Top 100 Yachts From BI

1. Eclipse

162.5m (533’2″) | 2010

After five years of intensive design, development and construction, Eclipse left 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 56m 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 16m 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.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Blohm + Voss
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Terence Disdale


2. Dubai

162m (531’6″) | 2006

Originally commissioned by Prince Jefri of Brunei, the project was suspended in 1998 with just the bare hull and partially complete superstructure. It was eventually sold to the Dubai government, and is now the royal yacht of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.Dubai accommodates 24 guests and features a swimming pool, a cinema, a disco, a gymnasium, a landing platform for a Blackhawk helicopter and a garage for the yacht’s submarine.Dubai was featured in volume 23 of The Superyachts book

  • Builders: Blohm + Voss / Lürssen (2003) / Platinum Yachts (2006)
  • Naval architecture: Blohm + Voss / Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Andrew Winch
  • Interior design: Platinum Yachts


3. Al SaId

155m (508’6″) | 2008

Shrouded in secrecy, little is known about this huge, beige-painted yacht that was formerly codenamed Sunflower by her builder, Lürssen. Named Al Saïd at her launch, she was delivered to her owner, the Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id Al Saïd of Oman, in March 2008.

She has six decks and features a helipad, a cinema and a concert hall that can accommodate a 50-strong orchestra. Her majestic interior, classically panelled in wood, offers huge entertaining and reception spaces and can accommodate 65 guests. She is reported to have a complement of 150 crew. Her home port is Muscat, Oman.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon


4. Prince Abdulaziz

147m (482’4″) | 1984

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.

  • Builder: Helsingør Værft
  • Naval architecture: Maierform
  • Interior design: David Hicks
  • Former names: Abdulaziz

5. El Horriya

145.7m (478′) | 1865

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 12.1m in 1872, when her paddle wheels were removed, and by a further 5.2m in 1905. Her last major rebuild was in 1950.

El Horriya was the Egyptian representative at the Bicentennial Fleet Review in New York harbour in 1976, 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.

  • Builder: Samuda Brothers
  • Former names: Mahroussa

6. Al Salamah

139.29m (457′) | 1999

Al Salamah

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 139.29m, a massive beam of 23.50m, 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 is 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 refitt
ed by Lürssen in 2007.

  • Builders: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft / Lürssen
  • Naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Terence Disdale


7. Rising Sun

138m (452’9″) | 2005

Rising Sun | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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 18m during construction (her project name was LE120, rather indicating an original length of 120m) to ensure she was larger than the 126.2m Octopus belonging 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 4×4 vehicle ashore.

  • Builder: Lürssen
  • Naval architecture: Jon Bannenberg
  • Interior design: Laura Seccombe

8. Serene

133.9m (439’4″) | 2011

Serene | photo courtesy of Fincantieri

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.

  • Builder: Fincantieri
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: Espen Oeino
  • Interior design: Reymond Langton

9. Al Mirqab

133.2m (437′) | 2008

Al Mirqab | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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.

  • Builder: Kusch Yachts
  • Naval architecture: SDC / Kusch Yachts
  • Exterior styling: Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: Andrew Winch

10. Octopus

126.18m (414′) | 2003

Octopus | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Octopus is the most recently built yacht of Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft, who also owns the 92.38m Tatoosh and the 60.6m Méduse.

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 20m 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 55.78m superyachtHanse together with its berth – he kept the berth and immediately sold Hanse, which has now been renamed Insignia.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Oeino
  • Interior design: Jonathan Quinn Barnett / Sam Sorgiovanni

11. Katara

124.4m (408’2″) | 2010

Katara | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Known as Project Crystal by her builder, this 124 metre yacht’s name has been unveiled as Katara. She was built by the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen and spent her first full season in the Caribbean. She has one helipad and carries both her tenders and her SOLAS rescue boats in davits port and starboard. She flies a Qatari flag, which means her name is more likely a translation of the word for “celebration” than a reference to the female water bender in the film, Avatar, although that works, too.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino


12. Savarona

124.28m (407’9″) | 1931

Savarona | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Savarona was built in 1931 for Emily Roebling Cadwalader, granddaughter of John A. Roebling who designed the Brooklyn Bridge. In 1937 she was purchased as the presidential yacht of Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. Following his death, she was passed on to the Turkish Navy and her condition deteriorated.

In 1989 she was leased from the Turkish government by Kahraman Sadikoglu, who spent $35 million on her refurbishment, including the replacement of her original steam turbines with modern diesel engines. Available for charter, her guests have included the Sultan of Brunei, King Juan C
arlos of Spain, Princess Diana, Valentino and Tom Cruise.

  • Builders: Blohm + Voss (1931) / Kahraman Sadikoglu (1992)
  • Naval architecture: Cox & Stevens (1931)
  • Interior design: Donald Starkey (1992)


13. Alexander 121.95m

(400’1″) | 1965


This yacht started life in 1965 as the passenger vessel Regina Maris. After several changes of ownership she was converted to a yacht for the late Greek shipping tycoon John S Latsis and renamed Alexander.

Extensively refitted in 1985 and again in 1998, she accommodates up to 60 guests and is equipped with a helipad, a swimming pool and spa, a gymnasium, a full-size disco bar, a 27-seat cinema, a beauty salon and a mini-hospital.

  • Builder & naval architecture: Flender-Werft


14. A

119m (390’5″) | 2008

A | photo by Martin Francis

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 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

  • Builder: Blohm + Voss
  • Naval architecture: Francisdesign
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Philippe Starck


15. Turama

116.4m (381’11”) | 1990


Named after a river in Borneo, this vessel 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’s accommodation 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 CaravelleSally CaravelleDelfin Caravelle


16. Issham al-Baher

115.76m (379’9″) | 1973

Issham al-Baher | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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 of Al 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 thatIssham al-Baher remains a state-funded vessel as the crossover between state and private funding among the Saudi royal family is unclear.

  • Builder: Hellenic Shipyards
  • Naval architecture: Maierform
  • Exterior styling: Cesar Pinnau
  • Former names: Al SalamahPrince AbdulazizAtlantis


17. Atlantis II

115.76m (380′) | 1981

Atlantis II | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

It is said that Stavros Niarchos, the shipping magnate, built Atlantis II to outdo his rival Aristotle Onassis in the yacht-owning stakes. Some 16.7m longer than Onassis’s Christina (now Christina O), Atlantis II was built by Hellenic Shipyards in Skaramanga, Greece, in 1981. She is, incidentally, the near sister-ship of the former Saudi Arabian royal yacht Issham al-Baher, which was originally launched as Atlantis.

Accommodating 25 guests in great comfort, she boasts a helicopter, a hangar and a swimming pool with a rising floor that converts to a disco. Still owned by the Niarchos family, she is usually moored in Monaco.

  • Builder: Hellenic Shipyards
  • Naval architecture: Maierform
  • Exterior styling: Cesar Pinnau
  • Interior design: Michael Sumner


18. Luna

115m (377’4″) | 2010

Luna | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Luna was built for Roman Abramovich as an upgraded replacement for his former exploration yacht Le Grand Bleu, always a favourite among his many yachts. Luna, ice classed and built to the highest possible standards, features six decks and a rapid launching and recovery tender system on her stern, similar to that found aboard the 57m Senses, but for a significantly larger tender.

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.

  • Builder: Lloyd Werft / Stahlbau Nord
  • Naval architecture: Blue Ocean Yacht Management
  • Exterior styling: Newcruise – Yacht Projects & Design
  • Interior design: Donald Starkey


19. Pelorus

114.5m (375’8″) | 2003

Pelorus | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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

  • Builder & naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: Terence Disdale


20. Le Grand Bleu

112.8m (370’1″) | 2010

Le Grand Bleu | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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 22m Dubois-designed sailing yacht, Bellatrix; a 21m Guy Couach motor yacht; two 11m, 60-knot Buzzi sports boats; and a landing craft to carry a 4×4 Land Rover used for excursions ashore.

  • Builder: Bremer Vulkan
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: Kusch Yachts
  • Interior design: Di Pilla


21. Dilbar

110m (360’11”) | 2008

Dilbar | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Formerly known as Project Opal, this 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 with a highly efficient diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion system. She is the world’s first yacht to have particle filters fitted to the main engine exhausts as well as to her generating sets. Built to the rules of Germanischer Lloyd, Dilbar has a reported top speed of 21 knots.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: Alberto Pinto


22. Radiant

110m (360’11”) | 2009

Radiant | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

A sister to DilbarRadiant 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.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: Glen Pushelberg


23. Lady Moura

104.85m (376’10”) | 1990

Lady Moura | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Lady Moura is owned by Dr Nasser al-Rashid, the billionaire founder of Rashid Engineering and adviser to the Saudi Royal Family.

Notable features include a beach resort complete with sand, a large pool with a retractable roof, a Sikorsky S76B helicopter, and a 24m-long dining table made by Viscount Linley, nephew to Queen Elizabeth II. She has six decks and carries a crew of 61. Easily recognisable and usually moored in Monaco harbour, her name and escutcheon are carved in 24 carrat gold.

  • Builder: Blohm + Voss
  • Naval architecture: Diana Yacht Design
  • Exterior styling: Luigi Sturchio
  • Interior design: Di Pilla


24. Loaloat al-Behar

103.85m (340’9″) | 1982

Loaloat al-Behar

The Navy of the Sultanate of Oman used to operate this yacht as a Royal Yacht, until she was superseded by the new Al Saïd. She was built in 1982 by the Italian Picchiotti yard (which is now owned by Perini Navi) and she displaces some 3,250 tons at full load. Since the new version arrived, she has been renamed Loaloat al-Behar and has variously been described as being used as a navy training ship or as having been presented to the Oman Ministry of Tourism. It is believed she is still used as a state yacht on occasion.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Pichiotti
  • Interior design: Omani Royal Yacht Squadron


25. Attessa

IV 100.89m (331′) | 1999

Attessa IV | photo courtesy of Ted McCumber

Attessa IV (originally named Evergreen) was built for Yung-Fa Chang, chairman of the Taiwan-b
ased 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, which includes an office and private sitting room, while an additional 14 cabins accommodate another 26 guests. The yacht, which has a top speed of 22.6 knots and a cruising speed of 21.6 knots, was acquired by American businessman Dennis Washington and lengthened during a refit at his Vancouver Shipyard.

Both bow and stern were modified and major changes introduced, including ‘pop-out’ deck extensions and a new top deck. The interior renovations were equally extensive, including the installation of a full spa on the lower deck and a new uppermost deck that features a large hanging glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. She was a winner at the World Superyacht Awards in 2011 in the rebuild category.

Evergreen was featured in volume 13 of The Superyachts book.

  • Builder: Hayashikane Zosen
  • Naval architecture: Diana Yacht Design
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Glade Johnson (Refit)
  • Former name: Evergreen


26. Christina O

99.14m (325’3″) | 1943

Christina O | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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. Purchased by a consortium that includes an Irish bank and Greek interests and renamed Christina O, 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. The yacht is available for charter and was featured in volume 15 of The Superyachts book.

  • Builder: Canadian Vickers (1943) / HDW (1954)
  • Designer: Cesar Pinnau (conversion)
  • Former names: ArgoChristina, HMCS Stormont


27. Carinthia VII

97.2m (318’11”) | 2002

Carinthia VII

Considerable secrecy masked the construction of Carinthia 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 pupil 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. Her four 9,925hp MTU diesels are reported to drive the yacht to a maximum speed of 26 knots.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Tim Heywood


28. Sea Cloud

96.35m (316’1″) | 1931

Sea Cloud | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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.

  • Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft
  • Naval architecture: Cox & Stevens
  • Former names: AngelitaAntarnaHussar IIPatria


29. Limitless

96.25m (315’9″) | 1997

Limitless | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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, 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.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Jon Bannenberg / Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: Catroux


30. Palladium

96m (315′) | 2010

Palladium | photo courtesy of Michael Leach Design

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.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Blohm + Voss
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Michael Leach


31. Indian Empress

95m (311’8″) | 2000

Indian Empress | photo courtesy of Oceanco

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 47m motor yacht Kalizma, once owned by film stars Richard and Elizabeth Burton, while his previous yachts include the 49.8m Indian Achiever (now Alta Vida) and the 55m 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.

  • Builder: Oceanco
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling / interior design: The ‘A’ Group
  • Former names: Al Mirqab


32. Mayan Queen

IV 93.25m (305’11”) | 2008

Mayan Queen IV | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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 recently sold his earlier vessel, the 49m Feadship–Van Lent Mayan Queen (now Marion Queen). 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.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Blohm + Voss
  • Exterior styling: Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: Terence Disdale


33. Tatoosh

92.42m (303’3″) | 2000

Tatoosh | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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 12m speedboat and a Frers-designed 13m 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.

  • Builder: Nobiskrug
  • Naval architecture: Kusch Yachts
  • Exterior styling: Studio Acht
  • Interior design: Terence Disdale


34. Dubawi

90.6m (297’3″) | 1989

Dubawi | photo by Bugsy Gedlek

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 5m 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


35. Nahlin

90.22m (296′) | 1930


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 renamedLibertatea, 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, 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.

  • Builder: John Brown & Co (1930) / Blohm + Voss (2009)
  • Naval architecture: GL Watson & Co
  • Interior design: Rémi Tessier (rebuild)
  • Former names: LibertateaLuceaf


36. Ice

90.1m (295’7″) | 2005

Ice | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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 Dis


37. Phoenix²

90.01m (295’4″) | 2010

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 87.2m and a beam of 13.5m, 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 meters.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Andrew Winch


38. Lauren

L 90m (295’3″) | 2002

Lauren L

This yacht started life as the 100-passenger mini-cruise vessel Sun Bay 1 but 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 her Lauren 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.

  • Builder: Cassens Werft
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: Alpha Marine (refit)
  • Interior design: Alpha Marine / Decon SA
  • Former names: ConstellationSun Bay 1


39. Asean Lady

88.15m (289’2″) | 2004

Asean Lady | photo by Bugsy Gedlek

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.

  • Builder: Yantai Raffles Shipyard
  • Naval architecture: Mitchell
  • Interior design: Annie Chang


40. Maltese Falcon

88m (288’9″) | 2006

Maltese Falcon | photo by Bugsy Gedlek

Built for the American venture capitalist Tom Perkins, and now owned by Elena Ambrosiadou, the three-masted schooner Maltese 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.

