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Hessen delivers 55m M/Y Laurentia

September 07, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Heesen has announced the delivery of 55m/180ft superyacht LAURENTIA (ex. YN 17755, Project Alida) to her new owners.

Heesen superyacht LAURENTIA. Photo credit: Dick Holthuis

Heesen superyacht LAURENTIA. Photo credit: Dick Holthuis

M/Y LAURENTIA faced moderate conditions during her sea trials, where she surpassed her contracted top speed to reach up to 16.6 knots. Large rudders coupled with a powerful steering unit and the high pitch of the propellers ensured that luxury yacht LAURENTIA responded immediately to commands during trials – a huge advantage in strong winds, particularly in shallow waters.

Aerial view of motor yacht LAURENTIA. Photo credit: Dick Holthuis

Aerial view of motor yacht LAURENTIA. Photo credit: Dick Holthuis

The designer chose Ramon Alonso from Miami-based design group RADYCA to create her interiors which use white oak and wenge in a variety of tones to create a tranquil atmosphere, with furniture from European and American brands covered in grey leather and pale suede to match the wool carpets. White Arabescato and Grecale brown marble slabs complete the high-quality interiors for a clean and contemporary environment while cruising.

Ferretti launches first motor yacht of the Ferretti 920 series

August 01, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Ferretti Yachts has announced the launch of the first Ferretti 920 close to its shipyard in Cattolica. Designed in conjunction with Zuccon International Project, she has the flexibility to switch from a 4 cabin layout to 5, as well as a bow area usable by guests and a beam of 2.2m for accessing shallower waters.

The first Ferretti 920 motor yacht was recently launched at the Cattolica shipyard

The first Ferretti 920 motor yacht was recently launched at the Cattolica shipyard

Ferretti Group Chief Commercial Officer Stefano de Vivo commented:

“2017 has been another year full of all sorts of exciting news for Ferretti Yachts, which is celebrating another memorable occasion: the outstanding Ferretti Yachts 920 technical launch.

“Like our other yachts, we are sure that this new model will attract a great deal of interest in Europe and the United States, where it will be presented in the coming months and help to get a landmark year for the brand underway.

“In 2018, Ferretti Yachts will celebrate half a century in business: a magnificent milestone that it has reached in exceptional form, with six new models presented in three years and great prospects for growth and even more international success.”

The second unit is expected to be launched in the upcoming months, while the first Ferretti 920 will make her debut at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monte Carlo, running from the 8th until the 10th of September, before becoming publicly view-able before at the Cannes Yachting Festival from the 12th-17th of September.

Amels delivers superyacht LILI in the Netherlands

July 10, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

55m/180ft luxury yacht LILI from Amels has left the shipyard and successfully been delivered to her new owner in the Netherlands, where she will remain for the summer charter season.

Amels Limited Edition superyacht LILI at sea trials

Amels Limited Edition superyacht LILI at sea trials

A highly customised luxury yacht despite a delivery only 12 months after her sale, M/Y LILI features the interior styling of Laura Sessa and the exterior design work of Tim Heywood, both of whom worked with the owner’s team to ensure that everything was in-line with the owner’s desires.

Among her features are 3 folding balconies, 6 suites, a 3-metre extension on the sundeck to create 175m²/1,900ft² of deck space, a 4 metre long pool with counter-current jets, folding port and starboard bulwarks in the main deck dining room, and a VIP suite on the main deck with a folding balcony.

Motor yacht LILI is the fourth delivery by AMELS this year in the Limited Editions range. To find out more about her current charter availability, contact CharterWorld.

Head-turning Party Girl still available for Caribbean and Bahamas charters

February 18, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Built in 2013 by Icon Yachts, 62m/205ft luxury yacht PARTY GIRL (ex.MERIDIAN, MAIDELLE) is available for charter in the Caribbean and Bahamas before moving on to Northern Europe and then French Polynesia in the South Pacific.

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL - Main

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL – Main

With interiors from Cristiano Gatto Design and exterior styling by Redman Whitely Dixon, PARTY GIRL is a wonderfully heady mix of calming pastel shades and striking bold blues, each in their own unique space and proudly displaying oriental accents.

