At the next World Superyacht Award ceremony, the "Oscar" of the Superyacht sector, that will be held in May 2012 in Istanbul there three yachts designed by Sergio Cutolo's Hydro Tec to have been nominated for the award, the M/Y Talisman C, the M/Y Prima and the M/Y O'Pati.
The seventh edition of the World Superyacht Awards 2012 is the award that the Superyacht industry assigns to the best superyachts built in 2011 from shipyards all around the world. Not more than 10% of the 500+ yachts bigger than 100' motor yacht that has been built in 2011 were admitted to the award finals in Istanbul and three of these ones are those whose technical project was signed by Sergio Cutolo.
The three yachts are competing in three different categories: in the category "Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300GT to 2,999GT" the Talisman C built by Proteksan is competing; in the category "Displacement Motor Yacht of 500GT to 1,299GT" the Prima by Palumbo Shipyard was selected and finally in the category "Two-deck & Open Semi-displacement or Planing Motor Yachts" is willing to win O'Pati the fast open yacht by Golden Yachts.
Talisman C is the spectacular steel and light alloy 70 metres M/Y built by the turkish yard Proteksan that showed performance superior to expectations and it is the biggest to come out of this most successful Turkish yard to date. Sergio Cutolo's Hydro Tec have been responsible for all the engineering and technical design of this new yacht (hull design, structural design, propulsion design, equipment engineering). This the third Proteksan M/Y that Sergio Cutolo has worked on after the successfully projects Vinidrea II and Camaleon B.
M/Y "Prima" is the biggest motoryacht ever built in centre-south of Italy and is part of the Columbus range from Palumbo shipyard. She is a steel and aluminum 54 m motoryacht with a full displacement of 700t, a maximum speed of 18 knots and six staterooms including the full beam Owner's cabin with balcony and VIP cabin on the bridge deck and 12 crew berths plus Captain's cabin. Prima was built in compliance with the Rules of ABS and she is suitable for unrestricted navigation with following class notation Maltese Cross A1, Yachting Service, UMS. She also obtained RINA Green plus as an additional notation class.
The third finalist yacht is the 39 metres O'Pati (previously known under the project name O'Rea). Built in Greece for Golden Yacht, has naval architecture by Sergio Cutolo. Entirely in aluminium she's an impressive 39.60m open yacht entirely painted in black. This planning hull yacht is powered by three 1,492kW Caterpillar engines coupled to KaMeWa waterjets giving a top speed of 34 knots and a cruising speed of 30 knots. O'Pati is the fourth Golden Yacht yachts engineered by Sergio Cutolo after the two 52 metres sisterships Victory V (former O'Ptasia) and O'Neiro and the most recent 53 m O'Rama.
To summarize, three quite different yachts: a 70 meters steel and aluminum displacement yacht built in Turkey, a 54 meters steel and aluminum displacement yacht built in Italy and a fast 39-meter open all-aluminum built in Greece. All different projects by type and technology testimony of a technical skill and a very unusual eclecticism, making the naval architecture and yacht design studio leaded by Sergio Cutolo one of the most active on the international market.