  • Builder: Perini Navi
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: Perini Navi / Gerard Dijkstra
  • Interior design: Ken Freivokh


41. Fountainhead

87.87m (288’3″) | 2011

Fountainhead | photo by Ruud Coster /

Feadship Koninklijke De Vries shipyard in Makkum, launched Fountainhead, the third Feadship XL, in August 2011. She was designed by De Voogt Naval Architects and features an interior by Sinot Yacht Design. Fountainhead and Musashi (its new sistership below) are the largest yachts built by Feadship to date, at least until two larger yachts in-build at the yards are launched; the
99 metre XL 1004 and a 101.50 metre superyacht currently under contract at Royal Van Lent.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Interior design: Sinot Yacht Design / Axel Vervoordt


42. Musashi

87.78m (288′) | 2011

Musashi | photo by Ruud Coster /

Yachts owned by Oracle-founder Larry Ellison invariably bear a Japanese inspired name and Musashi, his latest yacht built by Feadship’s de Vries’ yard in Makkum, is no exception. The yacht is named after the renowned samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, who is not only revered as the greatest samurai of all time but also as the author of The Book of Five Rings which deals with strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

This Feadship XL-88 is the largest of her marque and bears a resemblance to Ellison’s last yacht, Rising Sun, even sporting his trademark basketball hoop on the main deck aft overhang. At almost 80 metres in length, she is some 58-metres smaller than Rising Sun, a dimension that will allow her to berth in the larger marinas, rather than being exiled to grubby commercial docks. Few further details are yet known about the yacht other than that all her guest accommodation is on or above the main deck and comprises a forward facing master suite on the upper deck and a second owner’s suite aft on the bridge deck. The seven guest staterooms are positioned on the main deck. Other facilities include a spa/gym/massage room extending outdoors, and a cinema at the maindeck aft. She carries two 11.5m tenders, a 5.5m tender and two WaveRunners.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling: De Voogt Naval Architects / Sinot Yacht Design
  • Interior design: Sinot Yacht Design


43. Arctic

P 87.58m (287’4″) | 1969

Arctic P | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Arctic P was built in 1969 in Bremerhaven, Germany, as an ice-classed, oceangoing tug for the Bugsier Towing & Salvage Company. Her length of 87.58m 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 (nowLone 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.

  • Builder: Schichau-Unterweser (1969) / Malta Drydock Company (1995)
  • Naval architecture: Kusch Yachts
  • Exterior styling: Lothar Schimpf
  • Interior design: Pauline Nunns
  • Former names: Arctic


44. Kingdom 5KR

86m (282’2″) | 1980

Kingdom 5KR | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Kingdom 5KR was built in 1980 in Italy by Fratelli Benetti for Saudi Arabian Adnan Khashoggi, reported to be the world’s richest man at the time. She was briefly in the ownership of the Sultan of Brunei, and then sold to New York property developer Donald Trump, who renamed her Trump Princess. Trump passed her on to the current owner, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, who renamed her Kingdom 5KR, reportedly using his company name, lucky number and initials of his daughter and wife as inspiration.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Benetti
  • Exterior styling: Jon Bannenberg
  • Interior design: Di Pilla
  • Former names: NabilaTrump Princess


45. Seven Seas

86m (282’2″) | 2010

Seven Seas | photo by Hans Esveldt /

Seven Seas was designed and styled by Nuvolari Lenard, 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 Alfa 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. She is owned by Steven Spielberg.

  • Builder: Oceanco
  • Naval architecture: Oceanco / Azure Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling: Nuvolari Lenard


46. Ecstasea

85.95m (282′) | 2004

Ecstasea | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Although no longer the largest yacht built by Feadship, Ecstasea is arguably the most stylish of this marque. This 86m yacht 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. The yacht is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 19.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Interior design: Terence Disdale


47. Cakewalk

85.6m (280’10”) | 2010

Cakewalk | photo by Jeff Brown / Superyacht Media

Launched in time for the 2010 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show from Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the 85.6m 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 c
herry-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.

Cakewalk is currently listed for sale

  • Builder: Derecktor Shipyards
  • Naval architecture: Derecktor / Azure Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling: Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: Liz Dalton


48. Sunrays

85.5m (280’6″) | 2010

Sunrays | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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.

  • Builder: Oceanco
  • Naval architecture: Oceanco / Azure Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling: Bjorn Johansson
  • Interior design: Terence Disdale


49. Vibrant Curiosity

85.47m (280’5″) | 2009

Vibrant Curiosity | photo courtesy of Oceanco

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.

The yacht’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.

  • Builder: Oceanco
  • Naval architecture: Oceanco / Azure Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Nuvolari-Lenard


50. Delma

85.34m (280′) | 2004

Delma | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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.

  • Builder: Neorion
  • Naval architecture: Alpha Marine
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Alpha Marine / Poulias
  • Former names: Annaliesse


51. Moonlight II

85.34m (280′) | 2003

Moonlight II | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

The younger sistership to Delma (ex-Annaliesse, see above), 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 as Delma. 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.

  • Builder: Neorion
  • Naval architecture: Alpha Marine
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Alpha Marine / Poulias
  • Former names: Alysia


52. Pacific

85.2m (279’6″) | 2010

Pacific | photo by Claus Schäfe /

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, while the interior of Pacific was created by Bannenberg & Rowell Design of London.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: German Frers
  • Interior design: Bannenberg & Rowell


53. Valerie

85m (278’10”) | 2011

Valerie | photo by Carl Groll

Under the supervision of Moran Yacht & Ship, Lürssen 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.

  • Builder /
    naval architecture:
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Reymond Langton


54. EOS

82.6m (271′) | 2006

EOS | photo by Gordon Thomas

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. Her 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.

  • Builder: Lürssen
  • Naval architecture: Langan Design
  • Interior design: Francois Catroux


55. O’Mega

82.5m (270’8″) | 1985

O’Mega | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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 82.5m 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. Paris Dragnis, her owner, owns three additional smaller charter vessels, O’PariO’Rea and O’Rion. Recently refitted and upgraded in many areas, O’Mega is featured in Volume 18 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder: Mitsubishi (1985) / Golden Yachts (2004)
  • Naval architecture: GSPRC
  • Interior design: Giorgio Vafiadis


56. Basrah Breeze

82m (269′) | 1981

Basrah Breeze | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Displacing some 1,660 tonnes at full load, this Danish-built yacht was constructed for Saddam Hussein, who named her Qadissayat Saddam after 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 YamamahOcean BreezeQadissiyat Saddam


57. Sarafsa

82m (269′) | 2008

Sarafsa | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This yacht 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.

  • Builder: Devonport Yachts
  • Naval architecture: Devonport Yachts
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Andrew Winch


58. Alfa Nero

81.27m (266’8”) | 2007

Alfa Nero | photo by Pamela Jones

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.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Oceanco
  • Exterior styling / interior layout: Nuvolari Lenard
  • Interior design: Alberto Pinto


59. Air

81.00m (265’9″) | 2011

Air | photo by Amanda McCracken

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.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Interior design: Rémi Tessier


60. Nero

80.83m (265’2”) | 2008


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.

  • Builder: Corsair
  • Naval architecture: IMT Marine Consultants
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Neil Taylor


61. Bart Roberts

80.77m (265′) | 1963

Bart Roberts

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 of Bart Roberts – a notorious pirate – is eminently suitable. She is featured inVolume 16 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder: Canadian Vickers (1963) / Tradepower International (2002)
  • Naval architecture: Lennart Edstrom (refit)
  • Interior design: Tradepower International / K Bamford (refit)
  • Former names: Narwhal


62. Norge

80.16m (263′) | 1937

Norge yacht | photo by Ulf Larsen / Stockholm Royal Castle

Aircraft manufacturer Thomas Sopwith commissioned this yacht as a tender for his pre-war America’s Cup challenge with the J-Class yacht Endeavour. One of her duties was to carry Endeavour’s racing rig across the Atlantic while Endeavour

Post-war, she was bought by the Norwegian people as a Royal Yacht for King Haakon. The yacht has since served his successor, King Olav V, and the present King Harald, a keen racing yachtsman, in the same role. She is crewed by the Norwegian Navy and frequently cruises the Norwegian coast and attends regattas as the mothership to King Harald’s racing yachts – the original purpose for which she was built.

  • Builder: Camper & Nicholsons
  • Naval architecture / interior design: CE Nicholson
  • Former names: Philante


63. Golden Odyssey

80.15m (263′) | 1990

Golden Odyssey | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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.

  • Builder: Blohm + Voss
  • Naval architecture: Platou
  • Interior design: Alberto Pinto


64. Amevi

80m (262’6″) | 2007

Amevi | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

The first of Oceanco’s ‘new generation’ of yachts, Amevi was launched in October 2006 and, following finishing work and particularly rigorous tests of every on-board system, was 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 costume.

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 zero speed stabilisers, has a top speed of 20 knots and will cruise at 14 knots, at which her 294,000 litres of fuel give a range in excess of 6,000nm.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Oceanco
  • Exterior styling / interior layout: Nuvolari-Lenard
  • Interior design: Alberto Pinto


65. Constellation

80m (262’6″) | 1999


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.

  • Builder: Oceanco
  • Naval architecture / interior design: The ‘A’ Group


66. Stargate

80m (262’6″) | 2001

Stargate | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Owned by Sheikh Hamad ibn Khalifah Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, Stargate, like her sistership Constellation (see above), has accommodation consisting of a sumptuous owner’s suite, four VIP suites and six guest cabins.

  • Builder: Oceanco
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: The ‘A’ Group
  • Interior design: Constantini


67. Athena

79.25m (260′) | 2004

Athena | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

In recent years 1930s retro designs have staged a comeback, and one of the most distinctive new builds in the style of the Golden Age is clearly Athena, built by the Royal Huisman Shipyard in Holland. This fore-and-aft rigged yacht, owned by 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-of-the-art sailing and internal systems. She has attained 19 knots under sail. Athena, which often acts as a tender to Clark’s J-Class racing boat Hanuman, is featured in Volume 19 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder: Royal Huisman
  • Naval architecture: Gerard Dijkstra / Pieter Beeldsnijder
  • Exterior styling: Gerard Dijkstra
  • Interior design: Pieter Beeldsnijder / Rebecca Bradley


68. Al Diriyah

78.65m (258′) | 1960

Al Diriyah | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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.

  • Builder: National Bulk Carriers
  • Naval architecture: McClusky


69. Pegasus V

78.6m (257’10”) | 2003

Pegasus V

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 14.4m and a draught of 4.5m.

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 as Princess Mariana.

  • Builder: Royal Denship
  • Naval architecture: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: François Zuretti
  • Former names: Princess Mariana


70. Delphine

78.57m (257’9″) | 1921

Delphine | photo by Bugsy Gedlek

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 available for charter. The only surviving steam-powered superyacht, Delphine is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 17.

  • Builder: Great Lakes Engineering Works
  • Designer: Henry J Gielow
  • Former names: Dauntless, USS Dauntless


71. Tueq

78.47m (257’5”) | 2002

Tueq | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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 6.67m 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.

  • Builder: GNS
  • Naval architecture: De Voogt
  • Interior design: Mick Leach


72. C2

78.43m (257’4″) | 2009

C2 | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Some builds are kept secret from the public until the moment they are launched, and this yacht, a near sistership to Eminence (below), 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.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Abeking & Rasmussen
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Reymond Langton


73. E

78.43m (257’4″) | 2008

Eminence | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

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.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Abeking & Rasmussen
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Reymond Langton


74. Titan

78.43m (257’4″) | 2010

Titan | photo by Claus Schaefe

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 Eminenceand 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.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Abeking & Rasmussen
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Reymond Langton


75. TV

78.40m (257’3″) | 2008

TV | photo courtesy of Rybovich

Built as Madsummer for the former owner of a 52m yacht of the same name, 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 table, 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 accommodation, which is all on the main deck, includes a twin cabin and four VIP cabins with tall windows, 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. Here, a large section of wall folds down to create a balcony or landing stage. Run by a 24-strong crew, TV accommodates 12 guests in a master suite, four VIP double cabins, one twin cabin and a children’s cabin. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 23 as Madsummer.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Alberto Pinto
  • Former names: Madsummer


76. Montkaj

78.05m (256’1″) | 1995

Montkaj | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Montkaj is reportedly owned by Prince Mohammed bin Fahd of Saudi Arabia, who recently treated her to a 3m extension at her original builders, Amels – a modification that greatly improved an already glamorous appearance. The noted design company Terence Disdale Design created both her exterior style and interior design, in which the owner’s suite is said to extend over two decks in the forward part of the yacht. There are also 12 guest cabins. She has a top speed of 18 knots and cruises at 15 knots.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Amels
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Terence Disdale


77. Tango

77.70m (254’11”) | 2011

Tango | photo courtesy of Feadship

Launched in mid-2011, the 77.7 metre Tango combines a white hull with a metallic grey and blue superstructure. She was a collaboration between Royal Van Lent yard, Eidsgaard Design, De Voogt Naval Architects and Edmiston & Company. There are six guest cabins on main deck with an owner’s deck above.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Eidsgaard Design


78. Samar

76.88m (252’3″) | 2006

This superbly finished yacht has accommodation for its Kuwaiti owner and 14 guests in an ebullient fin-de-siècle interior that includes a spectacular main stairway rising through four of the five decks. All five decks are also served by a passenger lift. Propulsion is by a state-of-the-art diesel-electric system, with three Wärtsilä diesels powering a pair of 2,414hp drive motors.

The yacht features a touch-and-go helipad and a stern garage with two davit-launched 7.6m tenders, as well as a wet dock capable of accommodating a massive 13m tender. A mini-submarine can be deployed from the foredeck. Compliant with MCA standards, the yacht is run by a crew of 20 and also offers accommodation for four personal staff. Samar is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 21.

  • Builder: Devonport Yachts
  • Naval architecture: Laurent Giles / Devonport Yachts
  • Exterior styling: Nick Myers
  • Interior design: Joe Thome


79. Lady Sarya

76.32m (250’5″) | 1972

Lady Sarya

Lady Sarya, a classic from 1972, has unconventional looks for a superyacht. Two funnels are set aft in the superstructure, and a large swimming pool is positioned between them on the upper deck. Her tenders include a splendid Venetian taxi, while the owner’s suite has a door in the hull’s side that provides direct access to the water. Despite the size of the yacht she has only three guest cabins.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Cantiere Navale Apuania
  • Interior design: Rinaldo Gastaldi
  • Fomer names: La Belle SimoneLady Sarah ISarah


Ocean Victory

75.75m (248’6″) | 2009

Ocean Victory | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Ocean Victory is the first yacht of Feadship’s ‘XL Series’ to be launched since the De Vries Shipyard purchased the former Amels Shipyard in the Friesland town of Makkum. The steel hull was built in Feadship’s dedicated hull-making yard in Papendrecht and delivered to Makkum, where the aluminium superstructure was added and the fit-out completed.

Designed by Alberto Pinto and Laura Sessa, the interior accommodates 14 guests in an owner’s suite and six guest cabins and features three lounges, a 12-seat cinema and a health club with gymnasium, sauna, Turkish steam room and a massage room. Her outside decks can seat 32 diners, and a large ‘beach platform’ is found at the stern. Three tenders and the yacht’s jet-skis are housed in a giant lazarette.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Interior design: Alberto Pinto / Laura Sessa Romboli


81. Anastasia

75.5m (247’8″) | 2008

Anastasia | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Anastasia’s owner chartered and admired the style of Greg Norman’s 69.50m expedition yacht Aussie Rules (now Nomad) so he hired her stylist and interior designer, Sam Sorgiovanni, to design his new yacht. Water sports are a passion for his family, so creating appropriate areas to store two Vikal tenders, jet-skis, WaveRunners and other equipment was a prime design priority. These are divided between the huge garage in the stern and lockers on the fore deck, while easy access to watercraft is ensured by two fold-down side platforms positioned amidships on either
side of the yacht.

