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Charter yachts recognised at International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2018

By Rebecca Bradbury   23 May 2018

The eighth edition of the International Yacht & Aviation Awards, held over the weekend at Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy, saw a selection of charter yachts, including the 50m/165ft motor yacht ‘Da Vinci’, triumph in their respective categories.  

Hosted by leading interior design magazine design et al and top yacht and aviation design magazine Luxe et al, the annual awards recognise the best in design from across the globe.

Unlike other awards, the International Yacht & Aviation Awards are not judged by a panel. Rather, shortlisted entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as Luxe et al readers, clients and customers. Here are the charter yachts that impressed.

Da Vinci

seating and bar areas on sundeck of motor yacht Da Vinci
navy blue sofas in the light-filled main salon of superyacht Da Vinci
alfresco dining setup on the sundeck of luxury yacht Da Vinci
seabobs line up on the swim platform of charter yacht Da Vinci

Overmarine yacht Da Vinci came out on top in the ‘2018 Power Yacht Over 40 Metres’ category. Designed as a refuge from a very fast-paced life, she is glamorous, inviting and playful, and as part of the yard’s 165 range, she is able to reach an impressive top speed of around 35 knots.

Her unmistakable dynamic profile is characterised by racy, sporty lines while aesthetic grating on the aft section of her stern brings to mind the world of car design. The living areas, meanwhile, are committed to luxury, comfort and providing an ongoing dialogue between indoors and out.

Throughout the interior, the in-house designers have brought together refined materials, such as natural woods, exquisite marbles, burnished and polished brass, and stingray leather. Exterior highlights include an amenity-packed sundeck, a club lounge on the bow with a Jacuzzi and an expansive stern cockpit.

Muchos Mas

superyacht Muchos Mas at anchor as water toys take to the waters during a yacht charter
'moon pool', seating area and sun pads on the Portuguese bridge aboard motor yacht Muchos Mas
sleek bar next to Jacuzzi on the sundeck of motor yacht Muchos Mas
transom door drops down to form a beach club on board superyacht Muchos Mas

Tallying up the most votes in the ‘2018 Deck Design’ category was the 44m/145ft charter yacht ‘Muchos Mas’ from Crescent Yachts. Built especially for the Caribbean and Mediterranean yacht charter markets, she features a welcoming interior and generous exterior spaces designed for a variety of uses.

The ideal place for casual relaxation, the sun deck boasts a large jetted spa pool with a waterfall feature, a serviced bar, sun loungers, optional awnings and a barbecue. Closer to the water, meanwhile, the large transform door drops down to form a chich beach club and swim platform for enjoying the water toys.

One of the most unusual spaces on board, however, is the Portuguese deck, equipped with sun loungers, a plush U-shaped seating area and a LED-clad ‘moon pool’ which filters light down to the master shower below. There is also an alfresco dining setup on the upper deck aft.

Spirit of the C’s

sailing yacht Spirit of the C’s anchors during a charter vacation
light, fresh and modern main salon aboard superyacht Spirit of the C’s
enclosed dining area with a bar on board charter yacht Spirit of the C’s
master suite with neutral colour palette and seating area on board luxury yacht Spirit of the C’s

In the ‘2018 Interior Design – Sailing Yacht’ category, the 64m/210ft charter yacht ‘Spirit of the C’s’ from Perini Navi took home the win following her extensive refit at the Compositeworks shipyard and return to the yacht charter fleet last year.

The yard’s favourite aspect of the transformation is said to be the main salon, which now exudes a relaxed atmosphere of understated elegance. Changes include a new neutral colour palette, while structural modifications and new glazing ensure the space is flooded with natural light.

Key features include teak and holly floors, new leather frames in the walls and cabinets, and crisp white upholstery. Plus, the staircase has been made more aerial and contemporary, the lower deck has been updated and precious work of arts have been added throughout to refine the rich mood.

For further information on any of the above yachts, speak to your preferred charter broker.


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