Y.CO has announces the success of Aquos Yachts and Big Fish at last night’s Showboats Design Awards 2011. Luxury exploration vessel Big Fish was named the winner of the Best Naval Architecture (Motor Yachts) Award at a glamorous ceremony at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
After a rigorous short-listing, which saw Big Fish, Aquos Yacht’s first launch, nominated for four categories including Exterior Design & Styling (30-60m Displacement Yachts), Naval Architecture, Interior Layout and Tender Design, she scooped the award for Best Naval Architecture – testimony to owner Richard Beattie’s dream design, realised by Naval Architect Gregory C. Marshall. Beattie’s vision for inspiring design and practical seafaring functionality won the judge’s vote.
Commenting on Big Fish’s success, owner Richard Beattie said, “We are delighted to have won this award. It is an outstanding accolade for Aquos Yachts and Big Fish and recognises that exploration to exotic and out of the way locations can still be achieved in the utmost comfort and style. He continues, “The concept of Big Fish was always to create a yacht for those in search of experiences beyond the traditional style of luxury yachting and I believe that this award cements this achievement.”
Big Fish, a new generation of super-yacht, can venture where no luxury yacht has gone before, from Antarctica to the Galapagos and the Amazon to the Caribbean and the French Riviera. She combines the very best attributes of a safe, strong, long-range motor yacht with 5* facilities and services. Big Fish’s distinctive, epoxy-impregnated granite decking, another innovation from Aquos Yachts, was also nominated for Best Design & Technology. The granite is not only aesthetically pleasing and high-heel friendly but also environmentally sustainable, replacing the ½km² of teak needed to clad a vessel of this size.
Y.CO also announced that from 1 November 2011, Y.CO will be the Central Agent for Big Fish for both sale and charter. Big Fish can accommodate up to ten guests and is for sale exclusively through Y.CO at a guide price of €26.5million (excl. Tax). She is also available to charter at US$245,000 a week.