Design and innovation awards hint at the future of Elite cruising


BOAT International Media, the creators of some of the yacht industry’s most respected digital destinations, and the publishers of International boat, US International Ship, and the popular Quays promenade magazine for crews and yachting professionals has announced the winners of its annual design and innovation awards, with amazing and unexpected results.

The 262-foot German-built Artifact won no less than three separate awards for the year, and the impressive 111 foot eco-friendly British-built sailboat Geist won two awards for the year. Fifteen judges screened more than 50 nominees and awarded winners in 16 categories (ranging from interior and exterior excellence, to innovation, to tender completion) as well as two commendations from the judges. Here are some of the highlights of the program:

Artifact (Outstanding Interior Design, Motor Yachts over 500 GT; Best Naval Architecture, Motor Yachts; Innovation of the Year): an open and bright interior by designer Reymond Langton, a ton of due diligence to satisfy customers homeowners’ needs by the architects of German builder Nobiskrug who also created a floating bio- and geomorphic work of art via exterior designer Gregory C. Marshall, and a next-generation DC grid-based automated hybrid power system, all combined to create a network Artifact an unprecedented triumph this year. Artifact is not listed with any charter agency at the time of posting.

Year of construction: 2020

Shipyard: Nobiskrug, Germany

Overall length: 262 feet

Width: 55 feet

Max. speed: 17.8 knots (about 20.5 mph)

Geist (Best Interior Design, Sailing Yachts; Eco Award): Interior designers Rhoades Young, along with the interior team of builder Spirit Yachts and Tom Smith, had to follow a demanding mandate from the owners of this 2020 construction: organic shapes, no straight lines, and an unparalleled visual flow across the bridges that did not affect the performance of the regatta. The interior spaces turn out like a dream, and its predominantly durable wood construction and heavy reliance on wind and battery has caught the attention of BOAT International judges. Geist is not yet available for rental.

Year of construction: 2020

Shipyard: Spirit Yachts, United Kingdom

Overall length: 111 feet

Beam: 21 feet

Max. speed: 11 knots (about 12.5 mph)

Lana (Outstanding exterior design, motor yachts over 60m): In one of the biggest award categories for larger yachts, the Benetti built, 351ft (gulp!) Lana won the coveted crown. But the designers and architects of the Italian shipyard, along with architect Pierluigi Ausonio, managed to execute a clever and visually low approach to her construction that belies the sheer space of the massive yacht. She is large, but sleek and moving bed, even on the platform. If you want to take a look for yourself, Lana can accommodate 12 guests and 33 crew and is available for charter exclusively through Imperial Yachts starting at $ 2.12 million per week.

Year of construction: 2020

Shipyard: Benetti, Italy

Overall length: 351 feet

Beam: 47 feet

Max. speed: 19 knots (about 22 mph)

Riva 88 ‘Folgore (Best New Series): For boaters looking to make a speed statement and style, Ferretti Group rarely disappoints. And this new 88 ‘Folgore addition to the Riva line took home the crown for Best New Series at this year’s awards. Classic mahogany and stainless steel combine with new materials like carbon fiber to offer a modern and precise reinterpretation of iconic Riva sensuality via Officina Italiana Design. As a mass-produced vessel, the Riva 88 ‘Folgore is easily customizable inside and out, and prices range from around $ 4.4 million to $ 7 million.

Launch year: 2020

Shipyard: Ferretti Group-Riva, Italy

Overall length: 88 feet

Beam: 20.7 feet

Max. speed: 38 knots (around 44 mph), powered by two 2,638 hp MTU engines



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