The categories for the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2019

2018-06-21

The Boat International Design and Innovation Awards focus on design and the innovation that accompanies it, as well as highlight features that make a boat successful and smart from an operational perspective. Accordingly, for 2019 we have introduced a brand new category showcasing technology, which you will see listed below.

Nominations for the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards are now closed.

If you have any questions about the awards, please contact Lucy Boorman, +44 (0) 20 8545 9335, lucy.boorman@boatinternationalmedia.com

Best Naval Architecture

Sailing Yachts

This award is to recognise naval architects whose design for a qualifying sailing yacht combines efficient hydrodynamics with an appropriate sail plan and elegance in a hull that properly meets its intended purpose, particularly in respect of performance, seaworthiness and all-round sailing ability. Please indicate if the yacht is intended for racing as well as cruising and if the naval architecture prioritises one over the other.

Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts

This award is intended to recognise naval architects whose design for a qualifying motor yacht combines efficient hydrodynamics with elegance in a hull that properly meets its intended purpose, particularly in respect of performance, seaworthiness, range and economy.

Displacement Motor Yachts

This award is intended to recognise naval architects whose design for a qualifying displacement motor yacht combines efficient hydrodynamics with elegance in a hull that properly meets its intended purpose, particularly in respect of performance, comfort, seaworthiness, range and economy.

Entry Requirements

  • Design Statement outlining the design brief and how it was met. Indicate if the process utilized CDF and/or tank testing. (Not to exceed one page)
  • An Owners’ Brief (not to exceed one page)
  • A General Arrangement plan showing the deck areas and the profile of the yacht and in the case of sailing yachts, the sail plan. This should be formatted as a simplified (or flattened) PDF reproducible to A3 (or 11” x 17”) size with all text clearly legible.
  • Three-dimensional Lines Plan seen from two points:

a) 45 degrees on the bow and below the waterline

b) 45 degrees on the stern and below the waterline.

  • Specifications list (not to exceed four pages) must include:

a) Details of the Yacht, including Name, Builder, Class, Number of guests/crew and Delivery date

b) Dimensions: LOA, LWL, Beam, Draught (max/min), Displacement, Ballast, Gross Tonnage, righting moment and Fuel capacity.

c) Main engine(s): Number, Manufacturer/model, Power in kW at max continuous speed, Rating, Propeller type or retractable drive-leg type. In case of Hybrid yachts, provide generators configuration with maximum kW output as well as electric motor configuration. Also indicate and additional power generating sources such as shaft generators or propeller generators. This can be supplied via a power/propulsion diagram instead of via text.

d) Speed & Fuel Consumption under power: Please provide a graph showing fuel burn/hour/tonne of displacement versus speed/length ratio. This data should preferably be derived from data acquired by measurement but should this be unavailable, computer derived data will be acceptable providing this is made clear in the heading of the graph. An example of such a graph can be downloaded from the Boat International Design & innovation Awards website

e) High-resolution video footage of the vessel underway, no longer than one (1) minute long. In addition to judging, this will be used for the onscreen presentation if you become one of the finalists at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards.

f) Photographs. Please illustrate your entry with up to five (5) photographs of the yacht under way.

Additional Information For Sailing Yachts Only:

g) Rig details: including sail areas (upwind and downwind), sailmaker, details of mast, mast and boom construction material, standing rigging material and reefing arrangements.

h) Keel type: Lifting, canting or fixed along with keel weight/displacement ratio

i) VPP graph: providing information on sailing performance and details of how the data was derived.

Winner/top candidates will be proposed by the Naval Architecture Sub-Committee and ratified by the full jury.

Best Exterior Styling

Sailing Yachts

Awarded to the designer(s) of a qualifying sailing yacht considered to be the most visually inspiring, attractive and practical (meeting classification requirements), while providing the deck and hull features demanded by her client and such elements as cockpit design, weather protection, water access and tender stowage. The judges will award points on the following basis: Visual aesthetic and sophistication of the design, relationship to the interior, innovation, colour scheme and lighting, functionality for owner, guests and crew, practicality of the design for use while in navigation and with the mission of the yacht (i.e., racing, high latitudes cruising etc.). The awards jury reserves the right to split this into sub-categories by LOA if necessary to create manageable numbers of contestants.

Motor Yachts

Awarded to the designer(s) of a qualifying motor yacht considered to be the most visually inspiring and practical (meeting classification requirements), while providing the profile and deck features demanded by her client. The judges will award points on the following basis: Visual appeal, sophistication, thoroughness and cohesion of the design, relationship to the interior, functionality for owner, guests and crew, practicality of the design for use in a sea environment and during docking/mooring consistent with the mission of the yacht (i.e. speed, high latitudes cruising etc.), innovation, water and tender access, colour scheme and lighting. The awards jury reserves the right to split this into sub-categories by LOA if necessary to create manageable numbers of contestants.

