Yachts In­ter­na­tional and Show Man­age­ment Spon­sor ISS Awa rds

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Yand its af­fil­i­ate, Show Man­age­ment, were among the spon­sors of the 25th In­ter­na­tional Su­pery­acht So­ci­ety Awards Gala in South Florida. For the first time since its in­cep­tion, the an­nual gala was held at Fort Laud­erdale’s Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts. A con­vivial cock­tail hour and buf­fet din­ner took place over a beau­ti­ful evening on the water­front, and the awards were held inside the au­di­to­rium. The event’s Plat­inum Spon­sor, Tahiti Tourisme, went all out or­ga­niz­ing a col­or­ful per­for­mance of ex­otic Tahi­tian dancers to en­ter­tain the crowd of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, yacht own­ers and VIP guests. AIM Marine Group Pub­lisher Gary DeSanc­tis, and Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Kenny Wooton and Ed­i­tor-at-Large Jill Bo­brow, pre­sented awards in three dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of Best Power Yacht De­sign.

Gamma Yachts an­nounced de­liv­ery of 73-foot (22.1-me­ter) Lib­er­tas, the third in its Gamma 20 “mini” su­pery­acht se­ries, to none other than cel­e­brated opera singer An­drea Bo­celli. Dutch company Vri­pack de­signed the yacht to max­i­mize both fuel ef­fi­ciency and guest space. While the tra­di­tional thresh­old for a su­pery­acht be­gins around 100 feet in length, Gamma Yachts CEO Guido Bo­nan­drini sug­gests that the de­gree of cus­tomiza­tion avail­able in the Gamma 20 is much closer to that of a su­pery­acht than any other ves­sel in its size range.

“I love the way space has been ar­ranged so that our large ex­tended fam­ily can be to­gether, en­joy­ing close­ness and in­ti­macy, while at the same time re­spect­ing every­body’s pri­vacy,” said Bo­celli, who has pre­vi­ously owned sev­eral ves­sels in this size range. “A yacht must meet pre­cise needs and be able to make us feel at ease. Co­zi­ness, warm ma­te­ri­als, safety, low noise lev­els and com­fort ... th­ese were my needs, and they have been fully met. I needed a solid, safe and com­fort­able boat, and I am happy with my choice.”

With Lib­er­tas, Bo­celli spec­i­fied a ta­ble and sofa to be placed for­ward of the wheel­house to of­fer true im­mer­sion into the sur­round­ings, par­tic­u­larly when un­der­way. A cus­tom div­ing board was added to the fly­bridge and the hull was painted elec­tric blue. The Gamma 20 of­fers more than 1,800 square feet (170 square me­ters) of liv­ing space. Dou­ble glaz­ing in­su­lates the in­te­rior and al­lows Bo­celli’s pi­ano and record­ing stu­dio equip­ment to be used in the main salon.

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