Top 100 yachts 2015
1. Azzam | 180.00m (590'7")
Superyacht Azzam 180m (590'7"), built in 2013, Germany.
Azzam is another feather in the cap for Lürssen Yachts, which has been involved in the building of six out of the top 10 largest yachts. Not much is known about this behemoth of a yacht other than the specs and that her interior is in a relaxed French Empire style, but it is rumored to have been built for the a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates. The technical engineering was directed by Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi for the owner. She has an impressive speed due to her innovative water-jet propulsion system (two fixed jets, two directional), which catapults this 180-metre yacht at a staggering speed of 31.5+ knots. At 17.5 metres longer than Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse, this boat takes the prestigious title of the world’s largest yacht.
2. Eclipse | 162.5m (533'2")
Superyacht Eclipse 162.5m (533'2"), built in 2010, Germany.
After five years of intensive design, development and construction, Eclipseleft the Blohm + Voss yard in Hamburg on the 9th December 2010, to formally take her place as the largest superyacht in the world. Managed by Blue Ocean Yacht Management, Eclipse features a diesel-electric propulsion system with generators powering rotating Azipod drives, dramatic exterior styling and a stunning interior design by London-based Terence Disdale Design, which has been responsible for all aspects of aesthetic design and layout, including the superstructure design, deck layouts, interior design and construction supervision.
Her accommodation includes an owner’s deck of 56 metres in length and facilities for up to 92 crew and owner’s personal staff. Her interior boasts hundreds of custom finishes exclusively developed for this project, while her deck areas include a 16 metre swimming pool, the largest on any yacht, whose base can be raised to transform the area into a dance floor. The yacht can also accommodate three helicopters, one on each of the two helipads and the third in a storage hangar below the fore deck.
Eclipse was voted Motor Yacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards in 2011.
3. Dubai | 162m (531'6")
Superyacht Dubai 162m (531'6"), built in 2006, UAE.
This vast 162 metre yacht was originally commissioned by Prince Jefri of Brunei with exterior styling and interior design by Andrew Winch. The project was suspended in 1998 with just the bare hull and partially complete superstructure. It was eventually sold to the Dubai government, and responsibility passed to Kostis Antonopoulos of Platinum Yachts, which prepared a new in-house interior design.
Now complete, Dubai is the royal yacht of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai. The accommodation is designed for 24 guests and comprises an owner’s suite, five VIP suites and six guest suites, all with open balconies. One special feature is the 21.3m-wide atrium. Other facilities include a swimming pool, barbecue area, cinema, disco, a landing platform for a Blackhawk helicopter, a gymnasium, a garage for the yacht’s submarine and a vast array of water toys. Full certification was obtained from Lloyds Register of Shipping in October 2006 and she has since made several voyages.
Dubai was featured in volume 23 of The Superyachts book
4. Al Saïd | 155m (508'6")
Superyacht Al Saïd 155m (508'6"), built in 2008, Germany.
Shrouded in a veil of secrecy, this huge, beige-painted yacht was formerly codenamed Sunflower by her builder, Lürssen Yachts. Named Al Saïd at her launch from Lürssen’s Vegesack yard, this Germanischer Lloyd-classed, 15,850GT vessel was delivered to her new owner, the Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id Al Saïd of Oman, in March 2008. She sails under the Omani flag and her home port is Muscat, Oman.
Al Saïd has a top speed of around 25 knots and she is reported to have a crew complement of 150. Her concert hall can accommodate a 50-strong orchestra and her majestic, classically panelled interior offers huge entertaining spaces and accommodations for 65 guests. Otherwise, the yacht features six decks and is equipped with a helipad and a cinema.
5. Topaz | 147.25m (483'2'')
Superyacht Topaz 147.25m (483'2"), built in 2012, Germany.
Topaz was technically launched mid May 2012 when she emerged from her floating shed at the Lürssen yard and conducted sea trials in August. Very little is known about the motor yacht although she is the third largest yacht to be launched by the German yard and also belongs to a member of the UAE elite, although she flies a Cayman flag. Her exterior design is by Tim Heywood, who uniquely has his signature illuminated on her superstructure.
6. Prince Abdulaziz | 147m (482'4")
Superyacht Prince Abdulaziz 147m (482'4"), built in 1984, Denmark.
Commissioned in 1984, the 5,200-tonne Abdulaziz serves as the Royal Yacht for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who inherited her from the late King Fahd. She was built in 1984 by the Danish yard Helsingor Vaerft to a design by Maierform at a reported cost of $184m, an enormous sum at the time. Her interior, designed by the late David Hicks, who was renowned for his dramatically colourful work, blended ancient and modern. She was fitted out in Southampton, England.
One notable interior feature is the large lobby on her main deck which is said to be designed to mimic that of the Titanic. Her home port is Jeddah, where she is berthed beside the King’s palace. Latterly renamed Prince Abdulaziz, her accommodation includes a fully equipped hospital, a mosque and a cinema. The yacht is manned by a crew of approximately 65. Rumours that her onboard systems include surface-to-air missiles and an underwater surveillance system are unconfirmed.
Now showing her age, she is likely to be replaced in the near future. The yacht was refitted in 1987, 1996 and 2005.
7. El Horriya | 145.7m (478')
Superyacht El Horriya 145.7m (478'), built in 1865, UK.
Originally built for the Ottoman governor of Egypt, Khedive Ismail, this historic yacht was present at the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal in 1869, when she was used to receive visiting dignitaries. She was lengthened by 12.1 metres in 1872, when her paddle wheels were removed, and by a further 5.2 metres in 1905. Her last major rebuild was in 1950.
In 1976, El Horriya was the Egyptian representative at the Bicentennial Fleet Review in New York harbour, after which she slipped into disrepair while being used as a museum ship. In 1992 a major effort was put into making her seaworthy enough to travel to Italy for the Christopher Columbus Fleet Review. She now serves as the Presidential Yacht but is seldom seen in public. She is usually berthed in Alexandria, where she is cared for by the Egyptian Navy, which lists her as a training ship. Powered by three Parsons steam turbines, she has achieved a top speed of 16 knots, although today this is perhaps too optimistic.
8. Yas | 141m (462'7")
Superyacht Yas 141m (462'7"), built in 2013, UAE.
Launched in November 2011 by Abu Dhabi MAR, the 141 metre Yas, previously known under the project name Swift 141, is being built in a new facility in Abu Dhabi’s port area, using the steel hull of a 1978 Dutch-built navy frigate, which has been completely modified. New machinery, systems, outfit and luxury interior are being created and installed by sub-contractors to specifications by Abu Dhabi MAR. She is expected to have accommodation for 60 guests and 56 crew. The superstructure, built in advanced composites and glass, and the interior styling are by Pierrejean Design Studio of Paris who says the inspiration was the shape of a dolphin. Powered by twin MTU diesels, Yas will have a top speed of 26 knots.
9. Ocean Victory | 140m (459'5")
Superyacht Ocean Victory 140m (459'5"), built in 2014, Italy.
Ocean Victory (hull F.6218) was built Fincantieri's Muggiano yard in Italy. This seven-deck yacht is based on a design by Espen Oeino, with an interior by Alberto Pinto and Laura Sessa. It includes internal sea water dockage for a 14 metre tender and six pools of up to eight meters in length. Her first steel plate was cut in September 2010. Little is known about this top-secret project, which is kept much under wraps and away from prying eyes.
10. Al Salamah | 139.29m (457')
Superyacht Al Salamah 139.29m (457'), built in 1999, Germany.
Built by a consortium of Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Kiel and the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, Germany, Al Salamah is often referred to as Mipos, the code name used during the construction of this most secret of yachts. Mipos was short for ‘Mission Possible’, a statement proved correct by her delivery in 1999.
She has a length of 139.29 metres, a massive beam of 23.50 metres, and is reported to have a top speed of 21.5 knots. Both the interior design and the exterior styling are by the London-based Terence Disdale Design. Al Salamah was owned by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, son of the late King Fahd, Governor of Riyadh. He is Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister and the nation’s Crown Prince. Al Salamah was refitted by Lürssen in 2007.
11. Rising Sun | 138m (452'9")
Superyacht Rising Sun 138m (452'9"), built in 2005, Germany.
This vessel’s Japanese-style name is sufficient clue that she was built for Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle. In 2006 he sold half ownership to media mogul David Geffen who bought the remaining half in 2010.
Reported to have originally cost of more than $290 million, rumour has it that Rising Sun’s length was extended by some 18 metres during construction (her project name was LE120, rather indicating an original length of 120 metres) to ensure she was larger than the 126.2 metre Octopusbelonging to Microsoft’s co-founder, Paul Allen.
Rising Sun was built in Germany and launched in the autumn of 2004. She made her first appearance in the Mediterranean in the summer of 2005. Her five decks, which contain 8,000 square metres of living space, include a gym, a cinema, an extensive wine cellar and basketball court, plus accommodations for 16 in the owner’s party. One of her tenders is a catamaran whose main function is to carry the yacht’s 4x4 vehicle ashore.
12. Serene | 133.9m (439'4")
Superyacht Serene 133.9m (439'4"), built in 2011, Italy.
Built for a Russian owner under an extreme blanket of secrecy, Serene, the first yacht from Fincantieri, the large Italian commercial shipyard in Muggiano, Italy, was launched in September 2010 with completion, blue hull paint and sea trials in 2011.
She is the largest yacht ever launched in Italy and features more than 4,000 square meters of interior space among seven decks, plus two helipads and a hangar. She reportedly carries a 100-metre submersible. Her builder’s next project is the 140 metre Victory.
She is featured in Volume 26 of The Superyachts.
