The Winners of the World Superyacht Awards 2020 Announced

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The winners of the 2020 World Superyacht Awards have been revealed. From the newly crowned Motor Yacht of the Year to the prestigious Voyager’s Award, find out which yachts scooped this year’s coveted Neptunes…

Motor Yacht of the Year – PI

Sailing Yacht of the Year – CANOVA

Refitted Yachts – OASIS

Rebuilt Yachts – VAGRANT

Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts Below 500GT 35m and Above – MANGUSTA GRANSPORT 45

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 499GT 30m to 39.9m – THE BEAST

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 499GT 40m and Above – BINTADOR

Displacement Motor Yachts Between 500GT and 999GT – NAJIBA

Displacement Motor Yachts Between 1,000GT and 1,499GT – METIS

Displacement Motor Yachts Between 1,500GT and 1,999GT – PI

Displacement Motor Yachts Between 2,000GT and 4,999GT – LADY S

Displacement Motor Yachts 5,000GT and Above – FLYING FOX

Voyager’s Award – DOROTHEA III

Judges’ Commendation Winners

Rebuilt Yachts – MAGNA GRECIA

Displacement Motor Yachts Between 2,000GT and 4,999GT – MADSUMMER

Voyager’s Award – PRESSURE DROP

Motor Yacht of the Year: Pi

Length: 77.3m
Builder: Feadship
Naval architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior design: Jarkko Jämsén
Interior design: Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design

The 10 winners of the individual motor yacht classes compete for the highly coveted title of Motor Yacht of the Year. When deciding this award, the judges acknowledge the difficulty of comparing such diverse yachts, while being aware that they are seeking the “very best of the best” – a vessel that is considered exceptional by any and every measure.

Understandably, a larger, fully customised yacht often wins this prize in view of the much larger budget that is usually available to its builder and designers, and often this has led to the Neptune being won by the very largest yacht. But this was a year of excellence in which many entries approached a standard that could be considered “exceptional”, and judges were unable to immediately direct their gaze towards an obvious winner. Discussion eventually concentrated on three yachts but when the result of the secret ballot was announced it became clear that Pi built by Feadship’s Royal Van Lent shipyard with exterior design by Jarkko Jämsén and interiors by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, had taken this title by a significant margin.

The judges admired this yacht’s harmonious exterior lines, and the sophistication of her Zen-like interior, while approving of the extreme connectivity between interior and exterior brought about by her floor-to-ceiling glazing on the main deck and large lower deck portlights. Technically, this had been difficult to engineer, and this aspect, as well as the overall perfection of her construction, had influenced the judges’ views. Such excellence made her a worthy winner of this prestigious title.

Sailing Yacht of the Year: Canova

Length: 43.3m
Builder: Baltic Yachts
Naval architect: Farr Yacht Design
Exterior design: Lucio Micheletti
Interior design: Lucio Micheletti

With just one sailing yacht class in this year’s World Superyacht Awards, the only question for the judges to answer was whether the class winner, the 43.3-metre Baltic Canova, was also a worthy winner of the Sailing Yacht of the Year title, an award presented only to truly exceptional vessels. The unanimous response from the judges reiterated their earlier enthusiasm and confirmed that this enviable trophy was hers. The groundbreaking DSS and environmental technology built into this yacht has already been documented in the class winners text, but the judges’ passion extended much further than this.

The calm practicality of her interior design by the Milan-based Lucio Micheletti, and a general arrangement plan that placed the crew aft in excellent quarters at the epicentre of the yacht’s sailing and mechanical aspects, was also admired. The amidships master suite was another positive, as was the combination of owner’s study and an adjacent secluded area for guests to retreat to with a book, that can be converted into a third guest cabin.

Sailing and navigational functions, as well as operational practicalities, were also not overlooked. Twin fully instrumented helm stations set well outboard give the helmsman a choice of standing behind the wheel or steering from a sitting position on the gunwale, with the display screen able to rotate to suit both choices as well as fold away when out of use. The staysail is self-tacking, and two tenders are stowed beneath the decks – a seven-metre with 45-knot performance below the foredeck, and a five-metre below the aft deck.

The list goes on, but one thing is certain – this yacht is a design leader.

Refitted Yachts: Oasis

Length: 59.4m
Builder: Lürssen
Refit interior design: FM Architettura d’Interni

Five yachts contended for the Refit category, which is defined as: “Repairs and modifications carried out to a yacht necessitated by the number of years the yacht has been in service.” After full consideration and intense discussion among the judges, the secret ballot revealed a near unanimous decision to present the Neptune to Oasis, a 59.4 metre originally built by Lürssen in 2006. Designed and project managed by FM Architettura d’Interni, based in Ancona, Italy, with the collaboration of the captain and crew but without the involvement of a shipyard, the project took place in two relatively short phases.

The first, just three months in length, remodelled and redecorated the sundeck, master suite and the yacht’s public saloons to make them suitable for contemporary lifestyles, creating multi-purpose, flexible living areas in preparation for the yacht’s first summer season with the new owners and their large family. It was a tough task in both scope and duration. The second period took place from the following January until April 2019, when the cabins and remaining areas were completed.