Entry Requirements

  • Details of the Yacht, including, Name, LOA and brief spec, Builder, Class and Delivery date. (Not to exceed one page)
  • A Designer Statement outlining the design brief and how this was met. Note any particular challenges that will help explain the design, i.e. weight, materials, tenders, helicopter, usage, planned cruising areas, etc. (not to exceed one page)
  • An Owners’ Statement (not to exceed one page)
  • A Builder’s Statement (not to exceed one page) regarding highlights or challenges in meeting the design brief.
  • A General Arrangement plan showing the deck areas and the profile of the yacht. This should be formatted as a simplified (or flattened) PDF and reproducible to A3 or 11” x 17” size with all text clearly legible. Notations may be made on the PDF to call attention to features.
  • Sketches or Renderings or CAD (up to three pages of A4 (or 8½” x 11”) to illustrate the progressive development of the design, if available.
  • Photographs. Please illustrate your entry with up to a maximum of 15 digital exterior photographs including three (3) high-resolution running shots. Interior spaces should only be submitted if they relate to specific exterior spaces. Photographs should have a short caption or tag to indicate their subject.
  • Video footage. High-resolution footage of the vessel’s exterior, no longer than one (1) minute long. This will be used for judging as well as the onscreen presentation if you become one of the finalists at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards.

Best Interior Design

Sailing Yachts

Awarded to the interior designers of a qualifying sailing yacht considered by the judges to be the year’s best example of interior design. The entry should show how the design matches the requirements laid down in the brief by the owner of the yacht (or builder in the case of a model built on speculation). The judges will award points on the following basis: Visual aesthetics and design sophistication, functionality, practicality of the design for use at sea, flow and use of space (including crew functions), along with innovative materials, attractiveness of furniture and appropriateness to the design style, lighting design and fixtures. The jury reserves the right to divide entries into categories based on gross tonnage to create manageable numbers of contestants.

Motor Yachts

(Note: modification of category for 2017) Awarded to the interior designers of a qualifying motor yacht considered by the judges to be the year’s best example of interior design. The entry should show how the design matches the requirements laid down in the brief by the owner of the yacht (or builder in the case of a model built on speculation Visual aesthetics and design sophistication, functionality, practicality of the design for use at sea, flow and use of space (including crew functions), along with innovative materials, attractiveness of furniture and appropriateness to the design style, lighting design and fixtures. The jury reserves the right to divide entries into categories based on gross tonnage to create manageable numbers of contestants.

Entry Requirements

  • Details of the yacht, to include Name, LOA and basic specifications, Class, Builder, Lead Designer, other Design Specialists if any, Delivery date and Interior joinery manufacturer(s). (not to exceed one page)
  • A Designer Statement outlining the design brief and how this was met. Note any particular challenges, usage or context references, innovative ideas and/or materials, or rare materials that will help explain the design. (not to exceed one page)
  • An Owners’ Statement. (not to exceed one page) explain significant elements or essential requirements of the brief
  • Sketches or Renderings (up to four pages of A4 or 8½” x 11) to illustrate the progressive development of the design or a specific detail, if available.
  • A General Arrangement plan showing the deck areas and the profile of the yacht. This should be formatted as a simplified (or flattened) PDF and reproducible to A3 or 11” x 17” size with all text clearly legible. The PDF can be annotated to indicate areas of particular note for the judges.
  • Photographs. Please illustrate your entry with no more than three (3) high-resolution digital photographs of the yacht under way or at anchor and a maximum of 25 digital interior images. Photographs should be tagged to indicate their subject/area.
  • Video footage. High resolution footage of the vessel to also include interior and running shots no longer than one (1) minute long. This will be used for the onscreen presentation if you become one of the finalists at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards.

Note: A Special Commendation will be awarded by the jury for outstanding interior lighting of a sail or motor yacht. If you believe your vessel has exceptional lighting (plan, fixtures, controls) please make sure to include photos highlighting lighting design and reference lighting design in your design statement.

Best General Arrangement and Deck Design

This award is presented to the builder and/or designer for the Best General Arrangement and Deck Design. Judges are looking for innovative and creative layouts that enhance the usability of the yacht for both the owner and the crew. Judges will look at the whole General Arrangement and Deck Design but will also look for specific areas of the layout that reflect innovation within the design such as for safety and security, crew service, elegance in traffic flow for moving guests around the yacht, multiple use areas indoors or out, accommodation flexibility, handicap accessibility, tender deployment considerations, etc.

