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Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2019 Winners Announced

Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2019 Winners Announced

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Best Exterior Styling Motor Yachts Below 39m

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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.

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Best Exterior Styling Motor Yachts 40m to 59m

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Irisha

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.

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Best Exterior Styling Motor Yachts 60m and Above

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Elandess

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.

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