The judges felt that this project was remarkable not only for its detailed planning and execution, which allowed so much to be achieved in such a short time, but also for the excellence of the result. The skilled team from FM Architettura d’Interni remodelled and transformed a tired interior – using lots of Italian leather and sanding down glossy maple burr to leave a more contemporary matt finish – and redesigned the sundeck to suit the lifestyle of the new owners. The judges were truly impressed by this remarkable achievement.

Rebuilt Yachts: Vagrant

Length: 40m
Builder: Herreshoff
Refit yard: Huisfit (by Royal Huisman)
Refit naval architect: Herreshoff (rig update by Dykstra Naval Architects & Rondal)
Refit exterior design: Herreshoff
Refit interior design: Huisfit (by Royal Huisman)

Entries for this class are made under the general heading of “Refitted and Rebuilt Yachts” and the decision regarding the specific class into which a yacht falls – Refitted or Rebuilt – is made by the jury after having reviewed the entries in detail. This year the jury decided that of the three yachts that warranted entry into the Rebuilt class, one stood out, not only for the painstaking manner in which the rebuild was undertaken, but also for the magnificent result.

Rebuilt by the Royal Huisman shipyard over a 22-month period, this yacht was Vagrant, designed by the legendary Nathanael G Herreshoff and launched from the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company shipyard in Bristol, Rhode Island, in 1913 for Harold S Vanderbilt. Vagrant was shipped to Royal Huisman in such poor condition that it was unsafe for her to make the journey on her own bottom, and on arrival she was completely stripped out, with her interior and deck woodwork carefully taken apart for preservation. Her hull was sandblasted, thin plates replaced and all her rivets welded in place to avoid potential future leakage.

All engine room equipment, wiring and piping was completely replaced at the Dutch yard, while her woodwork was repaired and restored. A new sailplan and rig were also created to simplify sail handling so that the yacht can cruise with a limited crew.

The judges were highly impressed with the detailed work undertaken that has undoubtedly helped preserve this magnificent yacht for another 100 years at least.

Support Vessels: Hodor

Length: 66.2m
Builder: Astilleros Armon
Naval architect: Incat Crowther
Exterior design: Incat Crowther
Interior design: Oliver Design

Increasing numbers of support vessels are being built so the awards now include a specific class for such craft. Of the two entries, the judges felt that Hodor, designed by the Australian naval architect Incat Crowther and built in Spain by Astilleros Armon, was the outstanding vessel.

Built on a catamaran platform, Hodor’s 22.5-knot top speed is sufficient to outrun her mothership, making her able to prepare tenders and toys for immediate use when the mothership arrives and, on departure, pack up, overtake, and repeat the process. She carries five tenders, the largest of which has a 17-metre overall length, and a whole host of toys. There are nine jet skis, four quad bikes, two all-terrain vehicles, two trail motorcycles, two Laser dinghies and a Hobie Cat. In addition, there is a submarine that is housed in a garage on the main deck. This is launched using twin beam-cranes, which also serve the other tenders and toys. The launch and recovery of tenders can also be made using a hydraulic platform that is set between the hulls and which rises to the aft part of the main deck, while two knuckle-boom cranes on the bridge deck serve the larger craft.

There are also facilities for guests arriving by helicopter, thus keeping the mothership disruption-free. In this respect, located aft on the bridge deck is a fully certified six-tonne landing pad that takes craft up to the size of an Airbus H145. Arriving guests walk forward to a plush waiting room behind the bridge, from which they descend to a room on the lower deck and directly board a waiting tender through a shell door. The judges thought this well-conceived vessel a worthy winner.

Sailing Yachts: Canova

Length: 43.3m
Builder: Baltic Yachts
Naval architect: Farr Yacht Design
Exterior design: Lucio Micheletti
Interior design: Lucio Micheletti

In this age of environmental awareness it is extraordinary that so few large sailing yachts are being commissioned and built. Just four yachts qualified for this category, but even so it contained some interesting and innovative yachts. The judges soon focused on the 43.3-metre Canova, built by Baltic Yachts as a fast cruising yacht without concession to racing. They admired her high-quality build, attractive lines and excellent general arrangement plan, and were blown away by the yacht’s concept and systems, including the innovative technology requested by her owner. A secret ballot confirmed her as the winner by a huge margin.

Her green credentials – always important to the judges – were as good as you can get on a vessel of this size, where the crew will always need mechanical assistance for sail handling. While under power, Canova is propelled by a highly efficient, 340-degree- rotating, electrical Azipod driven by two medium-sized 224kW generators, with any excess power generation used to charge her large bank of lithium-ion batteries. Under sail in a reasonable breeze, the Azipod can be put into use as a hydrogenerator, charging batteries and delivering sufficient power to run the yacht’s sailing and household systems, with the batteries contributing in times of peak demand. Canova also boasts groundbreaking innovation with her Dynamic Stability Systems foil, whose proven ability to reduce heel, increase speed and improve ride comfort might just persuade more owners to build large sailing boats. This, the judges considered, is a vessel that should influence the future of sailing superyachts.

Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts Below 500GT 30m to 34.9m – IV Dreams

Length: 32.8m
Builder: Custom Line – Ferretti Group
Naval architect: Custom Line – Ferretti Group
Exterior design: Francesco Paszkowski Design
Interior design: Francesco Paszkowski Design/Margherita Casprini

This class presented the judges with an impressive line-up of equally sized yachts, all of which showed an abundance of admirable qualities. Assessing the combination of features, such as exterior styling, the layout of decks and interior, technical innovation and build quality that come together to create the most well-rounded vessel is never an easy task, but after thorough discussion the secret ballot revealed the winner as IV Dreams.

The first of a new series from Custom Line, a member of the Ferretti Group, impressed the judges with its modern exterior styling, whose flowing lines incorporated large outdoor areas on the sundeck and foredeck. They also noted a spacious, well-lit interior that offers good connectivity with the outside surroundings through three wide, sliding doors in the saloon and a balcony opening from the master cabin. Four further en-suite cabins – two doubles, and two twins each equipped with a Pullman berth – provide high-quality accommodation for guests.

Additionally, the judges were impressed by the beach club that doubles as a tender garage – a unique system patented by the yard – and the well-designed crew quarters. Mechanically, the Custom Line 106 was found to be very well equipped. A pair of MTU diesels, each developing 1,939kW, drive it to a top speed of 26 knots, while at her 22-knot continuous cruising speed she delivers a 400-nautical-mile range – a fuel burn of 780 litres per hour. Range is increased to 1,050 nautical miles when cruising in displacement mode at 12 knots. This winning yacht, the judges concluded, provides a well-balanced blend of good design, quality build and desirable facilities.

Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts Below 500GT 35m and Above – Mangusta GranSport 45

Length: 45.3m
Builder: Overmarine
Naval architect: Studio PLANA
Exterior design: Alberto Mancini
Interior design: Overmarine

This category consisted of five yachts: three with traditional semi-displacement hull forms and two with fast displacement hull forms, which, because of their similar performance/engine- power relationship and comparable size, are judged in the same class.

Four yachts drew the judges’ particular attention but the secret ballot revealed the first of the new Mangusta GranSport 45 designs to be launched as the winner by a narrow margin. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this 26-knot craft was that at its 11-knot “economical delivery” speed it provides excellent seagoing comfort combined with an extremely long range of 4,200 nautical miles, burning just 10.9 litres of fuel per mile. Such performance, perhaps a key issue in today’s environmentally aware society and certainly one that drew the judges’ attention, could not be matched by the more traditional planing and semi-displacement hull forms in this class. 

But this was not the only factor that attracted the judges’ interest towards the Mangusta. Her extensive deck areas were admired for the good use made of every square metre, while the beach club stern, with its three openings to the sea, was seen as most desirable. Large windows in the main saloon, some opening to the side decks, made for another light and airy space. This feature is repeated in the master suite, while the three guest cabins offered comfort and natural light through well-sized windows. The yacht, the judges felt, satisfied all the features that an owner with a “need for speed” might demand.

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 499GT 30m to 39.9m – The Beast

Length: 39m
Builder: Profab Central Engineering
Naval architect: LOMOcean Design
Exterior design: LOMOcean Design/ Owner
Interior design: Oceania Interiors/Owner

Probably the most diverse of the new-build categories, this five-strong class comprised three explorers, a composite production yacht and a hybrid diesel-powered yacht. All have similar maximum speeds and long-range performance so, apart from their future use, it was a good and even contest. After a thorough review of the entries the judges homed in on The Beast. At first glance, the grey camouflage paintwork of this vessel suggests a small warship, perhaps a patrol boat, but this disguise – handy in the remote areas that a long-range explorer such as this might visit – was just one element of the owner’s detailed specification.

As an enthusiastic sport fisherman, his key requirement called for the ability to carry, and safely launch, a 13-metre, 19-tonne sport fishing vessel, while the mothership remained below 500GT and 40 metres LOA to avoid local restrictions in New Zealand, its home waters. He also wanted a commercial finish to the hull, in keeping with its explorer role. With construction in his home country another priority, the contract was given to Profab Central Engineering, an experienced builder of custom-designed aluminium fishing boats and yachts in Palmerston North.

The Beast boasts deck spaces tailored for leisurely outdoor living while concealing a luxurious fully- featured interior. The judges were also impressed with the launching system for the sport fishing boat, with a safe two-point lift provided by a pair of large knuckle-cranes. The way the vessel met the long list of detailed fishing and leisure requirements set out by its owner made this a very attractive yacht.

