At the inaugural Showboats Design Awards at Palm Beach the superyacht Liara won the design and technology award for its innovative lifting keel. The award was presented to Bill Dixon Yacht Design for whome Owen Clarke Design undertook the detail design and engineering on behalf of their client. The keel was built in duplex stainless steel by Kawarau Engineering NZ, with finite element work undertaken by Matrix NZ to validate OCD's solution for RINA classification requirements.
Owen Clarke’s consultancy on this project follows on from work carried out on other big boats including the 140’ record breaking Mari Cha 4. In the last three years we have also submitted proposals as naval architects/yacht designers in our own right in response to tenders for the design of a number of superyachts. It’s only a matter of time until our exciting and innovative design company have a big boat project of our own.
The awards took place at the exclusive Mar A Lago Club, Donald Trump’s private members club in Palm Beach, Florida. Following a two-day Superyacht Design Symposium, 350 guests gathered for an evening of cocktails, a gala dinner and Awards ceremony honoring the Superyacht industry’s creative talents; the architects, designers, stylists, craftsmen, and innovators in yacht technologies.
ShowBoats Design Awards evolved from the design-focused awards previously a part of the Boat International Media World Superyacht Awards, as well as introducing a number of new categories. The jury was compromised four superyacht owners – specifically chosen for their interest in design issues – two naval architects, a senior yacht captain, an experienced yacht chef, and six design professionals with no links to the superyacht industry. With more than 200 nominations, it was an incredibly tough task for the experienced panel.