The impressive teamwork that went into this iconic yacht placed her as a finalist in three categories at the 2013 Showboats Design Awards:

  • Interior Design Award: Motor Yachts 200ft+
  • Interior Layout Award: Motor Yachts
  • Exterior Design & Styling Award: Displacement Motor Yachts 200ft+
Superyacht PARTY GIRL - Formal dining and main salon

Superyacht PARTY GIRL – Formal dining and main salon

On the main deck, the spacious main salon is arranged for guest socialisation, with plenty of seating for inviting guests aboard while dockside. The wet bar has ample choice for an afternoon aperitif or an evening cocktail and the formal dining area seats up to 14 guests in lavish style perfect for any special occasion.

Luxury yacht PARTY GIRL - Exterior lounge and view into main salon

Luxury yacht PARTY GIRL – Exterior lounge and view into main salon

To the aft, an indoor/outdoor lounge area makes an excellent spot for guests to dry off after hours spent in the transparent waters of the Bahamas and the area is also a great place to enjoy breakfast together and start your day. The main deck aft offers plenty of seating and is the perfect environment for outdoor living sheltered from the sun, with an outdoor bar providing refreshments to guests.

PARTY GIRL from Icon Yachts - Upper deck lounge area

PARTY GIRL from Icon Yachts – Upper deck lounge area

The skylounge is another beautifully appointed space offering uninterrupted views of your charter grounds while you and your guests relax and socialise. There are plenty of options for alfresco dining throughout superyacht PARTY GIRL, with the upper deck aft providing an intimate and luxurious setting for watching the sunset.

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL - Sundeck

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL – Sundeck

For the best views anywhere on board, the Jacuzzi on the sundeck will soothe tired bodies and minds as you listen to the sounds of the indigenous wildlife and the waves lapping the nearby shore.

The Master suite aboard MY PARTY GIRL

The Master suite aboard MY PARTY GIRL

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL - Master ensuite

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL – Master ensuite

The internal layout sleeps 12 guests over 8 rooms, which include 2 Master suites, 2 VIP staterooms, and 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. A crew of up to 18 can live aboard comfortably, ensuring that motor yacht PARTY GIRL lives up to her name and proves every guest with memorable service.

VIP stateroom and private lounge area aboard luxury yacht PARTY GIRL

VIP stateroom and private lounge area aboard luxury yacht PARTY GIRL

Superyacht PARTY GIRL  is available for charter in the Caribbean and the Bahamas this winter and the South Pacific this summer from $475,000 USD per week plus expenses. For more information about on-board amenities and for available charter dates, contact CharterWorld today.

2016’s top last-minute summer charter deals

June 14, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Summer has arrived, temperatures are on the rise and the 2016 yacht charter rates are tumbling. With up to 25% off on some yacht charter deals, there’s never been a better time to visit your favourite holiday destination, or to discover a new one. Take your friends and family to Monaco, or the natural brilliance of Maine and reap the rewards of living in the spur of the moment with these exceptional last minute charter deals in locations across the globe.


New England

Famed for the vivid colour changes in its autumn leaves, New England has an abundance of natural beauty throughout the seasons. Summer is the perfect time to visit the rocky coves of Maine, or the sandy beaches of Massachusetts. Each location has a wealth of history and treats visitors to an easy-going attitude and friendly hospitality.


Motor yacht KATYA exterior

Motor yacht KATYA

45.72m/150ft Delta luxury superyacht KATYA was refitted only last year and has exceptional surroundings and entertainment options for up to 12 guests: each cabin contains a flatscreen TV and a large selection of water toys. This beautiful tri-deck full-displacement motor yacht presents plenty of alfresco dining options and the outdoor sundeck contains a Jacuzzi for unwinding in the sun or under the stars. KATYA is available at the special summer rate of $150,000 per week.

Luxury Yacht COCKTAILS - Aft Deck

Luxury Yacht COCKTAILS – Aft Deck

47.8m/157ft superyacht COCKTAILS is the ideal luxury charter for up to 11 guests looking to spend quality time entertaining together. COCKTAILS comes with a nine-foot projection screen for outdoor movie nights, a karaoke machine in the Skylounge, two tenders and a great selection of water toys. With a Jacuzzi, wet bar and sun pads on the sundeck, COCKTAILS lives up to its name with plenty of entertainment choices. At $150,000 per week – a reduction of $35,000 per week – luxury superyacht is a bargain.