Displacement Motor Yachts Below 499GT 40m and Above – Bintador

Length: 49.9m
Builder: Tankoa Yachts
Naval architect: Studio Francesco Rogantin
Exterior design: Francesco Paszkowski Design
Interior design: Margherita Casprini

After the photographs were screened and each yacht discussed in detail by the judges, it became apparent that their interest was being focused upon three yachts, but the secret ballot eventually revealed a clear winner – the 49.9-metre Bintador, built by Tankoa Yachts. The judges saw much to like in this sleek three-decker: its modern exterior styling appealed to them; they liked the practical layout of its decks and interior; and the manner in which its interior volume was equitably shared between guest and crew areas, both of which are divided into comfortably proportioned spaces.

They also admired Bintador’s fuel economy – a result of a refined hull shape and her being fitted with two 895kW diesels that are significantly smaller than those of her competitors. She is, nevertheless, able to reach 18 knots – a higher speed than her competitors by a clear two knots – because of her 300kW electric motors, one driving each shaft, which are powered by a pair of 250kW generators. Various combinations of main engine and electric motor provide hybrid flexibility as well as fuel economy, while running purely in diesel-electric mode (propelled by alternators powering the shaft motors) she can reach 10.5 knots and has a range of 4,900 nautical miles.

The owner wanted both a technologically advanced vessel and one that could give his guests a high standard of comfort and services. In awarding Bintador the Neptune for this class, the judges thought he had achieved this aim.

Displacement Motor Yachts Between 500GT and 999GT – Najiba

Length: 58m
Builder: Feadship
Naval architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects/ Philippe Briand
Exterior design: Vitruvius Yachts
Interior design: Claudio Cicconetti Architetto/Liaigre

It was a tough field in this class, which pitted three exquisite yachts from some of northern Europe’s most distinguished yards against one another. The dimensions, power packs and propulsion of all three yachts displayed close similarity, but the detail, such as beam and gross tonnage, showed greater divergence. So did the performance figures, which first drew the judges’ attention to the Feadship Najiba.

Built at the De Vries yard, with naval architecture and styling from Philippe Briand and his Vitruvius Yachts brand, Najiba’s numbers are phenomenal for a 58-metre yacht. Her top speed of 17 knots surpassed her rivals, while her fuel burn at her 12-knot economical cruise speed was just 137 litres/hour – around half that of her competitors despite her greater beam, clearly demonstrating an efficient hull design.

Added to this, the judges were impressed by her clean, harmonious exterior lines that cradled practical deck areas bordered by solid bulwarks and a glass rail that disappears from view when seen from a distance. Her interior layout, planned by Claudio Cicconetti, was considered fresh and innovative, particularly the yacht’s main entrance from the stern platform that rises up a central stairway from a reception area to the main deck aft. From here, arriving guests pass directly into the main saloon, a room that provides their first introduction to the much admired work of the yacht’s Paris-based interior designer, Studio Liaigre.

On top of all this, the judges’ final accolade went to the extremely high quality of construction seen throughout the yacht. She is, they were certain, a worthy winner of this highly competitive class.

Displacement Motor Yachts Between 1,000GT and 1,499GT – Metis

Length: 63m
Builder: Benetti
Naval architect: Benetti
Exterior design: Giorgio M Cassetta
Interior design: Bannenberg & Rowell

Three yachts were in contention in this class and it was immediately obvious that the exterior lines of Metis were attracting the close attention of the judges. As discussions progressed it became clear that this custom-built yacht was also the frontrunner in many other areas. This was proved by the results of the secret ballot, which gave her a clear lead over her rivals who, unusually, drew for second place.

Apart from their admiration of her contemporary appearance, the judges also voiced approval of the manner in which the designers put every available external area to good use, even creating a gymnasium and observation area aloft – perfectly blended with the existing lines – while the vessel was in an advanced state of construction. The novel interior layout, meanwhile, was designed to exactly meet the needs of her owner, and the judges felt it achieves this while meeting all the modern design trends, including interiors with such good external visibility that they are at one with the surrounding seascapes.

The beach club also achieves this connection, with its comfortable lounge and bar opening directly to the sea through three huge fold-down hull openings – a design unhindered by any need to store tenders in the same area. Instead, the tenders are kept in a garage forward on the main deck between the helipad above and crew quarters beneath.

The judges considered that this was a well-constructed yacht that defied convention but, in doing so, fulfilled her owner’s needs in an elegant and stylish manner. They had no doubts that she was the clear winner of her class.

Displacement Motor Yachts Between 1,500GT and 1,999GT – Pi

Length: 77.3m
Builder: Feadship
Naval architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior design: Jarkko Jämsén
Interior design: Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design

It was immediately apparent to the judges that all four yachts in this class were outstanding vessels built to extremely high standards and demanding owner requirements. Nevertheless, one of these so clearly stood out for its combination of remarkable build quality combined with superb design and innovation that it proved to be the unanimous winner.

This yacht was Pi, built by Feadship’s Royal Van Lent Shipyard. This, the judges decided, was a yacht that bordered on perfection with its harmonious Zen minimalism, seen in both its interior and exterior. They also admired the manner in which Feadship surmounted the many obstacles in its path, the best example of which is possibly the incorporation of floor-to-ceiling windows without mullions, to create the owners’ dream of a main saloon that is truly at one with the exterior.

