Eighteen winners took home gold Neptune trophies from the ShowBoats Design Award ceremony, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in Kitzbühl, Austria. Award partners Oceanco, Sabrina-Monte Carlo, Clyde & Co, Videoworks, Tai Ping, Promemoria, JFA Yachts, Compositeworks, award sponsor Kormaran and Judges Special Award partner DKT all contributed support for this iconic yachting event. The winners in 17 categories, with two named award recipients in the Young Designer of the Year award, made yachting history.
Best Exterior Design & Styling
An edgy sculpture with lots of gathering spaces and a nip and tuck on the stern lend Joy a distinctive overhead profile. Bannenberg & Rowell’s first opportunity to show off exterior yacht design skills, the yacht is simply gorgeous from any angle.
Where Joy had edges, Genesi has curves, from the foredeck gunwales, to the amidships sculpted lines of the walkarounds. A huge, 90 square meter beach club with panels that open port and starboard and a 7-meter floodable tender garage that doubles as a pool gives Genesi a social and recreational edge.
A racing yacht with built in appeal for serious racing, My Song hits all the high notes. Her 30 cm deep gunwales, extra wide stern, hydraulics to make seating vanish, and nicely designed hiding spots for high tech racing gear earn extra points.
Best Interior Layout & Design
Delightful surprises designed into essential features add drama and fun to the mix on board Cloudbreak. Built for a youthful owner deeply interested in active outdoor sports, the yacht owns huge glazing real estate and large open spaces, as well as intimate niches, a fireplace lounge, winter garden, and room for sports instructors.
Riza Tansu’s take on casual beach house chic earned high praise. A sliding roof and side panels for an upper bar area, ethereal furnishings lifted and lit for a hovering effect, circular portholes, and uniquely shaped rooms made light and beautiful by wide timber planking all contribute to the irresistible charm of Sexy Fish.
Efficiently designed spaces and attention to the effects of heeling at 20° aside, Sybaris dovetails the details in pleasant harmony to deliver singularity of design with a widely varied inclusion of shapes, materials, and textures, all accented by a stunning fine art collection in perfect step with surroundings.
Best Naval Architecture
Considering the intricate analysis engaging size, weight, propulsion, and efficiency as part of the design process, Galactica Super Nova narrowly won the category by one point over Van Oossanen’s Samurai. Still there are reasons why, including the innovative transformation of the 20-knot Full Displacement Hull Form into a speedier semi-displacement yacht courtesy of the waterjets and booster.
A 33-meter yacht with 2,000 nautical mile range and a 20-knot top clip, Gipsy was designed to provide comfortable passage even in rough seas. Thorough CFD analytics inspired her deep-V bow moving to a 14-degree deadrise aft, with sharp chines aiding in her chiseled profile.
Massive and innovative, this yacht has the luxury of a comparable motor yacht tucked inside the package of a high performance racing yacht. The largest high performance sailing yacht to come out of the Netherlands to date, AQuiJo’s hulls, innovative steering feedback system, huge sail area, and blazing speed easily won this design regatta.
Most Innovative Motor Yacht
Wider Genesi, Naval Architecture by Fulvio de Simoni/Wider Engineering, and Sydac, Interiors by Ideaeitalia: No surprise that a yacht built by a company founded on innovation should win this title, the second Neptune for the yacht in 2017. Veth azimuthing pods stand in for shaft and propeller, a hybrid system does away with the engine room, and tenders that float-in share their space as a pool and beach club when the situation warrants. Batteries and quad gensets, placed away from guest areas, keep everything humming beautifully.
Most Innovative Sailing Yacht
Baltic Yachts My Song, Exteriors and Interiors by Nauta Design, Naval Architecture by Reichel-Pugh Design: Lots of top contenders were separated by single points, making this a narrow but well-deserved win for My Song, its second award from ShowBoats in 2017. Requiring only three hours to go from luxury sailing yacht to stripped and regatta-ready, My Song has a lot to love. Hydraulic lines hide in the bulwarks, weight-saving strategies run from resin-reinforced linen bulkheads to carbon fiber components.
Focused on fine art, Sybaris considered lighting an important feature from the get go. PH Design and Lindsey Adelman used lighting strategies that not only added drama, but also length to spaces, and mood to match. Lighting also helped emphasize interesting textures and finishes, the second category to merit a Golden Neptune for Sybaris in 2017.
Best Recreational Lifestyle Design Feature
Amels Plvs Vltra Wellness Center, Interiors by Winch Design: Thing that make jaws drop and send vital signs upward drive the competition in this category, illustrating the importance of the yachting lifestyle throughout a design. The Wellness Center on board Plvs Vltra spreads across 75 square meters, embracing a hammam, hair studio, and a full beam, amidships lower deck location that puts it in direct contact with the sea via folding decks.
Tender & Support Vessel Design
Keeping a low profile by necessity, the Cockwells 9.5 Limousine was designed to fit a specific tender garage with low clearance. Turning the challenge positive, Cockwells gave the boat lots of glazing, in the form of a front to back cabin skylight and sliding access hatch, keeping an open, spacious feel. Lightweight carbon composite kept weight to a minimum and speed to the max, with 32 knots at the top of the range.
Young Designer of the Year Award
Two winners this year include student Thibaud Le Merdy and Professional Eric Laurent
Entrants were required to complete an 80-meter concept and two tender concepts. Laurent’s designs for Hearsay and its accompanying tenders were described as “practical, detailed, and accomplished.” Le Merdy’s concept Comète, exhibited a high level of skill and talent.
Newcomer of the Year
PH Design, 70-meter Sybaris: From three accomplished finalists, judges selected Miami’s PH Design talent, led by Peter Hawrylewicz, for top honors. The firm is engaged in residential, interior, architectural, and furniture design, entering the yachting field with the bold and beautiful Sybaris.
Germán Frers learned much from his father, also named Germán, while training his own son, Germán “Mani” Frers to run his Milan office. Iconic designs reflected in the most exquisite sailing superyachts include Rebecca, Hyperion, and Unfurled. The three together have put their name to over 700 yachts.