Elsewhere, the layout is conventional. Anastasia has a modern, chic interior style that makes much use of materials from Sorgiovanni’s native Australia. She has as a top speed of 18 knots and a range of 4,100nm at 14 knots. Twelve guests are looked after by 23 crew. Anastasia is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 22.

  • Builder: Oceanco
  • Naval architecture: Oceanco / Azure Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Sam Sorgiovanni


82. Reborn

75.5m (247’8″) | 1999

Reborn | photo by Alex Treleani

Formerly owned by Australian media tycoon Reg Grundy, this yacht has the same massively solid appearance that distinguishes the slightly larger Leander, which he admired. A full deck between the main and bridge decks is devoted to the owners, featuring a panoramic lounge opening to a private deck, while aft are a pair of large offices with another private deck, although the original grass lawn (for the convenience of the former owner’s pets) has now been replaced by synthetic grass. Between the two are a conference room, a photo studio, a private gymnasium and a 14-seat cinema. The owner’s suite itself, complete with a massage and hairdressing salon, fills the forward part of the main deck, while the six guest cabins are on the lower deck. The yacht, recently sold by Burgess, is now namedReborn. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 21, as Boadicea.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Amels
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Terence Disdale
  • Former names: Boadicea


83. Northern Star

75.4m (247’5″) | 2009

Northern Star | photo by Bugsy Gedlek

Known under its build name of Project Scout, this yacht was delivered to the owner of the former Northern Star, now renamed Polar Star. Very similar in style to his previous yacht, she also features an ice-class hull and is designed for robust and permanent use in the northern hemisphere.

Her country-house style interior, again by Pauline Nunns, is also similar and once again positions the owner’s suite on the upper deck. The galley is located on the lower deck, freeing up main deck space for the use of guests. Features include huge outdoor spaces and two
fireplaces, one on the main deck and one on the owner’s deck. The yacht is featured in volume 24 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Pauline Nunns


84. Talitha

75.28m (247′) | 1929

Talitha | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This yacht was originally named MY Reveler and was built in 1929 for Russell Alger of the Packard Car Company. Sadly, Alger died before delivery and the yacht was purchased by Charles McCann, son-in-law of department store magnate F W Woolworth. She was used as a patrol gunboat by the US Navy during World War II and renamed USS Beaumont. She was laid up for a period in the late 1980s before being purchased by J Paul Getty Junior. Getty named her Talitha G after his first wife. The rebuild and subsequent refit by Devonport were so extensive that the finished yacht sailed under a Lloyds new ship classification certificate. Talitha G accommodates up to 12 guests and 17 crew.

  • Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft (1929) / Devonport Yachts (1993 & 2000)
  • Naval architecture: Cox & Stevens
  • Exterior styling: Cox & Stevens / Jon Bannenberg (rebuild)
  • Interior design: Jon Bannenberg (rebuild)
  • Former names: CarolaChalenaElpetalJezebelRevelerTalitha G, USS Beaumont


85. Mirabella V

75.2m (246’9″) | 2004

Mirabella V | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Built by VT (formerly Vosper Thorneycroft) in Southampton, England, and displacing some 780 tonnes (165 tonnes of which is the keel) 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 smallerMirabella and Mirabella III&nb
sp;sloops which were built in a yard he established in Thailand, she primarily serves as a charter vessel, accommodating 14 guests and commanding fees of between $325,000 and $375,000 a week depending on season and location.

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. Mirabella V is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 18.

  • Builder: VT Shipbuilding
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: Ron Holland
  • Interior design: Luciene Vittoria


86. Phocea

75.12m (246’5″) | 1976

Phocea | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Amazingly, the 75.12m four-masted schooner Phocea was originally built in 1976 as a single-handed racing yacht, Club Mediterranée, with an eye on beating the single-handed transatlantic record. It was converted into a cruising yacht in 1986 for Bernard Tapie, a colourful French entrepreneur and one-time president of Olympique de Marseilles football team.

In 1999, she was sold to Mouna Ayoub (whose ex-husband owns Lady Moura). She changed the yacht’s name to Phocea and extensively rebuilt her at Lürssen Werft in Germany, with interior design by Jörg Beiderbeck and exterior styling by Tim Heywood. The yacht has achieved speeds of up to 20 knots under sail and can accommodate 12 guests. She was purchased by a group of private investors in May 2010 and remains available for charter. Phocea is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 14.

  • Builder: DCAN (1976) / Lürssen (1999)
  • Naval architecture: Michel Bigion / Pierrejean
  • Exterior styling: Tim Heywood (rebuild)
  • Interior design: Jörg Beiderbeck (rebuild)
  • Former names: Club Mediterranée


87. Leander G

74.65m (244’11”) | 1992

Leander G | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Owned by Sir Donald Gosling, who made his fortune developing car parks on London bomb sites, Leander was built in a former East German naval shipyard under the supervision of Claus Kusch. She was originally commissioned as a replacement for the yacht Katalina (now Astarte II), which was owned by the Canadian commander of the Sultan of Oman’s armed forces.

The contract was given to Peene Werft, a yard with strong military connections and, hence, access to the latest technology, and signed two days after East and West Germany were reunified. Displacing some 2,000 tonnes, Leander is still considered one of the most elegant and seaworthy superyachts in existence.

Her interior, designed by Pauline Nunns after the style of an English country house, offers a duplex owner’s suite with a panoramic lounge, and seven guest cabins. Named after a Royal Navy frigate on which her owner served, she is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 7.

  • Builder: Peene Werft
  • Naval architecture: Kusch Yachts
  • Interior design: Pauline Nunns


88. Enigma

74.5m (244’5″) | 1991

Enigma | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Built as Eco for the late Mexican media magnate Emilio Azcarraga, the bold lines and signature convex windows of Martin Francis’s design remain as striking today as when she was launched in 1991. This long, narrow-beamed yacht offers much the same facilities and volumes as might be expected in a 50m vessel, with the original owner’s requirement for speed, necessitating a long waterline length and powerful engines, explaining the additional 24.5m of length.

Her two diesels and a gas turbine provide 28,000hp to three KaMeWa water jets. On the death of her first owner, the yacht was purchased by Oracle founder Larry Ellison, who renamed her Katana, after a Japanese sword. He removed the seaplane facilities and replaced them with a basketball court. The yacht was renamed Enigma following her sale to the British entrepreneur Aidan Barclay in 2004. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 11, as Eco.

  • Builder / Naval Architecture: Blohm + Voss
  • Exterior styling: Martin Francis
  • Interior design: François Zuretti
  • Former names: EcoKatana


89. Dannebrog

74.43m (244’2”) | 1931

Dannebrog | photo by Roger Lean-Vercoe

The Royal Yacht Dannebrog was launched by Queen Alexandrine, wife of King Christian X of Denmark, in Copenhagen in 1931, and displays the distinctive retro styling from the turn of the 19th century that was fashionable among many large motor and sailing yachts built in the early 1930s.

Dannebrog remains in service as the country’s Royal Yacht, manned by nine officers, seven warrant officers and 36 seamen from the Danish Navy, and she is regularly used for official visits to neighbouring countries and the many islands that make up Denmark. The hull’s construction is of riveted steel on transverse frames. The royal apartment in the stern of the vessel can be converted for the use of patients should the yacht be required in her emergency role as a hospital ship.

  • Builder / designer: Danish Royal Dockyard


90. Ilona

73.69m (241’9″) | 2003


Built for Australian businessman Frank Lowy, an experienced yachtsman who has circumnavigated the world four times, Ilona set new standards for elegance, technology and innovation when launched in 2003. Within her stylish mahogany-lined interior, designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon, a lift connects her five decks, which incorporate a large owner’s suite, accommodation for up to 18 guests in six cabins, and a 14-seat cinema.

The yacht has four active-fin stabilisers and a battery of 65 underwater lights, but perhaps her most notable feature is the full support that she can provide for her permanently embarked helicopter. Stowed within the protection of a fully enclosed hangar located beneath her aft deck, the aircraft is raised to the aft deck helicopter pad by a lift. Lloyd’s classified and fully MCA compliant, Ilona is manned by 28 crew and staff and is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 18.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Amels

  • Exterior styling / interior design:
     Redman Whiteley Dixon


91. Sapphire

73.55m (241’4″) | 2010

Sapphire | photo courtesy of Nobiskrug

Sapphire was built for the same owner that commissioned the 67m motor yacht Triple Seven and 73.15m Siren, winner of the highly coveted Motor Yacht of the Year Award at the World Superyacht Awards in 2009. Once again designed by the Newcruise Yacht Projects + Design team and built by Nobiskrug, the yacht provides much the same modern facilities as Siren but with slightly different styling. The master cabin offers a large study, bedroom/sitting room, dressing room and two bathrooms. Guests are accommodated in three double cabins, a twin/double convertible and a superior cabin.

  • Builder: Nobiskrug
  • Designers: Newcruise Yacht Projects + Design


92. Giant I

73.50m (241’2″) | 1974

Giant I | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Built in Holland for the Soviet Union merchant marine, Giant I, a Class 1 icebreaker, served the Russians for 26 years as an oceangoing salvage tug and electronic eavesdropping vessel. In the post-Soviet era the vessel was employed as a ‘nanny ship’ for a Russian fishing fleet but, putting into an American port following mechanical breakdown, she was abandoned by her Russian owners and sold at auction by the American authorities.

Subsequently, she was bought and converted into a yacht by René Herzog, who offered her for charter, but she has recently been withdrawn from this market. She boasts sumptuous guestrooms and luxurious, art-filled accommodation for up to 24 guests in 12 cabins. Other facilities include a cinema, sauna, gymnasium, spa, a hospital, and two 40ft sport fishing boats as well as the usual range of smaller tenders. Powered by twin 3,400hp diesels, Giant I has a cruising speed of 14.3 knots, at which she has a range in excess of 14,300nm. She is manned by 30 crew.

  • Builder: EMC Holland (1974) / Giant (2003)
  • Naval architecture: EMC Holland
  • Interior design: John Misiag


93. Salem

73.46m (241′) | 1963


This yacht was built for the Dutch government in 1964 as an ocean weather ship and was named Cumulus. She later passed into the hands of the British Defence Ministry, which operated her in Atlantic waters in the same role until 1996. In 1998 she was sold into Saudi Arabian ownership and was extensively refitted, re-engined and converted into a luxurious yacht by Devonport Yachts in Plymouth, England.

Renamed Salem, she now has sumptuous guest accommodation on two newly constructed decks. She is usually to be found berthed in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

  • Builder: Van der Werf (1963) / Devonport Yachts (1998, 2008)
  • Naval architecture: Van der Werf
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Devonport Yachts
  • Former names: Cumulus


94. Rabdan

73.30m (240’6″) | 2007


Rabdan, formerly Silver, was the first launch from Hanseatic Marine, the shipyard established in Perth, Western Australia, in 2003 by her former owner, who had failed to find an established yard to build his vessel in the necessary timeframe.

Silver’s appearance was inspired by the Aga Khan’s Kalamoun and Shergar, and she is notable for her low-profile, streamlined superstructure and narrow, hydrodynamically efficient hull, elements that met her German owner’s requirement for a fast, fuel-efficient yacht.

Her interior, by the Munich-based Italian designer Danilo Silvestrin, was largely constructed from veneered honeycomb to save weight. Eighteen guests can be accommodated. The yacht is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 22, as Silver.

  • Builder: Hanseatic Marine
  • Naval architecture: Mark Ellis Marine Design
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Silvestrin Design
  • Former names: Silver


95. Silver Zwei

73.30m (240’6″) | 2009

Silver Zwei

Silver Zwei is the second yacht to emerge from the Hanseatic Marine yard in Perth, Western Australia, and is a sistership to its first launch, Silver (now Rabdan – see above). Built to Lloyd’s classification, she compies with SOLAS 36-passenger and MCA Cayman Islands regulations. The main differences between this yacht and her predecessor are that her foredeck helipad doubles as a guest sitting area, and she has two tender garages, one forward and one aft, the latter converting to a beach house following the launch of the tenders. She was sold to a new owner in July 2011 and is currently available for charter with Burgess.

  • Builder: Hanseatic Marine
  • Naval architecture: Mark Ellis Marine Design
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Silvestrin Design


96. Laurel

73.15m (240′) | 2006


Built by Delta Marine in the Pacific Northwest, Laurel has a steel hull and composite superstructure and is the second largest yacht to be built in North America since the Great Depression. Her sun deck extends fore and aft of a central observation room, the forward part being a belvedere terrace and the aft offering a gym, spa pool and sunbathing.

Tenders are stored on the lower deck and launched through doors to port and starboard. Aft of the boats is a diving room that opens to the large bathing platform created by opening the stern door. The master suite is positioned amidships on the main deck, flanked by private side decks, and is entered through a private lobby that opens forward to the bedroom through a sitting room/office. The forward part of the main deck is devoted to a crew mess and leisure area.

The interior features a blend of anigre and is furnished in a comfortably eclectic style. Notably, the central staircase spirals around a three-storey-high glass sculpture depicting marine life by Seattle artist Mary van Cline.

Laurel is currently for sale with Fraser Yachts.

  • Builder / naval architectur
     Delta Marine
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Donald Starkey


97. Siren

73.15m (240′) | 2008

Siren | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This Germanischer Lloyd-classed yacht, commissioned by the original owners of Triple Seven, features a superb contemporary interior with five guest cabins and a main deck master suite that incorporates a foldaway double bed with wide sea views over a fold-down terrace. Her owners, enthusiasts for open-air living, worked closely with Newcruise Yacht Projects + Design, also responsible for Triple Seven, to create interior spaces that flow seamlessly into the open deck areas.

Water sports enthusiasts will admire the ultra-large bathing platform next to the ‘beach club’ bar and lounge in the stern. Another novelty is that the raised semicircular sunbathing area aft on the main deck unfolds to become a circular helipad. Operated by 17 crew, Siren has a top speed of 17 knots and a range of 7,300nm at 14 knots. She won the coveted Yacht of the Year Award at the World Superyacht Awards in 2009 and is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 22.

  • Builder: Nobiskrug
  • Naval architecture: Nobiskrug / SDC / SMK
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Newcruise Yacht Projects + Design


98. Predator

72.80m (238’10”) | 2008

Predator | photo courtesy of Feadship

Displaying what is probably the most extraordinary styling ever created by Feadship’s normally staid in-house naval architects De Voogt, Predator will certainly turn heads wherever she goes. Some will applaud this look while others will consider her axe-bow configuration and aggressive styling impractical, but her low-resistance hull and 28-knot turn of speed will surely impress. To achieve this, Predator uses four 4,320kW MTU diesels that provide 8,000kW of power to a pair of 3.2m-diameter Rolls-Royce variable pitch propellers driven through two custom-built Renk gearboxes.

Despite her size, Predator accommodates just six people – in the largest single-level master suite Feadship has ever constructed and two VIP cabins. She might cater for small numbers, but her extensive entertainment system proclaims that she can nevertheless throw a good party. Predator is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 22.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Interior design: Jon Bannenberg


99. Queen

K 72.6m (238’2″) | 2004

Queen K | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Replacing a 50m Benetti of the same name, Queen M was built by Lürssen Yachts in Germany with styling by Espen Øino. Interior design was shared between Donald Starkey and Lürssen’s in-house designers. The yacht’s interior, which has a light and cheerful air combining bright colours and clean lines, has two particularly notable features – a dramatic spiral staircase that winds round an elevator shaft encased in red travertine, and a whole deck, including outside areas, devoted to the owner.

