Even among the most luxurious of pleasure boats, some yachts are finer than others. And the finest of them all win the coveted Neptune Trophy, given out at the World Superyacht Awards.
The ceremony recognizes the ultimate achievements in superyacht design. To qualify in any of the various award categories, yachts must be over 30 meters in length and must have been delivered to their owners in the past 12 months.
Despite worldwide economic uncertainty, 2011 was a good year for superyachts. A total of 64 were nominated, most of which cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Every one of them is privately owned, though they're often chartered for tens of thousands of dollars per week.
Although the owners of these massive pleasure boats tend to prefer the cloak of anonymity, nothing else about the award ceremony was subtle. The festivities took place at the luxurious Ciragan Palace Kempinski hotel in Istanbul, and the winners received Baccarat trophies. So without further ado....
Dutch yachtbuilder Feadship took home the Motor Yacht of the Year award for Tango. The 252.8-foot yacht was launched in April of last year and features accommodations for 12 guests, an owner's deck, beauty salon, massage parlor and an outdoor movie theater. Despite all that weight, four engines propel the Tango to a top speed of 22 knots. Image: Feadship
The largest yacht to win an award, the Fincantieri-built Serene is 439.3 feet long, sleeps 24 guests and cost $330 million to build. On board is a helipad, movie theater, corporate boardroom and even a playroom for kids. The crew of 52 have their own separate quarters, so there's no need for the help to mingle with the sea-going royalty. It's rumored to belong to Yuri Shefler, the owner of the Russian liquor company that controls Stolichnaya vodka, and it's available for charter.
获得了最大游艇奖，芬坎蒂尼建造的西瑞号船身长439.3英尺，可以住24人，花费了3.3亿美元建造。设有直升飞机起落场，电影院，公共会议室和儿童的游戏室。52名船员有他们独立的空间，因此不会和英国皇家航海混淆。传闻属于Yuri Shefler, 即苏牌伏特加所有者俄罗斯酒业公司所有人，且该船有执照。
At 100 feet, the Antares III is dwarfed by some of the other superyachts that won awards. But that doesn't mean it isn't a sophisticated design. Built at New Zealand's Yachting Developments shipyard in May of 2011, the sloop makes extensive use of composite structures and the hull is coated in Kevlar for impact resistance. String quartet sold separately.
Named after the Lancia Aurelia, the first production car to feature a V6 engine, the automotive-inspired Aurelia took home the award for a high-speed planing yacht. Though the Heesen Yachts-built ship is painted in the bright color scheme of Gulf Racing, her owner prefers to remain anonymous.
If all these yachts have got you reaching for your checkbook, you're in luck. The Helix, a 146.5-foot diesel-powered superyacht built by Feadship, is for sale. It's got five staterooms, each with its own full bathroom, and it could be yours for a mere $42 million.
According to Superyacht Times, Kaiser was designed to fulfill her owner's request that it be "German styled." We're not sure how elaborate marble floors or West African Ovangkol hardwood paneling evoke Germany, but it sure is fancy.
Well before winning a Neptune Trophy, the 229-foot Numptia grabbed attention. Built for an "Italian-born American businessman," every single item on board was designed and crafted specifically for use on the yacht, down to the Tibetan silk carpets and solid marble steam bath.
Most yacht owners shy away from the spotlight, but not Eric Benson. The founder of Pacific Coast Steel has been featured in numerous publications, extolling the virtues of yachting life. He's taken his 163-foot yacht all over the Mediterranean and Caribbean – which is exactly what we'd do if we were wearing his Top-Siders. Photo: Jeff Brown/Superyacht Media
While 2011 wasn't a great year for Rupert Murdoch, he at least had one consolation: He got to take delivery of the 220-foot Vertigo, the world's seventh-largest sailing yacht. It's his second yacht styled by celebrity yacht decorator Christian Liaigre, and features a gym in addition to five luxury staterooms. Should you find yourself with $300,000 to spare – say, from a settlement regarding a certain phone-tapping scandal – it can be yours for a week.