13. Al Mirqab | 133.2m (437')
Superyacht Al Mirqab 133.2m (437'), built in 2008, Germany.
Diesel-electric powered yacht Al Mirqab was at one time better known as Project May, a name that cloaked her identity during a build that was carried out in strict secrecy under the supervision of Kusch Yachts in the Peterswerft Shipyard in Wewelsfleth, Germany. She is propelled by five 2,800kW generators that power two electric motors driving conventional shafts and a centrally positioned azimuthing electric pod drive located beneath the hull.
She is reported to have a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots. The yacht accommodates 36 guests and is run by 45 crew. The central feature of the accommodation is a grand staircase that floats through four floors, with three of its sides made from hand-cut crystal panels. The centre of the well is occupied by a suspended glass artwork commissioned from the Seattle-based artist Dale Chihuly.
Al Mirqab won the coveted Motor Yacht of the Year award at the World Superyacht Awards in 2009 and Best Interior Design in the motor yacht category for her Andrew Winch-designed interior. She belongs to Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.
14. Octopus | 126.18m (414')
Superyacht Octopus 126.18m (414'), built in 2003, Germany.
Octopus features a helicopter pad and garage aft and can also accept a second helicopter on the bows. A novel facility of her design is her internal dock, which, opening from her transom, runs forward through the yacht, allowing a 20 metre submarine and a tender of similar size to float into their storage positions. Once secured, the water is pumped out, leaving them resting on chocks.
The yacht has a permanent berth in the International Yacht Club Marina in Antibes, where her owner acquired the largest dock by buying the 55.78 metre superyacht Hanse together with its berth – he kept the berth and immediately sold Hanse, which has now been renamed Insignia.
15. Maryah | 125m (410'2")
Superyacht Maryah 125m (410'2"), built in 2014, Greece.
Launched in 1991 by the Szczecinska yard in Poland, this former Russian research vessel was entirely rebuilt during five years by Elefsis Shipyards in Greece. Re-designed by H2 Yacht Design of London, UK, Maryah is constructed to full SOLAS regulations. A modern exterior styling blends with a contemporary interior décor, and she accommodates a whopping 54 passengers.
16. Katara | 124.4m (408'2")
Superyacht Katara 124.4m (408'2"), built in 2010, Germany.
Known as Project Crystal by her builder, this 124 metre yacht’s name was unveiled as Katara upon her launch. Katara, hull number 13656, was built by the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen and spent her first full season in the Caribbean. It is speculated that her interior is by the late Alberto Pinto. She has one helipad and carries both her tenders and her SOLAS rescue boats in davits port and starboard. She flies a Qatari flag and her home port is Doha, which means her name is more likely a translation of the word for “celebration” than a reference to the female waterbender in the film,Avatar, although that works, too. She likely belongs to the new young emir.
17. Savarona | 124.28m (407'9")
Superyacht Savarona 124.28m (407'9"), built in 1931, Germany.
Named after a black African swan, Savarona was built for the American heiress Emily Roebling Cadwalader, whose family business constructed both the Brooklyn and Golden Gate bridges. In 1937 the yacht was purchased by the Turkish state as the presidential yacht of Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. Following his death, Savarona was renamed Gunes Dil (Sun Language) and used as a Turkish Navy training ship. Her condition deteriorated.
In 1989, Kahraman Sadikoglu bought a 50-year lease and, with other investors, spent $35 million on her refurbishment. Subsequently, Sadikoglu has acquired 100% of the lease. The original steam turbines were replaced with two Caterpillar diesels, the weight of the former being compensated for by 300 tonnes of marble, mostly used for a Turkish bath spanning the full 16 metre beam. Recently, her shafts, propellers and rudders were replaced in a $3m refit that also refurbished her interior.
Savarona is featured in Volume 6 of The Superyachts and charters out of Istanbul.
18. Alexander | 121.95m (400'1")
Superyacht Alexander 121.95m (400'1"), built in 1965, Germany.
This yacht was built by Flender Werft in Lübeck, Germany, in 1966 as the passenger vessel Regina Maris for the Lübeck Line. After several changes of ownership she was converted to a yacht for the late John S Latsis, the Greek shipping tycoon, and renamed Alexander. Extensively refitted in 1985 and again in 1998, she is available for charter, offering well-appointed accommodation for up to 60 guests. She carries a very wide range of tenders and water sports gear and can accept helicopters on her fully certified landing pad.
Onboard facilities include a swimming pool, spa pool, gymnasium, full-size disco bar, a 27-seat cinema, children’s playroom, a beauty salon and a mini-hospital. The yacht remains in the ownership of the Latsis family, now headed by the second richest man in Greece, Spiros Latsis, who holds one of Europe’s biggest fortunes with stakes in oil refining, real estate, financial services and high-class travel.
Builder & naval architecture:Flender-Werft
19. A | 119m (390'5")
Superyacht A 119m (390'5"), built in 2008, Germany.
This most extraordinary yacht, built for the Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, had an unusual conception in that its designer, Philippe Starck, drew what he considered to be a ‘cool shape’ – taking a full three and a half hours for the job. Unlike the design progression of most yachts, the naval architecture of A was made to work subsequently under the control of the technical designer, Martin Francis, who used models and towing tanks to confirm the hull lines.
Deck spaces are minimal – a tiny sun deck with splash pool; a shaded fore deck area with rectangular pool; and the main deck aft with a curved pool. The interior features the owner’s open-plan ‘loft apartment’ ringed by windows and a wide balcony aft, while the main saloon, equally open, features a ‘romper sofa’ with space for at least 10 people.
A was featured in the 2011 edition of The Superyachts book
20. Turama | 116.4m (381'11")
Superyacht Turama 116.4m (381'11"), built in 1990, Finland.
Named after a river in Borneo, Turama was originally built as a cruise ship to operate in Hong Kong harbour and was subsequently converted to a yacht in Greece by the Latsis-owned company SETE Yachts. Classed to Lloyd’s highest standard (@100A1, @LMC, UMS and Ice Class 1A), and having full SOLAS certification as a passenger vessel, Turama’saccommodation includes an extensive master suite, two junior master suites, 24 VIP suites, each with an impressive floor area of 39.8 square metres, and 16 single cabins.
The facilities include a beauty salon, a sauna, gymnasium, a 12-seat cinema, an 80-seat conference theatre, a 12-seat meeting room, a disco, a children’s playroom and a mini-hospital. On deck are a swimming pool, two spa pools and a helicopter pad. The yacht, which remains in the ownership of the Latsis family, is manned by 60 crew and is available for charter.
Builders:Rauma Shipyard (1990) / SETE Yachts (2004)
Former names:Columbus Caravelle, Sally Caravelle, Delfin Caravelle
21. Atlantis II | 115.76m (380')
Superyacht Atlantis II 115.76m (379'9"), built in 1981, Greece.
It is said that the late Stavros Niarchos, the Greek-American shipping magnate, built Atlantis II to outdo his rival Aristotle Onassis in the yacht-owning stakes. Some 16.7 metres longer than Onassis’s Christina (nowChristina O), Atlantis II was built by Hellenic Shipyards in Skaramanga, Greece, in 1981. She is, incidentally, the near-sistership of the former Saudi Arabian Royal Yacht Issham Al Baher, which was originally launched as Atlantis. Accommodating 25 guests in great comfort, Atlantis II boasts a helicopter, a hangar and a swimming pool with a rising floor that converts to a disco. Still owned by the Niarchos family, the yacht can usually be found moored at its berth in Monaco.
22. Issham al-Baher | 115.76m (379'9")
Superyacht Issham al-Baher 115.76m (379'9"), built in 1973, Greece.
Thought to be a gift from Stavros Niarchos to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, this yacht has now been renamed Issham Al Baher following the launch ofAl Salamah in 1999. Advanced in years, this one-time royal yacht has been passed one rung down the ladder of Saudi Arabian royal yacht ownership. However, it is possible that Issham al-Baher remains a state-funded vessel as the crossover between state and private funding among the Saudi royal family is unclear.
23. Luna | 115m (377'4")
Superyacht Luna 115m (377'4"), built in 2010, Germany.
Luna was built for Roman Abramovich as an upgraded replacement for his former exploration yacht Le Grand Bleu (No 23 in this list), always a favourite among his many yachts. Luna, ice classed and built to the highest possible standards. Diesel-electric powered, she has two helipads, one forward and one aft, and the ability to stow a helicopter below decks for transit. Her tenders are stored in two garages in the stern that open through shell doors on each side of the hull. She was delivered in June 2010 and is available for select charter.
24. Pelorus | 114.5m (375'8")
Superyacht Pelorus 114.5m (375'8"), built in 2003, Germany.
Launched in November 2003, Pelorus was built at Lürssen’s Krogerwerft facility. She was originally commissioned by a Saudi Arabian as a replacement for Coral Island. He loved the finished product but, when made an offer that was too good to refuse, sold her to the Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich. David Geffen bought her in May 2011.
The yacht is the work of two internationally known designers: Tim Heywood, who drew the superstructure and working areas, and Terence Disdale, who created an interior that revels in the informal atmosphere of a beachside villa. This yacht has everything: two helicopter pads, a swimming pool with artificial current, a spa pool, and an owner’s suite with 180-degree panoramic views that opens to a private deck.
The quality of the engineering is stunning, with many of the systems, including the bowthruster, being provided with a back-up, while the control of all propulsion units is united in a ‘Lipstick’ that allows a single joystick to precisely manoeuvre the yacht. The vessel is managed by 41 crew, including seven engineers and five personal staff.
Pelorus was featured in volume 18 of The Superyachts book
25. Le Grand Bleu | 112.8m (370'1")
Superyacht Le Grand Bleu 112.8m (370'1"), built in 2000, Germany.