On change of ownership, reportedly to Oleg Deripaska, chairman of the Russian aluminium company RUSAL, she was renamed Queen K, and Eidsgaard Design was hired to alter the original colourful interior to one that is now calm and contemporary. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 18, as Queen M.

  • Builder: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Lürssen / Donald Starkey (original) | Eidsgaard Design (refit)
  • Former names: Queen M


100. Coral Island

72.54m (238′) | 1994

Coral Island

Built by the Lürssen shipyard for Saudi Arabian businessman Al Sheik Modhassan, Coral Island is one of the acknowledged triumphs of her stylist and interior designer, the late Jon Bannenberg, both in terms of her clean exterior lines and four-deck interior layout.

Her exterior decks feature a stairway, both functional and spectacular, that unites the aft portion of each level, while the Polynesian-style interior is an avant garde design that includes one of the first fitness centres and spas to feature on a superyacht.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Jon Bannenberg


101. RM Elegant

72.40m (237’6″) | 2005

RM Elegant | photo by Nikos Zagas

RM Elegant, built in Greece as a charter yacht, is readily identifiable by her futuristic sweeping profile topped by a 250m² sun deck with a 12-person spa pool. The interior, designed by Lally Poulias, accommodates 30 guests in 15 luxurious staterooms – a master suite on the bridge deck, a VIP suite, eight staterooms on the main deck and five further staterooms on the lower deck, all with a good range of entertainment facilities and served by Wi-Fi. Guest rooms include an art deco-styled dining room, a main saloon that opens aft to an 88m² deck and a second saloon on the bridge deck. There is also a gymnasium, a beauty salon, a massage room and a sauna. Guests are cared for by 32 crew.

  • Builder: WEM Lines
  • Naval architecture: Nafpigiki Hellas
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Lally Poulias


102. Azteca

72.00m (236’3″) | 2009


Launched as Clarena II in 2009, this yacht was reportedly built for the Spanish property tycoon Francisco Hernando. His love of the outside is evident in her design, most notably a 100m² ‘beach club’ located aft on the lower deck. Incorporating the open stern door, it transforms into a large ‘beach’ with external shower and sunloungers, while the extensive interior area offers comfortable sofas. She also has an extra large sun deck and a balcony opening from the main deck owner’s suite which includes a stateroom, double bathroom, separate massage room and film projection room.

She has a 50m² galley equipped with professional-level equipment including a lobs
ter boiler and a food lift that connects to the dining area on the upper deck. A 10m Riva Shuttle with a top speed of 45 knots, a 7m service tender and four jet skis occupy the two garages on the lower deck. She was purchased by a Mexican in May 2010 who renamed her Azteca. She is featured in volume 25 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder / naval architecture: CRN
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Nuvolari Lenard
  • Former names: Clarena II


103. Kogo

71.71m (235’3″) | 2006

Kogo | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Owned by Mansour Ojjeh, this is the first and last yacht to be launched from the Alstom yard at Lorient, on the Biscay coast of France, which has now ceased yacht production following a serious financial loss on the construction of Kogo.

This stunning yacht was styled by Tim Heywood and features interior design by Terence Disdale, who describes the style as ‘clean, modern lines with a Zen influence’. Disdale has dipped into a highly tactile range of textures and finishes, together with a large range of natural materials and worked leathers. The interior also includes spectacular Japanese woodcarving and the occasional appearance of traditional tatami matting and Oriental floral art.

Accommodation is provided for 14 passengers and a crew of 26. Fitted with a pair of 1,500kW Azipod propulsion units drawing power from four gensets, she has a top speed of 16 knots and a range of 5,000nm. Kogo was voted Yacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards in 2007 and is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 20.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Alstom
  • Exterior styling / interior layout: Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: Terence Disdale

104. Utopia DV

71.60m (234’11”) | 2004

Utopia DV

Built for an American who, sadly, died during the construction of the yacht, Utopia DV was placed on the market by the late owner’s estate and was sold by Edmiston & Company to Bill Miller, manager of the Legg Mason Value Trust.

The contemporarily styled interior sets modern furniture against a background of light oak panelling with mahogany inlays. Two large guest suites are located on the lower deck and a further four on the main deck forward, while the whole deck above is a 200 sq m owner’s suite. The yacht, manned by 16 to 18 crew, has an impressive audio-visual entertainment system, a state-of-the-art integrated bridge and a helicopter pad with refuelling facilities. Utopia DV is available for charter and is featured in Volume 18 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon


105. Skat

70.70m (231’11”) | 2002

Skat | photo by Klaus Jordan

Skat, owned by Charles Simonyi, who was responsible for Microsoft’s Excel program, is unique both in its stern exterior appearance and interior decoration. From the outside she has the grey paint scheme and angular features associated with a naval vessel, blending these with large areas of glass in the aft parts of the superstructure, which create amazing panoramas from the interior.

Designed by Marco Zanini, the interior decoration is minimalist, with ultra-clean lines and an economic use of colour. With the whole of the lower deck devoted to crew, machinery and services, the owner’s suite and the three guest staterooms are located on the main deck, together with the saloon and dining saloon.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Marco Zanini


106. The One

70.68m (231’11”) | 1973

The One | photo by Bugsy Gedlek

Launched in 1973 as a replacement for Carinthia V (which hit an uncharted rock and sank in Greek waters on her maiden voyage), Carinthia VI also features styling and interior design by Jon Bannenberg, and its exterior lines are widely recognised as being the most beautiful among the world’s motor yachts.

Following the death of her owner, the Austrian supermarket and store mogul Helmut Horten, Carinthia VI passed into the ownership of his widow, Heidi Horton, who placed her on the market following the delivery of Carinthia VII. She was renamed The One by her new owner, an Italian.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Jon Bannenberg


107. Talisman

C 70.54m (231’5″) | 2011

Talisman C

The largest yacht to date for the Turkish yard, Talisman C is the second yacht of the same name for the owner. The yacht has many of the features from the previous build. An Art Deco theme dominates the interior with a spiral staircase anchoring the design. The staircase has a beautiful, custom made chandelier that hangs through three floors.

  • Builder: Proteksan-Turquoise
  • Naval architecture: Hydro Tec
  • Exterior styling / interior design: H2 Yacht Design


108. Martha Ann

70.20m (230’4″) | 2008

Martha Ann

This is the third of a three-boat series built by Lürssen, and while the first two vessels were sold on completion, Martha Ann was retained by the client who made the initial orders.

Her accommodation, decorated with exotic materials such as parchment, palm wood, mother-of-pearl, shagreen, bamboo and buffalo hide, is laid out over six decks, and, in addition to a 427m² master suite located forward on the main deck, includes four double guest cabins on the lower deck and a VIP cabin on the bridge deck. Entertainment and outdoor areas, which include a gymnasium and a large spa pool with an integrated bar, are generously proportioned. Fully MCA compliant, the yacht is available for charter.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling
     Espen Øino
  • Interior design: H2 Yacht Design


109. Saint Nicolas

70.20m (230’4″) | 2007

Saint Nicolas | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Built under the yard’s project name of Nemo, this is the second of three almost identical sisterships ordered from Lürssen Yachts by an American yachting entrepreneur. All three projects are now in the hands of their new owners.

The first, Project Marlin, has been named Apoise. The second, Saint Nicolas, is larger than Apoise because of her different stern areas, but otherwise this six-deck vessel owned by a Russian is almost identical in her looks and layout. Boasting a classically styled interior by François Zuretti, she offers a ‘play deck’ with an enclosed nursery/playroom.

Outside is a huge sunbathing area that surrounds a swimming pool equipped with a swimming jet at one end and an ‘in-water’ bar – complete with semi-submerged bar stools – at the other. The third yacht, Project Shark, now Martha Ann, was retained by the commissioning owner. Saint Nicolas is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 21.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: François Zuretti


110. Reverie

70.00m (229’8″) | 1999


Although Reverie is the second longest yacht (after Kingdom 5KR) to be built by Benetti, she is the largest in terms of internal volume. She was constructed for Norwegian businessman Inge Rokke, but in 2004 was sold to an American, reported to be Peter Sperling.

Internally she has six decks, all connected by a lift. One whole deck is reserved for the owner’s party, to whom it offers a private sitting room and study and two family cabins in addition to the master suite, where the bedroom is adjoined by vast his-and-hers bathrooms and dressing rooms. Guest accommodation includes a VIP suite on the main deck and four guest suites on the lower deck.

The yacht has two dining rooms, one in formal baroque style, the other in a more casual style. Other areas include a main deck saloon, study, lounge, conference room, hairdressing and beauty salon, steam room, massage room, and a lavishly equipped gymnasium. She is featured in volume 22 of The Superyachts.

Reverie is currently for sale with Ocean Independence asking €52.5 million

  • Builder / naval architecture / exterior styling: Benetti
  • Interior design: John Munford Design


111. Numptia

70.00m (229’8″) | 2011


Built in steel and aluminium, Numptia’s naval architecture is by Axis Group Yacht Design and exterior design by Studio Spadolini. The interior was designed by Studio Salvagni and accommodates 12 guests and a crew of 19.

Numptia is powered by twin 2,525kW Caterpillar 3516B engines giving a top speed of 16 knots, a cruising speed of 15 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles at the economical speed thanks to a fuel capacity of 200,000 litres.

Numptia is currently listed for sale by Burgess, price on application

  • Builder / naval architecture: Rossi Navi
  • Exterior styling: Design Studio Spadolini
  • Interior design: Salvagni Architetti


112. Amadeus

70.00m (229’8″) | 1968

Amadeus | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Formerly the German oceanographic research ship Komet, and briefly known as One Eagle, this vessel has now been renamed Amadeus following her conversion to a yacht. The work, which was undertaken at various locations by Amadeus Yachts Ltd, included the complete removal and replacement of the superstructure and the installation of two new engines that power a single shaft.

Her new exterior was designed by the London-based Reymond Langton partnership, while the interior was designed by François Zuretti. Amadeus offers accommodation on the main deck for 10 in a VIP cabin and four guest cabins. The owner’s suite is located on the upper deck, the whole of which is devoted to his use. The yacht also features a glass lift in the centre of the staircase that rises from the main deck to the bridge deck.

  • Builder: Jadewerft (1968) / Amadeus Yachts Ltd (2007)
  • Naval architecture: Vripack
  • Exterior styling: Reymond Langton
  • Interior design: Francois Zuretti


113. Olivia

70.00m (229’8″) | 2010

Olivia | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

A conversion from a USSR ice class hydrographical survey vessel into a yacht between 2008-2010 by OY Laivateollisuus and Rouvia Road Yacht Design & Construction she was named Delta Bravo One. Now named Olivia, she is RINA classed.

  • Builder / naval architecture: OY Laivateollisuus
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Rouvia Road Yacht Design & Construction
  • Former names: Delta Bravo One


114. Sherakhan

69.95m (229″6′) | 1966

Sherakhan yacht | photo by Anthony Holder /Fly Pictures

Converted from a Dutch merchant marine training vessel, Sherakhan features an amazing 22-seat dining saloon that rises 7m through two decks, illuminated by panoramic windows and light that filters in through the 18-person glass-bottomed spa pool in the deckhead.

Suites range from 30 to 50 square metres and feature interesting décor and style. The owner’s suite has a revolving bed, a private terrace and a combined lounge and study that can be converted into an independent double with its own bathroom. The remaining 10 guest cabins (four doubles, four twin/ double convertibles, and two smaller twins that each link to a double making them suitable for children) are equipped in similar fashion to the owner’s suite. Eight further cabins provide accommodation for nannies or staff.

Other facilities include a beauty salon, massage rooms, a sauna and a fitness room. Sherakhan is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 19.

  • Builder:
    Vuyck en Zn (1966) / KMC & KHMB (2004)
  • Naval architecture: KMC & KHMB
  • Interior design: J. Verkerk & C Rijntjes
  • Former names: MPS Prinses Margriet


115. Nomad

69.5m (228′) | 2003


Nomad was first owned by professional golfer Greg Norman, who named her after the colloquial term for Australian football, Aussie Rules. In 2004 she was sold to Florida businessman Wayne Huizenga, an American real estate developer and owner of the Miami Dolphins, who removed her ability to carry sport fishing craft on the main deck aft and converted this space into a massive entertaining area, while extending the bridge deck to carry a helicopter.

The yacht changed hands once again in 2008, when it was subjected to a lengthy refit and renamed Nomad. Accommodation includes a main deck owner’s suite and five guest cabins on the lower deck. Other notable features are an observation lounge and cinema on the upper deck and a superb aft deck with alfresco dining area and an impressive barbecue. Nomad, currently being offered for charter, is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 19.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Oceanfast
  • Interior design: Sam Sorgiovanni
  • Former names: Aussie RulesFloridian


116. Attessa III

68.58m (225′) | 1998

Atessa III

Reportedly built for the Bahamas-based currency trader Joe Lewis, who named her Lady Aviva, this Feadship was launched from the Royal Van Lent yard in 1998. Following an onboard fire in 2001, which caused serious damage, she was purchased by Dennis Washington, an American entrepreneur from Montana, who renamed her Attessa and restored her in a Vancouver shipyard to the designs of Glade Johnson, in the process increasing her length from 62 to 68.58m.

Notable features of the yacht, which accommodates an owner’s party of 10 in hedonistic comfort, include her atrium, through which a staircase and lift rise four decks, and a main deck saloon and games lounge that offer an open space some 15m in length. The tenders are stowed in a full-beam garage forward on the main deck. Attessa rightly won the accolade of Best Refit of the Year at the 2006 World Superyacht Awards in Venice.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Andrew Winch Designs
  • Former names: Lady Aviva


117. Lady Anne PB

68.50m (224’9″) | 2006

Lady Anne PB

Lady Anne PB, delivered to her original American owner in early 2006 from the Amels-Schelde shipyard, was built with environmental protection in mind – she has low-emission engines, a zero-discharge cooling system for the main engines and generators, zero pollution refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and a salt water-fed sanitary system.

She has a high bow with a bulb at the forefoot that can be ballasted to optimise fuel economy, trim and sea-keeping. Inward-turning props minimise noise and cavitation, while independently operable rudders also increase manoeuvrability. Her top speed is 17.4 knots, while at 15.5 knots she has a 5,500nm range. Lady Anne PB’s stunning interior, designed by Walter Francini in collaboration with the owner’s wife, is in the art deco style and incorporates many original pieces of Ruhlmann furniture from the French art deco period. She was sold in August 2011. Lady Anne PB featured in The Superyachts, Volume 20.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Amels
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Walter Francini / Anne Fisher-Franchini


118. Hermitage

68.15m (223’7″) | 2010

Hermitage | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

The fifth yacht launched by Lürssen in 2010, Hermitage has sharp and modern exterior lines that were designed by Espen Øino and the final result is beautiful, re-inforced by her black and white paint job. Built in steel with an aluminium superstructure, her interior is designed by Andrew Winch and she will accommodate 12 guests in 6 staterooms.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Andrew Winch Designs


119. Kismet

68.15m (223’7″) | 2007


Kismet, formerly known by her project name of Falcon, was handed over to her owners in early 2007. Her attractive exterior looks, created by the Antibes-based architect Espen Øino, are complemented by her Reymond Langton designed interior, which reveals strong, masculine architectural elements with a touch of art deco. Providing accommodation for 12 guests, the interior displays tactile soft furnishings which, together with Persian themes, help to create a classical yet homely atmosphere that is lavishly decorated with specially commissioned artwork.

