As the middle-size market continues to struggle, megayachts have had yet another explosive year, pushing new limits for the industry and leading some yards to thrive. The world now has 53 yachts over 100 meters, more than double the amount in the fleet 10 years ago. Whilst the Middle East and Russia have remained active in the range, the addition of buyers from the US to the megayacht range has led the space to new heights.
Yacht Harbour looks at the largest yachts delivered in 2019 and what you need to know about them.
#1 Flying Fox
The largest yacht delivered by Lurssen this year, Flying Fox also became the most massive yacht to enter the charter market. Stretching across 136 meters, the yacht’s exterior was designed by Espen Oeino, often involved with large Lurssen builds. Onboard, Flying Fox features 11 cabins with sea view terraces, a 400 square meter spa spread over 2 floors, a 12-meter long swimming pool, a dive center and 2 helipads, all serviced by a crew of 24.
The largest yacht ever displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show, Tis wowed prospective buyers with her one of a kind interior inspired by Parisian palaces and designed by Andrew Winch. The 109-meter long Lurssen was put on the market shortly prior to her delivery and is currently looking for a new owner at a $250 million price tag.
Meanwhile Tis is available for charter at $2.2 million per week. On top of the helipads, swimming pool, spa, gym and luxurious staterooms, arguably one of the most unique amenities onboard is a main salon spread across 2 levels with a grand staircase.
A transformational build for Benetti, the Italian yacht manufacturing behemoth, IJE became 1 of 3 yachts over 100 meters built by the yard in 2019. Delivered to Australian billionaire James Packer, the yacht became his latest flagship following Arctic P. Crafted in traditional Benetti style on the exterior, not much is known about the yacht’s interior.
IJE and its new generation of Benettis did however put the yard into the competition for more 100-meter plus new builds as an increasing number of yards begins to compete for the segment.
The first mega Benetti to be delivered, the 107-meter was built as hull FB 277 and was since named Lana. With its construction overseen by Imperial Yachts, online commentary has been speculating its owner to be from Russia.
Little is known about the ship, other than its distinctive exterior look. At the time of her launch, it was teased the yacht would later be made available for charter, in what is a growing trend among megayachts.
Rounding up the ranks of the 50 largest yachts in the world, Zoza was launched in 2019 for a Middle Eastern owner according to social media. Primarily differentiating itself from other megayachts with tall panoramic windows, the yacht is likely to remain private and off the charter market.
Length: 95 meters
Built by the German shipyard Lurssen, in what has proven to be their size range with the highest resale value thanks to strong demand on the buy size, Madsummer was delivered earlier this year.
Indicative of the growing influence of American influence in the size range, Madsummer was built for experienced yacht owner Jeffrey Soffer active in Florida real estate.
#7 Lady S
A surprising player in the megayacht sector is LVMH. Following their purchase of the Feadship Royal Van Lent yard nearly a decade ago have grown their influence over the space and maintained Feadship’s reputation in the megayacht sector.
Built for Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, Lady S was designed by Michael Leach. Perhaps the most innovative feature onboard the American billionaire’s yacht is an IMAX cinema.
In the fight for supremacy over the megayacht market a rapidly gaining player has become the Dutch-based Oceanco, whose most recent megayacht became DreAMBoat following hallmark projects like Jubilee and Black Pearl.
Another example of Americans’ increasing presence, the 90-meter was built for Home Depot co-founder Arthur M. Blank. The capitalization in the yacht’s name being a clever play on the billionaire’s initials AMB.
Yard: Silver Yachts
One of the most unusual yachts on the water, its story begins with a bet to build fast, long yachts in Australia, which Guido Krass made when setting up Hanseatic Marine. Since renamed to Silver Yachts and now owned by a Chinese aluminium producer, the yard has built 5 yachts, the latest of which is Bold.
It’s most unusual feature is the vast lounge deck with full panoramic windows overlooking a large helipad aft of the main deck. Stretching over 85-meters the yacht is the reflection of a growing desire to explore from a new generation of owners.
Yard: Abeking & Rasmussen
Built for serial yacht owner Herb Chambers, the 80-meter yacht becomes his latest flagship built by German yard Abeking & Rasmussen and 3rd new build with that particular yard. Created with an instantly recognisable look, the yacht is now available for charter.
