2014 World Superyacht Awards - Displacement motor yacht award winners
by Risa Merl
Displacement superyachts obviously vary greatly based on their size and gross tonnage, and to this end the World Superyacht Awards divide the nominated yachts into four distinct categories. The World Superyacht Awards recognise the finest displacement motor yachts delivered in the previous year, from those coming in under under 500 gross tons and those stretching to 2,000 gross tons and up. See all the stunning displacement superyacht winners below.
Displacement motor yacht 2,000 GT and above – Sponsored by Holland Jachtbouw
Madame Gu – 99m Feadship
Four magnificent yachts were finalists in this class, all of them attracting highly complimentary comments from the judges. But when it came to choosing a winner, just one yacht stood out – Madame Gu – a 99-metre yacht built by Feadship-De Vries, with styling and interior design from Andrew Winch Designs. Few onlookers would disagree with the judges’ opinion that this is perhaps one of the most elegant yachts to be launched in recent years, while her level of on-board facilities, from the helicopter that stows in a garage beneath the foredeck, to the spa area, discotheque, and the array of custom designed tenders, are truly impressive. On top of all this, the judges considered the technological sophistication that provides the yacht with a 24-knot top speed, together with the high quality construction of her structure, machinery spaces, and interior make her a worthy winner.
Judges’ Commendation: Chopi Chopi – 80m CRN
The judges also decided to commend the 80-metre CRN, superyacht Chopi Chopi, for her facilities, price and quality.
Displacement motor yacht 1,300 GT to 1,999 GT
Sea Owl – 62m Feadship
The judges found this class to be particularly difficult to decide, as every yacht excelled in certain areas. But, following lengthy discussion, a clear winner appeared when the secret ballot papers were scored. This yacht was superyacht Sea Owl, a 62-metre constructed by Feadship-Royal Van Lent, with naval architecture by De Voogt and both the interior and exterior design by Andrew Winch Designs. The points that clinched victory for Sea Owl were her extremely high quality of construction and mechanical installation, together with her unique and highly customised style of interior design; abounding with hand carved details and beautiful finishes, that appeared to be perfectly adapted to the lifestyle of the owners’ and their family.
Judges’ Commendation: Axioma (ex-Red Square) 72.5m Dunya Yachts
At the same time, the judges considered that superyacht Axioma (formerly Red Square) – the first yacht to be built by Dunya Yachts – was a remarkable achievement that deserved a Judges’ Commendation for its high quality of design and build
Judges Special Award for Technically Advanced Construction
Invictus – 66m Delta Marine
The elegant lines and high quality of the 66-metre superyacht Invictus built by Delta Marine drew the attention of the judges, but it was the technical achievement of creating an extremely high quality composite superstructure for a yacht of this size that really impressed them. Delta’s designers conducted extensive finite element analyses to determine the best material for every application, and this led to steel, aluminium and composite being used in appropriate areas of the yacht. The judges considered that this aspect, together with her high standard of design and construction, deserved the presentation of a Judges’ Special Award.
Displacement motor yacht 500 GT to 1,299 GT – Sponsored by Clyde & Co
Event – 60m Amels
This class, one of the most numerous, contained several new and inspiring yachts that the judges found most interesting. When it came to the vote, it was clear that one yacht had made an especially strong impression, with 90 per cent of the judges awarding her first place and the remainder placing her second – a remarkable achievement. This yacht was Event, a 60-metre built by Amels with exterior design by Tim Heywood and an interior by Laura Sessa. The judges were particularly impressed with the yacht’s contemporary exterior styling complemented by her attractively modern interior, while the quality of the build was beyond reproach. The general arrangement of the yacht, with tenders stowed within the bow, excellent deck spaces and exemplary owner facilities also received high praise.
Displacement motor yacht below 500 GT – Sponsored by Royal Huisman
CaryAli – 39.16m Alloy Yachts
This was the most numerous class with no less than 10 yachts reaching the final. Of these, three vessels attracted the judges’ particular attention and these were subjected to lengthy study and debate before the whole class was put to the vote. The result of the secret ballot was indeed close, with CaryAli, a 39.2-metre explorer-style yacht built by Alloy Yachts to a design by René van der Velden, snatching a narrow lead. The judges admired her seaworthy, purposeful looks and excellent deck spaces, together with a practical internal layout and decorative scheme that totally met the owner’s needs. A range of over 3,500 nautical miles gives amazing functionality to this relatively small, but very appealing, blue water cruiser.
Judges’ Commendation: Sofia – 41.78m Moonen
Another yacht in this class that attracted the judges’ interest was the 42-metre superyacht Sofia, built by Moonen Yachts. In addition to being an all-round, well-conceived yacht, the ability of a yacht of this size to carry and operate a three-seat submarine was considered worthy of a Judges’ Commendation.