At 49m/161ft, Trinity superyacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM is the largest of the three New England luxury yacht charters currently discounted for summer. The 5 beautifully presented staterooms can sleep up to 10 guests and her entertainment options include an extensive movie library and an impressive water toy selection, which includes WaveRunners, Seabobs, inflatables, and fishing and snorkelling gear. At an introductory charter rate of $165,000 per week this summer only, ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM is an opportunity not to be missed.

Take advantage of the special summer rates for New England and contact CharterWorld now.


The Bahamas

Famous with sun seekers for its glorious weather and lavish boutiques, the Bahamas is a classic destination for a motor yacht charter this summer. Take in the islands, lagoons and reefs which make up these unique seascapes from these amazing luxury superyachts, now available at a reduced rate this summer.


AMARULA SUN - Main saloon

AMARULA SUN – Main saloon

The 50m/164ft AMARULA SUN is packed full of features, from a grand concert baby piano and skylounge fireplace to her exceptional choice of water toys, tenders and gym equipment. Her deck is fully equipped for barbecues and alfresco dining, with a Jacuzzi that seats up to 8 guests and plenty of sunbathing space. Sleeping up to 12 guests in her 5 staterooms, AMARULA SUN is a model choice for families and friends looking for a holiday in the sun. Luxury charter yacht AMARULA SUN is available for $195,000 this summer (excluding hoidays), but only if booked before July 31.

Luxury yacht TEMPTATION - Exterior

Luxury yacht TEMPTATION

Charter your dream summer season getaway on 37.5m/123ft TEMPTATION for only $60,000 per week until August 31st. This charter yacht is an excellent choice for outdoor living due to its alfresco dining options and comprehensive range of water toys (including 2 deluxe WaveRunners, child and adult water skis and a 36-foot centre console Yellowfin tender). TEMPTATION sleeps up to 8 guests in 4 opulent staterooms designed for comfort.

Charter bookings to the Bahamas are expected to fill up quickly: avoid disappointment and contact CharterWorld soon to find out availability for these beautiful luxury yachts.


The Mediterranean

Perhaps the most popular destination for luxury yacht charters across the globe, the Mediterranean coastal economy has long developed to cater for visiting charter yachts. From relaxing spa resorts and five-star dining experiences to luxury tours through stunning area of natural beauty, the Mediterranean has everything to create treasured holiday memories. There are many offers for motor yacht charters in the Mediterranean this summer, but not all cover both the east and west Mediterranean. Below are 2 sought-after superyachts willing to go the distance.

Mondango 3


Throughout the summer of 2016, 56m/185ft luxury sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 is offering exceptional discounts for her size. Built in 2014 and able to sleep 10 guests over 5 cabins, MONDANGO 3 combines size and versatility with modern comfort. The longer you book aboard MONDANGO 3, the greater the discount:

1 week: €190,000 (15% discount)

2 weeks: €358,000 (20% discount)

3 weeks: €504,000 (25% discount)

Charter this outstanding luxury sailing yacht for low season prices this summer and enjoy an unforgettable holiday in the Mediterranean.

Luxury charter yacht DREAM - 60M

Luxury charter yacht DREAM – 60M

The 60m/197ft Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht DREAM is offering a 10% rate discount when guests book a charter for 2 weeks or more during August (€350,000) and September (€330,000). Live your Mediterranean adventure in modern style and comfort aboard luxury yacht DREAM. The sundeck provides a tranquil atmosphere for sunbathing, soaking in the Jacuzzi or alfresco dining surrounded by uninterrupted views. Her water toy selection will ensure that guests are never bored, with everything from kayaks and fishing equipment to an inflatable trampoline. Popular with families, DREAM provides everything for a fun-filled holiday in the sea and the sun.


Western Mediterranean

From Portugal to Italy, the Western Mediterranean coastline covers a great array of cultures and cuisines. The old world boasts some of the richest history in the world, built up with architectural wonders which represent the ideas and ideals of the people who inhabit these lands. Whether you are seeking a quiet natural retreat or a roaring city break, these luxury yacht charters will ensure your journey will be made in comfort and style.