Entry Requirements

  • Details of the yacht, to include Name, LOA and basic specifications, Class, Builder, Delivery date and Interior joinery manufacturer(s). (not to exceed one page)
  • A Builders Statement outlining the client’s design brief for layout, flow and operation of the yacht, and how this was met. Note any particular challenges that will help explain the design. (not to exceed three pages)
  • Designer Statement outlining the design brief and how this was met. (not to exceed one page)
  • Owners’ Statement to highlight requirements for separation of owner and guest spaces, priorities for open or enclosed areas, and expectation of special use areas, (not to exceed one page).
  • A General Arrangement plan showing the deck areas and the profile of the yacht. This should be formatted as a simplified (or flattened) PDF and reproducible to A3 or 11” x 17” size with all text clearly legible. The PDF can be annotated to indicate areas of particular note for the judges, such as crew and guest traffic flow, and aids to service such as lifts and dumbwaiter and storage and opening terraces or balconies.
  • Photographs. Please illustrate your entry with no more than three (3) high-resolution digital photographs of the yacht under way and a maximum of 25 digital images to support the entry. Photographs should be tagged to indicate their subject/area.
  • Video footage (optional). High resolution footage of the vessel, including layout features, no longer than one (1) minute long. This will be used for the onscreen presentation if you become one of the finalists at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards.

Best New Production Yacht Design

This award is presented to the builder and/or designer(s) for the best new series yacht model. Judges will be looking for innovation, aesthetic appeal, practicality, research & development and anticipated commercial appeal for new a semi-custom model based on a pre-determined hull and equipment platform. The new model must be introduced and launched during the entry period, and can be power or sail, but must not be a custom one-off project.

Entry Requirements

  • Details of the yacht, to include Name, LOA and basic specifications, Class, Builder, Delivery date and Interior joinery manufacturer(s) (not to exceed one page).
  • A Builder and/or Designer Statement outlining the design brief and how this was met. Note any particular challenges that will help explain the design (not to exceed one page).
  • Indicate this model’s position in the Builders portfolio
  • Indicate base price
  • Sketches or Renderings (up to four pages of A4 or 8½” x 11) to illustrate the progressive development of the design, if available.
  • A General Arrangement plan showing the deck areas and the profile of the yacht. This should be formatted as a simplified (or flattened) PDF and reproducible to A3 or 11” x 17” size with all text clearly legible. The PDF can be annotated to indicate areas of particular note for the judges, such as options for layout changes.
  • Photographs. Please illustrate your entry with no more than three (3) high-resolution digital photographs of the yacht under way and a maximum of 25 digital interior/exterior images. Photographs should be tagged to indicate their subject/area.
  • Video footage. High resolution footage of the vessel, no longer than one (1) minute long. This will be used for the onscreen presentation if you become one of the finalists at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards.

Best Lifestyle Feature Design

This award will recognise outstanding design approaches to unique Lifestyle Feature spaces on sailing and motor yachts. The entry must be a single area. For indoor spaces, examples include an integrated/contiguous master suite, a beach club, a spa, a theatre, a library, a bar or lounge, an entertainment space or a staircase. Outdoor spaces can also be entered such as a pool deck, a sports area, an exterior dining area or outdoor living room, for example. Please select one feature on the yacht and explain your selection indicating why and how it enhances life on board. Judges will be looking for design, area and finishes as well as uniqueness of use. Lighting, ambiance and decor should be addressed.

Entry Requirements

  • Details of the yacht, to include Name, LOA and basic specifications, Class, Builder, Delivery date and Interior joinery manufacturer(s) (not to exceed one page).
  • A Designer Statement outlining the clients’ design brief and how this was met. Note any particular challenges that will help explain the design. (not to exceed three pages)
  • Sketches or Renderings (up to four pages of A4 or 8½” x 11) to illustrate the progressive development of the design, if available.
  • A General Arrangement plan showing the deck areas and the profile of the yacht. This should be formatted as a simplified (or flattened) PDF and reproducible to A3 or 11” x 17” size with all text clearly legible. The PDF can be annotated to indicate areas of particular note for the judges.
  • Photographs. Please illustrate your entry with no more than three (3) high-resolution digital photographs of the yacht under way and a maximum of 20 digital images to include the specific lifestyle feature. Photographs should be tagged to indicate their subject/area.
  • Video footage. High resolution footage of the vessel, no longer than one (1) minute long. This will be used for the onscreen presentation if you become one of the finalists at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards.

Best Tender Design

This award is presented to the designer of a sports, general service or limousine (motorised) tender that has been placed into service (embarked or towed) for a yacht within the qualifying period. Judges will award points based on its appearance, cockpit design, mechanical installation, functionality for its purpose, the ease with which it is lifted aboard its parent craft (or towed), innovation, and its performance in respect of its task.