Le Grand Bleu was built for US telecommunications baron John McCaw and was subsequently sold to the Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, who had it refitted to his own preferences, including the addition of a 16ft swim platform at the stern. According to Internet sources, Abramovich passed Le Grand Bleu to his friend and business associate Eugene Shvidler in June 2006.
The yacht has a crew of 65 and carries a veritable arsenal of tenders and watertoys, both on her aft decks and in her extensive below-deck garage, where there is a large aquarium. Her watercraft include a 22 metre Dubois-designed sailing yacht, Bellatrix; a 21 metre Sunseeker motor yacht; two 11 metre, 60-knot Buzzi sports boats; and a landing craft to carry a 4x4 Land Rover used for excursions ashore.
26. Dilbar | 110m (360'11")
Superyacht Dilbar 110m (360'11"), built in 2008, Germany.
Formerly known as Project Opal, Dilbar features a combined diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion system and is the world’s first yacht to have particle filters fitted to the main engine exhausts as well as to her generating sets. The yacht is possibly owned by Russian steel magnate Alisher Usmanov, who owned an earlier Oceanco-built Dilbar that was rumoured to have been named after his mother.
Dilbar is promoted by Lürssen as the ‘green engine concept’ whose aim is to significantly reduce emissions in a highly efficient propulsion system. Four generating sets supply power for the house load and to four azimuthing thrusters, which provide dynamic positioning and get-you-home propulsion at reduced speed. Built to the rules of Germanischer Lloyd, Dilbar has a reported top speed of 21 knots.
27. Radiant | 110m (360'11")
Superyacht Radiant 110m (360'11"), built in 2009, Germany.
A sister to Dilbar, Radiant was commissioned by the Russian media tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who wanted a rival to Pelorus, owned by his arch enemy Roman Abramovich. However, he subsequently sold her to Abdulla al-Futtaim, a billionaire car dealer from the United Arab Emirates, before she was completed.
As well as the standard features for a yacht of this size - helipad, gymnasium, cinema, spa - she has one of the highest security specifications ever conceived. Berezovsky ordered a personal “escape launch” – a speedboat with turbo-charged twin diesel engines capable of exceeding 75 knots. She is also equipped with an arsenal of sonic guns that fire low-frequency sound waves that can burst the eardrums of approaching assailants, and a military water cannon capable of sinking an approaching boat at more than 100 yards.
28. Poseidonos | 106m (347'9")
Superyacht Poseidonos 106m (347'9"), built in 2014, Turkey.
Many details – including the Greek yard – of this 106-metre project are a closely guarded secret, but we know the Poseidonos project has transformed a passenger ferry into a six-deck superyacht. Giorgio Vafiadis has designed the exterior and Milanese interior design firm Ciarmoli Queda Studio (CQS) has penned the interior. They are working with Greek contractor MVS Associates, which is building the interiors. Features include a grand central lobby, a 400 square metre saloon, 23 guest cabins and an owner’s suite with a 100 square metre cabin.
Exterior styling:Giorgio Vafiadis
Interior design: CQS
29. Lady Moura | 104.85m (346'10")
Superyacht Lady Moura 104.85m (346'10"), built in 1990, Germany.
Lady Moura is owned by Dr Nasser al-Rashid, a Saudi Arabian businessman (Rashid Engineering) and adviser to the Royal Family, who was formerly married to Mouna al-Ayoub, who refitted the three-masted sailing yacht Phocea (No 103 in this list). Lady Moura has a particularly high internal volume for her length and beam in view of the large superstructure.
Styling and interior design are by Luigi Sturchio. Notable features include a 24m-long dining table and an occasional table made by Viscount Linley, nephew of Queen Elizabeth II. The yacht has six deck levels, the uppermost containing a pool that can be fully covered, and she carries a crew of 61. Despite celebrating her 20th birthday in 2010, her exterior styling remains sharply modern.
30. Quantum Blue | 104m (341'3")
Superyacht Quantum Blue 104m (341'3"), built in 2014, Germany.
Announced under different project names and lengths, Quantum Blue is the third superyacht delivered by Lürssen in 2014. UK designer Tim Heywood has taken care of the exterior design while Alberto Pinto oversaw the interior design.
31. Loaloat al-Behar | 103.85m (340'9")
Superyacht Loaloat al-Behar 103.85m (340'9"), built in 1982, Italy.
Loaloat Al-Behar was built at the Picchiotti Shipyard in Italy (now part of Perini Navi Group) as the royal yacht of Oman, but was superseded by the new Al Saïd (No. 4 in this list). Renamed, she was presented to the Omani Ministry of Tourism who seek to charter her. She had a recent $5 million refit in Dubai but, despite this, she still shows her age. Her condition and decoration is such that she is probably more suited to corporate functions and educational day cruises for as many as 70 guests.
32. Attessa IV | 100m (328'1")
Superyacht Atessa IV 100m (328'1"), built in 1999, Japan.
Attessa IV (originally named Evergreen) was built for Yung-Fa Chang, chairman of the Taiwan-based Evergreen Corporation, in the company’s shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan. In her original configuration there was accommodation for an owner’s party of four in the master suite, while an additional 14 cabins accommodated another 26 guests. The yacht was acquired by American businessman Dennis Washington, lengthened during a rebuild at his Vancouver shipyard. The masterful rebuild ofAttessa IV produced a superyacht masterpiece.
Both bow and stern were modified and major changes introduced, including ‘pop-out’ deck extensions and a new top deck. The interior renovations included the installation of a full spa on the lower deck and a new uppermost deck that features a large hanging chandelier by Dale Chihuly. The yacht is featured in Refit 2012.
Evergreen was featured in volume 13 of The Superyachts book.
33. Christina O | 99.14m (325'3")
Superyacht Christina O 99.14m (325'3"), built in 1943, Canada.
Christina O is the largest North American-built yacht in existence. Perhaps fortunately, little remains of her original structure as she was built in Canada as HMCS Stormont, an escort frigate for North Atlantic convoys during World War II. She was subsequently purchased by Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who, in 1954, converted her into the most spectacular yacht of the era, renaming her Christina after his daughter.
Onassis used his yacht to entertain many of the world’s rich and famous, including his mistress, the opera diva Maria Callas, and Sir Winston Churchill. She was comprehensively rebuilt in Croatia in 2001. The yacht retains many of her original features, including the swimming pool with a copy of the Minoan mosaic from the royal palace at Knossos at the bottom. Purchased by a consortium that includes an Irish bank and Greek interests and renamed Christina O, the iconic yacht Christina O is available for charter and was featured in volume 15 of The Superyachts book.
34. Madame Gu | 99m (324'10")
Superyacht Madame Gu 99m (324'10"), built in 2013, Netherlands.
Four years in the making, Project Dream launched early February 2013 in The Netherlands, the largest yacht to be launched from that country as well as the largest from Feadship. Two months later, her name was revealed as Madame Gu. De Voogt and Andrew Winch teamed up to create the stylish lines, which deceptively hide her more than 2,900 ample tons. She is capable of trans-atlantic crossings and features two forward garages for 11 metre tenders and a certified helicopter storage system.
35. Carinthia VII | 97.2m (318'11")
Superyacht Carinthia VII 97.2m (318'11"), built in 2002, Germany.
Considerable secrecy masked the construction of the iconic yachtCarinthia VII, a hallmark of her builders, Lürssen of Bremen. Even today, few outsiders have visited her interior, but it is generally known that the yacht is owned by Heidi Horten, the widow of an Austrian supermarket owner who sold his chain to the German Kaufhof group in 1996.
With styling and interior design by Tim Heywood, a long-time associate of Jon Bannenberg, this long, lean and low yacht is an elegant and worthy successor to the Bannenberg designed Carinthia VI, which, following her sale, was renamed The One (No 132 in this list). Her profile was the design inspiration for Cakewalk, No 55 on this list.
36. Sea Cloud | 96.35m (316'1")
Superyacht Sea Cloud 96.35m (316'1"), built in 1931, Germany.
When stockbroker and yachtsman Edward F Hutton married heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1920s, he introduced her to yachting aboard his three-masted schooner Hussar. Post and Hutton later built an even larger yacht, Hussar II, which was designed by Cox & Stevens and built by Friedrich Krupp in Kiel, Germany. Launched in 1931, it had panelled saloons and seven lavish cabins.
When the couple divorced Marjorie kept the yacht and renamed her Sea Cloud. She served as a patrol vessel for the US Coast Guard during World War II and in 1955 was sold to the Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo, who renamed her Angelita. After his overthrow, she was acquired by Clifford Barbour, who renamed her Antarna. New German owners rescued her from neglect in 1978, returned her name to Sea Cloud, and rebuilt her in Bremerhaven.
The yacht now charters in the West Indies during winter and in the Mediterranean in summer, operating with 60 crew and offering 34 cabins. She is featured in volume 3 of The Superyachts book.
37. Limitless | 96.25m (315'9")
Superyacht Limitless 96.25m (315'9"), built in 1997, Germany.
Owned by Leslie Wexner, head of the American lingerie chain Victoria’s Secret, the ABS-classified Limitless was launched by the Lürssen Shipyard in Germany in 1997. Her name is presumably a play on the name of Wexner’s first company, The Limited, founded in 1963 with $5,000 borrowed from his aunt.
Unusually, the iconic yacht Limitless is powered by a hybrid diesel and diesel-electric propulsion package that allows her conventional diesels to be boosted a further 6,607hp by a pair of 16-cylinder Caterpillar 3516 and two 12-cylinder Caterpillar 3412 diesels that power electric motors. This combination gives her a top speed of 25 knots. She remains the largest American-registered yacht.