Dream - Al fresco dining - Skylounge

DREAM – Al fresco dining – Skylounge

Although available throughout the Mediterranean until the end of August, superyacht DREAM is offering the chance to charter the islands around Sicily and the Aeolian Islands or Capri and the Amalfi Coast at the reduced rate of €349,000 per week only between 20th June and 1st July. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity on this stunning luxury sureryacht.


Super Yacht AUSTRALIS – Sundeck

Until the end of June, 48m/157ft luxury charter yacht AUSTRALIS is providing a special last-minute discount rate for charters in the West Mediterranean. At €149,000 per week, guests receive a saving of €19,000 per week. With a full selection of water toys and tenders for guests, alfresco dining options and an impressive open and shaded sun deck, AUSTRALIS is a great modern getaway for up to 10 guests.

Kanaloa - saloon

KANALOA – saloon

Having received a full refit only last year, 48m/157ft luxury charter yacht KANALOA is ready to return to the seas of the West Mediterranean to show her guests around the best beauty spots. Until the end of June, KANALOA will take 11 guests for the reduced rate of €125,000 per week.

Superyacht HANA - Sundeck

Superyacht HANA – Sundeck

43m/140ft luxury motor yacht HANA offers another last-minute deal for June, at a rate of €120,000 per week. Accommodating up to 10 guests in her serene and modern surroundings, HANA is a popular choice with small parties looking for all the mod-cons and the benefits of an approved RYA water sports training centre.

Find out more about these amazing last-minute offers and contact CharterWorld today to reserve your place.


Eastern Mediterranean

From Croatia to Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean is filled with exotic sights and sparkling waters for the ultimate yacht charter vacation. There are plenty of weekend antique markets to explore, surrounded by ancient temples and dramatic coasts. The cities have more choice and adventure than a modern tourist could take in through one visit, leaving much reason to return again and again. Throughout the summer of 2016, three luxury yachts are available for charter at discount rates in the Mediterranean.

EMOTION (Ex Emerald Star) - Flybridge

EMOTION (Ex Emerald Star) – Flybridge

The 42.6m/139ft luxury yacht EMOTION is available in the Adriatic at a 15% discount this summer. Her plain modern interior makes her perfect for entertaining close friends or family, or as a location for a corporate event. Capable of hosting 11 guests over 5 lavishly styled rooms, luxury superyacht EMOTION has elegance to spare.

Superyacht PRIDE

Superyacht PRIDE

For €130,000 per week, guests can board the 45m/147ft superyacht PRIDE for their Eastern Mediterranean adventure. Sleeping 12 guests through 6 cabins, PRIDE is a great yacht charter choice for friends and family looking for alfresco dining and living under the Mediterranean sun.

Motor yacht Alexandra - Saloon

Motor yacht Alexandra – Saloon

Luxury superyacht ALEXANDRA is known for providing Greek charters and her crew are therefore no strangers to the secret hideaways of the Eastern Mediterranean. Sleeping up to 12 guests in 7 rooms, ALEXANDRA offers plenty of comfort and chances for relaxation in her stylish salons and on deck Jacuzzi. The gym and water toys will satisfy anyone looking for fun, fitness and adrenaline both in and out of the water. At only €150,000 per week, luxury motor yacht ALEXANDRA is sure to turn a dream holiday into a reality this summer.

If you are looking to charter a particular superyacht not listed above, contact CharterWorld for the latest rates for the 2016 summer season.

2016 ShowBoats Design Awards Winners Announced

February 23, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Yesterday, the 22nd of February, saw the winners of the prestigious 2016 ShowBoats Design Awards announced at the K3 KitzKongress in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Double Olympic gold medalist, Shirley Robertson OBE presented the winners with the coveted Golden Neptune awards at the presence of the sell-out audience of superyacht owners, designers and icons of the superyacht industry from around the world.

ShowBoats Design Awards 2016

ShowBoats Design Awards 2016

Baltic Yachts’s sailing yacht NIKATA took home four Neptunes, whole Feadship’s motor yacht SAVANNAH received equally impressive three awards. Below is the full list of the winning superyachts:

Tender Design Award Winner:
Hodgdon Yachts’ 11,4-metre Limo Tender for M/Y INFINITY, with naval architecture by Michael Peters, exterior styling and interior design by Michael Peters and Hodgdon Yachts.

