Luxury mega yacht GRACE E by Vitruvius Yachts has won in the Best Power Yacht in the 65m+ category at the International Superyacht Society (ISS) Design Awards 2015, which took place on the eve of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). The third motor-yacht built from Philippe Briand’s designs for Vitruvius Yachts in 2014, the imposing 73m superyacht GRACE E was handed over to her owners at the Picchiotti shipyard in La Spezia, Italy.
The judges commented that some of GRACE E yacht’s winning factors include her efficient hull form, timeless exterior and interior styling, as well as the planning and emphasis on world cruising that went into her design, keeping the environment in mind.
Veerle Battiau, Director of Vitruvius Yachts, commented: “The team is very happy that Grace E has been bestowed this honor by the ISS, bringing the tally of awards she has won to six within a year. We strongly believe that every custom yacht has to be designed around the specific layout desires as well as lifestyle choices of the owner. Once you have perfected the naval architecture, it is possible to design a beautiful, well-proportioned and balanced yacht that is efficient and comfortable both at sea and at anchor. The awards are strong motivators for us to continue to work hard in making tomorrow’s yachts even better.”
Since her delivery last year, the flagship GRACE E superyacht has received widespread acclaim from the yachting community, and has been honoured with numerous industry awards. Earlier this year, she won Best Motor Yacht Under 75m and Motor Yacht of the Year categories at the World Superyacht Awards, as well as a trio of Showboats Design Awards for exterior design and styling, naval architecture and environmental protection.
Luxury yacht GRACE E was designed with innovation in mind across her five decks, not least below the water’s surface in her patented Briand Optimized Hull shape. This advanced naval architecture, mixed up with her diesel-electric propulsion, maximizes efficiency to deliver an enviable cruising range of 7,500nm. Her interior comprises a dedicated wellness deck and cleverly configured guest suites that can be conjoined via moving walls.
A number of new projects have been recently unveiled by Vitruvius Yachts, including an 80m yacht to be constructed by Turquoise Yachts, a 60m yacht to be built in Northern Europe and 105m collaborative project with Oceanco. Although all designs for Vitruvius Yachts are unique, they follow a familiar theme and defined signature ‘look’, with specific attention to balance, efficiency, as well as robustness in their design.