Engine room air-shafts were located unusually far forward to remove a visual block seen in most contemporary vessels, while the glazing itself – huge panes mounted in a novel manner – was extremely complex in view of the bi-directional curvature that reduces internal and external reflectivity.

For the judges, the icing on the cake was the detail and harmony of every interior element and Feadship’s perfect quality of construction. The original brief had been for an “iconic, innovative, elegant and timeless” vessel, and the means by which this was achieved, with the owner, designer and builder working closely together, is perhaps reflected in her original name, Syzygy 818 – an term for the perfect alignment of three celestial bodies.

Displacement Motor Yachts Between 2,000GT and 4,999GT – Lady S

Length: 93m
Builder: Feadship
Naval architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior design: Michael Leach Design
Interior design: Reymond Langton Design

Selecting a winner from among the world’s largest and most luxurious yachts is always a notoriously difficult duty for the judges, given that they do not consider the individual tastes of owners, but focus their deliberations on quality, practicality, functionality and innovation. This year’s task was no exception. This class contained some exceptional yachts and while the ballot revealed extremely close scores, it showed Lady S, built by Feadship’s Royal Van Lent yard, with its elegant exterior design by Michael Leach and interiors by Reymond Langton, as the clear winner.

First, it was the elegance and harmony of her exterior lines that attracted the judges, whose gaze was then drawn past the decks’ practical features and luxurious furniture to the innovative layout that featured fire-pits on two levels, the largest sliding glass doors seen on any yacht, and a fully-certified helipad deck isolated from the bridge deck by a walkway. This, according to her builders, was the most detailed and complex exterior they had built to date in view of its radical shapes and complex engineering.

In the interior, the judges admired the huge windows and cool elegance of the owner and guest areas, and were fascinated by the boat’s many special features. These included a large gym on the bridge deck with expansive 180-degree views and a stunning beach club, as well as the only Dolby 3D IMAX cinema ever installed on a superyacht. This, the judges agreed, was a very special yacht.

Displacement Motor Yachts 5,000GT and Above – Flying Fox

Length: 136m
Builder: Lürssen
Naval architect: Lürssen
Exterior design: Espen Øino
Interior design: Mark Berryman

The rules of the event dictate that should a class have only one entry, and its amalgamation into another class is inappropriate, judges are required to assess whether this vessel would be a worthy winner when compared to past yachts of her size. Lürssen’s Flying Fox was the sole vessel to qualify for the Displacement Yachts of 5,000GT and Above class.

With her interior volume three times greater than the largest yacht in the next class, fair comparison was deemed impossible, so the judges applied the “comparison” rule outlined above. It was clear from the outset of these deliberations, however, that the judges considered her to be an exceptional vessel, not only in technical achievement, but also for her owner and guest facilities, interior layout, and extremely high quality of construction. It was clear that Lürssen had striven for perfection, and a particularly impressive example involved the 12-metre-long pool set athwartships on the main deck aft. Concerned that the yacht’s slightest roll might initiate wave motion within the pool that would quickly empty it, Lürssen set up a program of computer modelling that resulted in several design modifications. Subsequently, the pool was successfully bench-tested and found to behave perfectly.

Add to this a beautiful interior featuring dining tables for 22, a plant-filled double-height saloon, a winter garden observation saloon and a world-beating spa and watersports centre incorporating the first cryo-sauna seen on a yacht, there was absolutely no doubt in the judges’ minds that she thoroughly deserved a Neptune.

Voyager’s Award – Dorothea III

Length: 45m
Builder: Cheoy Lee
Owners: Dorothea and Steven Green

The judges congratulated all the owners and crews of the four outstanding entries to this year’s Voyager’s Award, whose cruises were well beyond the ordinary. As discussions progressed, it became clear that the judges favoured the cruise made by Dorothea III, a 45-metre Cheoy Lee motor yacht designed by Ron Holland, owned by Steven and Dorothea Green and captained by John Crupi.

This 34,965-mile voyage, taking in the North and South Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, was, the judges felt, particularly notable not only for its huge range but also for acts of philanthropy that raised $28,000 for humanitarian causes on the way. Dorothea III was also accompanied by a Hatteras 63GT sportfishing boat, Post One, which travelled much of the cruise under its own power.

Starting in Fort Lauderdale in January 2018, the two vessels spent their first few months in Central America, fishing, cruising and perfecting their ship-to-ship refuelling, while passing through the Panama Canal to Costa Rica and returning to the Caribbean. From here they travelled on to Bermuda before crossing the North Atlantic to Portugal.

Their onward path took them to the Canary, Cape Verde and Ascension Islands before a South Atlantic crossing to Brazil. Post One was shipped to Panama, while Dorothea III continued south to Chilean Patagonia. Cruising north through the Chilean canals, Dorothea III was reunited with Post One in the Galápagos and the two sailed on through the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu, to finish their cruise in Cairns, Australia. The judges thought this outstanding adventure well worthy of a Neptune.


