Top four watercraft to purchase in 2016


With these pleasure craft, taking to the seas has never been more stylish.

1. Amels 272

Award: Best Megayacht

The Amels 272 is large and very much in charge, the pinnacle of the Dutch yard’s range. Measuring 83m long and displacing some 2,826 tonnes, it has exceptional scope for interior customisation, to say nothing of its exceptionally spacious interiors over six decks. Featuring a flowing exterior design by Tim Heywood, the Amels 272 also has space for a helipad on the foredeck and a fully featured beach club. It can accommodate up to 16 guests, with an owner’s deck boasting a 300sqm area.


2. Azimut 100 Leonardo

Award: Best Superyacht

At a glance, the Azimut 100 Leonardo doesn’t look much like a traditional superyacht, given its arrowhead silhouette and steeply raked superstructure. However, if you were expecting its living quarters to be cramped, you’d be much mistaken. The virtually partition-free main deck is dominated by an open lounge area, ample windows and a light-coloured wooden deck. The flybridge provides for an even more spacious common area, with open sides and a whirlpool bath.

A roof with a fibreglass frame and crystal glazing provides protection against
the elements. The interior fittings provide the best example of the superyacht’s sporty-meets-luxury billing, featuring Alcantara panelling, zebrano wood furniture and cream leather upholstery.


3. Columbus Yachts Divine

Award: Best Eco-Friendly Yacht

This 40m sport yacht is one of the smallest from Italian yard Columbus, but it nevertheless is impressively tall for its length (though it still has good trim characteristics under most conditions, thanks to its advanced hydrodynamic design) and spacious on the inside, with 2.3m of headroom and a full-beam owner’s suite. However, the most interesting element is its hybrid propulsion system, allowing it to cruise at a speed of up to eight knots on electric power alone. Not only does this running mode not burn fossil fuel and has zero emissions, it makes the Divine virtually silent. In addition, the craft’s wood fittings are from FSC-certified sources, while the leather is a by-product of the meat industry and dyed using a special non-toxic process.

Columbus Yachts

4. Hodgdon

Award: Best Tender

A superyacht deserves only the best, so it’s only fitting that it should be equipped with an equally top-shelf tender. Filling that role nicely are those from Hodgdon (available in lengths from seven to 12m), crafted to the same high levels as its bigger brothers and with a wide scope for customisation. In essence, it’s a luxury yacht, but scaled down, with the option for a host of amenities including an entertainment system and bar. On the exterior customisation front, you’ll be able to choose from its award-winning range, but if something more is required, full custom and even unique designs can be accommodated.


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Published 7th October 2016