The debate over what sailing yacht could claim the sough-after title of largest sailing yacht in the world has been a long and tedious one in yachting and with a few possible contenders in the running and more in build, it looks like the battle isn't over yet.
Indeed, whereas it is clear that 180-meter Azzam is the longest yacht in the world and Dilbar is the most voluminous, both of these are motor yachts. With sailing yachts, the ranking is however much more opaque due largely to the measurement that is used.
Loaded waterline length, known as LWL, is the measurement of the length of a vessel from the points where it sits in the water. On the other hand length overall, abbreviated as LOA, is defined as the maximum length of a yacht's hull, which for sailing yacht also includes the bowsprit, a key factor when measuring a sailing yacht and part of the difficulty in this ranking.
Length overall: 88m (289 ft)
Length at waterline: 78.21m (256 ft)
Owner: Elena Ambrosiadou
The Maltese Falcon, built by Italian shipyard, Perini Navi in Turkey for the late venture capitalist, Tom Perkins is often referred to as the largest sailing yacht in the world. Reason being, the schooner with her three rotating masts has an overall length of 88 meters and a length at waterline of 78.21 meters.
At the time of her sale in 2009 to Elena Ambrosiadou at an asking price of €70 million, the Maltese Falcon was indeed hailed by many news organisations as the largest sailing yacht in the world. The Maltese Falcon's claim to the title mainly rests on her LOA and the fact that she does not have a bowsprit to offset calculations. The sailing yacht is currently available for charter from $400,000 per week.
Length overall: 90m (295 ft)
Length at waterline: 78.25m (260 ft)
Owner: Jim Clark
Referred to as the largest sailing yacht in the world available for charter by many adverts, Athena was built in 2004 by Royal Huisman in the Netherlands for Netscape founder, Jim Clark. Designed by Gerrard Dijkstra and Pieter Beeldsnijder, the yacht is able to reach 19 knots under sail whilst still providing plenty of space across her three decks.
Currently on the brokerage market asking $69,9 million, Athena could only claim the title of world's largest sailing yacht available for charter thanks to her overall length. At 90 meters, the yacht therefore surpasses the Maltese Falcon in LOA but supporters of the Falcon always argue that their pick doesn't have such a bowsprit to account for.
Length overall: 92.93m (305 ft)
Length at waterline: 82.6m (260 ft)
Owner: Barry Diller
If one was however to go by the measures that Athena advertisers have used, she would still not be the world's largest sailing yacht even if she would outrank the Maltese Falcon in LOA. Indeed, EOS, built by Lurssen in 2006 and refitted at Royal Huisman in 2011 would take the first spot both in LWL and in LOA.
Her claim to be the largest sailing yacht in the world is however still contested by some as they claim that since Maltese Falcon doesn't have a bowsprit, her LOA should be consider, which would then allow it to top EOS' LWL. A fight in which therefore both sides present solid arguments.
Length overall: 106m (348 ft)
The landscape will however significantly change in 2017 with the upcoming delivery of Oceanco's Project Solar. At 106 meters in LOA, the Dutch shipyard's hull Y712 is expected to become the largest sailing yacht in the world upon its handover to her owner. Designed by Nuvolari Lenard, Project Solar has started sea trials in early 2017 and is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of this year.
Her claim to the title will however be contested once again by Melnichenko's 142-meter S/Y A, which was just delivered in early February 2017. Some have however voiced concerns that S/Y A is actually closer to a motor yacht by design whilst others argue she is indeed the largest private sailing yacht. Back in August 2015 she was however first introduced as a sail-assisted motor yacht. The battle for the title of the largest sailing yacht therefore continues...
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April 9, 2021
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The 300m scientific exploration vessel Earth300 has been presented by Iddes Yachts' founder Ivan Salas Jefferson and is equipped with 22 state-of-the-art laboratories and a “science sphere” on the aft deck. This giga yacht can accommodate more than 400 people, including 160 scientists, 20 experts-in-residence, 20 students, 40 VIP guests and 165 crewmembers.Of course, this futuristic yacht was designed for emissions-free sailing and will be powered by nuclear tech known as molten salt reactors (MSRs).The project is supported by an impressive number of partners, including IBM, RINA, Triton Submarines and EYOS Expeditions.Iván Salas Jefferson, the Iddes Yachts founder and naval architect, has worked for leading Dutch naval architecture studios such as De Voogt (Feadship) and the Oceanco bespoke superyacht builder. Iddes Yachts was founded in 2012 and offers experience project management services supported by the design and naval architecture studio.Credits: Iddes Yachts
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The latest Pearl 62 has been delivered to its new owner in the UK. This unit, hull number 4, is the first with Kelly Hoppen’s Luxury interior design style. The Pearl 62 is available with either Luxury or Modern interior styles, both composed by world-class interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE. The Pearl 62 is a family yacht. She has four guest cabins. The full beam owners’ cabin is accessed via a private stairway and features a large, centrally placed bed, a desk, a reading corner and his and hers closets. Two twin cabins can both convert to doubles. The VIP cabin is fore and has a large, centrally placed bed, a dressing table, his and hers storage and an en-suite with a walk-in shower.The saloon has large glazed areas that sweep upwards so that the interiors are bathed in natural light.The full-length flybridge is accessed via a staircase on the starboard side of the aft cockpit. This large and versatile space has a helm station with joystick controls and Garmin touch screens with controls for everything from the yacht’s anchor to its Fusion entertainment system. Next to the helms there is comfortable seating that can convert to become sun pads. A hardtop with an opening central section is optional, but a wet bar with a cool box, sink and BBQ grill is standard. Volvo IPS propulsion gives the Pearl 62 optimal performance and efficiency characteristics, while joystick controls with dynamic positioning system and an integrated Garmin touch-screen display make helming and accessing all of the yacht’s systems easy and intuitive.UK-based Pearl Yachts was founded in 1998 with the aim of designing a range of luxury motor yachts offering voluminous interiors, combined with opulence and design excellence. Pearl’s fleet consists of the all-new Pearl 62, the Pearl 80, and the Pearl 95.Credits: Pearl Yachts
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