Revealed: The 24 winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2016

Semi-Displacement & Three Deck Motor Yacht of 41m and Above


Having reviewed all the yachts in this class in some detail, the judges selected the 42.3-metre Mondomarine Serenity, with exterior design by Luca Vallebona and SFL Design, as the winner.

Well-built, and displaying modern yet extremely harmonious exterior lines that perfectly match her interior, the judges considered this to be a well-balanced motor yacht whose interior layout offers the owner the privacy that he requested in his brief. In order to achieve this, the designers created an unusual general arrangement that assigns both the interior and exterior areas of the complete upper deck for the owner’s use, linking this to the forward part of the main deck where the owner’s bathroom is located.

Despite the relatively modest size of the yacht, guests enjoy four spacious cabins on the lower deck and a main-deck lounge with wide openings to balconies on either side. The crew are provided with generous accommodations on the lower deck as well as a crew mess on the main deck, which is adjacent to the galley.

Length: 42.3m

Builder:  Mondomarine

Naval Architect: Mondomarine

Exterior Design: Luca Vallebona/SFL Design

Interior Design: Fatema Almaidan/SFL Design

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT of 30m to 41.99m


The judges were immediately drawn to the Mulder 34-metre motor yacht Solis by her attractive and original exterior lines, while excellent reports from the judges that had visited her concerning her quality of build and other aspects that cannot be determined by text and photographs reinforced this interest.

Delving deeper, they discovered the vessel’s transatlantic range, state-of-the-art facilities and the very pleasing level of interior brightness and exterior visibility provided by her large use of glass, much of which has the ability to be opened. This, the judges felt, is a true ‘pocket’ superyacht built on a human scale that not only satisfies the demanding aesthetic requirements of her owners, who tend to shy away from ostentation, but also provide a high level of comfort and convenience.

The judges were so impressed by this yacht that the decision to award her the Neptune for this class was almost unanimous. Solis, the largest Mulder launched to date, was deemed a very worthy winner.

Length: 34m

Builder:  Mulder Shipyard

Naval Architect: Van Oossanen Naval Architecture

Exterior Design:  Claydon Reeves

Interior Design: Claydon Reeves

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT of 30m to 41.99m

Judges’ Commendation for Design: Rüya

It is unusual for World Superyacht Award judges to give a specific Commendation prizes for interior design as, being created to the specific taste of her owner, this aspect of a yacht does not contribute to the overall marks awarded by individual judges.

In the case of Rüya, however, the judges were so enthusiastic about the interior design created by Sam Sorgiovanni, which combines the rich tones of the Australian Outback and other uniquely Australian textures, that they unanimously decided to break with tradition and award a Judges’ Special Commendation. In particular, the judges were impressed with the modern, highly sophisticated atmosphere that was created by the use of architecturally clean lines together with the harmonius colours, textures and timbers that are found throughout, which thoroughly complement the yacht’s open and bright atmosphere.

Length: 41.3m

Builder:  Alia Yachts

Naval Architect: Van Oossanen Naval Architects

Exterior Design: Sorgiovanni Designs

Interior Design: Sorgiovanni Designs

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT of 42m to 46.9m

Wider 150

This class contained many excellent yachts, most of which displayed significant pedigree, but the judges chose a newcomer as the winner. Wider Yachts have been previously known for their innovative tenders and small craft, but in late 2015 they launched their first superyacht. This was the 46-metre Wider 150, a yacht which continued their already established trend of thoughtful design and innovation.

In the judges’ view, this vessel is the epitome of a modern yacht, incorporating the best of today’s design trends and introducing many original ideas, while scaling down desirable features that, so far, have only been seen on much larger yachts. The judges particularly admired her bright interior spaces and the clean exterior lines, together with the superb beach club in the stern that, among other features, combines the functions of tender dock and swimming pool.

In addition, the propulsion system was considered so advanced that it attracted a separate award for Technology and Innovation.

LOA: 46m

Builder:  Wider

Naval Architect: Wider Engineering & Associates

Exterior Design:  Fulvio De Simoni

Interior Design: Ideaeitalia

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT of 42m to 46.9m

Judges’ Commendation for Technology & Innovation: Wider 150

The 46-metre, Wider 150, was selected for this award on the basis of her beach club as well as her propulsion system. Many yachts have previously been fitted with a diesel-electric propulsion system in which diesel generators power electric azimuthal pods, but never before has the system been exploited to the full by positioning the generators and associated equipment in underused areas of a yacht, thus releasing a ‘high value’ midships area - traditionally occupied by the engine room - for owner and guest use.

Without engines running, the Wider 150 can use her 544kWh of Li-Po batteries to cruise for six hours at five knots or, alternatively, switch to ‘quiet ship’ mode for an overnight stop of eight hours. Additionally, the design of the beach club with its two side- opening shell doors and a swimming pool that converts to a ‘float-in’ tender stowage bay, has never before been seen in a yacht of this size.

