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The stunningly innovative Artefact yacht walked away with three crowns from BOAT International ... [+] Media's annual Design and Innovation awards.

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BOAT International Media, the creators of some of the yacht industry’s most respected digital destinations, and the publishers of Boat International, Boat International U.S., and the popular Dockwalk magazine for yachting crews and professionals has announced the winners of its annual Design and Innovation Awards, with some stunning, unexpected results.

The 262-foot German-built Artefact took home no less than three separate awards for the year, and the impressive 111-foot eco-forward British-built sailing yacht Geist took home two awards for the year. Fifteen judges reviewed over 50 nominees, and awarded winners in 16 categories (ranging from interior and exterior excellence, to innovation, to tender achievement) as well two judges’ commendations. Here are some of the highlights from the program:

The sublime light and airy interior design of the Artefact caught the eye of the award program's ... [+] judges.

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Artefact (Outstanding Interior Design, Motor Yachts over 500GT; Best Naval Architecture, Motor Yachts; Innovation of the Year): An open and light interior by designer Reymond Langton, a ton of due diligence to satisfy the owners’ needs by the architects at German builder Nobiskrug that also created a floating piece of bio- and geomorphic art via exterior designer Gregory C. Marshall, and a next-gen automated DC grid-based hybrid power system all combined to net Artefact an unprecedented trifecta this year. Artefact is not listed with any charter agencies as of press time.

Build year: 2020
Shipyard: Nobiskrug, Germany

Length overall: 262 feet
Beam: 55 feet

Max. speed: 17.8 knots (approx. 20.5 mph)

Inventive, flamboyant design inside and out and an exacting focus on eco-conscious sustainability ... [+] garnered Geist two awards for 2021.

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Geist (Best Interior Design, Sailing Yachts; Eco Award): Interior designers Rhoades Young, along with builder Spirit Yachts’ interior team and Tom Smith, had to follow a demanding mandate from the owners of this 2020 build: organic shapes, no straight lines, and an unrivaled visual flow through the decks that didn’t impinge on regatta performance. Interior spaces reveal themselves like a dream, and her primarily sustainable wood construction and strong lean into wind and battery power caught the attention of the BOAT International judges. Geist is not available for charter, yet.
Build year: 2020
Shipyard: Spirit Yachts, UK
Length overall: 111 feet
Beam: 21 feet
Max. speed: 11 knots (approx. 12.5 mph)

Benetti-built Lana is a massive sea-going vessel, but her masterful exterior design delivers some ... [+] aggressive water-line muscularity and velocity.

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Lana (Outstanding Exterior Design, Motor Yachts over 60m): In one of the bigger award categories for the bigger yachts, the Benetti-built, 351-foot (gulp!) Lana took home the coveted crown. But the designers and architects at the Italian shipyard, along with architect Pierluigi Ausonio, managed to execute an artful, visually low-slung approach to her build that belies the sheer space of the massive yacht. She’s big, but reads sleek and in-motion, even at the dock. If you’d like to take look yourself, Lana accommodates 12 guests and 33 crew and is available for charter exclusively via Imperial Yachts starting at $2.12 million weekly.
Build year: 2020
Shipyard: Benetti, Italy
Length overall: 351 feet
Beam: 47 feet
Max. speed: 19 knots (approx. 22 mph)

The dynamic new Riva 88' Folgore took home the award for Best New Yacht Series.

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Riva 88’ Folgore (Best New Series): For yachters looking to make a statement of speed and style, Ferretti Group rarely disappoints. And this new 88’ Folgore addition to the Riva line took home the crown for Best New Series at this year’s awards. Classic mahogany and stainless steel join with new materials like carbon fiber to deliver a spot-on modern reinterpretation of signature Riva sexiness via Officina Italiana Design. As a series-designed vessel, the Riva 88’ Folgore is easily customizable inside and out, and prices range from about $4.4 million to $7 million.
Launch year: 2020
Shipyard: Ferretti Group-Riva, Italy
Length overall: 88 feet
Beam: 20.7 feet
Max. speed: 38 knots (approx. 44 mph), powered by two MTU 2,638hp engines

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