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Dutch rule 2020 superyacht design, innovation awards

By Robert Wielaard

Hakvoort Shipyard launches 63m Scout

CORTINA d’AMPEZZO – Ten Dutch yacht builders, naval architects and designers took home a third of the 19 awards of the 2020 BOAT International Design & Innovation contest, held in this swanky Italian ski resort this month.

Lady S. (Ph: Tom van Oossanen)

Pure custom builder Feadship stood out. It won 3 awards, for naval architecture (93m Lady S and 58m Najiba) and an innovation award for putting 4-ply panes of glass on the 77.3m Syzygy 818 that are curved vertically and horizontally.

In recent years, glass has made great inroads as a structural component in superyacht building. The jury said the curved, floor-to-ceiling glass panels on Syzygy 818 are “a remarkable feat of engineering and

Syzygy 818

construction (taking) the concept of structural glass a step further.”

The jury of the annual contest organized by London-based Boat International consists of 15 yacht owners, industry leaders and yachting media types. Of the 19 awards, these involved Dutch companies active in superyacht building: A ‘holistic design’ commendation: 63.7m Scout.

A ‘holistic design’ commendation: 63.7m Scout.
(Hakvoort shipyards; Naval architecture: Diana Yacht Design; Ext. stylist: H2           Yacht Design)
The jury said the explorer yacht’s design reflects the owner’s idea of “a home away from home with a unique, light-hearted Jules Verne- inspired theme. The yacht must keep its occupants entertained for months on end and make provisions for all members of the household, which includes 2 dogs.

36m Calypso built by Mulder shipyard

Best Motor Yachts Interior Design (- 500GT): 36m Calypso
(Mulder Shipyards; Van Oossanen Naval Architects; Int. Design: Vickers Studio)
The yacht features an outstanding beach-house interior, such as a bar with diagonal planking. And elsewhere, “bleached oak, stainless steel, leather, light fabrics, louvred doors and lots of natural light. The owners changed nothing in the interior design but the angles of the saloon sofa backs and commissioned paintings.

Lady S

Best Motor Yachts Interior Design (+ 500GT): 93m Lady S
(Feadship; Naval architecture: Feadship De Voogt; Ext. styling: Michael Leach              Design; Int. Design: Reymond Langton Design)
Lady S interior won over the jury with its ultra-chic interior by Bath-based. It includes the first floating IMAX cinema spanning 2 decks. “Locating the beach club and gym on different decks provides guests with elbow room, as do folding terraces and cabin balconies.”

Feadship’s Najiba

Best Naval Architecture Displacement Motor Yachts: 58m Najiba
(Feadship; Naval architecture: Feadship De Voogt/Philippe Briand)
A competitive category centered around such issues as efficiency, range and horsepower details and efforts to reduce drag. The relatively narrow beam (at 11m) yielded an efficient hull form. In sea trials, Najiba consumed on average 11.4 liters of fuel per nautical mile at 12 knots.


Eco Award: 31.4m Vanadis
(Cerri Cantieri Navali; Ginton Naval Architects; Int-Ext Design Guido De Groot)
Vanadis has the “most comprehensive diesel-electric power system yet on a yacht of modest.” Siemens combined propulsion control and power generation, plus the management of the energy stored in lithium-ion batteries., in one seven-mode application.


Best New Series: 28m LeVen 90
(Van der Valk Shipyard; Naval architecture + ext/int design: Vripack)
“One of the world’s most versatile and capable” superyachts,” said the jury. “There is nothing quite like it for an easy-living, no-shoes lifestyle while island-hopping in the Bahamas.” The LeVen90 is built by Van Der Valk, commissioned by Fort Lauderdale-based Yacht Creators. Vripack’s ‘beamy’ hull reduces drag and draft. The yacht is the first with a jet drive from Germany’s Voith marine engineering giant.