Azimut Atlantis 43: New CA announcement Bonita charter yacht for daily cruises

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Azimut Yachts materials have been designed and developed to offer users the most accurate representation of the yacht possible. The finish, standard equipment and range of optional on offer may vary from hull to hull.

Having her compact 43 feet of length in mind, her spacious beam and impressive headroom raises the bar in her class. If you add the stunning and versatile layout to this package, with ample exterior sunbathing areas on the fore and aft deck including a practical tender garage below, and a well-equipped and ergonomic cockpit, the new Atlantis 43 for hire truly results into one of the most compelling motor yachts for rent.

Equipped with an air condition system available for the cabins, saloon, and even the cockpit. Independent power supply will be ensured thanks to the generator. Furthermore, she boasts with a hydraulic swimming platform being your private teak beach extension on sea level not only offering safe entrance into the sea or dinghy but also being a nice chill spot for enjoying views and let one’s legs dangle in the water. The cockpit features a wet bar, sink, and BBQ grill and comprises an own fridge. The audio-visual entertainment systems consist of a LED-TV in the saloon and DVD-player as well as external speakers so you can listen to your favorite MP3 music regardless of being inside or relaxing outside.

Bonita is an open motor yacht that combines speed, superb stability, and optimal guest comfort in order to provide the which will satisfy even the most demanding guests.

Available for daily charter (up to 10 guests), weekly and small events (romantic dinner, wedding proposal, pizza night with friends, etc.)


*Perfect for shadow boat to megayachts 

If you seek a perfect small fast and modern motor boat for hire, with no compromises on comfort, having performance and design in mind, with latest technical features and amenities on board, then there is no way around Bonita motor yacht.

Key Features & Equipment

  • A stunning cruising performance of max speed at 30 knots
  • A design feature is rarely seen on a yacht of her size
  • Two underwater lights

Top six superyacht cinemas

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Even on board a superyacht in the scorching Mediterranean, there’s nothing quite like being able to sit down in luxurious comfy surroundings to enjoy a good movie. As such, it’s no surprise that today’s superyachts are more often than not kitted out with lavish cinema rooms and deck spaces for this exact purpose.

Though cinemas are becoming more common on superyachts, there are still a select few that stand out for their sheer awe or creative use of features. Below, we take a look at some of our favourites.

1. Maltese Falcon, for her sail cinema screen

The iconic Perini Navi sailing yacht, Maltese Falcon, boasts one of most impressive al-fresco cinema setups on a superyacht. A powerful projector uses not a purpose-built screen to project its image on to, but instead, Maltese Falcon’s own sails. What better canvas for a projector than one that is multi-purpose, permanent, and more than huge enough for an insanely immersive viewing experience on deck.

2. Cyan, for her outdoor cinema

With an impressive drop-down screen, a state-of-the-art entertainment system, and an extensive on-board movie library, films are experienced at their best at Cyan’s impressive outdoor cinema.

3. Jems, for her spa-pool cinema

The 44-metre Heesen superyacht, Jems, is packed throughout with some incredible audio-visual equipment, but the star of the show is its outdoor cinema. Found on the sundeck, the removable screen allows guests to enjoy a film from the relaxation of the hot tub on deck.

4. Solemar, for her sun-deck cinema

Sit back on one of many luxurious chaise longues on the expansive sun deck on board the 62m Amels-built Solemar and get a magnificent view of the three-metre custom outdoor cinema screen with HD projector. A true movie under the stars!

5. Polar Star, for her outdoor cinema

Lürssen’s 63m Polar Star provides a fantastic on-deck movie-watching experience, with ample seating, atmospheric lighting and a large, modern cinema screen. It fits the ‘entertainment’ theme of Polar Star, which also features a huge range of exciting amenities, including Yamaha Waverunners, a fully featured gym, Seabobs, and snorkelling and diving equipment.

6. Axioma, for her indoor cinema

Charter favourite Axioma, built by Dunya Yachts, is one of the most expensive yachts to charter and has an impressive, cosy indoor cinema on the lower deck. The room recreates the atmosphere of a real cinema in high-end style, with eight luxurious seats and crew gladly bringing you more popcorn that you’ll ever need or want — just like the real deal.

Axioma’s cinema is just one of the reasons why celebs love to charter her. She also has a mesmerising atrium and an iconic swimming pool, to sweeten the offering.


The first Olympic Yacht Show 2020 at Olympic Marine (Greek only)

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H ΟΝDECK Events σε συνεργασία με την Olympic Marine SA είναι στην ευχάριστη θέση να ανακοινώσουν τη διεξαγωγή του OLYMPIC YACHT SHOW, μιας διοργάνωσης για την premium κατηγορία σκαφών.

Η εκδήλωση θα πραγματοποιηθεί 01 – 04 Οκτωβρίου 2020 στις ανανεωμένες εγκαταστάσεις της Olympic Marine και πρόκειται να συγκεντρώσει μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον από την Ελλάδα και εξωτερικό. Στόχος είναι να καταστεί ως γόνιμη πλατφόρμα επικοινωνίας για την μεσαία και μεγάλη κατηγορία σκαφών αναψυχής.

