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Superyacht Audrey the first | Source: BOAT International

The 2022 Superyacht Design Innovation Awards: Wide Beams and Efficient Hulls Shine

Held as part of the Superyacht Design Festival in Milan, the Boat International Design and Innovation Awards returned in person last week to shine a light on which yachts, tenders and designers led the way in 2022. Selected by a panel of superyacht industry leaders and experts, the annual awards recognise industry-leading naval architecture, styling, design and technology.

This year’s winners represented companies and individuals who had persevered through the supply chain issues and other disruptions of the last few years to produce yachts of substance and quality. Wide beams, sustainable power sources and efficient hull designs featured heavily in 2022’s list of winners, which included an award for best tender and a lifetime achievement award.

Best Interior Design, Sailing Yachts

Audrey the First, Nautor’s Swan

The interiors of this 36.5 metre Swan 120 sailing yacht were described by one of the judges as “pure execution of detail.” Custom mahogany and tan interior spaces were designed by Mark Whitely and Finnish builder Nautor’s in-house design team. A synergy of classic architecture and modern design, the interiors proved to be a very successful approach to curating a sophisticated space.

Superyacht Design and Innovation Awards Best Interior Design: Audrey the First
Audrey the First | Source: Boat International

The two main lounges in the salon both transform into beds and the owner requested the inclusion of a wine bar transitioning between the guest and crew areas. There are three guest suites and an owner’s suite aft allowing eight people to sleep on board. The superyacht also offers space for six crew in three twin suites that are practical and comfortable.

A transom at the stern folds down to allow for the launching of a 4.5-metre tender and once the tender is launched it converts into a sunbathing and dining area.

Superyacht Design and Innovation Awards Best Interior Design: Audrey the First
Source: Boat International

Best Naval Architecture, Semi-displacement or Planing Motor Yachts

Stefania, Dynamiq Yachts

The hull of the 41-metre Stefania was designed by the man who invented the Fast Displacement Hull Form, Perry Van Oossanen. He created the vessel to be as efficient when near its maximum speed at 20 knots as it is when it is at its cruising speed of 14 knots.

Built by Dynamiq Yachts of Monaco, clever innovation makes Stefania a truly unique superyacht at the cutting edge of naval architecture. For someone who knows what they are looking at, she is simply beautiful. Space has been made for up to 11 guests across five beautiful suites and she can host six crew in three rooms.

Superyacht Design and Innovation Awards Best Naval Architecture, Semi-displacement Or Planing Motor Yachts, Stefania
Stefania | Source: Yacht Charter Fleet

Art deco style – even its contemporary interpretation – is normally used for bigger displacement vessels as it’s difficult to fit it in compact spaces and there’s a lot of weight behind the rich look.

Sergei Dobroserdov, Dynamiq founder and head of Dobroserdov Design

Stefania also makes use of another one of Oossanen’s cutting-edge ideas; a Hull Vane which is basically a hydrofoil mounted under the stern, lifting it out of the water to increase efficiency.

Best Naval Architecture, Sailing Yachts

Perseverance 1, Dykstra Naval Architects

Another masterclass of yacht design, the Best Naval Architecture, Sailing Yachts award was a hotly contested title at this year’s event. Baltic Yachts sloop, 35.8-metre Perseverance 1 rose to the challenge and showed us why Dutch firm Dykstra Naval Architects is one of the industry’s leading companies with a hand in building some of the most beautiful yachts in the world.

She has distinct pilot cutter style features such as a straight stem, bowsprit, counter stern and deep bulwarks but also makes use of more modern design cues and materials, such as carbon fibre spars and standing rigging.

Superyacht Design and Innovation Awards Best Naval Architecture, Sailing Yachts, Perseverance 1
Perseverance 1 | Source: NAVIS Magazine

Judges loved her rig geometry which allows her to be sailed easily under different environmental conditions. Her hull, lifting keel and rudder were designed with the help of compositional fluid dynamics analysis to give Perseverance 1 excellent seakeeping and balance.

The vessel was designed to cross oceans and sail almost anywhere. Her owner is an experienced sailor and wanted a superyacht that could go the distance. She can accommodate eight guests in four suites, as well as six crew.

