “Best for Fishing”, according to the Best of Boats jury, if the ship is seaworthy, has much workspace, equipment like rod holders, fish tank and worktable, sun/rain protection, foldable furniture and a second helm station.

Best for Travel

A travel boat should be, according to the Best of Boats jury, suitable for long distance travels with all amendments to live onboard permanently, adapted either for inland waters or to the tough conditions at sea.