Particularly noteworthy are the two huge verre églomisé artworks in the dining saloon that were inspired by antique black-andwhite photographs of Manhattan. The main lobby is also striking, its imposing circular stairway rising from a jet-black marble floor and winding around the central lift, its outer walls decorated with a bas relief. Kismet is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 21.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Reymond Langton


120. Sycara V

68.15m (223’58”) | 2010

Sycara V

The fifth custom yacht for her serial owners, Sycara V is the ultimate charter yacht. The Craig Beale interior is contemporary and modern, with a penthouse feel accentuated by her wide open spaces and a light and airy palette of blue and pastel colored fabrics.

Each of Sycara V’s five decks is versatile from convertible staterooms, that can be converted in to suites, to multiple dining options and a climate-controlled gym with steam shower and massage treatment room.

Sycara V is currently for sale with Edmiston & Company asking €75 million. She is featured in
volume 25 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Nobiskrug
  • Exterior Styling / interior design: Craig Beale, Pure Detail


121. Aviva III

68.00m (223′) | 2007

Aviva III | photo by Gabriel Whiting /

Launched from the Abeking & Rasmussen yard in February 2007, Aviva III was reportedly built for the Bahamas-based currency dealer Joe Lewis as a replacement for his earlier, fire-damaged yacht of the same name. With her continuous sheer line and a near-plumb bow providing a waterline length of just a half-metre less than her overall length, she is easily recognisable.

Her superstructure is topped by a sun deck with a central enclosed section carrying the staircase and the glass lift that link all five levels, while forward are a spa pool and sunbathing facilities and aft a shaded dining area. Her high-volume interior layout unusually places both the galley and dining room aft on the upper deck, the latter having wide doors that fold back to unite the room with the deck beyond. The 10m and 8m tenders are housed in a stern garage and launched by a superbly engineered beam crane that carries them over the wide bathing platform.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Abeking & Rasmussen
  • Exterior styling / Interior design: Reymond Langton


122. Lady Christine

68.00m (223′) | 2010

Lady Christine | photo by Bugsy Gedleck

Launched in early 2010 as a replacement for an Oceanco yacht of the same name, this state-of-the-art Feadship was designed and built for a particularly experienced yachtsman who requested generous spaces for himself and his guests. The owner’s apartment, divided between two deck levels, offers his-and-hers studies, a gymnasium and an observation saloon.

The sun deck has touch-and-go helicopter facilities and includes the ability to refuel the aircraft. The main deck features a saloon, cinema, formal dining room seating 12 guests and a bar with extending balconies, while the outside area offers an infinity pool that flows down to the bathing platform. She is featured in The Superyachts, volume 25.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Interior design: Rodney Black Design Studios


123. Alweali

67.80m (222’5″) | 1990

Alwaeli | photo by Gabriel Whiting /

Alwaeli was built by CRN in 1990 as the state yacht for the Gulf Emirate Bahrain, and lengthened from 65.2 to 67.8m during a six-month refit by CRN in 1999, a modification that rocketed her up the list of the world’s largest yachts. This comprehensive refit extended and updated the design of the stern, adding a bathing platform/dock with twin stairs and an elevating platform rising to the aft deck.

A subsequent refit carried out at Amels in 2008, which earned her the accolade of being selected as a finalist in the Best Refitted Yacht section of the World Superyacht Awards in 2009, incorporated a thorough mechanical and electrical refurbishment, added zero speed stabilisers and made major improvements to her styling and functionality.

Designed by Terence Disdale, the yacht’s accommodation is extensive and includes a palatial full-beam master suite on the main deck, five VIP suites on the bridge deck, and a six double guest cabins on the lower deck. She is based in Manama in the Arabian Gulf.

  • Builder / naval architecture: CRN
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Terence Disdale Design


124. Archimedes

67.75m (222’3″) | 2008


Elegant inside and out, Archimedes probably represents the current design pinnacle for John Munford, who created the concept, style and interior design for the vessel. Decorated in modern classic style, she accommodates 16 guests in an interior that includes a dining room, two saloons and a library with a working fireplace.

All decks are united by a central staircase and lift. The master suite, comprising a family cabin and study, is forward on the main deck, while six further guest cabins (four doubles and two twins) are on the lower deck. Exterior spaces include a spa pool and sunbathing area, an enclosed gym and observation area on the sun deck, and shaded dining and seating areas on the bridge deck. The foredeck offers a touch-and-go helipad, while her tenders are stowed on the main deck aft, sunk in wells whose floors can be raised to create a level deck after the tenders are launched.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling: John Munford / De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Interior design: John Munford


125. Vertigo

67.20m (220’6″) | 2011

Vertigo | photo by Chris Lewis

This 67m sailing yacht was commissioned by a first-time owner looking for extended cruising capability. The yard’s, the designer’s, and New Zealand’s largest yacht to date, Vertigo features an ‘urban at sea’ theme with walls devoid of art. Black and white leather and tan linen furniture reinforce the design theme.

Vertigo also houses a state-of-the-art classroom and an office and well as midships hull openings for watersports and toys. The crew quarters meet the anticipated ILO/MLC, 2006 requirements. She is featured in The Superyachts, volume 25.

  • Builder: Alloy Yachts
  • Naval architecture: Philippe Briand
  • Interior design: Christian Liaigre Interior Design


126. White Cloud

67.15m (220’4″) | 1983

White Cloud | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Built for the late Prince Leo van Leeuwen of Lignac, New Horizon L was arguably one of the world’s most sumptuously decorated superyachts at the time of her launch in 1983, and was certainly the most flamboyant Feadship of her era.</p >

Unusually, her owner lived permanently aboard his yacht, making use of the newly available satellite communication systems to run his international business. After her first owner’s death she was acquired by Craig McCaw, who lengthened her by 7.2m in a refit and renamed her White Cloud. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 1 as New Horizon L.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling: Sturchio
  • Interior design: Di Pilla
  • Former names: New Horizon L


127. Allure

67.05m (220′) | 1982


This vessel, described as a ‘sport utility’ vessel by the yard that converted her, owes her rugged commercial appearance to her former life as an oil rig support vessel. Allure is half yacht and half toy carrier, offering six double guest cabins with balconies, a saloon/dining room, a sky lounge with panoramic views opening to a forward observation deck, an 8m-long freshwater swimming pool, cinema, games-room/library and a full gymnasium with spa area. Her huge decks can carry, among other toys, a helicopter and its full logistical needs plus a large sport fishing vessel. She also boasts that she can host an event for 200 people in a single climate-controlled room.

  • Builder: Bender Shipbuilding & Repair (1982) / Shadow Marine (2007)
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: Lay, Pittman & Associates
  • Interior design: Shadow Marine / Kimberley Gonzales
  • Former names: BelleHOS BellePoint BelleState Belle


128. Siran

67.00m (219’10”) | 1992


Siran is the result of a collaboration between Feadship and Jon Bannenberg in the late 1980s, and her design served to push back the boundaries of what was then thought possible. Her highlights include a 40-tonne gold and onyx stairway and a 7m-long hydraulic beam crane for launching her tenders.

She underwent a major refit at the hands of her original builders in 2007, during which her overall length was extended by 3.6m and her sun deck remodelled. She can accommodate an owners’ party of 18 and is run by a 20-strong crew.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Jon Bannenberg


129. Anna

67.00m (219’10”) | 2007

Anna | photo by Roger Lean-Vercoe

Launched from the Feadship–De Vries Shipyard, Anna is said to have one of the most expensive interiors of any Feadship. Designed by Michael Leach, she features a sumptuous duplex master suite with over 4m of headroom and a private observation lounge, a VIP cabin, two double guest cabins whose beds convert to twins, two twin cabins with additional Pullman berths, and a gym with a steam room.

The owner’s decorative taste is for Louis XV, and the interior features a large number of magnificent pieces of furniture designed by Leach and built to impeccable standards by craftsmen at the English furniture makers Silverlining. The yacht’s elegant exterior is also a masterpiece, perfectly synchronised with the interior. Annais featured in The Superyachts, Volume 22.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Michael Leach Design


130. Apoise

67.00m (219’10”) | 2006

Apoise | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Delivered in 2006, Apoise (formerly known by Lürssen’s building name of Marlin) boasts extensive open deck areas and huge interior volume for her length, and is almost identical in layout, styling and interior design to her near-sistership Saint Nicolas, which was delivered in early 2007.

The main deck carries an enormous owner’s suite with a floor area in excess of 130m², while four guest cabins are found on the lower deck and a VIP cabin is positioned on the bridge deck. Her interior is decorated in classic style by François Zuretti. Fully compliant to the MCA code of practice, Apoise has a top speed of 16 knots and offers a 5,000nm cruising range at 13 knots.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: François Zuretti


131. Amazon Express

66.75m (219′) | 1966

Amazon Express | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Originally built as an offshore tuna fishing boat, this unusual vessel was converted into a yacht in 1984 at Horton Werft in Germany, and has since been refitted twice. While retaining the long, lean looks of her commercial past, she has a luxurious, eclectic interior and is said to be an excellent sea boat.

The uppermost deck offers an observation saloon and dining area while the bridge deck, just below, also carries the master suite. The main deck has a dining room and saloon while the six guest cabins (five doubles and a twin) are located on the lower deck. Managed by a crew of 14, Amazon Express is a true worldwide cruising yacht and carries a wide range of tenders, including a 5.5m custom-built landing craft, to suit every purpose.

  • Builder: CN Officine Meccaniche (1966) / Horton Werft (1984)
  • Naval architecture: CNOM
  • Interior design: Dwinger
  • Former names: AlbacoraCrustamarKisuca


132. Golden Shadow

66.75m (219′) | 1994

Golden Shadow | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Golden Shadow, part of the aptly named ‘Golden Fleet’, acts as the overflow accommodation and support vessel for Golden Odyssey, whose Saudi Arabian owner, HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan, a keen oceanographer, makes it available for scientific purposes worldwide in support of the Living Oceans Foundation, of which he is chairman.

The yacht carries Golden Eye, an amphibious 10-seater Cessna 208 with Wipair floats, as well as many specialpurpose tenders, and offers a range of scientific laboratorie
s and accommodation for up to 11 visiting scientists and pilots. It is often seen in the company of Golden Osprey, a 29m sport fishing vessel. Golden Shadow was built in the USA by the now-defunct San Diego builder Campbell Industries to the design of Francis & Francis, and was refitted in 2006.

  • Builder: Campbell Industries
  • Naval architecture: Campbell Industries / Francis & Francis
  • Interior design: Francis & Francis


133. Triple Seven

66.74m (218’11”) | 2006

Triple Seven

Triple Seven, one of the most notable of the 2006 launches, is named after her build number at the Nobiskrug yard. Sold by her commissioning owner a few days after delivery, the yacht has a sleek and low profile with a high, seaworthy bow and a stern incorporating a bathing platform/dock.

Elements of her superstructure are constructed from composite laid over a steel frame to save weight and make curves more accurate, while her two forward-facing air intakes on the mast strike a design connection with Formula One racing cars.

The angular, modern interior design, softened by recognisable touches of art deco, is comfortable and luxurious, making use of maple and sycamore contrasted with darker furniture made from bleached wengé. The stern has an informally decorated ‘beach club’ with a lounge, bar and gymnasium and direct access to the bathing platform. Her pair of MTU diesels give a 17-knot top speed. Triple Seven is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 21.

  • Builder: ThyssenKrupp / Nobiskrug
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling / interior design: Newcruise


134. Dona Amélia

66.41m (217’11”) | 1929

Haida G | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Launched as Haida for American yeast magnate Max Fleishmann in 1929, the exterior of this then state-of-the-art oceangoing yacht featured retro styling that gave her a late-19th-century appearance. Twin Krupp diesels offered superior safety, cleanliness and efficiency over coal-fired vessels. She saw service in World War II as a US Navy patrol ship.

Post-war, she was owned successively by American businessman Larry Green, Irish brewer Löel Guinness, film producer Robert Stigwood, and latterly by a wealthy recluse before being sold into Japanese ownership in 1981. Later she was acquired by Andreas Liveras, who chartered her for many years and then sold her to her current German owner, who returned her name to Haida G. A comprehensive rebuild at Proteksan-Turquoise Yachts in Tuzla, Turkey, has replaced her entire interior and rebuilt her original engines.

She was sold in June 2011 and was subsequently renamed Dona Amélia. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 19 as Haida G.

  • Builder: Germania Werft
  • Naval architecture: Cox & Stevens
  • Interior design: Verges
  • Former names: USS Argus, HaidaHaida GRosenkavalierSarina


135. Natita

66.00m (216’6″) | 2005

Natita | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This yacht, built to Lloyd’s highest certification and MCA compliant, has been very private since her launch in 2005, when she was owned by Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov, head of Gazprom.

Unusually, she has two master suites and accommodation for a further 10 guests spread between a VIP double cabin and four twin cabins located on the main and upper decks. The two lower decks are dedicated to the crew and technical areas.

A stern garage houses three tenders, while two other tenders required by MCA regulations are found on the main deck forward.

Recently sold and renamed Natita, it is understood that she will be available for charter through her selling agents, Burgess.

  • Builder: Kusch Yachts / Oceanco
  • Naval architecture: Oceanco
  • Interior design: Pinto
  • Former names: DilbarOna


136. Yaakun

65.96m (216’4″) | 1987

Yaakun | photo by Javier Ortega Figueiral /

Al Menwar, built in Italy by the now-defunct Nicolini yard for the Royal Family of the Arab Emirate Qatar, was the world’s 20th largest yacht when she was launched in 1987. Elegantly decorated with semi-precious stones and marbles, she can accommodate an owner’s party of 12. During a 2003-4 refit at Amico, her stern was altered to incorporate an integrated bathing platform, which increased her overall length to 65.96m. Recently sold into Spanish ownership, she was renamed Yaakun – the Mayan word for love – and went on a round-the-world cruise which she has now successfully completed. She remains in Lloyd’s classification @100A1, @LMC.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Cantiere Navale Nicolini
  • Interior design: Claudio Zampelli


137. Imagine

65.50m (214’89”) | 2011

Imagine | photo by Marc Paris

Bridging the divide between the full-custom contracts and semi-custom designs, the Amels Limited Editions line offers a custom yacht with the engineering of a semi-custom build, reducing delivery time to just two years. The 65.5m Imagine’s Andrew Winch interior features wooden beams that arc into the ceiling giving the sense of continuous flow on either side of the interior. The upper saloon can be converted into a movie theater with blackout blinds; the large screen rises from a banquette at the touch of a button. The sun deck offers a spa pool and a swimming pool with in-water bar, which can be peeked at from the interior of the yacht. This deck is divided by an air-conditioned gym featuring top-of the-line equipment. She is featured in this edition of The Superyachts.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Amels
  • Exterior Styling: Tim Heywood Designs
  • Interior design: Andrew Winch Designs


138. Santa Maria del Mare

65.23m (214′) | 1931

Santa Maria del Mare

Santa Maria del Mare was originally built by Germany’s Krupp yard in 1931 as Argosy and has had a chequered history, variou
sly serving the US Navy in WW II and then becoming a ferry. This 66m superyacht is currently being completely rebuilt as a luxury yacht in Italy to RINA class and her Luca Dini interior will sleep 10 guests in five cabins.