38. Vava II | 96.00m (315')
Superyacht Vava II 96m (315'), built in 2012, UK.
Vava II, formerly known as Devonport Shipyard Project 55, is very sophisticated, with an array of features that will distinguish it from both aesthetic design and practical operation perspectives. A replacement for her owners’ Feadship, Vava, she is the largest yacht built to date by Devonport Yachts and will be the first new British-built yacht to comply with the SOLAS Passenger Ship rules for fewer than 36 passengers. She features an unusual ground tackle system with anchors retracting inside the hull and bow and stern thrusters plus independent rudders give superb control.
Vava II is featured in volume 26 of The Superyachts.
39. Kismet | 95.2m (312'4")
Superyacht Kismet 95.2m (312'4"), built in 2014, Germany.
Kismet features exterior styling by Espen Øino and boasts an impressive 13.8 metre beam. She is expected to reach top speeds of 17 knots. The project was sold to her new owner by Moran Yacht & Ship who also managed the build. With interior design by Reymond Langton Design, the superyacht is finished in marble and rare woods. She boasts a spacious main saloon with overstuffed settees, a bar and a high-tech entertainment system, as well as a formal dining room seating 18 guests. She accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms and 20 crew.
40. Palladium | 95.15m (312'2")
Superyacht Palladium 95.15m (312'2"), built in 2010, Germany.
Formerly known as Project Orca, Palladium was built for a highly experienced yacht owner and charterer to the stylings of Michael Leach Design, which produced the entire design package and fitting out. The ultra-modern exterior incorporates many unique but practical features, and this is seen especially in the main deck swimming pool and sports deck arrangement and direct link to the spa.
In harmony with the exterior, the interior, which includes six guest cabins and an owner’s deck, is completely bespoke, with every element custom designed for the owner, whose project brief was for excellence and overhead space. This led Michael Leach Design to use Silverlining and Metrica for interior furniture, ANT for electronics and Cougar Marine for the custom limousine tenders, which were also designed by Michael Leach Design.
Palladium is featured in volume 25 of The Superyachts.
41. Indian Empress | 95m (311'8")
Superyacht Indian Empress 95m (311'8"), built in 2000, Netherlands.
Originally built as Al Mirqab for the Royal Family of Qatar by Oceanco with styling and interior design by The ‘A’ Group, this vessel lays claim to being the largest Dutch-built yacht to date, although, to be exact, her steel hull was built in Durban, South Africa.
She was recently acquired by the Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya, whose many assets include the Kingfisher airline and India’s leading beverages company, UB Group. A keen yachtsman, he also owns the classic 47 metre motor yacht Kalizma, once owned by film stars Richard and Elizabeth Burton, while his previous yachts include the 49.8 metre Indian Achiever(now Alta Vida) and the 55 metre Indian Princess, which has reverted to her original name, Southern Cross III.
In tight situations, Indian Empress’s fully rotating Schottel 250kW sternthruster and a 300kW bowthruster assist manoeuvring, while the two wing stations can be extended athwartships by 1.5m to assist visibility. The six decks provide accommodation for an owner’s party of 32 and 42 crew.
42. Mayan Queen IV | 93.25m (305'11")
Superyacht Mayan Queen IV 93.25m (305'11"), built in 2008, Germany.
Launched in 2008, another yacht built under a blanket of high security in a German shipyard is Mayan Queen IV. Formerly known as Project Safari, she is understood to be owned by Mexican mining, insurance and department store magnate Alberto Baillères, the second richest man in Mexico and fourth in Latin America.
He sold his earlier vessel, the 49 metre Feadship–Van Lent Mayan Queen(now MQ2). Mayan Queen IV has a touch-and-go helipad on the foredeck and two tender garages, one forward and one aft, the latter being convertible into a beach club when the tender is launched.
43. Tatoosh | 92.42m (303'3")
Superyacht Tatoosh 92.42m (303'3"), built in 2000, Germany.
Tatoosh, a five-deck yacht displacing 3,616 tonnes, was built for cellphone magnate Craig McCaw and later sold to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. A model of understated luxury, she has a huge owner’s suite with a full-beam bedroom, family room, observation lounge, office, gymnasium and two cabins for children. Six guest cabins are located on the lower deck. Aside from the main and dining saloons, there are a panoramic lounge and cinema.
Other facilities include two helipads with refuelling equipment, one for the yacht’s own McDonnell Douglas MD500 and one for guests’ helicopters; a 12 metre speedboat and a Frers-designed 13 metre sailboat positioned in davits to port and starboard; a swimming pool; and a diving room with decompression chamber in the stern.
Tatoosh is manned by a full-time crew of 30, with facilities available for visiting staff and the helicopter pilot. The yacht is named after an island in the Pacific Northwest that marks the entrance to the Straits of Juan de Fuca.
44. Equanimity | 91.5m (300'2")
Superyacht Equanimity 91.5m (300'2"), built in 2014, Netherlands.
Equanimity is the first superyacht that The Netherlands-based superyacht builder Oceanco has built to Passenger Yacht Code. The aluminium and steel yacht features an exterior designed by Oceanco’s in-house team with naval architecture by Azure Naval Architects and interior design by UK-based designer Andrew Winch Designs.
Oceanco has kept the project much under wraps. But Boat International Media editors have had a look on board the yacht while in-build and after and have noted interesting features. Equanimity features a fully-certified heli-deck, multiple guest staterooms on the main-deck including two VIP staterooms with fold-down balconies, and a private galley on the upper deck. A skylight over the owner’s stateroom bathes the suite in natural light, and the beach club hosts a gym and sauna.
45. Dubawi | 90.6m (297'3")
Superyacht Dubawi 90.6m (297'3"), built in 1989, Italy.
Originally built as a SOLAS passenger ship, Dubawi was converted for an owner from the Gulf area into a very spacious superyacht with an enormous interior volume of 4,200GT. The conversion work, undertaken by Platinum Yachts in Dubai, took only 18 months to complete and included fitting a new upper deck, which now contains a palatial owner’s suite, a private deck with panoramic views, and a remodelled stern that added 5 metres to her former overall length.
The other five decks were either refurbished or rebuilt and now provide accommodation and reception areas for up to 40 guests in a surprising and hugely varied interior style that boasts striking colour schemes and eye-catching motifs. No fewer than 71 officers and crew have the task of looking after this capacious yacht.
Builder:Cantieri Navali Ferrari (1989) / Platinum Yachts (2008)
Naval architecture: Cantieri Navali Ferrari
Interior design: Platinum Yachts (rebuild)
Former names:Leisure World
46. Nahlin | 90.22m (296')
Superyacht Nahlin 90.22m (296'), built in 1930, UK.
This classically elegant yacht has an enviable pedigree, having been designed by the revered naval architect G L Watson for the British aristocrat Lady Yule. While owned by Lady Yule she was loaned to Britain’s King Edward VIII for a cruise with his American lover and future wife Wallis Simpson, a trip that surely played a part in Edward’s decision to marry Simpson and set himself on the path to abdication.
She later became the Royal Yacht of King Carol II of Romania, who named her Luceafarul. After the overthrow of the monarchy, the yacht, now renamed Libertatea, served as a floating restaurant and fell into almost terminal disrepair.
Happily, she was found and recovered to England by Nicholas Edmiston and William Collier in 2000. She lay in a Liverpool shipyard for four years but has now been sold to a British owner who renamed her Nahlin, and her total restoration, under the management of G L Watson, was completed at the Blohm + Voss yard in Rendsburg, Germany, in July 2010. This included the replacement of almost 70% of her riveted shell plating and the provision of a totally new modern-classic interior designed by Rémi Tessier.
47. Ice | 90.1m (295'7")
Superyacht Ice 90.1m (295'7"), built in 2005, Germany.
The owner’s brief was to maximise fuel efficiency and reliability and obtain the minimum noise and vibration. This was achieved using two 2,500kW ABB Azipod units powered by up to eight Deutz generating sets that also provide household power. Launched as Air, she reached a maximum of 18.67 knots and proved to be extremely quiet and free from vibration.
Following delivery, she was sold to Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian industrialist and Duma Deputy, who renamed her Ice. The modern interior by Terence Disdale Design offers a Zen-like atmosphere and makes use of a limited palette of materials to create a style that is unique among Disdale’s work.
Accommodation includes a master suite, two VIP cabins and four guest cabins, all with huge bathrooms fitted with baths carved from limestone blocks. The iconic yacht Ice was acclaimed Superyacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards in 2006 and featured in volume 20 of The Superyachts book.
48. Phoenix² | 90.02m (295'4")
Superyacht Phoenix² 90.02m (295'4"), built in 2010, Germany.
On 21 February 2009, Lürssen launched Project J24 in the traditional fashion – down a slipway. Supervised by staff from Moran Yacht & Ship, she was the first yacht to be completed in the new floating dock recently acquired for the Lürssen Rendsburg facility. Andrew Winch Designs has given Phoenix2 very harmonious proportions, and with a length of 87.2 metre and a beam of 13.5 metre, she boasts extraordinary volumes.
Her streamlined and curvaceous white superstructure floats on a dark grey hull. Graphite windows cut through the superstructure accentuated with stainless steel jewellery details at the bow and with her signature staircases. Her delivery occurred in October 2010 but during her first season she was lengthened by three metres and sports a huge stainless-steel eagle on the bow.
Phoenix2 is featured in Volume 25 of The Superyachts.
49. Lauren L | 90m (295'3")
Superyacht Lauren L 90m (295'3"), built in 2002, Germany.
