MONACO – Slick, sleek, silky superyachts from Dutch builders and designers always do well at the annual World Superyachts Awards. Interestingly, at the 2021 event here, they also stood out for restoring old glories.
Huisfit, the refit unit of Royal Huisman, won a Neptune for its refit of Broadwater, a 56m Feadship-built motor yacht launched in 1994. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the refit took almost two years. It included a massive transformation of the interior, extending the stern by 4m (13ft) to make room for a beach club and swim platform. The sundeck grew by 3m (10ft). A new master suite, crew quarters and service areas were installed, and an exterior dining area was enclosed. All lighting, IT systems and instrumentation were replaced.
Feadship unit De Voogt Naval Architects won top honors for rebuilding the Istros, a Feadship-built motor yacht built in 1954. It crafted a new interior, machinery and systems. The Istros lay neglected since 2001 when a new owner decided to organize a rebuilding of the yacht.
Feadship won a Neptune for the 100m Moonrise. The jury said it resembled a “strong and attractive masculine character with a pleasingly clean line.” It added the yacht was “painstakingly engineered to deliver Feadship’s high quality and low levels of noise and vibration.”
The Dutch studio Hoek Design won a Neptune for its interior and exterior of the Blue II, a classic motor yacht of 56m (184ft). “Classic yachts gain universal praise for their looks, but many aspects of their design do not blend with modern technology or lifestyles,” said the jury. “Blue II’s owner approached the modern-classic sailboat designer Andre Hoek to draw an eminently seaworthy, world- roaming, expedition yacht.”
The jury also issued a ‘Special Award’ for Damen Yachting, the Dutch builder that has become a world leader in recent years in large, very high-end expedition yachts. Unveiled in 2020, La Datcha is a luxury explorer, ready for both polar and tropical cruising. It hosts two helicopters that both fit in a below-deck hangar. The exterior is by the Dutch naval architecture and design studio Azure Yacht Design.