  • Builder: Germania Werft
  • Naval Architecture & Exterior Styling: Cox & Stevens
  • Interior design: Luca Dini

139. Astarte II

65.23m (214′) | 1987

Astarte II | photo by Christian /

This yacht was built by Blohm + Voss in 1987 for the late Brigadier Sir Timothy Landon, a Canadian graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst who rose to command the Sultan of Oman’s armed forces. She offers accommodation for 20 guests in two suites on the main deck and eight cabins on the lower deck – three doubles, three twins and two smaller twin rooms suitable for children or staff. On the main deck, the saloon opens to the aft deck, where there is alfresco dining and lounging, and forward to the formal dining saloon. On the upper deck, a games room gives direct access to the aft deck, where there is an alfresco dining area and a spa pool. Astarte II, usually berthed near Athens, is believed to be currently owned by a Greek shipping magnate.

  • Builder: Blohm + Voss
  • Naval Architecture: Ross Industrie
  • Interior design: Jacqueline Thwaites / Michael Inchbald


140. Trident

65.22m (213’98”) | 2009

Trident was launched from the Royal Van Lent yard in May 2009. With interior and exterior styling by Donald Starkey and naval architecture by De Voogt, she blends a classic Feadship flared bow with modern touches such as semicircular extensions with glass bulwarks on the aft decks.

Her interior blends exotic woods and marbles with white and high-gloss finishes. The owner’s suite includes a full-beam master stateroom, while another 12 guests are accommodated in seven equally luxurious suites. Trident’s main feature is an amazing lift, seemingly encased within a block of walnut travertine that allows guests to travel up through the entire yacht to the sun deck. She is featured in volume 24 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Donald Starkey / De Voogt Naval Architects


141. Callisto

65.20m (213’91”)

Callisto | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Built at the renowned Feadship–De Vries yard, the four-deck Callisto is a modern-day classic that boasts some unusual features, including tender garages built into the sides of her bows. Displaying stunning exterior lines, an understated Terence Disdale interior and perfectly balanced layout, complemented by the latest and most sophisticated equipment, the yacht offers accommodation for 12 guests in a full-width main deck master suite, three en suite double cabins and two twins. Her interior is decorated throughout to create a warm and intimate, yet neutral, atmosphere. Callisto has a top speed of 16 knots and cruises at 12 knots. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 21.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture: De Vries
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Terence Disdale Design


142. Cedar Sea II

65.14m (213’71”) | 1986

Cedar Sea II |photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Owned by the Mouawad family of Lebanese jewellers, Cedar Sea II is perhaps one of the most richly decorated superyachts in existence. Gold, lapis lazuli, onyx, jade, mother-of-pearl, ivory, coral and select marbles all contribute to the opulence created by the late Jon Bannenberg. The result is an aquatic palace of breathtaking proportions which still retains a contemporary appearance. The dining room is on the main deck, while the saloon takes advantage of views through the oval windows of the upper deck. Also on the main deck is the palatial master suite, which is adjoined by three family cabins. Eight further guest cabins are found on the lower deck, where there is also a medical surgery. She was lengthened by 1.5m by the CRN shipyard in 1994. Cedar Sea II is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 3.

  • Builder: C Van Lent & Zonen
  • Naval Architecture: De Voogt
  • Interior design: Jon Bannenberg


143. Pestifer

65.00m (213’25”) | 2009

Pestifer | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This 65-metre from Feadship’s De Vries Shipyard features enormous volume for her length and provides superlative accommodation for eight guests, who will be served by no less than 24 crew members. Unusually, it was the interior, which harks back to the golden days of yachting, that was the starting point for the entire project. Having received a very detailed specification and an interior design from François Zuretti, the yard created a hull around this package while Incorporating all the elements that one expects in a Feadship. All of this was successfully achieved within the parameters of Clifford Denn’s sophisticated styling profile.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture: De Voogt
  • Exterior Styling: Clifford Denn
  • Interior design: Francois Zuretti


144. Ambrosia

65.00m (213’25”) | 2007

Ambrosia | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Ambrosia is the fourth Benetti for Hong-Kong businessman Ambrous Young, and is believed to be the first large yacht project to have specified the diesel-electric Azipod propulsion system. Styled in recognisably ‘Benetti fashion’, the yacht is intended for private use; therefore the art deco-inspired interior with an array of materials and finishes reflects the owner’s style and taste. The main interior features include a trompe l’oeil on the walls of the main staircase inspired by murals from the transatlantic passenger liner SS Normandie, and a large circular dining table for 14 on the aft bridge deck that displays a moonscape below the glass top. Overhead, pinpoint fibre optics map out the solar system linked to a GPS that orients it in accordance with the yacht’s heading. In addition to the master stateroom, Ambrosia
offers accommodation for 10 guests in a VIP cabin and four guest cabins. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 20.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Benetti
  • Exterior Styling: S Natucci
  • Interior design: F Zuretti


145. Nataly

65.00m (213’25”) | 2010

Nataly | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Originally commissioned by the owner of three previous Amnesia’s, the yacht was sold two months before her launch and renamed Nataly. For this yacht, Redman Whiteley Dixon was not only instructed to design the interior, as it was for the previous Amnesia, but also to undertake the exterior design. These new and elegant lines reveal a modern, practical, clean charter yacht that maintains the spirit of her forebear but provides her exterior profile with a near plumb bow – a distinct departure from traditional Benetti looks.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Benetti
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon


146. Maìn

65.00m (213’25”) | 2008

Maìn | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Maìn, owned by Giorgio Armani, is the replacement for his former yacht, Mariù, which was also built by Codecasa. This yacht has a distinctly military look emphasised by her dark green hull colour. Her stern is fitted out with full-width transom steps finished in teak. In true Armani fashion, the interior is minimalist with light and airy spaces and a mass of light-coloured teak that offsets dark furniture. Accommodation is provided in an owner’s suite and six guest cabins, while the crew occupy six twin-bunked cabins plus cabins for the captain and chief engineer. She has a range of 6,000nm and maximum speed of 17 knots in light displacement conditions.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Codecasa
  • Exterior Styling: Ortelli
  • Interior design: Della Role


147. Nourah of Riyad

65.00m (213’25”) | 2008

Nourah of Riyad

Nourah of Riyad was the largest yacht to be constructed in Turkey at the time of her launch, and was built while the yard was being developed around her on land reclaimed from the Gulf of Izmit. Donald Starkey’s exterior design features vertical bridge windows, ample deck spaces and mezzanine deck levels that create more space in the crew areas and improve visibility from the bridge and the master suite. The light and airy interior includes two master suites forward on the main deck, a main deck VIP, six guest cabins and a cinema. A large dining saloon for up to 36 people is located on the upper deck, while the main saloon features side doors that give access to balconies created from outward-folding bulwarks. Her impressive 26.5m-long sun deck can be accessed by both the internal stairwell and a lift, and features a dayhead, shower and a large spa pool flanked by sun mattresses. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 23.

  • Builder: Yachtley
  • Naval Architecture: Salih Saim Kaya / Yachtley
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Donald Starkey Design


148. Wedge Too

65.00m (213’25”) | 2002

Wedge Too

This ‘daringly different’ vessel, built in 2002 for the Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister Issam Fares and his wife Hala, was the first yacht project for the well-known designer Philippe Starck. His contribution was initially limited to the interior, but he eventually redesigned the superstructure to give the yacht its unique profile, with oiled teak cladding on the sides of the deckhouse between strongly mullioned windows. Starck’s obsession with purity of line even went as far as to dispense with a name board – the yacht’s ‘W2’ logo is painted on the hull side. The interior décor consists of unembellished anigre panelling, stained to a mellow tone, and wide-planked teak floors. The furniture comes in an eclectic collection of styles, from Louis XIV to the clean-cut lines of modernism through to the plain funky. Wedge Too can accommodate 18 guests in nine cabins, with the master suite, forward on the owner’s deck, offering a full 180-degree panorama of windows. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 17.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture: De Voogt
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Philippe Starck


149. Family Day

65.00m (213’25”) | 2010

Family Day

Family Day, Codecasa’s hull F 71, was delivered in summer 2010. She has modern lines and a considerably lengthened aft deck compared to earlier yachts from this yard, thus giving her a sporty look. The bridge deck has a large spa pool with sofas, armchairs and sunpads, while the large sun deck offers more sunbathing cushions and a dining table next to a barbecue. The interior, by Franco and Anna Maria Della Role, is in the modern contemporary style. Volumes are large, especially the master suite, which incorporates a fold-out balcony, while the six guests cabins are also spacious. Dark rosewood is used for floors and doors, with wall panelling in rosewood and fabric, and pale leather is used for bed heads and borders as well as on sofas. A lift connects all five decks. Interestingly, the dining room, whose round table can seat up to 16, is on the bridge deck, filling the area often dedicated to an upper saloon.

  • Builder / Naval Architecture / Exterior Styling : Codecasa
  • Interior design: Franco and Anna Della Role


150. Lady Lau

65.00m (213’25”) | 2010

Lady Lau

Lady Lau, the third of Codecasa’s 65-metre series after Maìn and Family Day is owned by a Chinese businessman who asked for an interior that served both business entertaining and cruising purposes. The layout splits the guest cabins between the lower and main decks, while the owner’s suite is forward of the upper deck saloon and dining room. Just above, the bridge deck features a spa pool, a cinema and a gymnasium under an extended overhang. One of the main design features of this yacht is that four of her guest cabins are decorated in unique themes –Thai, Chinese, Egyptian and modern, so that foreign guests might feel at home. Two Caterpillar 3516B engines, each of 2,448 hp, allow the yacht to reach 17 knots and provide a range of 5,000nm at 12 knots. She is featured in this edition of The Superyachts.

  • Builder / Naval Architecture / Exterior Styling:
  • Interior design: Franco and Anna Della Role


151. White Rose of Drachs

65.00m (213’25”) | 2004

White Rose of Drachs | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

White Rose of Drachs is distinguished by her rounded stern, tall exhaust stacks and an imposing tall bow overhang. With a range of about 6,000 nautical miles, she is more than capable of crossing oceans and offers superb handling in all conditions. The interior is very ornate, with sumptuous seating areas and a recurring rose theme stemming from the emblem of the owner’s native English county of Yorkshire. The five guest cabins are named after famous painters, and each room is decorated in the base colours of one of their most famous works. The owner’s suite is a haven of mahogany and classical furniture, while all the bathrooms are finished in marble with ornate gold taps. White Rose of Drachs is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 18.

  • Builder: Peters Schiffbau
  • Naval Architecture: Lasse & Pache
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Donald Starkey Designs


152. Shemara

64.68m (212’2″) | 1938


This yacht was delivered to British businessman Sir Bernard Docker just before the outbreak of World War II. Post-war, Docker gained notoriety for his conspicuous wealth during a lean economic period in the 1950s and early 1960s. The yacht was put on the market in 1965 for an asking price of £600,000, an enormous sum in those days, and she eventually passed into the hands of Harry Hyams, a property developer, for the lesser sum of £290,000. Following an initial refit she was seriously neglected, and for many years was laid up in Lowestoft in the United Kingdom in poor condition. It is understood that the yacht is to be taken to Scotland for a refit, although it remains unclear whether she has changed hands.

Builder: Thorneycroft


153. Lady Haya

64.62m (212′) | 1981

Lady Haya | photo by

Lady Haya was built by the Japanese shipyard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 1981 as Pegasus IV for a Greek owner, and was once owned by the late John Latsis before passing into Saudi Arabian ownership, when she was renamed Shahnaz. Following the further change of name to Lady Haya, she was extensively refitted and lengthened between
2000 and 2002 and is believed to remain in Saudi Arabian hands. Last refitted at Cantieri di Pesaro in 2006, she is usually to be found in Puerto Banus, near Marbella, where her owner cruises the Mediterranean during the summer.

  • Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Exterior Styling: Terence Disdale Design
  • Interior design: Jones


154. Van Triumph

64.56m (211’81”) | 1984

Van Triumph | photo by Anders Linden /

Usually berthed at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, this much-used yacht is owned by David Lieu, a Hong Kong financier who is credited with having designed the vessel. He has been her sole owner since her launch in 1984. A less than beautiful vessel, she was reportedly built as a ‘go-anywhere’ boat, and this, combined with her looks, perhaps gives her the title of the first expedition yacht. One of the requirements of her world-roaming pedigree was for the accommodation and wheelhouse to be bullet-proof, as she was to travel to parts of the world where piracy was a real threat – a useful feature today. The yacht was offered for sale with an asking price of $12m in 2007, later reduced to $9.8m by agents Simpson Marine, but there is no record of a sale having been made.

  • Builder: Supercraft Ltd


155. Aquarius

64.50m (211’61”) | 2007

Aquarius | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

When the owner of the 49.9m Tigre d’Or, reportedly Israel’s richest citizen, Shari Arison, outgrew her yacht, she went back to Amels and commissioned My Shanti, which offered 55% more volume. Much of this has been invested in cabins so that the yacht can sleep a total of 29 guests and carry a further 34 guests at sea. The owner’s decision not to have a tender garage or beach club in the stern means that there is ample room for crew quarters and a lazarette full of water toys and even a game-fishing fighting chair. The three deck spaces are topped by a vast sun deck 27.5m in length. In a tribute to Terence Disdale’s original interior design for Tigre d’Or, the owners requested a repeat of the same calm and understated comfort. The yacht has now changed hands and was renamed Aquarius by her new owners. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 23, as My Shanti.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Amels
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Terence Disdale Design


156. Silver Angel

64.40m (211’28”) | 2009

Silver anger | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Launched in the spring of 2009, Silver Angel boasts a beautiful black, white and grey art deco interior designed by Argent Design of London in conjunction with Stefano Natucci. The design incorporates 1,200 square metres of black glossy oak and 700 square metres of stone – fine white onyx for the interior and travertine on the exterior. It also includes a large collection of Lalique glass and a good deal of silver in an echo of her name. The yacht has accommodation for 12 guests in seven cabins, with a full-width owner’s suite and gymnasium with sauna on the main deck. There are two large formal saloons and a formal dining saloon, while outside areas offer a fully enclosed sun deck lounge with open areas fore and aft incorporating a mosaic plunge pool and spa pool, a full bar, barbecue and a ‘Teeit’ professional golf tee. The yacht was featured in volume 24 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Benetti
  • Exterior Styling: Stefano Nattucci
  • Interior design: Argent Design


157. Pilar Rossi

64.35m (211’12”) | 1989

Pilar Rossi | photo by

Formula One racing legend Nelson Piquet’s yacht Pilar Rossi was initia
lly built in Turkey as a relatively modest 33m Alucraft motor yacht, but his uncle is Brazilian naval architect Mauricio Piquet, and together they drew up a design to convert her into a sailing trimaran by adding outriggers and two masts of equal height made by Formula Yacht Spars in Lymington, England. An extra 25m of length was added in a Brazilian shipyard. Her interior, decorated by Vivianne Piquet, accommodates 18 guests. She has crossed the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and returned to the Caribbean, but no details of her sailing ability are available.

