HISWA Boats and Product of the Year winners announced

Awards for Aluqa Abalone 28, Hanse 315 and VolansCOASTAL
The opening of the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2016 saw the Aluqa Abalone 28 by Aluqa Exclusive Boats crowned as Motorboat of the Year and the Hanse 315 by West Yachting as Sailboat of the Year. The awards were decided by an independent jury chaired by Martin de Jager. The HISWA Product of the Year award was presented to the VolansCOASTAL by Volans Rowing & Sailing. Both winning boats and the winning product will be exhibited with all the other nominees at the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show in RAI Amsterdam until 20 March.

HISWA Motorboat of the Year
The Aluqa Abalone 28 by Aluqa Exclusive Boats was named Motorboat of the Year by the jury. “This is a stunningly finished boat with beautiful details and a sexy look,” said jury chairman Martin de Jager. “The Aluqa Abalone 28 is a fast-sailing boat with a very well-designed anchor construction.” Other nominees for the award were the Boarncruiser 1200 Elegance, Lillebror 78, Spoker Saloon and the Super Lauwersmeer Evolve OC.

HISWA Sailboat of the Year
The award for Sailboat of the Year went to the Hanse 315 by West Yachting. Jury chairman De Jager: “A sailboat with an excellent finish, a spacious cockpit, a high level of comfort and, last but not least, a surprisingly good performance. In short, she ticks all the right boxes!” The other nominees were the Dragonfly 25, Italia 9.98 and Maxi 1200.

HISWA Product of the Year
Under the supervision of deputy chairman Guido de Groot, the jury unanimously selected the VolansCOASTAL by Volans Rowing & Sailing as winner of the Product of the Year 2016 award. “The VolansCOASTAL gives a new dimension to rowing and is extremely well thought-through,” De Groot explained. “The product makes rowing accessible to a wider audience and increase the number of (active) watersport enthusiasts. What’s more, the VolansCOASTAL is available at an affordable price.” The VolansCOASTAL will be on show in the InnovationLAB during the HISWA show together with the other five nominees, which were the iRig, Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 FP and 4.0 FP, Quantum™ Wireless CHIRP radar, Load Bearing Collar and Spinlock Lume-On.

More information about the winners and other nominated boats is available via hiswarai.nl/innovaties/hiswa-boot-van-het-jaar. For more information about the winning product and the other five nominees, go to hiswarai.nl/innovaties/nominees. All nominees will be featured at the HISWA 2016 until Sunday.

About the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show
The HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show is the largest watersport event in the Netherlands and an exciting event for all sailors. The exhibition is also the ideal way to start the new sailing season. This year’s event will take place in RAI Amsterdam from 16 to 20 March.

More information is available via the website www.hiswarai.nl, Twitter (Twitter.com/HISWAamsterdam) and Facebook (Facebook.com/HISWAamsterdam).

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