“El Leon wins the “Best Interior Design Motor Yachts 300GT to 499GT”
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:07 PM
This year the Design & Innovation Awards were held in the magnificent setting of Cortina. Organized by Boat International Media and among the most prestigious awards in the boating industry, they are awarded to recently designed yachts after a thorough evaluation not only of their architecture and style, but also of the design features that contribute to the creation of innovative solutions. A key role is also played by technological and design innovation.
54-meter “El Leon” was introduced to the public and to the yachting industry as a whole at the recent Monaco Boat Show, and she was an immediate success. She is the largest yacht ever built by the Mangusta Shipyard and the first model in the new generation of aluminum Fast Displacement vessels, the Mangusta GranSport line, designed by the Shipyard’s engineering departments in cooperation with engineer Ausonio and designer Alberto Mancini.
”El Leon” conquered the jury – composed of owners, experienced captains and renowned yacht designers – for her being an innovative yacht, combining stylish design, huge spaces and plenty of light with advanced technological solutions that express her Mediterranean style at best and go hand in hand with classy lifestyle and onboard comfort and wellbeing.
“The first of a new series – this is the motivation of the Jury – El Leon boldly combines the look of a sporty yacht with the liveability of a displacement motor yacht. The all-aluminium fast displacement hull and four engines deliver the speed element typical of Mangusta’s DNA - all reflected into truly spacious interiors.”
The Owner, who knows Mangusta very well, contributed to customizing the yacht’s layout and décor, adding a gym and a private office, and requesting special finishes and specially-selected woods. Distinctive features of this low, sleek yacht – like the floor-to-ceiling windows and a 2.6 m saloon overhead height - required in-depth studies and world-class construction skills and craftsmanship.
Other example of this are the air-conditioning fan coil units skilfully hidden in elegant freestanding furniture, the wooden staircase - featuring a waterfall-effect veneer - that from the main deck lobby floor leads to the guest deck, and the innovative solutions drawing inspiration from the automotive industry and effectively reinterpreted for the boating industry by the Shipyard.
This prestigious award is an important acknowledgement of the Shipyard’s work, together with designer Alberto Mancini and the Owners, and ability to build a truly unique yacht. This is the second international award the Mangusta GranSport 54 has won just a few months after her debut on the international market.