Tenders nominated for the Best Tender Design must have been delivered between November 1, 2017 and October 5, 2018. Nominated tenders must be in service, but the yacht to which it is attached does not need to entered in the awards competition nor even produced in the qualifying period, i.e., it can be a new tender for an existing yacht.

Entry Requirements

  • Designer Statement stating the purpose of the tender, a list of specific design requirements and description of important design or performance aspects of the craft.
  • General Arrangement drawing of the tender and a related drawing showing its storage position aboard the parent craft.
  • Specifications of the tender, including: (not to exceed one page)

a) Physical: Maker, Year Designed, LOA, LWL, Draught, Beam, Weight, Construction materials, Height from keel to uppermost fixed point and Passenger capacity (excluding driver).

b) Mechanical: Engine maker, type, power (kW), propulsion system (e.g. prop, duoprop, outboard or jet) and maximum speed.

  • Details of the Yacht on which the tender is carried. (not to exceed one page), including its name, gross tonnage or LOA and builder. The yacht does not have to be new or entered in the competition. However, the tender must have been completed during the entry period and must be embarked on a yacht in service as of the entry deadline.
  • Photographs. Up to 15 photographs showing the tender under way, it’s interior, deck or boarding features, and its engine compartment. Design renderings or CAD plans should be included among the 15 images. Please also include a picture of the tender embarked on the yacht if available.
  • Video footage. High resolution footage of the vessel, no longer than one (1) minute long. This will be used for the onscreen presentation, if you become one of the finalists at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards.

Winner to be proposed by the Tender Design Sub-Committee and ratified by the full jury

Best Ecological Design and Operation Innovation

This award will be presented to the build, design and engineering team of a superyacht delivered in the qualifying period which, in the opinion of the Jury, has made the most significant investment in design solutions, on board equipment and operational procedures that contribute to improvement of its environmental performance beyond the minimum levels required by mandatory international regulations on environmental protection. Examples include energy generation, management and storage, sanitation, reduced environmental impact through energy savings efficiency and pollution control measures.

Entry Requirements

  • Details of the yacht, to include Name, LOA and basic specifications, Class, Builder, Delivery date and Interior joinery manufacturer(s). (not to exceed one page)
  • A Designer, Engineer or Builder Statement (Not to exceed three pages) outlining the client’s design brief and how this was met. Note any particular challenges that will help explain the environmental enhancements. If the entry is for an innovation to reduce environmental impact or pollution generated in the construction of or in operation of the vessel, please provide details on the processes used and any applicable sustainability certifications.
  • Sketches or Renderings (up to four pages of A4 or 8½” x 11) to illustrate the progressive development of the design, if available.
  • A General Arrangement plan showing the deck areas and the profile of the yacht. This should be formatted as a simplified (or flattened) PDF and reproducible to A3 or 11” x 17” size with all text clearly legible. The PDF can be annotated to indicate areas of particular note for the judges.
  • Photographs. Please illustrate your entry with no more than three (3) high-resolution digital photographs of the yacht under way and a maximum of 25 digital images. Photographs should be tagged to indicate their subject/area.
  • Video footage. High resolution footage of the vessel, no longer than one (1) minute long. This will be used for the onscreen presentation if you become one of the finalists at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards.

The Game Changer Award

This category aims to highlight a game-changing product, process or technology that adds to the design and build sophistication or ease of use and ultimately the owner’s enjoyment of the yacht. Examples of a process might include a new wood treatment for fire safety, a new paint or coating with improved properties, a new glass making, annealing or installation method, a new type of sail cloth, etc. Examples of technology might include a new controller for lighting or security, a fender deployment system, automatic door opening system, a new elevator mechanism or a new propulsion system or a new mast or furling boom design.

This product or process must be in use on a yacht and therefor known to be functional and safe. The product or process must have been introduced to market between September 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018.

Entry Requirements

  • Details of the product or process, to include Names, Address and website of the developer plus patent information if applicable (not to exceed one page)
  • Technology Use Statement. (Not to exceed three pages) outlining the product’s or process’s function and how it improves on previous process or fills a void in previously available processes or products. Note any particular challenges that will help explain the enhancements to building or operating yachts via this technology or process.
  • Marketing materials developed to promote the technology or process. (not to exceed four pages)
  • Details of the yacht fitted with the technology or utilizing the process including, name, LOA, builder, year built, designer and naval architect.
  • A statement from builder, project manager or captain that the item or process was used or is in use on the yacht.
  • Diagrams showing the item in operation or the application of the process.
  • Up to 15 photos showing the technology item or the process being made, installed, applied and in use.
  • Video footage. High-resolution footage of product or process, no longer than one (1) minute long. This will be used for the onscreen presentation, if you become one of the finalists at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards.

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