The prestigious 2013 World Superyacht Awards, known as the Oscars of the superyacht world, will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 4. The historical and luxe Çiragan Palace Kempinski hosts the gala dinner and prize giving, during which the best luxury motor yachts and sailing yachts delivered in 2012 will be recognised. Some of the finalist superyachts in the running for World Superyacht Award glory are listed for sale, such as the beauties below.
Oceancos 88.5m Nirvana is up for an award in the category of Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300GT and above. The luxury yacht features naval architecture by Azure Naval Architects and Oceancos in-house team, while her exterior lines come from the boards of Australian designer Sam Sorgiovanni, who also is responsible for her contemporary interior, which accommodates 12 guests. Lloyds registered and MCA compliant, this six-deck superyacht, built in steel and aluminium, is ingeniously designed with interconnected interior and exterior areas thanks to large sliding doors that allow guests to be both inside and outside simultaneously.
The 45m motor yacht Aslec 4 built by Italian yard Rossinavi and designed by Design Studio Spadolini is nominated for an award for Displacement Motor Yacht of below 500GT. The Rina-classed yacht accommodates up to 12 guests in a master suite, two double staterooms, two twin cabins and two Pullman berths. Twin 1,300-hp Caterpillar engines give her a range of 4,500 nautical miles.
Nominated in the Three-deck Semi-displacement or Planing Motor Yacht category, Princess Yachts new flagship Imperial Princess was delivered in July 2012 and featured in the October 2012 issue of Boat International. She is the first 40m launched by the U.K. builder and was designed by the yards in-house team in collaboration with Bannenberg & Rowell. Powered by twin 12V MTU diesel engines, she can reach a top speed of 22 knots.
Trinity Yachts 57m motor yacht Lady Linda features a richly decorated interior was designed by Evan K. Marshall in a modern classic style with a variety of high-gloss exotic woods, granite and marble, bespoke furniture and exquisite art work. She is also nominated for the Three-deck Semi-displacement or Planing Motor Yacht award. Lady Linda accommodates 12 guests in six spacious cabins the sumptuous master suite on the main deck features a king-sized bed, his-and-hers bathrooms and a private study.
Designed for an experienced owner looking for a distinctive yacht, Bilgin Shipyards M features a radical reverse x-bow coupled with aggressive exterior lines penned by H2 Yacht Design. Her modern interior features rich maccassar and zebrano woods and warm leathers. The 40m Rina-classed yacht sleeps eight guests in four double staterooms. She is up for an award in the Three-deck Semi-displacement or Planing Motor Yacht category.
A collaboration between the award-winning trio of Dubois Naval Architects, Oyster Yachts and RMK Marine has delivered the 30.8m sailing superyacht Penelope, nominated for a World Superyacht Award in the Sailing Yacht in 30m to 39m size range. The Oyster 100 is designed with the specification, features and classification of much larger yachts. The standard accommodation layout offers three staterooms aft and two crew cabins forward. A raised saloon offers a panoramic view and leads forward and down to a more intimate lounge and separate dining area. Forward of the main living area is the crew mess, galley and two crew cabins.
The original J class Rainbow won the Americas Cup in 1934 and was designed by William Starling Burgess and built by Herreshoff in the USA. Built by Holland Jachtbouw in 2012 in aluminium, this 39.95m Rainbow JH2 replica is based on the original design, with a modern update from Dykstra & Partners. She has a sumptuous mahogany-panelled interior with a classic 1930s feel and offers spacious accommodation for up to six guests and seven crew. Her guest accommodation consists of three cabins: a master and two twin berths, all en-suite. She was nominated in the Sailing yacht in 39m+ size range.