Outstanding Lifestyle Feature

wallywhy200 – Master Suite, Wally Yachts

Yachts are getting longer and slimmer but someone forgot to tell Luca Bassani, the founder and CEO of Monaco-based yacht designer, Wally. The wallywhy200 is his vision.

Bassani wanted to achieve the beam of a 50-metre yacht but still have it classified as a boat as opposed to a ship to dodge the higher registration costs. It is just under the 24-metre demarcation which decides whether you will be paying an expensive ship registration or not.

Innovative Naval Architecture is by Laurent Giles and interior designs were penned by Vallicelli Design Studio. Its wide body design means there are 344 square metres of deck space and the vessel can be custom fitted to accommodate up to 12 guests in five sleek rooms.

As for deck space, the wallywhy200 continues the company’s history of pushing the envelope. Its master suite, proudly overlooking the snub-nose bow and enjoying a glorious 180-degree view of the ocean, was the stand-out feature that earned Wally Yachts an award this year.

The full beam, 180 degree master suite of wallywhy200
The full-beam owner’s suite in wallywhy200 | Source: Wally Yachts

An enormous beam of 7.66 metres is almost unheard of on a 27-metre yacht, but Wally makes it work. Her advanced semi-displacement hull means she is equally as efficient at her impressive 21-knot maximum speed as she is at a more reasonable cruising speed of 10 knots. She also has a handy 1,000 nautical mile range.

wallywhy200 cruising
wallywhy200 | Source: Wally Yachts

Innovation of the Year

90 Ocean – X-Tend (Stern), Sunseeker

The stern of a superyacht is often the most exciting place on the boat. When at anchor it is used as a swimming platform and launching area for tenders or water toys, and when cruising it is a great place to have a drink and socialise out of a gusty headwind. The Sunseeker 90 Ocean scooped the Innovation of the Year Award for its rear transom, which can be configured to provide comfortable sun beds when at anchor, and then folded up into aft deck seating while on the go.

Fold down sun beds from the beach club on the Sunseeker 90 Ocean
The 90 Ocean’s stern features sun loungers when the transom is folded down | Source: Sunseeker

Sunseeker CEO Andrea Frabetti has described the innovation as a “game changer” and it has been a hit with customers. The beach club also makes getting ashore and pulling up anchor easy with a large hydraulic platform big enough to carry a Williams SportJet 460 tender.

The folded up sun beds become a comfortable bench seat on Sunseeker 90 Ocean
The transom becomes chairs on the main deck aft | Source: Sunseeker

Tender of the Year

T/T Viva – Limo, Tenderworks

The biggest superyachts need the biggest tenders and this year the best tender was judged to be 14-metre Limo, which is stored in the garage of 94-metre Feadship Viva. Renowned designers RWD and Farr Naval Architects collaborated with fully bespoke tender specialists Tenderworks to create the watercraft. Its 4.1-metre beam makes it very spacious and perfect for taking guests ashore.

Limo’s distinctive T-top, sunpads and low-profile seating for 12 are good reasons to give it this year’s award, but the luxurious interiors of the sleek vessel are the real icing on the cake for what is one of the best-equipped tenders out there. Cutting-edge pedigree is obvious aboard this ultimate superyacht toy and it is no surprise that it won the Design and Innovation Award for Tender of the Year.

Hidden drinks stowage, leather sofas, four curved TV screens, teak and aluminium planked sole, concealed RGBW lighting, full-length windows, sliding glass doors and large skylights set Limo apart from other tenders. With a maximum speed of 41 knots, you will get where you need to go with time to spare. All of Tenderworks creations are completely custom and as they say, moulds used when making each tender are thrown away and the team starts from scratch when commissioned to build a new tender.

14 metre Viva tender, Limo
T/T Viva Limo | Source: Boat International

Demanding superyacht buyers are leaning towards more sustainable vessels and the Boat International Design and Innovation Awards came as a bit of a surprise with awards for vessels that are traditionally not as fuel-efficient such as some of the wide beam yachts featured above.

The World Superyacht Awards were held in May in London and included many innovative designs and a strong focus on sustainable yachting, particularly to do with alternative propulsion methods such as hybrid technology.

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