Amongst her key features is a 3-storey tall atrium with panoramic windows. Chambers’ previous yachts were also named Excellence and proved to be successful charter vessels. His former flagship, Excellence V was sold in May asking €69.5 million. His prior 78-meter Abeking&Rasmussen was however sold to a Russian billionaire even prior to her delivery, now known as Eminence.
Whilst Dutch, German and Italian yards have been competing for the megayacht market, Palumbo Superyachts, an Italian company, has been quietly amassing a leadership position in refits and expanding into new builds acquiring ISA Yachts and now managing to deliver an 80-meter yacht through their Columbus brand.
Dragon becomes the largest yacht built by Palumbo Superyachts. With all of the amenities one would expect of a yacht this size like a 7-meter swimming pool, beach club and vast staterooms, the yacht is a clear statement to the Italian group’s expansion on the scene.
Italian builder Azimut Yachts has completed the Azimut Magellano 25 Metri and revealed first look images of the boat. She is their first 25.2-metre pocket superyacht, which was created in collaboration with interior designer and architect Vincenzo De Cotiis. Exterior designer Ken Freivokh was responcible for “chic and sophisticated” exterior lines.Built in GRP and carbon fibre, the pocket superyacht was created to "convey the feeling of a penthouse overlooking the sea" because of her fully glazed superstructure, the yard said.The vessel can accommodate up to 10 guests across five cabins including an owner’s suite, which features a walk-in wardrobe and polished brass details, two VIPs located on the lower deck, one double and one convertible twin cabin.There are other stylish highlight of the boat design such as “retro-style” windows in the hull and slatted teak panels either side of the aft deckhouse. There is a large lounge area and an ‘infinity terrace’ at the bow area, which is perfect for warm weather cruising with sofas, converting into sunbeds and a bar aft and an outside dining under a retractable sunroof. The boat features twin MAN engines with 1,400 hp each, a Humpree electric fin stabilisation system, and a V-Drive in-line transmission. She can reach a top speed 25 knots or cruise at 21 knots.
August 5, 2020
Italian shipyard CPN is happy to announce the on-schedule delivery of the 36.6-metre explorer yacht K-584, which happened on 31st July.Cristiana Belardinelli, owner of CPN, commented:It has been an amazing and very challenging experience to go through the full design, development and building process, lived very directly also by the clients. Looking at this brilliant jewel like K-584 leaving our dock and taking the sea on August 1st made myself and our family so proud, a truly priceless moment.The project was overseen by Yachting Expertise who was involved since the project development stages K-584 features naval architecture by Yachting Expertise engineer Antonio Longobardi. Andrea Vallicelli and Alessandro Nazareth are responcible for her exterior design.Gianluca Fenucci from Yachting Expertise said:K-584 is a great and unique story of human relationship, ambition, professionalism, respect, intense teamwork and the love for the work we do since three decades, always with the same professionalism, passion and dedicationition, professionalism, respect, intense teamwork and the love for the work we do since three decades, always with the same professionalism, passion and dedication.Yachting Expertise had the responsibility to keep all these values well balanced and timely deliver a very innovative project that we trust will raise the bar to another level with her personality, elegance and amazing performance. She is a beauty, strong, very efficient and very easy to be operated. What else do you need to be happy and enjoy yachting? Today we are very satisfied to have been able to reach once again the difficult task to make “everybody happy”, including ourselves at YE, and to be back to the yachting arena with a project that is different from everything else and that will set a new standard.K-584 is powered with twin MAN D2868 LE 425 715hp engines which helps her to reach a top speed of 14.4 knots and an autonomous range of 6,000 nautical range at 10 knots.The motor boat features a 6-metre Tideman tender on her aft deck where a two-tonne HS-Marine crane takes care of launching and retrieving operations. There is a large swim platform with an adjacent fully-equipped diving area lower aft deck. The motor yacht can accommodate up to 10 peoplewith 5 crew members. The owner's stateroom with a private outdoor terrace is located on the upper deck. Guest can stay in two VIP and two additional guest staterooms. Pierluigi Floris, supported by Yachting Expertise partner Lorenzo Barbini and collaborating with the owners, created the design of all guest areas on board.The owner commented: For an owner’s perspective, the realisation of a project like K-584 starts with a dream that you try to transform into reality. You start by listening to your heart and after using your brain.Three intense years with all the parties involved are totally focused to reach the best results with regard to style, technical performance and seaworthiness. Almost three years that make the shipyard your second home, this is the feeling my wife and I had. Now that all personal, technical and comfort expectations have been exceeded, we have the privilege and great pleasure to enjoy this superb jewel. Viva CPN, viva K-584, we look forward to the next challenge.
