Marex 440 Gourmet Cruiser won two major boating Awards during the boat show boot Düsseldorf 2024. Presented for the first time at the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival, it impressed the expert jury of the European Power Boat of the Year 2024, which consists of the editors-in-chief and sea trial journalists from the eight leading European motorboat media. The family cruiser was awarded in the “Powerboats up to 14 m” category.
The committee’s jury tested more than 250 new boat models to declare the winners. In addition to the usual quality features of a boat, such as artistry or driving characteristics, the sea trial team paid particular attention to the candidates’ space layout, safety, and price-performance ratio.
The renowned prizes were presented in a celebratory ceremony at the traditional FLAGSHIP NIGHT, the big industry meeting organised by Delius Klasing Publishing House, German magazine Boote and boot Düsseldorf.
All jury members expressed their appreciation for the winner: “The Marex 440 Gourmet Cruiser is perfectly designed and carefully thought out. It also demonstrates the Norwegian shipyard’s many years of experience in shipbuilding. The 440 can be considered a benchmark in this class of boats with no equal.”
In addition, Marex 440 GC has the biggest kitchen in its class, a Smart Canopy System, and a beach club with a hydraulic platform next to the water.
The Marex Boat got the second prestigious prize, the Motor Boat Award, for its flagship 440 Gourmet Cruiser in the “Sportscruisers up to 45ft” category. The winners were announced during the ceremony on 23 January at a special event in the Hotel Kö59 Düsseldorf. It provided the glamorous backdrop for the Award, which saw the industry’s best and brightest celebrate another year of boating innovation and exemplary customer service.
That’s what the MBY Award jury said:
“If Espen Aalrud, the Marex boss, is serious about building the best family boats in the world, the new 440 is the perfect place to begin. While it might look relatively modest in a classical Nordic way, the ingenuity behind the deck layouts is deeply impressive.
Plenty of high-spec features, including an anchor camera and floating lilo-style foredeck cushions, enhance the experience. Clever, flexible, and painstakingly resolved, very few new boat recommendations are as clear-cut and unqualified as this”.
ABOUT MAREX 440 GOURMET CRUISER
The Marex 440 is a new generation of cruisers with contemporary design lines and several innovations. At 13.70 metres in length and a maximum beam of 4.27 metres, the Norwegian shipyard continues to implement innovative, practical onboard solutions, focusing on ergonomics, comfort, and safety for the whole family.
The Marex 440 Gourmet Cruiser is the result of a collaboration between the Marex in-house design team and Slovenian studio VOM Creations Yacht Design. Nikl Design provided the naval architecture, and Alpha Creations did the engineering.
The Marex 440 GC has the Smart Canopy System, the fastest and easiest method of closing the open cockpit deck on the market. The curtains are hidden in the targa arch and slide around like curtains.
The new Marex has two modifications: the 440 Gourmet Cruiser with an enormous U-shaped kitchen layout and the 440 Scandinavia version with a second dining in the enclosed salon.
One of the 440 Gourmet Cruiser’s innovations is its kitchen. Marex created a chef’s dream with an enormous U-shaped kitchen layout – the largest in its class. It features an oven/microwave, double sink, induction cooker and a dishwasher.
Marex has brought the beach club idea to the family boats. The platform has a large sitting area for enjoying the closeness to the sea. A hydraulically operated swim platform features optional steps when submerged, making getting in and out of the water safe.
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