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Irish Beneteau Dealer BJ Marine Celebrates Power & Sail Awards at German Boat Show

21st January 2014
Beneteau MC 5
Bernard Gallagher (pictured left) and James Kirwan at the all conquering Beneteau MC5 motor cruiser in Dusseldorf this morning
Irish Beneteau Dealer BJ Marine Celebrates Power & Sail Awards at German Boat Show

#bootdaily – Irish Beneteau dealers Bernard Gallagher and James Kirwan of BJ Marine are smiling at BOOT Dusseldorf this morning following the European Power Boat of the Year and European Sailing Boat of the Year awards announcements for the MC5 and the Oceanis 38 respectively. The French marques, from the world's largest builder of recreational boats, celebrated a double win at the massive German show.

Beneteau, Dehler, Saphire, and Contest were the big winners on the evening of the first day at the Düsseldorf boat show – BOOT Düsseldorf – when several hundred industry executives gathered to learn the winners of the 2014 European Yacht of the Year Awards. (On the same evening, the Powerboat Awards were also distributed; see "European PowerBoat of the Year Awards 2014".) The "Flagship Night" event, hosted by German publisher Delius Klasing as well as BOOT Düsseldorf, also included presentation of the Seamaster award for outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing to Jimmy Spithill, America's Cup-winning skipper.

From among 20 nominated models, European Yacht of the Year awards were handed out to winners in four categories.

In the family cruisers category the Beneteau Oceanis 38, presented in three different configurations, as a daysailer, a weekender and cruising boat was a clear winner. reported on her debut last July and again last September here. Good sailing performance and innovative interior styling with plenty of natural light favoured the Oceanis over the other candidates, according to judges from 11 international boating magazines. The other nominees were the Allures 39.9, Bavaria Cruiser 37, Dufour 410 Grand'Large, Winner 900.

In the motor cruiser category, the top spot in the largest class above 45–feet went to the innovative Beneteau MC 5, (photo here) which showcases the results of the latest development work by the Frecnh builder. The other nominees were the Astondoa 63 Top, Deck, Contest 52 MC, Cranchi Eco Trawler 53, and Princess V 48 Open.

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BJ Marine has six bases; two in Ireland, three in the UK and one in the Mediterranean. The Managing Director is Bernard Gallagher and the Group Sales Manager is James Kirwan. The Irish headquartered marine firm represents market-leading brands including Beneteau Power and Sailboats, Fountaine Pajot Catamarans and Power-Cats, Sea Ray Sports Boats and Cruisers, Wauquiez Custom Yachts and Cranchi and Monte Carlo Luxury Powerboats. BJ Marine has a brokerage sales division that has delivered to every continent and a brokerage list with as many as 300 used boats for sale in Wales, across the Island of Ireland and across Europe.

At A Glance – BJ Marine Agencies

BJ Marine are agents for the following international yacht and powerboat brands in Ireland: 

  • Beneteau Sail
  • Beneteau Power
  • Monte Carlo
  • Sea Ray
  • Fountaine Pajot Sail
  • Fountaine Pajot Power
  • Cranchi
  • Wauquiez

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