August 5, 2020
It is impossible not to notice this eye-catching matte black 33.5-metre Mangusta 108 motor yacht Neoprene (ex: Naisca V), which has been recently sold. Dimitris Kyriazakos from Ekka Yachts was representing the buyer and Ed Dickinson and David Seal from Northrop & Johnson were representing the seller in the deal.Neoprene was built by Overmarine in Italy at their Viareggio shipyard in 2002. With a beam of 7.1 m and a draft of 1.2 m, she is powered by two MTU 12V 4000 M90 diesel engines, enabling her a maximum speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots. She features an exterior design by Italian studio Stefano Righini Design, with naval architecture by Andrea Bacigalupo and Overmarine. Her light-warm and neutral timeless interior design was created by Barth Italy, which was renewed from the last refit in 2017, thanks to Monaco Marine.The motor yacht can accommodate up to 10 guests across four staterooms, comprising a master suite with king-sized bed and walk-in wardrobe, VIP stateroom with a double bed, another double bed stateroom and a quadruple stateroom with four bunk beds. A crew of 5 members will take care of guests.There are sun-pads located on the foredeck shaded by an optional canopy with an outdoor dining space aft.
August 5, 2020
Let’s take a look inside the new 31.1-metre explorer yacht Archipelago, which is the fifth Darwin 102 to come from the Italian superyacht manufacturer Cantiere delle Marche.The boat has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure built to RINA Class standards. Her naval architecture and exterior styling comes from Hydro Tec.Francesco Guida is responsible for her interior design with a sea theme of white, blue and green. Archipelago offers accommodation for 10 guests across five en-suite cabins, including a large owner's suite on the main deck, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins and 1 twin cabin. The crew of 6 will provide luxury comfort for of guests. Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales and Marketing Director of CdM, commented:We are very proud of launching the fifth Darwin Class 102' confirming that there is no other more successful explorer vessel’s model between 90 and 110 feet in the whole market.There is a large open-plan living room with dining area on the main deck. The upper deck has the storage for the yacht's Williams Dieseljet D565 tender and wheelhouse. Also here you can find the helm controls forward with the Captain's cabin immediately behind, followed by the cozy skylounge, which is ideal for close conversation.Archipelago is powered with twin Caterpillar Inc C18 Acert engines delivering 500kW each, which helps her to reach a top speed of 13 knots and a cruising speed of 11.5 knots. The yacht has an extensive cruising range of 4,700 nautical miles at 9.5 knots.
August 4, 2020
Grace is a 52.3 m luxury motor yacht. She was built as a Limited Edition 171 model by Amels and delivered in 2009. With Imperial Yachts representing the seller and Edmiston introducing the buyer, Grace has been recently sold. With a beam of 9.5 m and a draft of 3.3 m, she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 649 tons. She is powered by MTU engines of 1427 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots. Grace's maximum range is estimated at 4500 nautical miles. The motor yacht can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins with an interior design by Nuvolari Lenard and an exterior design by Tim Heywood.Tim Heywood described:The larger the boat is, the easier it is to make it elegant. But then, I like the challenge of trying to apply the design formulas I’ve created to smaller boats. The Amels 171 as it was originally, now the 180, that to me features a lot of the details and design elements that I’ve created on the bigger boats.There are two jet skis, 6.5-metre tender, large swim platform, onboard crane, and the panoramic sundeck with its Jacuzzi and many other outstanding features.Greg Thomas, Imperial sales broker commented:Most of the Limited Editions superyachts have interiors by Laura Sessa, whereas Grace was created by Nuvolari Lenard Studio, so she has a special, unique touch and feel compared to other 171’s.The interior is decorated with leather, wenge wood, light white oak, Alcantara fabric and Capria leather. For the third third owner her last asking price was €23,000,000.
August 4, 2020