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16 ShowBoats Design Awards 2016 winners

16 ShowBoats Design Awards 2016 winners

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ShowBoats Design Awards winner
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Nikata

Exterior Design & Styling - Styling Award winner

Exterior Styling: Nauta Design

Builder: Baltic Yachts

Of the six sailing yachts chosen as ShowBoats Design Awards 2016 finalists for their exterior looks, two were very traditional. While the judges appreciated their adherence to iconic style and gleaming brightwork, it was the efforts the balance of the designers made to distinguish their projects among the fleet of modern yachts that captured their interest, especially considering that the same combination of naval architect Judel/Vroljik and exterior stylist Nauta Design had two remarkably different yachts in the running.

The judges chose to make Nikata the winner because of Nauta Design’s sympathetic response to the owner’s brief to not compromise the yacht’s regatta-style performance in delivery of an attractive profile and a high level of comfort at sea.

The very low deckhouse is a masterwork of joined geometric shapes that create a single line and subtle contrast between the smooth, iron grey hull and the light silver top. The fact that the pale teak deck is splined with grey caulking showed a comprehensive approach that took the styling that extra step. From the opening transom that will create a grand entrance for guests to the well-designed crew access point aft, her functionality is beautifully designed.

This award is sponsored by Cantieri di Pisa

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