Winners of The International Superyacht Society Design Awards 2016

Feadship, CRN and others took home ISS design awards this year.

November 19, 2016

The International Superyacht Society announced its 2016 Design Award winners at a ceremony the day before the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show began.

Eight awards were given, each relative to varying yacht lengths and specifications. Among them, Feadship took home two awards, CRN took home one award along with Benetti, Vitters and other big names in the yachting industry.

Here are the 8 winners:

Atlante, CRN
Superyacht Atlante was among the winners of the ISS design awards. Courtesy CRN

Best Sailing Yacht from 24 to 40 meters (78′ to 131′)
Name: Nikata
Builder: Baltic Yachts
LOA: 35 meters (114’8″)
Designer: Nauta Design Rolf Vrolijk


Nikata is the third Nauta Design project built by Baltic Yachts. She was built for racing purposes, as well as relaxing getaways, which resulted in a design that is both streamlined and luxurious.

Best Sail 40 meters (131′) or more
Name: Unfurled
Builder: Vitters Shipyard
LOA: 46 meters (150’9″)
Designer: Germán Frers, Stirling & Co.

Unfurled is the first build collaboration between Vitters and Argentinian designer Germán Frers. There was a great attention focused on propulsion of the 150-foot sloop, and the resulting design is two lightweight retractable pods instead of a dragging rudder.


First PYC (Passenger Yacht Code)
Name: Equanimity
Builder: Oceanco
LOA: 91.5 meters (300’3″)
Designer: Andrew Winch Azure

Equanimity is the largest build on this list at 300 feet LOA. She was built in 2013 and was built to PYC standards, a standard which allows superyachts that carry more than 12 passengers to bypass SOLAS requirements and allow more design freedoms. Equanimity has a 65 square foot pool, an elevator and a helipad to name just a few of her features.

Best Refit
Name: Falcon Lair
Builder: Composite Works and Feadship
LOA: 68 meters (223’1″)
Designer: Olesinski


First launched as New Horizon L. in 1983, the 223-foot mega-yacht was refitted in 2015 with an all new exterior design. A major part of the refit was focused on the hull, which was extended and painted navy blue. The interior was redesigned, as well.

Feadship, Savannah
Feadship’s Savannah won the design award for Best Power 65 meters or larger. Courtesy Feadship

Best Power 24 to 40 meters (78′ to 131′)
Name: Ironman
Builder: Benetti
LOA: 38 meters (124′ 7″)
Designer: Stefano Righini, AKJ Design

Ironman was designed with the superhero of the same name in mind. “The goal of the design concept for the Ironman project was to create a one of a kind space that would boast a highly innovative modern aesthetic through the use of sharp and dramatic geometries via the use of very unique and state of the art materials and finishes,” designer Alfred Karram Jr. states.


Best Power 40 to 65 meters (131′ to 213′)
Name: Atlante
Builder: CRN
LOA: 55 meters (180’4″)
Designer: Nuvolari Lenard, Gilles et Boissier

Atlante has a distinct black and metallic theme throughout with design details in every facet of the superyacht. A stand-out feature is the extensive use of marble in the interior, which sometimes rises from floor to ceiling.

Best Power 65 meters (213′) or more
Name: Savannah
Builder: Feadship
LOA: 83.5 meters (274′)
Designer: CG Design, Feadship, De Voogt NA

Savannah is one of the first eco-friendly superyachts. She contains a blend of standard diesel engines, gensets, batteries, propeller, azimuthing thruster and efficient hull design. One of her most distinguishable features is her underwater observation deck.

Best Interior
Name: Narvalo
Builder: Nauta Yachts
LOA: 33.1 meters (108’6″)

Narvalo is the Nauta Yachts flagship in its 30 over 30 meters range and was launched in 2016. The 108-footer boasts 20 percent more volume than her competitors in the explorer yacht market of similar length, according to Nauta Yachts.


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