Συγκεκριμένα το Olympic Yacht Show αναδεικνύει τα νέα μοντέλα προς πώληση (New Yachts for Sale) που ανήκουν στην premium κατηγορία. Στην Ελλάδα είναι το μοναδικό event με σαφή προσανατολισμό στη μεσαία και μεγάλη κατηγορία (mega yachts) και στο στερέωμα που τα περιβάλλει. Οι μεγαλύτερες Εταιρίες του χώρου θα δώσουν δυναμικό παρών τόσο στο χερσαίο όσο και στο πλωτό τμήμα σε ένα καλαίσθητο και καλοσχεδιασμένο περιβάλλον. Στο ίδιο πλαίσιο έχει προβλεφθεί χώρος για τη μεγάλη κατηγορία των Luxury Ribs και Premium Day Cruisers με δυνατότητα δοκιμών στη θάλασσα.

Η ONDECK Events διαθέτει πολύχρονη εμπειρία στο κλάδο του μεγάλου Σκάφους Αναψυχής και των διεθνών διοργανώσεων. Σε αγαστή συνεργασία με τις κορυφαίες εταιρείες του κλάδου και το επιτελείο της Olympic Marine SA, το 1ο Olympic Yacht Show θα αποτελέσει ένα ιδεοδρόμιο για τους επαγγελματίες του χώρου, τους ιδιοκτήτες και βεβαίως ένα συνδετικό κρίκο με το εξωτερικό.

«Το Olympic Yacht Show είναι μια έκθεση σκαφών που απευθύνεται στην premium κατηγορία σκαφών αναψυχής και σε όλο το στερέωμα γύρω από αυτήν την πολυεπίπεδη αγορά. Πρόκειται για την πιο δημοφιλή κατηγορία σκαφών με μεγάλο εύρος και δυναμική πορεία τόσο στη χώρα μας όσο και διεθνώς».

Σύντομα θα ανακοινωθούν οι Εκθέτες, το πρόγραμμα και οι λεπτομέρειες διεξαγωγής.

Ο διεθνής χαρακτήρας της έκθεσης είναι σαφής. Την επικοινωνία και προβολή στο εξωτερικό την έχει αναλάβει το διεθνώς καταξιωμένο γραφείο Δημοσίων Σχέσεων “SAND PEOPLE COMMUNICATION” με έδρα την Ελβετία και πολύχρονη εμπειρία στο Marine & Luxury industry.

Στην Ελλάδα είναι το μοναδικό event με προσανατολισμό στη μεσαία και μεγάλη κατηγορία καθώς και στα mega yachts και στο στερέωμα που τα περιβάλλει.

Η Ondeck Events διοργανώνει τα Greek Yachting Awards, το θεσμό για την ανάδειξη των πρωταγωνιστών του Yachting.

Top 6 destinations for a luxury superyacht party

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Nothing says luxury like an event hosted on board a superyacht. In recent years, these events have become more popular as people look to rub shoulders with the rich and famous in some of the world’s most stunning locations.

So you’ve started to think about partying on board a superyacht: Will it be themed? What food and drink will be served? Who’s on the guest list?

These are all important questions to ensure you get the most out of your yacht event, but arguably the most important factor in the mood and ambience of the event is where it will be.

From the U.S.A’s tropical paradise of Miami, Florida, to the classic luxury of the French Riviera, see our list of top luxury yacht party destinations below:

  1. Monaco

    Monaco is well known as a party hub on the French Riviera. The Monaco Grand Prix, along with the Cannes Film Festival further down the coast attracts celebrities and their entourages throughout the month of May. It doesn’t stop there though – the weather is beautiful for months and Monaco remains a thriving party destination well into late summer. If you’re looking for entertainment for your yacht party, the French Riviera is a great place to book some of the world’s greatest artists. Port Hercules is the place to berth in Monaco for a glamorous party atmosphere. This is a great place to look out for celebrities, and there are numerous companies nearby to help you organize an amazing yacht party.

    Where to berth: Port Hercule
    Maximum LOA 120M
    Max draft 5-30M

  2. Ibiza

    Ibiza has been synonymous with summer Mediterranean partying since shortly after it’s a first modern club “Pacha” started filling with revelers in the early ‘70s. More than forty years later the island has not lost its party credentials, although the choice – and levels of extravagance – have certainly increased.

    Ibiza is perfect for a no-holds-barred superyacht party, and for a little bit of peace and quiet, Formentera, the Balearics’ smallest sibling, is a short hop to the south.

    Where to berth: Ibiza Magna
    Maximum LOA 60M
    Max draft 10M

  3. Mykonos

    Mykonos is one of Greece’s most tourist-heavy islands and one that has become a hub for those looking for fun in the sun. In the middle of the stunning blue waters of the Aegean, this Cycladic party island has more to offer than you might expect and is flanked by smaller islands rich in history and culture.

    Where to berth: Old port
    Maximum LOA 60M
    Max draft 7M

  4. Montenegro

    Montenegro has regained its reputation as a superyacht party hotspot and has even been dubbed ‘the next Monaco for yacht charters’.

