Another Slovenian boat, Elan's Impression 344, topped the competition in the category of boats up to 10 metres
The sailing yacht Shipman 63, made by the Slovenian company Seaway, has taken the European Boat of the Year honours at the nautics show in Duesseldorf. Another Slovenian boat, Elan's Impression 344, topped the competition in the category of boats up to 10 metres.
The Shipman 63, picked among 16 yachts shortlisted in the category of yachts longer than 14 metres, became the successful successor to the Shipman 50 model, which became the overall winner at the prestigious Duesseldorf show in 2004.
The 19-metre carbon fibre boat was designed by Jernej and Japec Jakopin. It is the third independent product of the Seaway company (after Shipman 50 and Skagen 50). Seaway sells the vessel under the traditional Scandinavian trademark Shipman, which it acquired in 2003.
Costing some EUR 1.5m, six Shipman 63 have been sold so far, making Seaway the world's biggest producer of carbon fibre sailing boats.
Seaway is already developing a 22-metre version of the boat, the Shipman 72, which is to be presented this spring.
The Bled-based company and their in-house J&J design office is the world's biggest nautical development company. In 22 years of existence it has been responsible for more than 200 projects, which have led to the production of more than 41,000 boats in a total of 20 countries.
Source: Slovene Press Agency STA