Hodgdon Yachts - Limo Tender for Motor Yacht INFINITY

Hodgdon Yachts – Limo Tender for Motor Yacht INFINITY

Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht Below 500GT Winner:
49,9-metre motor yacht SIBELLE with exterior styling by AB StudioOmega Architects, constructed by Heesen Yachts.

Superyacht Sibelle by Heesen Yachts - Photo by Richards Vision and Heesen Yachts

Superyacht Sibelle by Heesen Yachts – Photo by Richards Vision and Heesen Yachts

Exterior Design & Styling – Motor Yacht Above 500GT Winner:

Superyacht SAVANNAH with exterior styling by CG Design and built by Feadship, De Vries shipyard.

SAVANNAH by Feadship

SAVANNAH by Feadship

Exterior Design & Styling – Styling Award Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design and built by Baltic Yachts. Naval architects Judel/Vrolijk.

Baltic 115 NIKATA under sail - Photo by Guido Cantini

Baltic 115 NIKATA under sail – Photo by Guido Cantini

Interior Layout & Design Award – Motor Yacht Below 500 GT Winner:
RUYA with interior by Sorgiovanni Designs and constructed by Alia Yachts.

47m Heesen RUYA

47m Heesen RUYA

Interior Layout & Design Award – Motor Yacht Above 500 GT Winner:
SAVANNAH, boasting exterior styling by SG Design and constructed by Feadship.

Interior Layout & Design Award Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design, built by Baltic Yachts

Naval Architecture Award – Displacement Motor Yacht Below 500GT Winner:
RUYA with interior by Sorgiovanni Design and constructed by Alia Yachts.

Naval Architecture Award – Displacement Motor Yacht Above 500GT Winner:
MADAME KATE constructed by Amels with naval architecture by Amels and Damen Group



Naval Architecture Award – Semi-displacement Motor Yacht Winner:
IRON MAN with naval architecture by Azimut Benetti Spa and constructed by Benetti Shipyard

Fast Displacement IRON MAN - Photo credit Quin BISSET

Fast Displacement IRON MAN – Photo credit Quin BISSET

Naval Architecture Award – Sailing Yacht joint Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design and built by Baltic Yachts

Naval Architecture Award – Sailing Yacht joint Winner:
TOPAZ with naval architecture by Andre Hoek to original lines by Frank Paine, constructed by Holland Jachtbouw



Holistic Design Award – Motor Yacht Winner:
SAVANNAH with exterior styling by SG Design built by Feadship

Holistic Design Award – Sailing Yacht Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design and built by Baltic Yachts

Young Designer of the Year Award Winner:
CERCHIO by  – a student from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. 45-metre motor yacht, designed to entertain the guests of a female Italian fashion designer.

Baoxi Xiao - CERCHIO concept

Baoxi Xiao – CERCHIO concept

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:
Frederik “Frits” De Voogt of Feadship

Video: STP Shipyard Palma from above

February 05, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

One of the safest and most advanced superyacht refit shipyards in Europe, STP Shipyard Palma specializes in the repair and maintenance of ships measuring up to 120m in length with travel lifts of up to 700 tons. The company boasts a cutting-edge technology, and can guarantee the highest level of quality and efficiency, as well as a professional team. Take an aerial tour of the shipyard in the video below, released by IPM Group Mallorca.

Introducing 70 Sunreef Power Catamaran VIOLETTA

January 27, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Sunreef Yachts have released further details and photos of the striking 70 Sunreef Power catamaran yacht VIOLETTA, resembling a stylish, luxury floating apartment. VIOLETTA was launched in November 2015 and has been described by the shipyard as a comfortable cruiser, adapted to her Owner’s expectations of owning a bespoke residence on the water.