  • Builder: Alucraft (1989) & Inace (2005)
  • Naval Architecture & Exterior Styling: Vincenzo Ruggiero / Alberto Mercati / Mauricio Piquet


158. Lady Marina

63.95m (209’81”) | 1999

Lady Marina

The exterior of Lady Marina was designed by Donald Starkey, resulting in an appearance that has none of the usual Feadship characteristics. The profile is both modern and classic, with vertical forward-facing windows shaded by smoothly curved brows and sweeping, sculptured lines that emphasise length and effectively disguise the height of this four-deck vessel. The owner’s suite is fully independent of the usual guest areas and comprises seven rooms, including a full-beam stateroom, decorated in an oriental style. Above is an observation lounge offering 180-degree views and opening on to a secluded deck. There are also a study, gymnasium and sauna and a hairdressing salon. The tenders are stored in amidship bays on the upper deck, leaving the aft part of the deck free for guests. With the doors to the upper saloon open, it is possible for as many as 100 people to sit down to a meal in the huge combined space created. Lady Marina appears in The Superyachts, Volume 14.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture: De Voogt
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Donald Starkey


159. Turmoil

63.82m (209’38”) | 2006


This yacht, named after a famous oceangoing tug, was built for the founder of the Lands’ End clothing company, the late Gary Comer, and is a research vessel as well as a family yacht. In addition to her spacious guest and crew quarters, dedicated owner’s deck and American cherry interior, Turmoil has a wet lab for analysing air and water samples, and a lecture room that transforms into a games and computer room when the yacht is in ‘family mode’. Although very much a utility vessel, she has aesthetic touches that include a sloping sheer, flared bow, tumblehome on all decks and compound curves on her cabin sides. She can accommodate a Cessna Caravan floatplane and a sixseat Eurocopter TwinStar helicopter, and for security purposes has 22 CCTV cameras and a motion detection intruder alarm. The 15 crew include an aircraft pilot, a mechanic and certified diving instructor.

  • Builder: Royal Denship
  • Naval Architecture: OSK
  • Exterior Styling: Tom Fexas
  • Interior design: Ole Rune / Bev Walsh


160. Felicita West

63.64m (208’79”) 2003

Felicita | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

The second largest yacht so far delivered by Perini Navi (after Maltese Falcon), this elegant Ron Holland design performs exceptionally well under sail, being able to achieve speeds of over 17 knots in optimum conditions. At the same time, her ultra-wide beam of 12.7m allows large internal volume as well as side decks on which two people can walk side by side. Her flying bridge is able to accommodate all 12 guests at once, while her bathing platform descends from the main deck to provide easy access to the water. The most spectacular views are from the bow seat or a crow’s nest ‘lift’ that ascends 40 metres up the mast. The owner’s suite on the lower deck occupies the entire width of the hull and includes a small lounge, office, wardrobe, bedroom, large bathroom and separate toilet. Also on the lower deck, a further four en suite guest cabins are positioned towards the bow.

  • Builder: Perini Navi
  • Naval Architecture & Exterior Styling: Ron Holland / Perini Navi
  • Interior design: Nuvolari-Lenard / Perini Navi


161. Shahnaz

63.50m (208’33”) | 1991

Originally built for a Swiss businessman as El Bravo, this four-deck yacht was later acquired by a Mexican businessman with links to Cuba and then purchased by the late John Latsis, the Greek shipping magnate, who gave her to the Saudi Royal Family. She has since had several refits, most notably in 2000-2001 in Arredamenti Porto, Genoa, when her upper deck was extended and her interior layout redecorated and redesigned to increase accommodation. Shahnaz can usually be found in Dubai or the Mediterranean. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 5, as El Bravo.

  • Builder: Nuovi Cantieri Liguri
  • Naval Architecture: Ruggiero Naval Architects
  • Interior design: Studio de Jorio


162. Sokar

63.50m (208’33”) | 1990

Sokar | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Jonikal was designed as a family yacht for her first owner, with her interior spaces reflecting the need for comfortable, human-sized rooms rather than palatial spaces. Accordingly, her main deck layout incorporated two smaller living rooms in addition to the main saloon, one a study and the second a cosy television room. The second owner of this classic Codecasa yacht was Mohammed al-Fayed, former owner of Harrods department store in London. Her name became famous when his son Dodi and Princess Diana took a holiday on board immediately before their tragic fatal accident in Paris on 31 August 1997. Afterwards, without change of ownership, she was renamed Sokar following lengthening and refitting work at Abeking & Rasmussen that slightly altered her appearance. She is featured as Jonikal in The Superyachts, Volume 4.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Codecasa
  • Exterior Styling: Manfredo & Sforzi
  • Interior design: Cerruti


163. Force Blue

63.22m (207’41”)| 2002

Force Blue | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This spectacular expedition yacht is owned by Flavio Briatore, who formerly led the Renault Formula One team. Following her purchase, he embarked o
n an ambitious refurbishment programme with design by the noted Italian interior designer Celeste dell’Anna. Force Blue has accommodation for 12 guests in six luxurious and fashionable cabins, looked after by a 17-strong crew. The deck areas, which offer the usual blend of sunbathing, bar, spa pool and lounging, plus a helipad, are so large that they have hosted a party for 500, of which 80 sat down to dine. A favourite area is no doubt the ‘Wellbeing Centre’ below the aft deck, which offers massage facilities, a sauna, hammam, mud baths and hydro massage. All are supervised by trained staff, as is the large gymnasium.

  • Builder: Royal Denship
  • Naval Architecture: Steen Knudsen
  • Exterior Styling: Tom Fexas
  • Interior design: Zuretti & Rune


164. Lady Britt

63.00m (206’69”) | 2011

Lady Britt | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

The Scandinavian owners of the 63m Lady Britt, their first yacht, did their research and surrounded themselves with the best of the industry to produce a charterer’s and owner’s dream. Using design elements from past Feadship builds, such as the 204-foot Cakewalk and 182-foot Twizzle as well as the look of a high-end London apartment, they created a look that is strictly their own. The yacht has a lovely Finnish sauna with a hull opening that creates an adjacent swim platform. She is featured in this edition of The Superyachts

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture & Exterior Styling: De Voogt
  • Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon


165. Kolaha

63.00m (206’69”) | 2010

Kolaha | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

A ‘moonstone’-coloured hull topped by a white superstructure distinguishes Kolaha, the latest and, so far, largest launch by the Italian ISA yard, has now been delivered to her European owner. The yacht offers a sizeable sun deck incorporating a large pool, bar and sunbathing area in its forward part and a panoramic seating area with comfortable sofas aft. The stern’s large bathing platform, which enables the owners and their guests easy access to the sea, can be united with the adjoining garage when the tenders are launched. Designed by Patrick Knowles, Kolaha’s interior has been described as being in the ‘Key West style’ and incorporates the use of natural materials with tropical influences such as bamboo, coconut shell and palm wood, complemented by hand-painted murals.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: ISA Yachts
  • Exterior Styling: Andrea Vallicelli
  • Interior design: Patrick Knowles


166. Lionheart

63.00m (206’69”) | 2005

Lionheart | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Lionheart is the second Benetti of this name owned by the British fashion retailer Philip Green and his wife Christina. The yacht has her own totally personal style with an interior that is said to be unique thanks to the use of unusual materials and original details created by Italian designer Stefano Natucci.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Benetti
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Stefano Natucci


167. Polar Star

62.60m (205’38”) 2002

Polar Star | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This expedition yacht was originally built as Northern Star for an experienced seaman whose business involved commercial ships. She was sold and renamed Polar Star following the delivery of a new Northern Star for the original owner. Built for high-latitude sailing, she has an ice-class hull, propellers to withstand ice impacts, and a sternthruster set flush between the propellers for increased manoeuvrability. Her superstructure is further aft than on most vessels of this type, thus creating a longer foredeck for secure crew work and stowage of a small tender. The two main tenders are kept in doorless bays on the main deck aft. Her ‘English country house’ interior features a ‘sea cabin’ amidships on the lower deck for use by the owners when passagemaking in rough weather. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 19, as Northern Star.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Oceanco
  • Exterior Styling: The ‘A’ Group
  • Interior design: Zuretti


168. Baton Rouge

62.50m (205’05”) 2010

Baton Rouge | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Originally commissioned for a European owner but now sold on to an American, Baton Rouge is the third launch from the ICON yard in Harlingen, Holland, which was established with the intention of increasing the efficiency of super-yacht construction. Although using the same hull and engineering package as the first and second ICON yachts, Baton Rouge has a substantially different appearance due to the styling package from Tim Heywood. Proving the flexibility of the design, the owner chose to position the tenders aft on the main deck rather than forward, which has permitted a particularly spacious owner’s suite that extends forward into the former tender bays. The suite incorporates his-and-hers studies. The interior, decorated in a range of tastefully eclectic styles, offers four guest cabins on the lower deck and two VIPs on the upper deck, which also has an observation lounge. She is featured in this edition of The Superyachts.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: ICON Yachts
  • Exterior Styling: Tim Heywood Designs
  • Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon


169. Icon

62.50m (205’05”) 2009

Icon | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This is the first yacht to be delivered from ICON and is custom built on an optimised design and engineering platform that permits a more efficient build but, at the same time, allows an exterior or interior designer to truly customise the boat within certain parameters. The initial concept design, together with some ideas to show the possibilities of the different number of decks, sheer lines and style, was worked up by Redman Whiteley Dixon, and ICON’s first client opted for this original exterior and also its interior layout, which offered a duplex owner’s suite, a design feature that was also adopted by the owners of the second and third boats. The first owner, however, broug
ht in his own Dutch interior designers, Studio Linse, to undertake interior decoration. The accommodation, which offers exceptional exterior visibility, includes an 85 square metre owner’s apartment extending over two deck levels, six further guest cabins and a superb ‘beach club’ in the stern. Icon is featured in volume 24 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: ICON Yachts
  • Exterior Styling: Redman Whiteley Dixon
  • Interior design: Studio Linse


170. Fortunato

62.33m (204’49”) | 2000

Fortunato |

Launched as Cakewalk (a dance from the southern states of the USA) in 2000 from Van Lent, this yacht was refitted at the same yard in 2005 after her sale, when she was renamed Fortunato. She is now a popular charter yacht offering a full-beam master suite on the main deck forward with a bedroom and lounge, twin bathrooms, a study and mirrored walk-in wardrobes. The six guest cabins are situated on the lower deck and are connected to the sun deck via a lift. The dining room can seat up to 14, while the main saloon offers an onyx bar and comfortable seating. A 50-inch cinema screen with surround sound is located in the upper deck saloon. The large sun deck can be transformed into a cinema, and guests enjoy a choice of over 1,000 films, viewed either from the sunbeds or lying back in the warm waters of the spa pool. The yacht’s two tenders, one of which is a 9 metre Wally, are stored in a garage on the forward part of the main deck. Fortunato is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 15, as Cakewalk.

  • Builders: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture: De Voogt
  • Exterior Styling: Andrew Winch Designs
  • Interior design: Liz Dalton


171. Lady Christina

62.30m (204’39”) | 2005

Lady Christina | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Although Lady Christina can carry 10 guests, she was designed mostly for use by only the owner and his wife, who therefore reserved the whole of the upper deck for themselves. This located the bridge below the owner’s suite, so to improve the view from the helm, both the upper and main decks were raised by half a deck. As a result, the owners’ suite has superb views forward through a semicircle of windows, while their private aft-facing saloon opens to the aft deck. The change of level of the owners’ deck also provided the opportunity to include a grand staircase leading up to an oval dressing room, while a split-level bathroom is set into the stairs between the lower levels. The interior, modern and bright with a touch of art deco, offers four additional cabins on the lower deck. The split-level sun deck has sheltered seating and a barbecue/bar area. Lady Christina is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 19.

  • Builder: Oceanco
  • Naval Architecture: P Casanova / Oceanco
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Zuretti


172. Virginian

62.23m (204’17”) | 1990

Virginian | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

At the time of her launch, Virginian was by tonnage the largest craft ever to come out of the Van Lent shipyard. She was also one of the most splendid, with the greater part of the interior custom made, right down to the sofas, matt gold-plated door furniture and cherrywood framing for the deckhead lights. Built for world cruising, her stowage capacity allows her to stay at sea for four to six months. There is even a custom-built herb garden with tailored stainless steel trays and ultra-violet lighting. Virginian, primarily a family cruiser, has two owner’s suites forward and four guest suites aft. The interior was the first yacht for designer David Easton and leans towards the traditional, having been influenced by a nostalgia for the great ships of the late 19th century and the owner’s extensive collection of marine oil paintings and model ships. A notable feature is the owner’s bathroom, which has a 1.5-tonne rosa aurora marble bath that took three months to hand carve. Virginian was featured in The Superyachts, Volume 4.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture: De Voogt
  • Interior design: Easton


173. Esmeralda

62.00m (203’41”) | 1982

Esmeralda | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Although 27 years have passed since the launch of this grand old lady, she still has a great deal of life left in her. Esmeralda, an oceangoing four-deck yacht built by Codecasa in 1982, sleeps 22 guests in 11 cabins, of which three are suites. The accommodation, decorated throughout in Italian style, is located on the main deck or above, and thus enjoys exceptional levels of natural light through large windows. The yacht has large deck areas, with a spa pool on both the sun and bridge decks, an alfresco dining area for up to 22, and an adjoining verandah bar for unwinding with a cocktail or aperitif. Inside, the spacious saloon provides a state-of-the art audio-visual entertainment system, while the formal dining room has seating for up to 22. MCA compliant, the yacht is run by a 19-strong crew and is available for charter around Greece.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Codecasa
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: De Jorio


174. Apogee

62.00m (203’41”) | 2003

Apogee | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

A product of Viareggio’s Codecasa yard, which carried out the naval architecture and styling, Apogee’s interior is by Franco and Anna Della Role, who created the rich mahogany panelling that sets the tone for classic elegance. In addition to its sweeping circular staircase, the main foyer includes a lift that links all five decks. Much larger than usual, the bridge deck saloon introduces burl mahogany and rosewood to the decorative scheme and features an 8m-long, backlit, onyx-topped bar modelled on Miami’s Delano Hotel, as well as, more unusually, a demountable dancing pole. Other facilities include a magnificent sun deck with an air-conditioned gymnasium. The master suite, positioned forward on the main deck, contains a bedroom with king-sized bed and sitting area, twin bathrooms and an adjoining study. Twelve further guests can be accommodated in the family cabin on the main deck, two lower deck double cabins and two additional twins. There is also a double cabin next to the bridge deck saloon.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Codecasa
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Della Role


175. Moneik

62.00m (203’41”) | 2007

Moneikos | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Launched in 2007, Moneikos is the second Codecasa yacht for her experienced Italian owner, his former 50m Moneikos, launched in 2000, having been sold and renamed Dakota. Moneikos is a sistership to Codecasa’s other 62m yacht, Apogee, which which she shares an exterior designed by Franco and Anna Della Role, who also undertook the interior of Moneikos, decorating her in ultra-modern minimalist style – a distinct contrast to her more traditional sistership. The fifth deck on this yacht, from where the bridge has excellent visibility, has allowed huge volume to be devoted to the owner and guest areas, but the disadvantage of this arrangement is that there is no traditional sun deck. Located forward on the upper deck, the particularly spacious owner’s suite enjoys 180-degree visibility over the bow. The guest cabins – two doubles on the main deck and two doubles and three twins on the lower deck – are all of good size and fully featured. The upper saloon adjoins a dining area for 16.