This yacht started life as the 100-passenger mini-cruise vessel Sun Bay 1but before completion she was bought by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian owner of Yukos Oil, who planned to use her as a floating headquarters. He reduced the number of cabins to 25 and used the space thus released to create a conference room and library. At the time this project was completed, he was unable to proceed with his plans, and after unsuccessful attempts to charter the vessel she was offered for sale.
In 2007 she was bought by the late Andreas Liveras, who renamed herLauren L and chartered her for the remainder of the summer. Realising her shortcomings as a charter vessel, Liveras initiated a major refit in Greece over the winter of 2007-8. This remodelled her exterior lines and created a large master suite and a health and beauty spa, while reducing cabin numbers to 20. Her forward areas were remodelled to allow the helicopter pad to be moved to the fore deck from the bridge deck aft, which is now devoted to tenders.
50. Nirvana | 88.5m (290'4")
Superyacht Nirvana 88.5m (290'4"), built in 2012, Netherlands.
Nirvana has naval architecture by Azure Naval Architects and Oceanco’s in-house team, while her exterior lines come from the boards of Australian designer Sam Sorgiovanni. Lloyd’s registered and MCA compliant, this six-deck superyacht, built in steel and aluminium, is ingeniously designed with interconnected interior and exterior areas thanks to large sliding doors that allow guests to be both inside and outside simultaneously.
Sorgiovanni is also responsible for the contemporary interior of Nirvana, an idyllic, life-enhancing yacht. She accommodates 12 guests. The master suite, complete with office, private deck and spa pool, enjoys panoramic views from the foredeck. Five VIP cabins will accommodate the other guests. Special features include a 7.5 metre swimming pool with height adjustable floor.
Nirvana is featured in volume 26 of The Superyachts.
51. Infinity | 88.5m (290'4")
Superyacht Infinity 88.5m (290'4"), built in 2015, Netherlands.
Designed by Azure Naval Architects and the in-house team, Infinity (hull Y710) is another yacht of the Y series with a length of 88.5 metres. Her exterior is by Espen Oeino. Powered by twin 3,600kW MTU engines, she reaches speeds exceeding 18.5 knots. Infinity accommodates 14 guests in a master suite with private exterior deck and whirlpool, two VIP suites and four guest cabins.
52. Asean Lady | 88.15m (289'2")
Superyacht Asean Lady 88.15m (289'8"), built in 2004, China.
Asean Lady is probably the most unusual yacht in this list, being a proa with a high volume main hull and a smaller outrigger hull for stability – a configuration that provides a huge deck space on the main and upper decks. The yacht, built in China and fitted out in Singapore, is owned by Singaporean Brian Chang, who also owns her building yard, while her interior, which features a fine selection of traditional Chinese art and wood carvings, was designed by his wife, Annie.
The owner’s suite and eight guest cabins will accommodate a total of 20, while the 18 crew share nine cabins. Asean Lady, normally berthed at Raffles Marina in Singapore, is able to achieve a top speed of 15 knots, while at the lesser speed of 12 knots she has an amazing range of 10,000nm. She was featured in volume 19 of The Superyachts book.
53. Maltese Falcon | 88m (288'8")
Superyacht Maltese Falcon 88m (288'8"), built in 2006, Turkey.
Built for the American venture capitalist Tom Perkins, and now owned by Elena Ambrosiadou, the three-masted schooner and iconic yachtMaltese Falcon is the second largest sailing yacht after Sea Cloud. Her pioneering Falcon Rig comprises three unstayed carbon-fibre masts whose carbon-fibre yards are fixed to the rotating masts. The 2,396 square metre sails are stored within the mast and set by extending outwards along the yards using automated controls.
The steel hull was originally built by Perini Navi in Tuzla, Turkey, but the project was cancelled. Following its purchase by Perkins, the underwater lines and appendages were modified by Gerard Dijkstra to maximise sailing performance. The yacht has topped 24 knots under sail. The interior by Ken Freivokh is as remarkable as her exterior (which he also drew) – a stunning marriage of industrial chic and hi-tech in which long sight lines and extreme comfort are aligned with a sense of open space. This astounding vessel is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 20.
54. Quattroelle | 88m (288'8")
Superyacht Quattroelle 88m (288'8"), built in 2012, Germany.
'Love, life, liberty and luxury' is found aboard Lürssen's new 88 metre superyacht. Her name, Quattroelle, stands for these four 'Ls.' Quattroelle'skeel was laid mid-September 2010 and transferred to Lürssen yard in June 2011. Launched under her given name in 2012, and now making our list in 2013, Quattroelle, the steel and aluminium beauty, is now spending her time as a charter vessel in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. She was designed to be luxurious and has the usual charter toys in addition to a cinema and an art gallery.
Quattroelle is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 27.
55. Fountainhead | 87.87m (288'3")
Superyacht Fountainhead 87.87m (288'3"), built in 2011, Netherlands.
Feadship Koninklijke De Vries shipyard in Makkum, launchedFountainhead, the third Feadship XL for an east coast US owner. The 87.78 metre motor yacht was designed by De Voogt Naval Architects and features an interior by Sinot Yacht Design. Fountainhead and Musashi (its new sistership) are the largest yachts built by Feadship De Vries to date. The yacht is almost identical to Musashi on the outside, but has a very different interior per her U.S. owners’ interest in antiques and a single master suite.
56. Musashi | 87.78m (288')
Superyacht Musashi 87.78m (288'), built in 2011, Netherlands.
Motor yacht Musashi is the second hull of the 88 metre Feadship XL custom yacht series. Her naval architecture and her exterior design and lines were both created by Feadship’s De Voogt Naval Architects with Sinot Yacht Design taking charge of her interior. Musashi is a yacht where industrial design meets a Japanese aesthetic. She is named after Miyamoto Musashi, a revered Japanese Samurai warrior, which points to her ownership by Oracle’s Larry Ellison.
Her size will allow more port access than his previous yacht, Rising Sun – number 10 on our list – which will be handy when his team defends the America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay. She features two master suites, having converted the upper observation lounge into a stateroom and, of course, a basketball hoop. Four engines turn two shafts or two of the engines can be decoupled for max efficiency.
Musashi is featured in Volume 26 of The Superyachts.
57. Arctic P | 87.58m (287'4")
Superyacht Arctic P 86m (282'2"), built in 1969, Germany.
Arctic P was built in 1969 in Bremerhaven, Germany, as an ice-classed, oceangoing tug for the Bugsier Towing & Salvage Company. Her length of 87.58 metre made her Germany’s largest tug. She was converted into a yacht for the late media baron and casino owner Kerry Packer, formerly Australia’s richest man, at the Malta Drydock Company in 1995 under the project management of the late Claus Kusch, who was also responsible for the conversion of the smaller tug Simson S (now Lone Ranger). The yacht remains in the ownership of Packer’s family. This world-roaming vessel can often be seen in Sydney and is also a regular visitor to the Mediterranean.
58. Kingdom 5KR | 86m (282'2")
Superyacht Kingdom 5KR 86m (282'2"), built in 1980, Italy.
Four famous owners have possessed the 86 metre motor yacht Kingdom 5KR, which started life in 1980 as Nabila, having been built in Viareggio, Italy, by Fratelli Benetti for the Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, who, at the time of her build, was widely reputed to be the world’s richest man. After a decline in Khashoggi’s fortunes, Nabila was for a brief period owned by the Sultan of Brunei. She was then sold to New York property developer Donald Trump, in whose hands she was refitted and renamed Trump Princess.
Current owner Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia renamed her Kingdom 5KR, reputedly representing his company name, lucky number and the initials of his daughter and wife. She is normally berthed at the International Yacht Club in Antibes.
Kingdom 5KR is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 2, as Trump Princess.
59. Seven Seas | 86m (282'2")
Superyacht Seven Seas 86m (282'2"), built in 2010, Netherlands.
Belonging to a famous filmmaker, Seven Seas features a state-of-the-art audio-visual area in the main saloon that includes a 5m x 2m movie format screen, while for entertainment on the main deck aft, an 80-inch television folds down from the deckhead and swivels to accommodate all open-air viewing options. This vast open deck area also offers a 6.5m x 3.5m swimming pool which, at the touch of a button, transforms into a helipad or entertainment area, a feature first seen on the now-famous iconic yachtAlfa Nero.
Six cabins are available for guests, and the master suite is adjoined by a private exterior deck area that incorporates a pool. The contemporary interior features walnut, teak, mahogany and rosewood interspersed with natural materials, fabrics and colours.
60. Ecstasea | 85.95m (282')
Superyacht Ecstaesea 85.95m (282'), built in 2004, Netherlands.
86 metre yacht Ecstasea reaches a top speed of 35 knots propelled by a combination of four MTU 16V4000 diesels (two engines driving each shaft and its variable pitch propeller) and one centrally positioned gas turbine driving a fixed KaMeWa water jet, the largest ever made.
A second feature is that a helicopter can be carried in a garage beneath the helipad on the fore deck. A second helicopter pad, used for day-to-day operations and for visiting aircraft, is positioned on the bridge deck aft. Her interior, by Terence Disdale, is a stunning example of his comfortable and much admired ‘beachside chic’ style. Ecstasea was formerly the smallest but fastest yacht in the ‘Abramovich Navy’, but with the completion of his two new giants, Eclipse and Luna, she now has a new owner.
Ecstasea is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 19.
61. Aquila | 85.6m (280'10")
Superyacht Aquila 85.6m (280'10"), built in 2010, USA.
Launched in time for the 2010 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show from Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the 85.6m superyacht Aquila (ex-Cakewalk) is a full displacement, oceangoing superyacht with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure designed and engineered by Derecktor with the assistance of Azure Naval Architects and BMT Nigel Gee.