    The largest marina – Porto Montenegro – looks out over the stunning Bay of Kotor towards the Adriatic Sea and Italy, and is known for luxury accommodation and services, as well as its glamorous high-end yacht parties in late Summer. Since opening in 2009, this marina has been one of the most sought after superyacht destinations in the Mediterranean. 

    The full service marina has a range of sporting facilities, bars, clubs and even a Naval Heritage Museum, but the marina really comes alive at night when the berthed superyachts become some of the most luxurious party venues in the World.

    If you’re looking to host a superyacht party with a bit more panache and sophistication than some of the other Mediterranean hotspots, Porto Montenegro is the venue for you.

    Where to berth: Montenegro
    Maximum LOA250M
    Max Draft – 12.2M

  5. Puerto Banús

    Already a world-renowned party hotspot, Puerto Banús on the Costa del Sol in Spain was boosted in summer 2015 when superyacht owner and fashion designer Roberto Cavalli opened a new luxury club.

    It now hosts some of the wildest yacht parties on the Spanish coast, especially for British and German expats, and is a great destination for fun and frivolity on a yacht.

    Where to berth: Puerto Jose Banús
    Maximum LOA – 50M
    Max Draft – 4.5M

  6.  Miami

    Miami hosts a huge array of yacht parties and is our only destination on our list outside of the Mediterranean.

    With a reputation for attracting a broader range of clientele, this summer Miami Beach plays host to parties ranging from ticketed luxury events, through to a “Cannabis Networking event onboard a luxurious yacht” courtesy of Chronic Lifestyle Magazine.

    The laid back tropical atmosphere of Miami Beach makes for the perfect setting for a party on board a megayacht.

    Where to berth: Miami Beach Marina
    Maximium LOA – 45.7M
    Max Draft – 38.1M

    Organize your event in Athens and Mykonos.


282m Njord: Espen Oeino is designing the world’s largest superyacht

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Norwegian naval architect and designer Espen Oeino is behind many of the world’s largest superyachts, including the currently in-build 182.9-metre expedition vessel REV. Together with Ocean Residences, he is now working on megayacht concept that would overdo REV by 100 metres. With 118 apartments, this largest private superyacht ever would be 281.8 metres long with a width of 33.5 metres.

Njord is named after god of the seas and winds in Scandinavian mythology. The mammoth concept will stretch across 12 decks, while the volumes of internal premises will reach 81,000 GT.

The 118 residences on-board will be offered for sale, as well as 16 cabins for guests or service. The residences will be available in 20 different configurations with 2 to 6 bedrooms, covering from 116 to 800 square metres in total.

Living rooms of each residence will feature sea views and open terraces. In general, interior designs will be customised. Meanwhile, each of the 311 crew members will also have their own cabin (1:2 guest to crew ratio).

As to the amenities, two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, wellness facilities, a nightclub and jazz lounge area will be available for common use. In addition, a telescope observatory lounge will lay on the top deck.

What is more, the megayacht will be capable of undertaking scientific and oceanographic research while circumnavigating the globe.

There will be all necessary equipment on-board to conduct full-fledged round-the-world expeditions, collecting data for international laboratories. The vessel will be fitted with an oceanographic research laboratory, a gyroscopic telescope, drones, two submersibles and two eight-seat, Airbus ACH 160 helicopters with a range of 400 nautical miles without refuelling.

The superyacht is targeted at 2024 delivery. No shipyard has been involved in the project so far, however, negotiations are understood to be underway.


Monaco Grand Prix 2018, $500 million yacht and celebrities

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Monaco Grand Prix 2018

The Monaco Grand Prix is the one race of the year that every driver dreams of winning. Like the Indy 500 or Le Mans, it stands alone, almost distinct from the sport from which it was born. A combination of precision driving, technical excellence and sheer bravery is required to win in Monte Carlo, facets which highlight the differences between the great and the good in Formula 1.
The Armco barrier-lined circuit leaves no margin for error, demanding more concentration that any other Formula One track. Cars run with maximum downforce and brakes are worked hard. Overtaking is next to impossible so qualifying in Monaco is more critical than at any other Grand Prix.
The Portier corner is key to achieving a good lap time around Monaco. It is preceded by the Loews hairpin, the slowest corner in Formula 1, and followed by the tunnel, one of the few flat-out sections of the track. Some great names have ended their races in the barriers here, most notably Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
To win in Monaco places a driver’s name on a list that includes many of history’s all-time greats.
Both Graham Hill, the man nicknamed ‘Mr Monaco’, and Schumacher won it five times, Alain Prost took four victories, whilst Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart each won here three times. But the record of wins in the Principality resides with the Senna, who won in Monte Carlo six times.

The race has been a regular fixture of the world championship since 1955, but in that time the circuit has changed remarkably little. Slight alterations were made for the 2003 event, in particular a new, gentler entry to the Rascasse corner, with even bigger changes in 2004, with a new pit complex and increased spectator capacity.
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