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The winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2019

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Motor Yacht of the Year:DAR

Length: 90m

Builder: Oceanco

Naval architect: Azure/Oceanco

Exterior design: Luiz de Basto

Interior design: Nuvolari Lenard

In selecting the winner of the Motor Yacht of the Year title, the Judges were faced with the task of choosing a single yacht from amongst the eight individual winners of the Semi-Displacement and Displacement Motor Yacht classes. Determining the winner of this highly coveted title is not just a simple matter of choosing the largest yacht, or the yacht that won its class by the greatest margin, as Judges are also required to consider how each of these vessels might have advanced the design, construction and appearance of future generations of yachts. Making this decision was neither easy nor quick. After a lengthy debate the final choice, made by secret ballot, revealed that DAR was the winner by a good margin.

With inspiration for her exterior lines drawn from nature – her build name was Project Shark – she has an attractive profile and excellent deck spaces, including a superb beach club and an enviable owner’s deck incorporating a private pool and lounging area. Her interior reveals spacious facilities for the owner on his private deck, and pleasing public areas and guest staterooms, all well-proportioned and interestingly decorated. The crew are also well provided for, with high-quality recreational and mess facilities, while their cabins are equally well appointed. On a technical level the installation of the huge areas of darkened glass on the superstructure, and the flush-mounted doors that penetrate it, called for totally novel application and fixing techniques. Lastly, this massive project was delivered to her owners on time and budget and they enjoyed their first season’s cruising as planned.

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