By volume, she is the largest yacht ever built in the U.S. The elegant exterior styling is by Tim Heywood while the traditional cherry-lined interior is by Liz Dalton. The yacht, owned by Charles and Diane Gallagher, accommodates 12 guests on main deck with the owners seven-room suite above. She’s operated by 23 crew and carries three custom tenders each over 30 feet LOA.
Aquila (ex-Cakewalk) is featured in volume 25 of The Superyachts.
62. St. Princess Olga | 85.6m (280'10")
Superyacht St. Princess Olga 85.6m (280'10"), built in 2013, Netherlands.
This Oceanco yacht was spotted for the first time in July 2012 as Y708 and took her maiden voyage in February 2013 under her new name, St. Princess Olga. Igor Lobanov designed this lustrous yacht with naval architecture by Azure N.A. She accommodates 14 guests in a master suite and six further guests cabins, configured as two VIP suites with private balconies plus four double staterooms. St. Princess Olga is powered by twin MTU engines from the 20V 4000 M73L series. Producing 3,600kW each, they are projected to achieve a top speed of 20 knots.
63. Sunrays | 85.5m (280'6")
Superyacht Sunrays 85.5m (280'6"), built in 2010, Netherlands.
Delivered in March 2010 by Oceanco, Sunrays, formerly known as yard number Y705, boasts a stylish superstructure designed by the late Bjorn Johansson, who tragically died in a motorcycle accident at the beginning of 2008 at the peak of his career. The interior represents Terence Disdale design at its finest. The large dining room can be converted into a video conference room, while the dining table transforms into an innovative gyroscopic self-levelling pool table. The elegant foldable sea balconies assure guests an unrestricted view when dining.
The upper deck is totally dedicated to the owner and includes a suite with his-and-hers bathrooms and dressing rooms, a private full-beam lounge, an office and a VIP cabin with full-height windows and drop-down bulwark to give excellent sea views. The owner’s private foredeck also hosts a whirlpool spa and sunbathing area, while on the aft deck two round tables can be converted into one large oval dining table seating up to 20 guests.
64. Vibrant Curiosity | 85.47m (280'5")
Superyacht Vibrant Curiosity 85.47m (280'5"), built in 2009, Netherlands.
Delivered at the end of April 2009, this project marks the third time that the talented Italian design house Nuvolari Lenard has been involved with Oceanco and the first time it has been responsible for both the exterior styling and the interior design. The design has many unusual features, including an astonishing atrium that not only provides light for the staircase connecting the main and sun decks but also allows panoramic exterior views.
Vibrant Curiosity's modern interior can best be described as a mixture of luxury and sobriety. Accommodation includes a master suite, a VIP suite with his-and-hers bathrooms, five double VIP suites and two double guest cabins. Guests are looked after by a 26-member crew.
65. Delma | 85.34m (280')
Superyacht Delma 85.34m (280'), built in 2004, Greece.
Delma, formerly Annaliesse, and Moonlight II (ex- Alysia) are sisterships. Fully SOLAS compliant, Delma was launched in 2004 and proved her worth as a charter yacht before being sold to a private buyer. Both yachts can accommodate up to 36 guests in luxury. The owner’s suite has panoramic windows and 110 square metres of deck area, including a children’s/security officers’ cabin.
The remaining accommodation consists of a VIP suite and a further 15 cabins, all of which are on or above the main deck. The lower deck is allocated to health and fitness and offers a huge spa area incorporating saunas, steam rooms, a pool, beauty salon, massage facilities and a Roman bath. The mini-hospital has tele-medical links, while other notable features are a cinema, business centre, children’s day care room, a 6m plunge pool on the sun deck, helicopter landing pad and four large tenders.
Delma is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 18, as Annaliesse.
66. Moonlight II | 85.34m (280')
Superyacht Moonlight II 85.34m (280'), built in 2003, Greece.
The younger sistership to Delma (ex-Annaliesse), Moonlight II was launched as Alysia in 2005. Both vessels were built for the late Greek businessman Andreas Liveras, who over the years owned a series of large yachts that he successfully chartered under the management of Liveras Yachts.
Moonlight II, designed as an exclusive charter vessel, features the same style of impressive health and beauty spa and almost identical facilities asDelma. Fully SOLAS compliant as a passenger vessel, she accommodates up to 36 guests in an owner’s suite, VIP suite and 15 luxurious cabins, and has proved to be a highly popular and successful charter vessel.
67. Pacific | 85.2m (279'6")
Superyacht Pacific 85.2m (279'6"), built in 2010, Germany.
The 85 metre Pacific, formerly known as Project Josi, launched in fall 2010 from the Lürssen shipyard in Vegesack. The unusual exterior styling of the yacht comes from the drawing board of the Argentinean naval architect German Frers, who is known primarily for sailing yachts, while the interior of Pacific was created by Bannenberg & Rowell Design of London. Large glass panels surround the owner’s suite which has a very private area forward.
68. Solandge | 85.1m (279'3")
Superyacht Solandge 85.1m (279'3"), built in 2013, Germany.
Launched in June 2013, the 85.1 metre Solandge (formerly Project Niki) has left Lürssen’s Rendsburg yard in November 2013 to head to Stavanger in Norway. Solandge is designed by Espen Øino. Built in steel and aluminium, she has a beam of 13.8m.
New to the world’s charter fleet, she can accommodate 12 guests in eight cabins with a dedicated deck for the owner. Her crew is composed of 29 crew members in 15 cabins. The contemporary interior, designed by Aileen Rodriguez, has classical touches and a mix a rare materials including 49 stone selections and 33 exotic woods.
During her sea trials, she reached a top speed of 18 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots, and she has a range of 6,000 nautical miles at that speed.
69. Valerie | 85.1m (279'3")
Superyacht Valerie 85.1m (279'3"), built in 2011, Germany.
Under the supervision of Moran Yacht & Ship, Lurssen launched Valerie, formerly known as Project Firebird, at the end of March 2011 from their facility in Rendsburg. The 85 metre Valerie’s exterior of was designed by Espen Øino International and the yacht’s interior was designed by London-based Reymond Langton Design.
70. Ace | 85m (278'10")
Superyacht Ace 85m (278'10"), built in 2012, Germany.
The 85 metre superyacht Ace, previously known as Project Rocky, was recently launched and delivered from Lürssen’s Rendsburg yard. Designed by Andrew Winch Designs both inside and out, this yacht has an unusual profile with large side arches surmounted by oval side balconies. Her ‘classic’ interior accommodates 12 guests in six cabins over five decks.
71. EOS | 82.6m (271')
Superyacht EOS 82.6m (271'), built in 2006, Germany.
Few details are known about this schooner, which was built in Germany under conditions of great secrecy for her American owner, the television pioneer, film maker and Internet mogul Barry Diller. EOS' length is often quoted as being longer than the 82.6m figure used in this list but, in accordance with general practice, we do not believe that her bowsprit should be included in her overall length. EOS was refitted at Royal Huisman in 2011.
72. O'Mega | 82.5m (270'8")
Superyacht O'Mega 82.5m (270'8"), built in 1985, Japan.
In the early years of this century many yacht owners invested serious money in larger vessels due to increased charter demand in this sector of the market. The 82.5 metre motor yacht O’Mega, whose hull was constructed in Japan in 1985, was converted to a superyacht in Greece to the design of Giorgio Vafiadis.
With Bureau Veritas classification, Greek registration and compliant to SOLAS regulations for 36 passengers, she offers accommodation for 32 guests. Facilities include a conference room, a gymnasium, spa, yoga and Pilates studio, and beauty and massage parlours. She was refitted again in 2009 following her sale, and upgraded in many areas.
O’Mega is featured in Volume 18 of The Superyachts and Refits 2013.
73. Secret | 82.48m (270'7")
Superyacht Secret 82.48m (270'7"), built in 2013, Germany.
Not much is known about Secret, but the 82.3 metre superyacht was built by Abeking & Rasmussen and delivered in May 2013. Burgess placed the build order for repeat customers who brought in their own designer, Jim Harris, to style the new Secret similarly to their last Secret (now Majestic), a 61.2 metre Feadship.
74. Basrah Breeze | 82m (269')
Superyacht Basrah Breeze 82m (269'), built in 1981, Denmark.
Displacing some 1,660 tonnes at full load, this Danish-built yacht was constructed for Saddam Hussein, who named her Qadissayat Saddamafter an historic Iraqi military victory, but she remained undelivered due to war. She was handed over to Saudi Arabia in 1988 and renamed Al Yamamah. She later bore the name Ocean Breeze, and it is understood that her ownership has since been transferred to the Iraqi state and that she has been renamed Basrah Breeze. Having failed to sell her for a reported asking price of $30m in January 2009, Iraq has so far made no statement regarding her future use. When last reported, the yacht was in Basra.
Builder & naval architecture:Helsingor Vaerft
Former names:Al Yamamah, Ocean Breeze, Qadissiyat Saddam
75. Graceful | 82m (269')
Superyacht Graceful 82m (269'), built in 2014, Germany.
The original hull was built by Sevmash in Russia and was shipped to Bremen Germany in 2010. Boat International was the first to release details on superyacht Graceful in May 2012 when the 82 metre hull hit the water and was towed to Blohm + Voss in Hamburg for completion and fitting out of the 2,500 gross ton yacht.
Exterior and interior styling come from UK-based H2 Yacht Design, and the she has been fitted out over the past 18 months in close cooperation between the builder, owner and project manager Dörries Maritime Services. Graceful will accommodate up to 14 guests in a duplex-style master suite that features a folding balcony, two VIP staterooms and three additional guest suites.
