Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2019 Winners Announced
Best Exterior Styling Motor Yachts Below 39m

Riva 110' Dolcevita

Length: 33.5m

Exterior styling: Officina Italiana Design/Ferretti Group

Naval Architect: Riva - Ferretti Group

Builder: Riva - Ferretti Group

Riva calls its new 110 flybridge model Dolcevita, and it certainly epitomises this Italian builder’s ideal of the sweet life at sea. From a strong eld of entries, the judges selected a yacht they felt was the most visually inspiring and one that delivered a strong, cohesive profile consistent with its mission. Clean, spare lines and crisp window shapes up to and including the flybridge windscreen are nicely designed to show off a high contrast exterior colour scheme. The flybridge hardtop, while small, aesthetically and physically suits the profile of a fast yacht, which can hit a top speed of 26 knots and cruise at 23 knots. The yacht also scored well for exterior design practicality enhancing the functionality for owners and guests with such things as a submersible transom, which allows for quick tender launches as well as direct access to the sea. The garage door folds down to create a swim platform that can be lowered further into the water as required.

Best Exterior Styling Motor Yachts 40m to 59m


Length: 51m

Exterior styling: Harrison Eidsgaard

Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts

Builder: Heesen Yachts

Just four points separated the two top finishers in this category – boats that might seem to have little in common beyond unusually strong hull colours. While both Irisha and Latona had strong lines that speak to their mission, and those are quite a bit different as well, Irisha pulled out a win over second-place finisher Latona largely because of the former’s innovative use of very large glass panels defining the sporty wheelhouse and its connection to the sundeck. The bridge is cleverly situated on a half-deck between the upper deck saloon and the sundeck and the complex glass structure that covers it is one of the largest pieces of chemically hardened compound curved glass ever made in Europe. The bridge and sundeck are linked by a large sliding door and drop-down window – it’s a stunning exterior design feature but it also creates the feeling, when open, of being on the bridge of a sports boat (in this case a 51m, 26.1 knot one). The aggressively raised, raked bow and an unusual, bold paint scheme in a custom colour create a near trompe l’oeil effect on the trideck’s profile. While much of the yacht is dedicated to entertaining large groups, a neatly integrated forward-facing guest sofa with a hidden, folding privacy canopy provides clever foredeck seating.

Best Exterior Styling Motor Yachts 60m and Above


Length: 74.5m

Exterior styling: Harrison Eidsgaard

Naval Architect: Abeking & Rasmussen

Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen

The judges appreciated how the designers made this yacht’s complex structure look disarmingly simple yet strong. Classical proportions have been updated with a near plumb bow, and straight superstructure lines are augmented by curves that are revealed through the interplay of light and shadow. Wing stations adjacent to the bridge disappear when not in use to preserve sleek lines. The bridge is recessed in a mezzanine that steals nothing from a vast sundeck that is the yacht’s raison d’etre. Wide side decks, enjoyed by strolling guests and supremely useful to crew, and concealed exterior lighting were two additional features lauded by judges.

Judges’ Commendation for Best Technical Achievement


Length: 90m

Exterior styling: De Basto Designs

Naval Architect: Azure/Oceanco

Builder: Oceanco

Luiz de Basto envisaged a superstructure almost entirely clad with glass; builder Oceanco rose to the inherent challenges. The yacht required 186 frameless glass panels spread over several decks, all of identical width but many curved and including doors and seamlessly abutting painted surfaces. For these accomplishments and more, DAR receives a Judges’ Commendation for Technical Achievement.

Best Exterior Styling Sailing Yachts


Length: 42.3m

Exterior styling: Hoek Design

Naval Architect: Hoek Design

Builder: Pendennis

Due to the marked difference in styles and scale of the projects from largest to smallest, this category presented the most difficult evaluation of the competition. To reach an objective conclusion, the judges scored the entries in five equally weighted categories from visual impact to practicality of decks to innovative design features and all with regard to the clarity of the vessel’s stated mission and owner objectives. The tally, by secret ballot, placed Vijonara on top thanks to the sweetness of her lines, consistency of detail and the owner’s carefully considered revamping of the original deck layout to support extended cruising and a little racing. With the helm situated in the centre of the boat, the aft deckhouse and its cockpit are the owner’s domain, and link directly to a unique two-level owner’s suite. His insistence on a sloop rig and a bowsprit enhances both the traditional look and the boat’s required performance by allowing a furling Code Zero, while raising the toe rail disguises the height of the deck houses and fixed bimini while adding a safety factor for blue water sailing.

