The winners of the BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards 2020 (BID&I Awards 2020) have been announced and all four of these outstanding luxury yachts are available for charter. Find out what put them ahead of the competition, and what they have to offer for a luxury escape to the Mediterranean luxury yacht charter grounds and beyond.
Outstanding Exterior Design Motor Yachts (50m and Above) & Best Motor Yachts Interior Design (above 500GT)
Feadship superyacht LADY S came out on top in two categories, with the judges deciding that her exterior appearance and layout, as well as her glamorous interiors, were exceptional.
The 93m/305ft motor yacht features an exterior design from Michael Leach that disguises her bulk with a well-proportioned and svelte contemporary silhouette. Notable features in the design include an aft helipad that doubles as a sports court, drawn-in bulwarks on the bridge deck that allow sunshine to touch the terrace seating below, and extensive black-tinted windows that reduce the sense of bulk in the white hull and superstructure while having the practical application of illuminating the modern Reymond Langton interiors, which are both practical and elegant to suit any charter purpose.
The judges were particularly impressed with the flexibility of the accommodation, providing spacious cabins for all guests and an Owner’s deck lounge which can become a discotheque. The IMAX cinema is the first to be installed on a luxury yacht
Best Motor Yachts Interior Design (below 500GT)
The warm and inviting interiors of 36m/ 118ft superyacht CALYPSO I from Mulder caught the judges’ admiration for its tranquil beach club appeal, where pendant lighting complements the texture and grain of the furnishings and surrounding wooden panelling. An eye-catching illuminated art wall subtly refers to Mulder Shipyard‘s 80-year history in the shade of a wooden ship, while the beach club bar alludes to cold moulding in its criss-cross planking. M/Y CALYPSO I was purchased mid-way through construction and the Owners were so impressed with the design that going forward they only changed the commissioned artwork and the angles of the salon sofa backs.
Judges’ Commendation: Lighting
Luxury yacht EXCELLENCE has already won twice at the Monaco Yacht Show Awards 2019 for The Finest New Yacht of the MYS and The Exterior Design Award. At the BID&I Awards 2020 she was a finalist in the Outstanding Exterior Design Motor Yachts (50m and Above) and Best Motor Yachts Interior Design (above 500GT) – both of which went to LADY S – but has taken Judges’ Commendation: Lighting.
This specific category has emerged in recent years to highlight an integral part of onboard living and comfort that so often goes unappreciated, and M/Y EXCELLENCE is designed not only with pragmatic spotlights over the seating but ambient column lighting and concealed floor lighting that sets the mood inside and out.
Outstanding Lifestyle Feature: The Loft/Winter Garden
Versatile explorer yacht BOLD from Silver Yachts is designed for reaching far-flung corners of the world, where the weather might not match the languid summer days in the Mediterranean or Caribbean yacht charter grounds, and for this reason, the loft-level winter garden is an excellent addition to ensure that the space is always usable.
The glass partitions around the perimeter slide away for greater exposure to the elements, and when a helicopter needs access to the hangar below, the winter garden floor can be raised, becoming a room divider or a table.