The categories for the BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards 2024

8 February 2023

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. Below you will find a list of the categories which will be represented by this year's awards programme. 

2024 Categories

Best New Series

Honouring the new best design in customisable production yachts brought to market within the eligibility period.

Eco Award

Honouring a yacht delivered within the qualifying period that demonstrates the best approach to environmentally sensitive design, engineering and operation

Innovation of the Year

Honouring an innovative design, engineering development, product or process that has improved the aesthetics, operation or liveability of a yacht delivered within the qualifying time period. Please select one product/process per yacht.

Outstanding Lifestyle Feature

Honouring the design of a single lifestyle element or area aboard a yacht –motor or sail– that improves enjoyment of the yacht at sea or in harbour and enhances the quality of time aboard such as through sport, connection to the natural world, creation of a specific ambiance or function area and exemplifying the spirit of the owner’s brief. Please select one Lifestyle feature per yacht. 

Best Naval Architecture — Displacement Motor Yacht / Semi-displacement Motor Yacht / Sailing Yacht

Honouring the best hull design for a displacement motor yacht based on a multi-point analysis of efficiency, seakeeping, and performance data and looking at the demonstrated efforts made to perfect the hull for its mission during the design phase via model testing, CFD and/or other computational simulations.

Outstanding Exterior - Motor Yacht / Sailing Yacht

Honouring the most aesthetically pleasing, operationally sound and innovative design and styling approach for a yacht exterior. Motor yachts will focus on balance of the profile and integration of working (including tender and helicopter stowage) and social areas, especially within the context of the yacht’s intended use, for a sailing yacht exterior including the spars, especially within the context of its intended use.

Best Motor Yacht Interior Design — below 500GT / above 500GT

Honouring the most stylistically and aesthetically pleasing interior with specific attention to the general arrangement for owner and guest use, crew circulation and operation, seakeeping issues, materials, lighting, innovation, lifestyle elements and comfort within the context of the design brief.

Best Sailing Yacht Interior Design

Honouring the most stylistically and aesthetically pleasing interiors with specific attention to the general arrangement for owner and guest use, crew circulation and operation, materials, lighting, innovation, seakeeping issues, lifestyle elements and comfort within the context of the design brief for the vessel.

Tender of the Year

Honouring the best tender delivered into service to a specific yacht within the qualifying period. The vessel may be embarked or towed and while it may function independently for short periods, its primary purpose is as a tender to a larger yacht, ferrying passengers or toys and equipment for owner and guest use. Tenders are evaluated for aesthetics, function within the brief, ease of boarding, passenger safety and comfort, innovation and operation—including launch and retrieval. This category may be split into Open and Limousine tenders depending on the entries.

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If you have any questions about the awards, please contact Annabel Fairlie

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