IN PICTURES: Kiwi-built boats finalists in World Superyacht Awards
The World Superyacht Awards, to be held in May in London, will feature four Kiwi-built superyachts.
The finalists include boats built by Alloy Yachts, Yachting Developments (Auckland), Fitzroy Yachts (New Plymouth) and Southern Ocean Marine (Tauranga).
Another yacht refitted by Westhaven-based Orams Marine Services is one of six finalists in the refit category.
The Marine Industry Association said the Loretta Anne, Salperton IV and Bliss were all from London-based Dubois Naval Architects, underlining the importance of architect Ed Dubois and his company to New Zealand’s superyacht industry.
The fifth annual awards (run by Boat International Media) will be presented at a gala dinner at London’s Guildhall on May 22.
The Marine Industry Association said they are acknowledged as the world’s most prestigious for superyacht builders, designers and owners.
A 13-strong jury comprising seasoned superyacht owners and two industry professionals would inspect all finalists before judging day, the association said.
A total of 53 finalists in eight categories were chosen from over 100 nominations.
Best displacement Motoryacht of below 500 Gross Tonnes (seven finalists):
• Loretta Anne – a 40-metre boat built by Alloy Yachts
Best Sailing Yacht (45m + size)
• Salperton IV (45.07 metres) - by Fitzroy Yachts
Best Sailing Yacht (30m to 44m – seven finalists)
• Bliss (36.8m) – Hobsonville-based Yachting Developments
• Liara (32m) – Tauranga’s Southern Ocean Marine
Best Refitted Yacht (six finalists):
• Shenandoah of Sark (44.2m) – Westhaven’s Orams Marine Services