Best Interior Design Motor Yachts Below 299GT

Mimi La Sardine

Length: 33.1m

Interior designer: Nauta Design

Naval Architect: Cantiere delle Marche/Hydro Tec

Builder: Cantiere delle Marche

The judges were impressed by a well-presented design development package from renderings to finished photos that showed how the client was involved in the creation of a very personal family boat working from a semi-production platform. Documents highlighted the yacht’s mission as a vessel on which the family could re-connect. The design team also took into account the family’s request for long-term autonomy in all-important elements such as storage and extra refrigeration, not easy to accomplish in a 33 metre. Design elements to support the prime directives of relaxation, a contemporary beach house vibe and use of natural materials are consistent throughout the interior spaces. The treatment of oak to mimic the look of driftwood is particularly effective and pleasing. A sense of lightness was achieved through large windows and a lack of visual weight came courtesy of spare, contemporary furnishings and sisal area rugs, while the saloon fun factor was enhanced through use of random slits in the planked wood overheads to cleverly mimic light filtering through trees as the ambient light source.

Best Interior Design Motor Yachts 300GT to 499GT

El Leon

Length: 54m

Interior designer: Alberto Mancini/Overmarine

Naval Architect: Overmarine/Ing.P.Ausonio

Builder: Overmarine

The first of a new GranSport series for her builder, Overmarine, El Leon boldly combines the look of an open yacht with the liveability of a displacement motor yacht. The all-aluminium fast displacement style hull and four engines deliver the speed element of the Mangusta DNA, but how would this translate to a larger interior? It helped that the customer for hull No 1 has owned several Mangustas and had a good relationship with the yard when he and his designer sought to customise the layout and décor, adding a gym and a full of office and requesting American walnut and glossy ebony joinery. Features that distinguish this low, sleek boat such as floor-to-ceiling windows and a 2.6m saloon overhead height required clever solutions to hide the mechanisms of the luxury lifestyle such as air conditioning with fan coil units hidden in elegant freestanding furniture. Judges complimented the staircase surround that ties into the main deck lobby floor in a veneer waterfall effect and the innovative the use of a pliant new material borrowed from the automotive industry to light columns defining the entrance. It was developed for dashboards of luxury cars but Overmarine found a way to glue it into a semicircular plexiglass material. The result is simply stunning.

Best Interior Design Motor Yachts 500GT and Above


Length: 74.5m

Interior designer: Harrison Eidsgaard

Naval Architect: Abeking & Rasmussen

Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen

The daunting request from knowledgeable owners was for an interior that functions for three generations and displays an eclectic art collection and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces at the same time. The yacht would be used extensively as a mobile second home and so needed varied spaces for different activities. Neutral backgrounds are a backdrop to life and art on board. The use of elaborate statement pieces – bathroom mosaics and a hand-plastered atrium staircase with mother-of-pearl inlays for example – is restrained, with more emphasis on showcasing craftsmanship than opulence. The judges noted the result is an ambience that looks and feels collected rather than imagined from matching mood boards.

Judges’ Commendation for Best Lighting Design

Volpini 2

Length: 57.7m

Interior designer: Reymond Langton

Naval Architect: Amels

Builder: Amels

The judges all remarked on the sophistication of Volpini 2’s interior lighting. From stair treads that appear to oat on glowing risers to ambient light that escapes from pockets stitched into walls, the lighting stood out among all interior entrants. Reymond Langton and Amels deserve kudos for the attention and expertise brought to the lighting plan of the inaugural boat of this series.

Best Interior Design Sailing Yachts


Length: 31.4m

Interior designer: Nauta Design

Naval Architect: Farr Yacht Design

Builder: Southern Wind Shipyard

While two warm and traditional interiors garnered the judges’ appreciation in this category, the very contemporary interior of Seatius seized their votes. The yacht is fully customised for long distance cruising but at near performance-yacht speeds. The elegant, lightweight interior gives nothing away in terms of luxury as elegant fabrics and suede highlight a predominantly two-tone, light and dark colour scheme with interior joinery of socially responsible, reconstituted wood veneer. Matching the exterior, the lines of the interior are crisp and clean but hardly minimalist as stepped surfaces and reveals add depth and interest. Using the darker joinery as an accent for overhead ventilation panels and updated crown moulding, which also hides ambient lighting, visually lengthens the rooms. The open sightlines from the combination saloon/dining area two steps down into the cosy TV lounge make the boat feel much larger than its 31 metres, as does the fact there are just three very spacious en suite cabins for owner and guests. These are forward, with crew accommodation and galley aft.