Dilbar Chris Suffeleers elite living africaDilbar Superyacht from Lürssen. (Photo: Lürssen)On 13 May the World Superyacht Awards ceremony, organised by Boat International Media, took place in Florence in the palatial surroundings of the Palazzo Vecchio to celebrate the best of the best in Yachting today.

The “Motor Yacht of the Year Award” recognises the very best motor yacht delivered in 2016, with the winner being chosen by a panel of judges.

It was a clear winner, Lürssen’s superyacht Dilbar was named Motor Yacht of the Year 2017, doing, the design being one of the stand out factors for the judges. “One of the most complex and challenging yachts to be built”, the judges described her “as the most spectacular yacht they had ever seen and a clear winner for this prestigious award.”

Dilbar also won in her category for “Displacement Motoryacht 3,000 GT and Above”. Dilbar, being the only vessel to qualify for the ‘Displacement Yachts of above 3,000 GT’ class, was therefore placed in the class below. However,  when it came to judging, the judges decided that it was impossible to fairly decide a winner for this class when Dilbar was seven times larger in terms of Gross Tonnage than the next largest yacht.