The 18th edition of the World Superyacht Awards took place in Istanbul, Turkey on May 20th. The annual ceremony recognises and celebrates the world’s most notable and impressive Superyachts. There were numerous awards handed out, but one of the most spectacular vessels was certainly Kenshō – which won Motor Yacht of the Year.

Other prestigious prizes awarded to this Superyacht include Best Interior Design, Motor Yachts 500GT and above, and Displacement Motor Yachts, 1500 GT. Keep reading to find out more about this eye-catching vessel and the stunning design features that she boasts! There’s even a video at the end by The Italian Sea Group to show you around.

Kenshō - Motor Yacht of the Year 2023
Photo credited to: The Italian Sea Group

The Process Behind Constructing Kenshō

The foundations of this project were laid out in 2016. Research began with the owner embarking on a series of visits to approximately 100 of the world’s greatest yachts to discern the most desirable qualities.

Built in Italy, the Superyacht was finally delivered in 2022.

Essence & Inspiration Behind The Superyacht

The name, Kenshō, is Japanese for “seeing one’s true nature”.

Nature is certainly an evident theme throughout the Superyacht’s design and layout as the soft curves of the yacht demonstrate. There are manta ray-shaped sunbeds, and her exterior represents the curves of a pebble shaped by the forces of nature over time. The teak wrap around the Superyacht also appears like individual planks of wood.

Additionally, the green-blue metallic paint was allegedly inspired by a Ford Mustang colour from the 1960s. Some interior aspects especially demonstrate a delightful combination of modern craftsmanship and Asian myth.

Photo credited to: Robb Report

“Kenshō is Japanese for ‘seeing one’s true nature'”

The Design

Built by The Italian Sea Group, Kenshō represents diligent craftsmanship and innovative design. Design came from Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture. Parisian studio Jouin Manku was also involved for their first yachting project.


  • Asymmetrical design
  • Aluminium superstructure and steel hull
  • Naval architecture with exterior styling by Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture
  • The spacious lower deck swim platform is close to the water and connects to the beach club
  • The main deck aft boasts a large alfresco lounge
  • On the bow is the outdoor dining area


  • The material palette consists of marble, silk, teak, bronze, wool, onyx, and glass
  • Golden lighting tones after dark enhance the atmosphere
  • Full-height windows accommodate stunning sea views
  • Lower deck hosts most of the guest accommodation
  • On the main deck is the main salon. This comes with a large sofa, armchair, and coffee table on both sides of the room – with a wall-mounted widescreen TV
  • Master suite has 4 interconnecting rooms: a lounge/media room with curved sofa, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom with a central tub
  • 6 staterooms

The Stats

  • Top speed: 15.9 kn
  • Cruising speed: 13.6 kn
  • 247-foot (75.2-metre)
  • Maximum cruising range: 4500.0 nm at 13.0 kn
  • Can accommodate up to 16 guests (and 20 crew members)
  • Gross tonnage of 1989.0 GT and a 12.0 m beam

There is also a 9-metre limousine tender that features an integrated beach ladder on the foredeck, making it ideal for exploring. A toy box brimming with jet skis, inflatable toys, e-Foils, and SeaBobs is sure to keep guests entertained.

Photo credited to: BOAT International

Kenshō Has Some Environmentally-Friendly Features

Earning its ECO classification, the design pays particular attention to the environment. Even the hull minimises resistance through the utilisation of retractable stabilisers and azimuthal propulsion.

The innovative diesel-electric propulsion system (with permanent magnet electrical engines) supplies high power and efficiency. With five variable speed generators, the propulsion system has diesel particulate filters (DPF) to optimise consumption. All of this will help to drastically reduce emissions.

Official Video For Kenshō By The Italian Sea Group

Take a closer look at a tour of the fabulous Superyacht!

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