The owner selected Blohm + Voss to complete Graceful’s complex design brief, including an unusual 15m by 3m indoor swimming pool, which can be converted to a dancefloor by raising the floor of the pool. Graceful also boasts a large helipad on her upper deck.
Lloyd’s registered and MCA compliant, Graceful is projected to have a top speed of 17.6 knots and a range of 5,500 nautical miles.
76. Sarafsa | 82m (269')
Superyacht Sarafsa 82m (269'), built in 2008, UK.
Sarafsa was delivered in early 2008 to an owner who is thought to be a member of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family – reportedly Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud, who named it after his daughter Sara Fahed Sultan Al Saud (Sara F S A). The four-year build at Devonport Yachts in Plymouth, UK, was cloaked in secrecy. Project management by large yacht specialists Royale Oceanic included all commercial, legal and technical aspects, with its sister company Burness Corlett Three Quays providing naval architecture and marine engineering support.
The hull, which features side-opening shell doors and a sea-level side boarding platform, was built at Devonport’s Appledore Shipyard in North Devon and moved to Plymouth, on the south coast, for finishing. The interior, designed by Andrew Winch Designs, borrows elements from the grand hotels of Italy. Within her six-deck structure is a glass-topped atrium and a ‘winter garden’-style dining room on the upper deck that can be open or enclosed with sliding glass screens.
77. Kibo | 81.80m (268'4")
Superyacht Kibo 81.80m (268'4"), built in 2014, Germany.
Kibo (hull 6497) is the second-largest yacht ever built by the German yard.Boat International had the exclusive feature on the 81.8 metre Kibo when she launched this year. She is designed to last rather than for flash, but with design by Disdale, is completely striking nonetheless.
78. Alfa Nero | 81.27m (266'8'')
Superyacht Alfa Nero 81.27m (266'8"), built in 2011, Netherlands.
The iconic yacht Alfa Nero has some innovative features, the most notable of which is a ‘beach club’ on the aft deck conceived by Carlo Nuvolari. It incorporates a huge swimming pool with a glass aft end over which the overflow water pours. The floor of the swimming pool can be raised (retaining the water in the pool) to give it a safer depth for children, or completely raised to the level of the surrounding deck to become either a dance floor or a helicopter landing pad. A gym and massage room are located on the uppermost deck.
The interior, by Alberto Pinto, blends elegant understatement with pop art and features a staircase that wraps around a glass lift shaft. The accommodation for an owner’s party of 12 includes a master suite (with two dressing rooms, a huge spa pool-fitted bathroom and an office that can be converted to a family cabin), two VIP suites and three further guest cabins. Alfa Nero is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 21.
79. Air | 81.00m (265'9")
Superyacht Air 81m (265'9"), built in 2011, Netherlands.
Designed by De Voogt Naval Architects, the 82 metre Air features a beautiful modern interior designed by French designer Rémi Tessier. Air offers accommodation for up to 12 guests, in seven suites, including a stunning split level master cabin. Amongst her features are a sun deck pool and gym, a lift to all decks, massage & steam rooms and a fully certified helipad.
80. Nero | 80.83m (265'2'')
Superyacht Nero 80.83m (265'2"), built in 2008, China.
Nero is a modern classic yacht whose design inspiration comes from the classic motor yacht Corsair IV, built in 1930 by the Bath Iron Works in Maine, USA, for the banker J P Morgan. Although she was wrecked many years ago, Corsair IV lives on in yachting legend as the subject of a famous riposte: when Morgan was asked about the cost of maintaining his yacht, he replied, ‘If you have to ask how much it costs, then you can’t afford it!’ – a farsighted comment that remains valid today.
Nero was constructed in China, the build being managed by an outside team of specialists who used the yard as sub-contractors, while the owner himself oversaw her exterior styling and splendidly traditional interior, which offers accommodation for 10 to 12 in a master suite, two large VIP suites and two twin/double cabins. The yacht is available for charter in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. She is featured in Volume 23 of The Superyachts.
81. Bart Roberts | 80.77m (265')
Superyacht Bart Roberts 80.77m (265'), built in 1963, Canada.
Built in 1963 as the Canadian Coastguard ice class vessel Narwhal, this yacht was put up for sale by closed bid by the Canadian authorities in 2002, complete with a huge inventory of spares. There were only two bidders – the Russian government and Arnie Gemino, a Floridian with business interests in the aviation industry. To his surprise, Gemino won the auction, and his company, Tradepower International, managed the conversion of the vessel into a SOLAS-approved 36-passenger charter yacht with a flamboyant buccaneering theme, for which her new name ofBart Roberts – a notorious pirate – is eminently suitable. She is featured inVolume 16 of The Superyachts.
82. Norge | 80.16m (263')
Superyacht Norge 80.16m (263'), built in 1937, UK.
Aircraft manufacturer Thomas Sopwith commissioned this yacht as a tender for his pre-war America’s Cup challenge with the J-Class yachtEndeavour. One of her duties was to carry Endeavour’s racing rig across the Atlantic while Endeavour (which was required by the America’s Cup rules to cross the Atlantic on her own bottom) made the passage under sail with a reduced rig. The yacht’s main deck still has the long, straight fore-and-aft passageway designed to accommodate Endeavour’s racing mast.
Post-war, Norge was bought by the Norwegian people as a gift for King Haakon. The yacht has since served his successors. She is crewed by the Norwegian Navy and frequently attends regattas as the mothership to King Harald’s racing yachts – the original purpose for which she was built.
83. Golden Odyssey | 80.15m (263')
Superyacht Golden Odyssey 80.15m (263'), built in 1990, Germany.
This yacht is owned by Saudi Arabian Prince Khaled bin Sultan, the country’s deputy Defence Minister, son of the Crown Prince, and a leading player in the second Gulf War. He is a keen oceanographer and diver who set up the Living Oceans Foundation, and generously makes the yacht available for oceanographic research voyages. Guests will no doubt be intrigued by the huge aquarium in the dining saloon which contains a living coral reef as well as a superb collection of tropical fish.
Prince Khaled also maintains the smaller yacht Golden Shadow, which, as her name suggests, accompanies Golden Odyssey on her voyages, providing additional accommodation and scientific laboratories and carrying scientific equipment and support craft while acting as a general support vessel. A replacement yacht is currently in design.
84. Amevi | 80m (262'6")
Superyacht Amevi 80m (262'6"), built in 2007, Netherlands.
The first of Oceanco’s ‘new generation’ of yachts, Amevi was launched in mid-October 2006 and delivered to her owner, reportedly the steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, for the summer season of 2007. Distinctive, sleek and elegant, Amevi was styled by the Italian design partnership Nuvolari-Lenard, which also drew the interior layout.
Her interior design is by the acclaimed Paris-based designer Alberto Pinto, who has created a luxurious interior in which relaxation is assured regardless of whether one is attired in formal clothes or a bathing suit. Accommodation includes a master suite, three VIP cabins and four further guest cabins, two of which are doubles and two twins. Run by a crew of 27, the yacht is fitted with Rolls-Royce at-anchor stabilisation.
85. Chopi Chopi | 80m (262'6")
Superyacht Chopi Chopi 80m (262'6"), built in 2013, Italy.
The steel and aluminium displacement yacht Chopi Chopi is the largest ever launched by CRN, the Ferretti Group’s top-end superyacht brand, and its significance was underlined by the presence of Tan Xuguang, chairman of the Ferretti Group.
Studio Laura Sessa was responsible for the yacht’s interior design and furnishings, and Studio Zuccon International Project penned the exterior lines and interior layout. Studio founder Giovanni Zuccon describes the yacht’s lines as ‘non-aggressive and well proportioned’ and also notes that the design, ‘becomes more and more complex from bottom to top. It will be recognised from far away.’
From the full-beam main saloon a staircase leads aft and down to a garage for a Riva Iseo (the yacht carries two other tenders, a rescue boat and two jet skis) then a gym, sauna, and massage room for guests. Forward of the main saloon is a lobby, with an entrance starboard and glass lift to port.
Forward again, a corridor comprises a series of family cabins – the wood and colour scheme of each chosen by the person who will use it. They include a cabin with fold-down balcony and a full-beam cabin forward, as well as an enormous study. Upstairs is a full-beam upper saloon – like the main saloon, this features a huge flat screen television – while aft is a lobby with a light-up onyx bar.
This leads on to a full beam dining saloon with floor-to-ceiling windows on either side that open up to make the space feel very airy. Up again is the 270 square metre owner’s deck with a TV room, small guest/staff cabin, hairdressing room, massage room, forward owner’s cabin with 180 degree windows and an elaborate bathroom. In total the yacht offers 1,200 square metres of owner and guest areas for 12 guests (including owners) who will be attended by 33 crew and staff.
Deck spaces are as generous as you’d expect for a yacht of this size, including a private terrace with a spa pool forward of the owner’s suite and a sundeck with swimming pool. She has two Caterpillar 3516B-C engines offering 1640Kw at 1600 rpm, giving a top speed of 16 knots and cruising speed of 15 knots, with a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.
86. Constellation | 80m (262'6")
Superyacht Constellation 80m (262'6"), built in 1999, Netherlands.
Constellation is one of two identical sisterships built for two members of the ruling family of the Gulf State Qatar. Her hull was built in Durban, South Africa, by Southern African Shipyards, and, following shipment to Holland, she was completed by Oceanco in Alblasserdam.
87. Stargate | 80m (262'6")
Superyacht Stargate 80m (262'6"), built in 2001, Netherlands.
Owned by Sheikh Hamad ibn Khalifah Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar,Stargate, like her sistership Constellation, has accommodation consisting of a sumptuous owner’s suite, four VIP suites and six guest cabins.
88. Athena | 79.25m (260')
Superyacht Athena 79.25m (260'), built in 2004, Netherlands.
