News from the 2014 World Superyacht Awards

All eyes were on Amsterdam last month for the annual World Superyacht Awards, dubbed the Oscars of the superyacht industry. The ninth edition of this prestigious event, a favourite on the yachting calendar for the team at SmartYacht – the leading fractional boat ownership company in the Mediterranean – took place at the city’s National Maritime Museum at the beginning of May. And the top prize went to 99-metre Madame Gu, the largest yacht to have been built in the Netherlands to date. The stunning yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests and an impressive 36-strong crew.

Despite its huge size, Madame Gu can reach 25 knots thanks to its quadruple 3,600kW MTU engines. The Feadship superyacht also boasts a helicopter hangar, fiberglass domes for the navigation gear and a sumptuous interior designed by award-winning British designer Andrew Winch.

Also to pick up a prestigious award at the event was sailing boat Inukshuk, a magnificent 33-metre sloop which is available for charter with Fraser Yachts. The superyacht was built by Baltic Yards with its impressive interior designed by another UK-based designer Adam Lay. Lay managed to effortlessly combine art with design in this beautiful vessel available for charter for more than €53,000 per week this summer.

Another winner, this time picking up the Quality and Value Award, was Ileria, the latest superyacht to come out of the Turkish boatyard Proteksan -Turquoise. The 50.4 metre vessel features seven suites including no less than two VIP suites, as well as a wonderful sun deck complete with a bar, spa pool and a comfortable sitting area.

The awards, which were established in 2005, are supported by five of the world’s leading shipyards with Amels, Feadship, Heesen, Holland Jachtbouw and Royal Huisman all backing the trophies.

Cruising the Mediterranean aboard a stunning superyacht is a tantalising, yet unattainable dream from many. Take a look at our list of affordable yachts, available under our fractional boat ownership scheme, to see for yourself that luxury yacht ownership in the Mediterranean does not have to come with a hefty price tag.

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