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Winners Revealed for the 2020 BOAT International Design and Innovation Awards

Winners Revealed for the 2020 BOAT International Design and Innovation Awards


Outstanding Exterior Design Motor Yachts – 24m to 49.9m



Length: 49.9m

Exterior stylist: Officina Italiana Design

Naval architecture: Riva

Builder: Riva

The task for the design and build team behind Riva’s flagship Race was to combine the beauty typical of the Riva brand with the functionality of a superyacht and incorporate the owner’s demand for an all-round experience of the sea and an uninterrupted view of the coast or horizon. Designers Officina Italiana Design incorporated Carlo Riva’s classic Riva design language, which includes trademark materials such as stainless steel details and varnished mahogany handrails, along with a balanced and appealing profile. The decks are defined by strong horizontal lines and masculine angles, unlike the feminine curves of many of her Riva predecessors. Although the 120m² sundeck sports a substantial hardtop for shaded al fresco dining, there are naturally a lot of sunning spaces, including a walkaround bridge deck and forward seating area plus an elegant cockpit at the bow. The built-in exterior furniture is crisp and neat – inkeeping with the yacht’s lines – and covered in the consistent dark mahogany veneer. Race narrowly edged out another Italian builder, Pershing, and its flagship 14 Chorusline, which the judges noted had several bold and innovative styling features.

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Outstanding Exterior Design Motor Yachts – 50m and above


Lady S

Length: 93m

Exterior stylist: Michael Leach Design

Naval architecture: Feadship De Voogt

Builder: Feadship

Michael Leach Design hid the yacht’s high volume within a contemporary low profile, with a near plumb bow, a visible chine and complex shapes and beauty lines that employ shadow rather than paint to break up hull surfaces. Bands of black glass emphasise the yacht’s length. Judges appreciated the open and very liveable deck spaces and the transparency between decks brought about by balconies with glass inserts and a clever wasp waist that makes the helipad/sundeck seem like a special destination while ushering light to the owner’s deck below. The way the gym’s full-beam skylight transitions to opening glass walls presented an engineering challenge to builder Feadship, as did the owner’s insistence that there be no exposed hinges on any exterior doors or opening panels. Maximising sleekness, stern bollards hide below sections of deck and air intake grilles are disguised by strips of glass. A massive pool on main deck links the stern beach club to the living areas and guest accommodation. A touch-and-go landing area forward of the master suite can be rigged as a sports court in minutes and three huge hatches open the beach club, sports bar and massage room to the sea at the stern.

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Judges' Commendation: Holistic Design



Length: 63.7m

Exterior stylist : H2 Yacht Design

Naval architect: Diana Yacht Design

Builder: Hakvoort

Among the yachts entered into the Design & Innovation Awards this year, the judges noted several possible feature items for a special commendation award, ranging from a novel solution for rigging from Future Fibres, a sleek user-friendly glass bridge on the Azimut sport yacht, and the sprawling spa on Flying Fox, which rivals the best to be found on land with its scope and leading-edge treatments rooms. However, it was the holistic design of 63.7m Scout that eventually edged out the other contenders. Scout, designed inside and out by H2 Yacht Design, is perfectly attuned to her owner’s vision of a home away from home with a unique, light-hearted Jules Verne- inspired theme, and a consistent style and colour scheme. Because this is a home rather than a temporary holiday escape, the yacht must keep its occupants entertained for months on end and make provisions for all members of the household, which includes two dogs. H2 did a superb job of blending the owner’s vision and the yacht’s long-range cruising purpose within a consistent yet highly entertaining shippy platform that surprises at every turn. One key requirement from the owners was for a large, totally open sundeck, with lift access and a dayhead. H2 founder Jonny Horsfield cleverly incorporated the two features into the arch to give the owners exactly what they wanted.

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