Designed in the 1930s style of the Golden Age of yachting, the iconic yachtAthena was built by the Royal Huisman Shipyard in Holland. This fore-and-aft rigged yacht, built for US software developer Jim Clark, has a traditional clipper bow and counter stern and three closed decks.
Her traditionally panelled interior, designed by Beeldsnijder and Bradley, matches her classic exterior lines and locates the owner’s suite aft on the lower deck, next to the four guest cabins. The saloon and dining room are on the main deck and a sky lounge is located on the upper deck. Despite such traditionalism, the 1,080-tonne displacement yacht has state-ofthe-art sailing and internal systems. She has attained 19 knots under sail.
89. Al Diriyah | 78.65m (258')
Superyacht Al Diriyah 78.65m (258'), built in 1960, Japan.
Al Diriyah is reported to be owned by Saudi Arabian Sheik Ahmed Yamani, the former Saudi oil minister who was instrumental in establishing the 1973 oil embargo. The yacht is named after a historic site in the former capital of Saudi Arabia.
90. Pegasus V | 78.6m (257'10")
Superyacht Pegasus V 78.6m (257'10"), built in 2003, Denmark.
Designed by the Monaco-based naval architect Espen Øino for Mexican businessman Carlos Peralta Quintero, Princess Mariana which has now been sold and re-named Pegasus V, features interior design by François Zuretti. Built to Lloyd’s standards and MCA regulations, this twin screw displacement motor yacht has six decks and six watertight compartments, a beam of 14.4 metre and a draught of 4.5 metre.
The stern compartment, where the two tenders are stored, can be flooded, allowing the tenders to drive out through the transom door. With the tenders removed and the door closed, the tender bay becomes a huge swimming pool flanked by a shaded ‘beach’ that is extended by two further downward-opening doors in the yacht’s sides that let in the fresh air and light.
The hull is constructed of welded steel, while the superstructure is made of composites. The range of this truly oceangoing yacht is reported to be in the region of 7,000nm. She is featured in Volume 18 of The Superyachts asPrincess Mariana.
91. Delphine | 78.57m (257'9")
Superyacht Delphine 78.57m (257'9"), built in 1921, USA.
Automobile manufacturing mogul Horace Dodge named Delphine after his daughter, and his motor yacht was a familiar sight around Detroit and Chicago in the 1920s. She was equipped with an unusual quadruple steam expansion engine designed by her owner, which gave her an impressive top speed of 15 knots. During World War II she served as the flagship of Admiral King, the Commander-in-Chief of the US Fleet.
Laid up in 1962, she was bought by the Seafarers International Union for use as a headquarters ship but fell into disrepair in the early 1990s. She was later acquired by a Singapore company which planned to convert her into a mini-cruise liner for Asian waters, but this sale fell through. Happily, she was purchased by a Belgian woman, Ineke Bruynooghe, and a thorough restoration and conversion brought both the yacht and her original steam engines back to new condition. She is now for sale. The only surviving steam-powered superyacht, Delphine is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 17.
92. Hampshire II | 78.5m (257'6'')
Superyacht Hampshire II 78.5m (257'6"), built in 2002, Netherlands.
Built for an experienced owner who is also a great sports and action lover,Hampshire II features a helicopter landing platform on the foredeck, finished in teak, which can be transformed into a playing field for basketball, tennis, baseball, badminton and football – with a giant net placed round the deck to keep the ball in play. Thrill seekers can take the lift up to the crow’s nest and then shoot down a zip wire to the water.
The contemporary exterior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon and Feadship incorporates balconies on either side as seating terraces for the owners. Split-levels maximise interior volume and deck space, while an extraordinary beach club is created with side platforms in addition to the swim platform at the transom. Finished in driftwood style, the whole area is connected with the deck above via a skylight surrounded by seating on main deck.
93. Tueq | 78.47m (257'5'')
Superyacht Tueq 78.47m (257'5"), built in 2003, Netherlands.
The construction of this yacht for a Saudi Arabian – purportedly Prince Salman bin Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd al-Rahman, a nephew of the current king – was project-managed by Athens-based SETE Yachts. The bulk of the construction was undertaken in Holland, where the hull was built in a commercial shipyard. All other aspects of the build were completed by sub-contractors, including the interior joinery, which was undertaken by manufacturers in Greece, Germany and Holland.
The result is a high-quality yacht that accommodates an owner’s party of 30, attended by 21 crew. Lengthened by 6.67 metres in 2006/7 by PrivatSea Projects and Azure Naval Architects, she has recently rocketed up this list. The traditionally panelled interior offers accommodation for 30 guests in six double and 10 twin cabins, eight of which are on the main deck. The main deck carries a small dining room, but the main dining area is aft on the bridge deck. Tueq has a top speed of 19 knots and cruises at 16 knots. She is featured in Volume 16 of The Superyachts.
Naval architecture:De Voogt
Interior design:Mick Leach
94. Amaryllis | 78.43m (257'4")
Superyacht Amaryllis 78.43m (257'4"), built in 2011, Germany.
Delivered in November 2011, the spectacular 78 metre Abeking & Rasmussen built Amaryllis is filled with timeless elegance due to the owner’s deep appreciation for the Belle Époque, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. This admiration was the basis of the brief given to Reymond Langton Design who created both interior and exterior looks. The result is a work of art, featuring a unique collection of loose furniture and wall panels by Silverlining.
Amaryllis accommodates 12 guests with an owner’s deck including private terrace and vast panoramic windows. There is an inspired VIP suite and four spacious guest cabins, all include specialist lighting design. The sun deck features a 5 metre pool and on the lower deck, a full gym opens onto the sea spa.
95. C2 | 78.43m (257'4")
Superyacht C2 78.43m (257'4"), built in 2009, Germany.
Some builds are kept secret from the public until the moment they are launched, and this yacht, a near sistership to Eminence, is an example. Practically nothing is known about her other than she was named C2, that she was launched in 2010, and this is the first yacht project for her interior designer. Although her superstructures are vastly different, C2, Eminence,Amaryllis and Titan share the same hull platform and powertrain.
96. Eminence | 78.43m (257'4")
Superyacht Eminence 78.43m (257'4"), built in 2008, Germany.
Built for American businessman and experienced yacht owner Herb Chambers, this yacht was to be named Excellence IV, but he never took delivery as the project was sold in late 2007 when close to completion. She was launched in March 2008 as Eminence.
Among numerous notable features, she offers vast deck areas, a circular lift that serves five decks, and a stunning inside/outside dining room encircled with glass doors. She has accommodation for 14 guests in the master cabin, two VIP suites and four guest cabins. Eminence is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 22.
97. Titan | 78.43m (257'4")
Superyacht Titan 78.43m (257'4"), built in 2010, Germany.
With her name revealed as Titan, Abeking and Rasmussen’s grey-hulled build number 6483 is the third yacht in the series that includes the beige-hulled Eminence and the blue-hulled C2. Exterior styling and interior design for all three yachts is by the London-based partnership Reymond Langton Designs.
Some slight modifications to this latest yacht for her Russian owner include the design of the sun deck and radar mast, while the presence of large doors on the sides of the forward full-beam area are probably side garages for her tenders. She was delivered late summer 2010.
98. M5 | 78.4m (257'3")
Superyacht M5 78.40m (257'3"), built in 2004, UK.
Built by VT (formerly Vosper Thorneycroft) in Southampton, England, and displacing some 780 tonnes (165 tonnes of which is the keel) M5 (the iconic yacht ex- Mirabella V) is the world’s largest sloop and one of the most advanced sailing superyachts afloat. Designed by Ron Holland for Joe Vittoria, an American yachtsman well known for his smaller Mirabellaand Mirabella III sloops which were built in a yard he established in Thailand, she primarily served as a charter vessel, accommodating 14 guests.
Apart from the luxurious full-beam master suite, there are six double cabins, a saloon, dining room, gymnasium and sauna. Her carbon-fibre mast is the world’s tallest, towering 88.3m and carrying approximately 3,717 square metres of sail. M5 is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 18.
Renamed M5 following a recent sale, the yacht was refitted at Pendennis where she has a new interior designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon, and a stern extension of 3.2 metres.
99. TV | 78.40m (257'3")
Superyacht TV 78.40m (257'3"), built in 2008, Germany.
Built as Madsummer, this five-deck vessel has tremendous interior volume. The sun deck features a large oval spa pool, a rectangular swimming pool with built-in current, a bar, barbecue, outside dining, pantry and dayhead/shower. On the upper deck, the owner enjoys a large suite that has panoramic views and opens on to a private deck with its own spa pool and seating area.
The guest accommodations are all on the main deck, including a twin cabin and four VIP cabins with tall windows and a children’s cabin, each sporting a colour theme that even extends to the choice of books. On the lower deck, a comprehensive health centre incorporates a fully equipped gym, sauna, massage room and beauty room. She is run by 24 crew.
100. Venus | 78.2m (256'7")
Superyacht Venus 78.2m (256'7"), built in 2012, Netherlands.
A 78 metre aluminum yacht engineered by De Voogt Naval Architects with styling by Philippe Starck was christened Venus on Sunday, October 28th 2012 at Feadship’s De Vries yard in Aalsmeer, Holland when she floated out of the building hall for completing.
The christening followed a private party with the workers and the owner inside the drydock on Saturday. Although the yacht is widely purported to be the vessel begun by the late American Apple founder Steve Jobs, Feadship’s management has steadfastly declined to comment on the project. Rumours of her amazing use of glass are now borne out.
Construction began in 2009 and the false top deck hiding her communication and television receivers is noted in the new book by Boat International Media, Megayachts 2013.