Length: 46m

Builder: Wider

Naval Architect: Wider Engineering & Associates

Exterior Design: Fulvio De Simoni

Interior Design: Ideaeitalia

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT of 42m to 46.9m

Judges’ Commendation for Design: Moka

Many modern yachts are labelled as ‘explorers’ merely on the basis of their commercial appearance and the stowage position of their tenders, but few actually fulfil all the necessities of a true explorer, especially exceptional seaworthiness, long range and lengthy autonomy.

The judges felt that the new steel-hulled Sanlorenzo 460Exp Moka was an exception to this general rule, combining all these functions with high internal volume and a layout that provides excellent comfort for owner and guests, while reducing environmental impact sufficiently to receive RINA’s Green Plus Gold designation.

On top of this, Sanlorenzo have created a purposeful and attractive yacht, ideally suited to her owner’s long-range cruising plans, with good safety features as well as the ability to carry a wide range of watercraft and provide impressive lifestyle amenities, such as a swimming pool with current generator.

Length: 42.2m

Builder:  Sanlorenzo

Naval Architect: Sanlorenzo

Exterior Design:  Francesco Paszkowski Design

Interior Design: Sanlorenzo

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 500GT of 47m and Above


While the finalists in this class were all within a couple of metres LOA, they were, perhaps, the most diverse of any of the motor yacht classes up for accolades as they displayed a particularly wide range of hull construction materials. These included all-steel, all-aluminium, steel and aluminium, steel and wood, and GRP and aluminium, as well as both solid and cored GRP.

But despite this diversity the judges soon homed in to Sibelle, a 49.9-metre Heesen motor yacht with avant garde exterior lines from Omega Architects. Her Fast Displacement Hull Form, designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, is claimed to provide good fuel economy as well as a higher top speed than can be achieved by traditional displacement hulls, while the pair of spray rails that wrap the bow have eased the issue of spray in plumb-bowed yachts.

In the judges’ eyes, these facts, combined with high-quality construction throughout and well-reasoned deck and interior areas, made Sibelle a worthy winner.

Length: 49.9m

Builder:  Heesen Yachts

Naval Architect: Van Oossanen Naval Architects

Exterior Design: AB Studio/ Omega Architects

Interior Design: AB Studio/Omega Architects

Displacement Motor Yachts 500GT to 1,299GT


With every yacht in this class having received top marks from at least one judge, it was a tough job to choose exactly which of the worthy entries should receive the Neptune. While it was recognised that each of the yachts displayed some extremely good attributes, the secret ballot resulted in a win for 11.11 – its unusual name derived from the date of birth of the owner’s child.

At its heart, 11.11 is very much intended as a family yacht. Despite being near completion when purchased, the owner was able to put his distinct stamp on this vessel thanks to the cooperation and flexibility of the yacht’s builder, Benetti. The eight judges who had viewed the yacht felt that 11.11 was the best product ever to come from this yard. This high opinion helped sway opinion and was a deciding factor in choosing this as the winner, along with her elegant and modern lines, excellent machinery spaces, high level of amenities for her owner and his guests, excellent crew and service areas, and glamorous, Art Deco-inspired interior.

Length: 63m

Builder:  Benetti

Naval Architect: Benetti

Exterior Design: Benetti

Interior Design:  Owners' private design team

Displacement Motor Yachts 1,300GT to 2,999GT


This class contained six exceptional yachts that were readily comparable by the judges, but it was clear from the very outset of the judges’ deliberations that one stood out above the crowd. This yacht was Savannah, an 83.5-metre motor yacht built by Feadship, which excelled in so many different areas that her selection as winner was almost unanimous – itself a rarity in a jury comprised of yacht owners with differing tastes and values. Firstly, it was the elegance and harmony of her exterior lines that thrilled the judges, but they soon agreed that her hybrid diesel-electric drive system – which is claimed to offer fuel savings of up to 30 per cent – could be a glimpse into the future of yacht propulsion.

Additionally, the layout of her exterior and interior areas – including the open aft deck and wow-worthy underwater lounge – and the manner in which these areas are intelligently united with each other, together with the detailing and finish of her decorative items, were considered a triumph.

Length: 83.5m

Builder: Feadship

Naval Architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects

Exterior Design: CG Design/Feadship De Voogt Naval

Interior Design: CG Design

Displacement Motor Yachts 2,999GT and Above


This class, which contains the largest of the yachts entered for the World Superyacht Awards, saw just two yachts qualifying as finalists. Both, however, were so extraordinary that the judges initially anticipated that choosing a winner might be difficult. But as each aspect of the two contestants was scrutinised in greater detail, it became clear that the Feadship-built Symphony had edged into the lead. Not only did the judges consider this 101.5-metre motor yacht to have stunningly beautiful exterior lines, but they also admired the division of her interior spaces and the incredible quality and attention to detail that had been invested in all areas.

The builder had also successfully addressed many challenging technical issues that had arisen from both the requirements of her owner, as well as from the new PYC code to which the yacht is built. This yacht is a remarkable story of design, craftsmanship and technological innovation that has been cleverly combined to totally satisfy the owner’s requirements.

Length: 101.5m

Builder: Feadship

Naval Architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects

Exterior Design:  Tim Heywood

Interior Design:  Francois Zuretti/ Peter Marino

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