  • Builder: Codecasa
  • Naval Architecture: Arch. Italia
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Dellarole


176. Rasselas

62.00m (203’41”) | 2005

Rasselas | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Rasselas, named after Samuel Johnson’s travel story, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia, was built with manoeuvrability and seaworthiness in mind for the late Kenneth Rainin, an American entrepreneur, and she is understood to have remained in the ownership of his family. De Vries’s main technical achievements were in sound insulation and in the resilient mounting of machinery, which resulted in the yacht being extremely silent in operation. As the captain and several crew members played a major role in the design process, the yacht incorporates many practical details that make service easier. The classically mahogany-panelled interior includes an owner’s suite and five spacious cabins, one of which is a children’s cabin with upper and lower bunks and a bathroom with a half-sized bath. Rasselas is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 19.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture: De Voogt
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Pannagan Designs


177. Sarah

62.00m (203’41”) | 2002

Sarah | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Sarah is believed to be the first yacht to leave her builder’s yard with a Safety Management Certificate (SMC). Because she was designed as a purely private yacht for the enjoyment of the owner’s family and friends, she has a generous amount of accommodation, with the owner’s personal quarters designed for maximum flexibility. In addition to the owner’s full-beam suite, there are two further double en suite family cabins that can be converted to an office and gymnasium when not in use. Two VIP guest cabins enjoys superb views from the upper deck, while a further four guest cabins are located on the lower deck. The interior boasts mahogany, marble and other natural materials. As a private yacht Sarah does not need MCA certification but nevertheless meets or exceeds all of its requirements through numerous systems and services. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 16.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Amels
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Donald Starkey Designs


178. Bistango

62.00m (203’41”) | 2010


Featuring exterior styling by Stefano Natucci, and an elaborate classical Italianate interior by Studio Massari, this Benetti-built vessel is hoping to make an impression on the charter market. A large master suite, three double cabins and a twin on the lower deck, plus a VIP cabin on the bridge deck, provide accommodation for 12 guests. The master bedroom, located forward on the main deck, features a split-level layout. The bed is set beneath a large skylight on the upper level with views over the foredeck, to which it has direct access, while the lower level contains a large private sitting room and office. Among the yacht’s other features are a piano, a gymnasium and a Turkish bath. Extensive alfresco living areas include a large sun deck, served by the lift, which offers a large spa pool, bar and dining table as well as a sunbathing area aft that doubles as a touch-and-go helipad. Further dining is available on the bridge deck aft, while the main deck aft, in combination with the extensive bathing platform and stern garage, is ideal for water sports. Bistango is featured in volume 24 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Benetti
  • Exterior Styling: Stefano Natucci
  • Interior design: Studio Massari


179. Candy Scape II

61.80m (202’76”) | 2009

Candy Scape II | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

The first yacht to be launched by Viareggio SuperYachts, Candyscape II was originally destined for the yard’s owner, but the London-based property developers Candy & Candy purchased her during construction for use as a floating showroom for their interior design talents. Their designers made alterations to the layout devised by Espen Øino and created a superbly decorated yacht with excellent living spaces. She is the first yacht to be built to RINA’s Green Plus notification, and because of this includes environmentally friendly features such as a bacterial black and grey water treatment plant that discharges almost pure water. Other groundbreaking technology includes a Kongsberg Glass Bridge with dynamic positioning and a super-quiet Brunvoll double-tunnel bowthruster. The yacht is featured in volume 24 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder: Viareggio SuperYachts
  • Naval Architecture: Studio Arnaboldi
  • Exterior Styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Candy & Candy


180. Roma

61.80m (202’76”) | 2009


A sistership to Candyscape II (see above), this is the second yacht to be launched from Viareggio SuperYachts (VSY). RoMa is substantially different from Candyscape II in both her minimalist decoration by Katerina Raczek, from the German design company Newcruise Yacht Projects + Design, and in her layout, which remains similar to the original plan drawn by Espen Øino. The latter locates just one guest cabin on the lower deck and devotes the rest of its large volume to machinery, side tender
garages, galley and crew living areas. Like her sistership, RoMa has a convenient tank deck passageway that runs along the centreline to join the crew spaces forward with the engine room and garage, while the space between the tank tops and the deckhead provides a good storage area for spares. Her twin Caterpillar 3516B engines provide a top speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.

  • Builder: Viareggio SuperYachts
  • Naval Architecture: Studio Arnaboldi
  • Exterior Styling: Espen Øino
  • Interior design: Newcruise


181. Mary-Jean II

61.73m (202’53”) | 2010

Mary-Jean II | photo by Marc Paris

Launched in May of 2010, the 61.73-metre Mary-Jean II was built by International Shipyard Ancona. The yard was responsible for the design, naval architecture and engineering of the yacht. Designed for charter, the yacht has a spacious and clean feel, pop and modern art pieces add color and her interior makes good use of light grained satin finished woods such as teak, wengé and bamboo. Entertainment spaces abound with a sky-lounge that also includes a vast cinema screen and multiple outdoor dining and lounge areas. Mary-Jean II accommodates up to 12 guests in 7 cabins with a crew of 14. She is featured in this edition of The Superyachts.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: ISA Yachts
  • Exterior Styling: Walter Franchini Architetto
  • Interior design: Mark Berryman Design Ltd


182. Marina

61.54m (201’11”) | 1968

Launched in 1963 for Norway’s Coast Guard as W-300, aka Nornen, this ship later passed to the Royal Norwegian Navy. When her services were no longer needed in Norway, she was purchased by an entrepreneur who spruced her up for charter service with a refit from 2003 to 2006 at the Cindemir yard in Turkey. She is usually lying in Italian waters.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture Mjellem & Karlse


183. New Sunrise

61.50m (201’77”) | 2000

New Sunrise| photo by Raphael Montigneaux

When New Sunrise was originally launched as Nvmptia in 2000 she was one of those rare vessels genuinely different in design, layout and overall intention. Her dignified profile and classic rounded stern identified her as a full displacement cruising yacht whose appearance relied on harmonious proportions rather than flamboyant styling. Featuring an energy-efficient and sea-kindly hull, she consumes only 260 litres of fuel per hour at 13.5 knots. Her large sun-deck has a splash pool and two large seating areas grouped around tables. The interior is panelled in cherrywood and furnished in restrained chinoiserie style, while the main saloon is perhaps better described as a ‘drawing room’ as it features an Adam fireplace more reminiscent of a stately home. A dayhead decorated in spectacular honey-coloured onyx and fitted with a basin carved from a solid block is an example of the extraordinary collection of semi-precious stones used aboard this yacht. She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 14, as Nvmptia.

  • Builder: CRN
  • Naval Architecture & Exterior Styling: Studio Scanu
  • Interior design: Francois Zuretti


184. Adora

61.50m (201’77”) | 2010


The 61.50 metre motor yacht Adora was designed by Stefano Natucci with an interior by the Lebanese Claude Missir Agency. Accommodation is provided for 12 guests and 15 crew members. Adora is powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 M60 diesel engines which provide a top speed of 16 knots, cruising speed of 15 knots and a range of 5000 nautical miles at 12 knots. She is featured in this edition of The Superyachts

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Benetti
  • Exterior Styling: Stefano Natucci
  • Interior design: Claude Missir Architecture Interieure


185. Solemar

61.50m (201’77”) | 2002

Solemar | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Solemar was the first vessel to be launched from the Amels Schelde shipyard in Vlissingen. Apart from her antennas and deck equipment, everything was designed and manufactured specifically for the yacht, which makes her one of the most expensive in the world. Her modern exterior has two strong semicircles of forward-facing windows and an eyebrow over the upper deck’s side windows that serves as a sunshade for the lounge. By stowing her tenders and jet-skis on the foredeck, she is able to devote her entire decks to the owner and guests. The upper deck aft can be transformed into a disco floor complete with sound and illumination from an audio-visual system designed by Amazing New Technologies at a cost of over $1m. The interior features cherrywood panelling and tactile modern fabrics. The full-beam master suite, with 4m headroom, features an oval skylight. Solemar is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 17.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Amels
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Michael Leach Design


186. Voyager

61.30m (201’12”) 1973

Voyager | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Absinthe was recently purchased, renamed Voyager and transformed into an expedition yacht for exclusive charter periods, whether in remote tropical waters or extreme Alaskan winters. To this end she carries a helicopter (which has refuelling facilities to US Coastguard safety standards) and an array of tenders and toys. Her interior was completely redesigned in a young and colourful fashion without compromising comfort, and this has led to her becoming a popular charter vessel. The accommodation comprises nine cabins, including an owner’s suite on the upper deck.

  • Builder: Astilleros Tolleres Celayo
  • Naval Architecture / Exterior Styling / Interior design: Sparkman & Stephens


187. Il Vagabondo Again

61.27m (201’02”) | 1987

Il Vagabondo Again | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This yacht, featuring styling and interior design by Terence Disdale Design, was built at the CRN Shipyard in Ancona (now part of th
e Ferretti Group) for a Saudi Arabian businessman. She can accommodate 16 guests and 19 crew members and was originally named Il Vagabondo. To show his loyalty to the Saudi hierarchy, her owner later decided to change her name to Majestic, but this is understood to have caused disapproval in royal circles. The original name was revived with the addition of Again because her former name had, in the meantime, been taken by another yacht.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: CRN
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Disdale & Jones


188. Majestic

61.20m (200’79”) | 2007


Secret, now renamed Majestic, has been a very popular charter yacht since her launch, with her first repeat charter organised within a matter of four months. Her success is partly due to the traditional appeal of a Feadship, but a daring interior design by Jim Harris in his first venture into superyachts is also a factor. His modern, calm design is accented by bursts of colour seen in the scarlet chairs that surround a table in the light and airy main saloon. The flexibility of her external areas also contributes to her success as a charter yacht, with dining areas interchangeable among the three decks and even a choice of five different sets of china to suit the mood of the moment. Secret is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 21.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture & Exterior Styling: De Voogt
  • Interior design: Jim Harris


189. Mylin IV

61.00m (200’13”) | 1992

Mylin IV | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Mylin IV was built for the late Ted Arison, the owner of Carnival Cruise Lines, who loved the outside life, once jokingly saying that the yacht itself was just an expensive means of supporting the sun deck. This deck, an amazing 25m long, is a teak-floored open-air lido with a spa pool, a ten-seater bar shaded by the crow’s nest, and a dining area that lines the aft rail. The owner’s second major requirement was that Mylin IV, named after his wife Lin, have all the facilities of a house, and this significantly influenced the interior design. The upper deck lobby forms the top of a breathtaking octagonal atrium that spans three full decks, while the main deck accommodation is divided between the owner’s suite forward and the main saloon and dining room aft. Now owned by Ted’s son Mickey, the yacht has had an 18-month refit at Blohm + Voss. Mylin IV is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 6.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture / Exterior Styling / Interior design: De Voogt


190. Lady Kathryn V

61.00m (200’13”) | 2011

Lady Kathryn V | photo by Klaus Jordan

Previously known under the project name Coco, the motor yacht Lady Kathryn V, was built in steel and aluminium, her design by Espen Øino is an evolution of the Linda Lou series started in 2006. With an LOA of 61m, she’s slightly longer than her previous sisters. Her bridge deck has no full-beam section for example, giving a sleeker and more classic design to the yacht. Note also the presence of a crows nest above the sundeck, offering a panoramic view of the sea. Her interior, designed by Adam Lay, accommodates 12 guests in a master suite on the main deck, a VIP stateroom on the bridge deck, and four double cabins on the lower deck. Lady Kathryn V is the proud successor to a Westport 164.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior Styling: Espen Øino International
  • Interior design: Adam Lay Studio


191. Aurora

60.97m (200’03”) | 2004

Aurora | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Built by Lürssen with styling and interior design by Andrew Winch Designs, this yacht, now named Aurora after a recent change of ownership, offers a well-balanced layout combined with stunning interior design. A lift unites the lower deck with the sun deck, which offers a central lobby and gymnasium, a forward observation and sunbathing deck and an aft area with spa pool, bar and steamer chairs. Her interior, laid out in standard but highly practical fashion, offers two saloons, a formal dining saloon and a main deck master suite united with its observation saloon on the deck above by a private staircase. A VIP double cabin is found on the upper deck, while the remaining four guest cabins – three doubles and a twin – are on the lower deck. The yacht’s two large tenders are housed in side garages aft. Two 12-cylinder MTU 4000 M70 Series diesels, each providing 1,740kW, give Aurora a top speed of 16 knots and a cruise rate of 14 knots, while at 13 knots she has an impressive range of 7,700nm.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior Styling & Interior design: Andrew Winch Designs


192. April Fool

60.96m (200′) | 2006

April Fool | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This impressive Feadship became available for purchase midway through her build. The hull was complete and the bulkheads in place but the layout still had some flexibility. The new owner planned to use her as a family cruising yacht that would never be chartered, so he reduced the number of guest cabins to four instead of the original six and opened up all the public areas to make them as spacious as possible. The hull design is one of the De Voogt raised foredeck series (which began with Méduse), featuring eight large rectangular windows in the full-beam part of the forebody which admit light to the owner’s area, while all other large windows are set back from the side decks. The interior is elegant, restrained and comfortable. The crew of 15 enjoy spacious quarters that occupy the whole of the lower deck forward of the engine room. April Fool is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 20.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture: De Voogt
  • Exterior Styling: LARVOR
  • Interior design: Janet Leroy


193. Méduse

60.60m (198’82”) | 1996

Méduse | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

This yacht’s owner, Paul Allen, one of the original founding partners of Microsoft, decided to design a yacht that used the most advanced technology while still encompassing the finest things in l
ife. Méduse, his second Feadship, was at the time of her launch the largest yacht in terms of volume from a Feadship yard. Indeed, everything about her is oversized: wide decks, large, open interior spaces, generous crew quarters, ample storage space, high-capacity tanks for extra range and enough headroom to allow members of the owner’s basketball team to stand without stooping. Needless to say, her entertainment and computer network is a defining feature. Every compartment has its own selection of music, film and television programmes, while the computer network takes up some 73km of cabling on board. Musical guests can record their own material in the professional recording studio situated in a vast locker in the boat deck lounge. Méduse is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 12.

  • Builder: Feadship
  • Naval Architecture & Exterior Styling: De Voogt
  • Interior design: McMillen


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