VIOLETTA - flybridge

VIOLETTA – flybridge

Violetta - flybridge gym equipment

Violetta – flybridge gym equipment

Amongst VIOLETTA’s most notable features is her enclosed flybridge, a solution which was introduced to the 70 Sunreef Power line with the launch of the yacht ONDIN. VIOLETTA’s sheltered sun deck offers space for a comfortable navigation station equipped with large helm seats with integrated autopilot controls. This area also boats a gymnasium, a relaxation area as well as a sofa that can be converted into an additional berth; furthermore a fridge, a sink and a TV. The aft terrace is accessible trough a large sliding door. This area stored a jet-ski crane and sun mattresses.

Open saloon - Violetta

Open saloon – Violetta

Violetta Saloon

Violetta Saloon

The main deck includes a large, fully open saloon as well as a spacious dining area and an airy lounging corner. The galley is located port side and features a ling countertop. It provide great space and all the appliances necessary to guarantee top quality service aboard.

VIOLETTA - master suite

VIOLETTA – master suite

VIOLETTA’s owner cabin is accessible from the saloon and boasts a large double bed facing the TV, multiple storage spaces and a vanity desk just below the yacht’s fantastic panoramic windows.

Violetta master suite

Violetta master suite

The master suite provides direct access to his and hers spacious bathroom located down in the port side hull. From starboard, the master cabin connects with the children’s realm – a fun and friendly playroom, with twin berths, which can be turned into a double bed if needed.

Violetta  - guest bathroom

Violetta – guest bathroom

Furthermore, VIOLETTA offers three additional guest cabins with double beds and private en suite bathroom facilities.

Materials on board, hand-picked by Sunreef Yacht’s design team in collaboration with the owner boast unique customised finish. There are glossy panels, blue led lighting and bright upholstery with baby ostrich, python and crocodile leather designs.

The 70 Sunreef Power Violetta was fitted with 1200 Volvo IPS system and a dynamic positioning. IPS propulsion previously installed on the 60 Sunreef Power Lilu and 70 Sunreef Power 1 Life, other than high performance, provides a significant increase of manoeuvrability and ease of mooring. Violetta is equipped with wave-piercers and extended aft platforms to maximize her performance and provide a comfortable motion at sea.

Following Violetta’s successful sea trials and technical tests she will head to Malta where she will be based until the Summer season.


LOA: 21.4 m/70 ft
BOA: 9.3 m/30.5 ft
MAIN ENGINES: 2 x 1200 Volvo Penta IPS
FUEL CAPACITY: 2 x 8 000 l
GUEST: 10-11
CREW: 2-3

Fifth Sunreef 74 Sailing Catamaran OBSESSION hits the water

January 12, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The fifth Sunreef 74 sailing catamaran OBSESSION hit the water at the Sunreef shipyard in late 2015. Boasting dark blue hulls, the well-equipped and custom finished vessel is currently undergoing a series of sea trials, before being delivered to its Owners in the Caribbean.

Fifth Sunreef 74 OBSESSION at launch

Fifth Sunreef 74 OBSESSION at launch

Just like other Sunreef 74s, OBSESSION offers spaciousness, luxurious interiors and excellent performance. She joins the highly successful portfolio of individually tailored multihulls, including WildBerry, the classically styled LUCY Z, as well as BLUE DEER and 19th HOLE.

More charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Six finalists for 2016 Young Designer of the Year Award sponsored by OCEANCO

January 08, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Six finalists for the 2016 Young Designer of the Year Award, sponsored by Dutch superyacht builder Oceanco, were chosen from an amazing number of entries submitted from students and trainee designers from all over the world.

A render from Lujac Desautel's submission

A render from Lujac Desautel’s submission – One of the finalists for the 2016 Young Designer of the Year Award

Entrants were presented with a concept drawing for a 45-metre motor yacht specially prepared by Vripack Naval Architects and were asked to expand it into a fully thought-out design for a notional client – this year a female fashion designer based in Milan, who set out her detailed requirements for a luxury ‘party boat’ on which to entertain her friends and clients.

All six finalists, including Baoqi Xiao, Lujac Desautel, Leah Gowoon Park, Ben Hills, Marlena Ratajska and Dave Rowles, will receive an all-expenses-paid visit to the Oceanco shipyard, as well as a ticket to attend the Superyacht Design Symposium and ShowBoats Design Awards Prize Giving in Austria’s Kitzbühel, where the coveted Neptune trophy will be presented to the winner, together with a €5,000 cash prize.