The winners of the 2012 ShowBoats Design Awards ammouncements are here. A “ragbag” knocked out a slew of luxury “stinkpots” to score the top award.
The gala at the Monaco Opera House welcomed winners. Alloy Yachts’ 67.2 meter sail yacht VERTIGO was declared the evening’s big winner. This was in front of a VIP audience. For instance, megayacht owners and the industry’s leading designers and naval architects.
Designers Philippe Briand and Christian Liaigre took home three Neptune Awards for multiple items. For instance, Exterior Design & Styling, Interior Layout and Best Recreational Space for Guest Use.
ABOUT THE YACHT
Built in New Zealand, and launched in 2011, yacht VERTIGO, at 837GRT, is the largest luxury sailing charter vessel to be built in the Southern Hemisphere. It took 29 months to design and build the 5-stateroom cruiser.
Weekly rental rates begin at € 200,000, plus expenses.
OTHER ALLOY SAILING YACHTS
Other charter sailboats similar to sailing yacht VERTIGO and built by Alloy include
The ShowBoats Design Awards, now in their third year, denote a symbol of distinction. The the yachting industry’s designers approve. Twenty-one “Neptunes” awarded to the winners during the evening. Event sponsors include Boat International Media, Lürssen, Benetti, Feadship, and Trinity.
First the incandescent light bulb, then CFLs, and now LED lighting. With homes, cars, and businesses on the path to energy conservation, we knew it wouldn’t be long before the yachting industry was in step with the mainstream.
AMBIENT LIGHTS ON YACHTS
And with the flair that defines today’s modern vessels, the yacht industry has put its signature stamp of style on the use of colored ambient lighting – underwater lights. Green yachting, James Bond gadget style.
Superyacht marinas around the world are now bathed in a deep blue hue at night. Many megayachts have installed rows of bright underwater lights in their hulls.
A week ago, the newest launch at Heesen Yachts, 47 meter Heesen yacht LADY PETRA was presented to her new owners and guests at a night-time ceremony – with a full array of underwater lights reflecting off the yacht’s gleaming white hull.
Even a few vessels designed for sail boat charters have installed lights below the waterline. The 178-foot Alloy sail yachtTIARA recently installed lights. Yacht TIARA is a certified PADI scuba center, which means charter clients can now enjoy night dives with dramatic underwater illumination.
OTHER YACHTS WITH UNDERWATER LIGHTS
Many well-known charter vessels feature underwater lights. For instance, 45 meter Feadship motor yacht HARLE, 60 meter Lürssen motor yachtSOLEMATES, and 34 meter Broward motor yacht ISLAND TIME.