Published: Thursday, 12 November 2015

Vitruvius Yachts M/Y Grace E has been awarded the ‘Best Power Yacht in the 65-metre plus’ category at the International Superyacht Society Design Awards 2015, held during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Nov 5-9).

Grace E Wins Best Power Yacht In 65m Category

The category featured a number of high-profile superyachts alongside Grace E, each from prestigious yards and designers.

The peer-reviewed ISS Design Awards are judged by leading naval architects and designers in the industry, and this year was the competition’s 25th anniversary.

Grace E’s winning factors include her efficient hull form, timeless exterior and interior styling as well as the planning and emphasis on world cruising that went into her design, keeping the environment in mind.

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“The team is very happy that Grace E has been bestowed this honor by the ISS, bringing the tally of awards she has won to six within a year,” says Vitruvius Yachts Director Veerle Battiau. “We strongly believe that every custom yacht has to be designed around the specific layout desires as well as lifestyle choices of the owner. Once you have perfected the naval architecture, it is possible to design a beautiful, well-proportioned and balanced yacht that is efficient and comfortable both at sea and at anchor. The awards are strong motivators for us to continue to work hard in making tomorrow¹s yachts even better.”

The 73m Grace E was delivered to her owners at the Picchiotti shipyard in La Spezia, Italy. As the third motoryacht built from Philippe Briand’s designs for Vitruvius Yachts, the flagship vessel has received widespread acclaim from the yachting industry.

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Earlier this year, she won the ‘Best Motor Yacht Under 75m’ and ‘Motor Yacht of the Year’ categories at the World Superyacht Awards in Amsterdam, as well as a trio of Showboats Design Awards for exterior design and styling, naval architecture and environmental protection.

Grace E was designed with innovation in mind across her five decks and her patented Briand Optimized Hull shape. This advanced naval architecture, combined with her diesel-electric propulsion, maximises efficiency to provide an enviable cruising range of 7,500nm. Her interior includes a dedicated wellness deck and cleverly configured guest suites that can be conjoined via moving walls.

Vitruvius Yachts has recently announced a number of new projects, including an 80m yacht to be built at Turquoise Yachts, a 60m yacht to be built in Northern Europe and 105m collaborative project with Oceanco.

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Although all designs for Vitruvius Yachts are unique, they follow a familiar theme and defined signature look, with specific attention to balance, efficiency and robustness in their design.