Bragging rights on the high seas have been decided for 2017: These are the superyachts costing up to £700million named as the world’s best in prestigious awards
- They are the very expensive champions of Boat International Media’s World Superyacht Awards 2017
- The overall winner is the £350million Dilbar, described as ‘the most complexmotor yacht ever to be built’
- A gong was also dished out to a motor boat that costs a staggering £700million, called Galactica Super Nova
The world’s most remarkable and innovative superyachts from across the globe have been revealed.
They are the champions of Boat International Media’s World Superyacht Awards 2017 – and they include the £350million Dilbar, which the UK-based magazine described as ‘the most complex and challenging motor yacht ever to be built’ and ‘the largest in gross tonnes (gt)’.
She won the highly coveted Motor Yacht of the Year award.
Stewart Campbell, Editor at Boat International Media, said: ‘The World Superyacht Awards celebrate the best of the best. We’re very proud that we have built such a well-renowned platform that rewards truly exceptional yacht owners and shipyards from around the globe.
‘Each year we see a staggering number of outstanding entries, making the panel’s job even harder. 2017 was no different.’
Scroll down to view the boats that picked up the gongs this year, from a £700million yacht with an outdoor cinema to a boat described as ‘a summer house on the sea’.
This is Cloudbreak, winner of the Displacement Motor Yachts of between 1,500gt and 2,999gt category. Boat International Media said: ‘Built by Abeking & Rasmussen, [she] immediately stood out to the panel of judges for her unique purpose as an explorer-style vessel tailored to the owner’s wish to practise adventure sports on land and at sea at both low and high latitudes around the world. This bespoke yacht was designed to support mountaineering, hiking and snow sports, with feature highlights including a fully equipped ski-room that would not be out of place in the French Alps, along with certified helicopter facilities. The militaristic exterior design and interior layout make this yacht very special and a deserving winner’
Pictured is the £350million Dilbar, the overall winner. Boat International Media said: ‘Lurssen’s Dilbar, which is not only the most complex and challenging motor yacht ever to be built, but also the largest in gross tonnes (gt), was the winner of the Displacement Motor Yacht of 3,000gt and above. The ten judges who visited this enormous yacht unanimously agreed that not only did she qualify for a trophy in this category, but that she was also the most spectacular yacht they had ever seen. Dilbar’s 180 cubic metre swimming pool is the largest on any yacht, while her 30,000kw diesel electric power plant is also understood to be a record for a superyacht and gives her a cruising speed of 22.5 knots’
Aquila (pictured), formerly known as Cakewalk, immediately caught the eye of the judges. She won the Refitted Yachts award
Otam’s Gipsy, pictured,took home the award in the Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts of 34-metres to 39.9-metres category. ‘The judges,’ Boat International Media said, ‘were drawn to her clean no nonsense exterior lines and the highly practical optimisation of exterior space. A more detailed examination of the yacht revealed a thoughtfully laid out interior that positions the dining area forward on the main deck, and a saloon which incorporates a movie theatre. Throughout Gipsy, contemporary art is integrated with the interior design’
Motor yacht Joy’s ‘dynamic looks, forward-thinking design and excellence of construction by Feadship allowed her to stand out from the stiff competition in the Displacement Motor Yachts of between 500gt and 1,499gt category’. The yacht’s ‘scalloped surfaces – a huge challenge to construct – were praised by the judges’, Boat International Media explained, along with her ‘spacious decks and full height sliding glass panels’, giving her a ‘strikingly modern look’
The 32.3m Botti, pictured, designed as a raised pilothouse and built by Monte Carlo Yachts, was ultimately chosen as the winner of the Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts of 30-metres to 33.9-metres class
The Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts 50-metres and above award went to the £700million Galactica Super Nova, pictured. Boat International Media said: ‘Stand-out features on Galactica Super Nova include a nine-metre-square cinema screen, which is fitted with night-time lighting so that it can easily transform from an outdoor cinema to a superyacht night club. Overall, the judges were impressed with her high-quality build, enviable appearance and superb facilities’
The Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts of 40-metres to 49.9-metres class tested the judges’ analytical skills, with every entry heavily scrutinised. Another Heesen Yachts’ build, Amore Mio, pictured, ascended as the panel’s favourite, said Boat International Media. The judges were impressed by the versatility of the vessel, which combines a unique ‘summer house on the sea’ design with excellent technical capabilities, including the possibility to cleverly deploy life preservers at the push of a button. Her toy box is ample, with everything from Seadoos, flyboards and high-flying towables, to stand-up paddle boards
The Voyager’s Award, which honours the most daring and inspiring expeditions by a superyacht, went to the 49-metre Glaze, pictured, which is currently circumnavigating the world. The element of the cruise submitted to the panel of judges was in North West Australia, which features spectacular and rugged coastline. The intrepid cruise took the owners and their young family through poorly or totally unchartered inlets and rivers, allowing Glaze – whose builder is Trinity – to dip her bow in waterfalls tumbling down the vertical red cliffs and battle whirlpools and rapids
The Displacement Motor Yachts of below 500gt – 30 metres to 42.9-metres award went to X, pictured. The well-constructed steel and aluminium vessel is powered by 970kW Caterpillar diesels, enabling her to travel at speed with a range necessary for her transoceanic role. Her superstructure has been shifted forward to leave plenty of space on the main deck for the storage of toys – ranging from a submarine and a seaplane, to sailing boats, Boat International Media said
Narvalo, pictured, was deemed the rightful winner of the Judge’s Special Award for Quality and Value. This ‘pocket explorer yacht’, constructed by Cantiere delle Marche, combines sought-after characteristics with excellent value for money. She offers all the essential elements of an explorer, including long range, good autonomy, high internal volume and a sturdy well equipped tender, Boat International Media said. Narvalo also embodies the elements of a more traditional motor yacht, with well-sized cabins, an internal dining saloon and two lounges, as well as spacious well considered deck areas
Baltic Yachts’ My Song, pictured, was awarded the trophy for Sailing Yacht of 30-metres to 39.9-metres. ‘With an interior and exterior styled by Nauta Design, she’s packed with cutting edge design and technology and serves as a comfortable yet feature-filled cruising yacht,’ said Boat International Media. She also performs well on the race course, the magazine said, regularly reaching 20-plus knots and boasting a top speed in excess of 30 knots in optimum conditions
The Displacement Motor Yachts of below 500gt of 43-metres and above category is always hotly contested, withLa Passion, pictured, emerging as the narrow winner. The judges were impressed by her seaworthiness and efficiency of the hull. The interior was designed by British design house Adam Lay Studio, who created on board guest spaces that match La Passion’s exterior. The resulting appearance was described as ‘clean simplicity’ and ‘elegantly modern’
Out of the four yachts that entered the Rebuilt Yachts category, the judges immediately agreed that Legend, pictured, stood out from the competition. It’s a former Russian tug that’s now a world-roaming expedition yacht. Very little of the original yacht was left intact aside from the hull, which was extended by 3.6m to incorporate a bathing platform and a 16-person swimming pool. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the rebuild, carried out by Icon Yachts, was the installation of a fully classified helipad with refueling facilities