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...
Van der Valk has just finished the latest stage of the build of 28-metre Explorer. The yacht will be ready for delivery this summer. Designed by Guido de Groot, the Van der Valk’s Explorer is one of the new generations of motor yachts in the Dutch yard’s portfolio. The yard has gone to great lengths to ensure the best possible sailing and seakeeping qualities for this design, including a distinctive round-bilged hull. Van der Valk Explorer yachts are designed and built to withstand the toughest environments and boast an extensive fuel capacity that enables them to easily make long ocean passages.The yacht has twin MAN V12 1650 hp engines that can get top speed of 20 knots with VEEM VG145 zero-speed gyroscopic stabiliser system and two 32 kW Northern Lights generators.
March 26, 2020
Turkish yacht builder Mazu Yachts has launched and delivered its 24.5 metre Mazu 82 flagship superyacht.Mazu Yachts 82 is one of the larger Open Motor Yachts in the market featuring endless outdoor areas as well as the interior comfort. October last year yacht was "rapidly" approaching completion in. Now the yacht has been delivered to its Turkish owner.The Mazu 82 is built from carbon composite in lightweight construction. Power comes from three Volvo Penta IPS 1350 1000hp engines with a cruising speed of 35 knots and a maximum speed of 40 knots. Other features include a beam of 5.9 metres and a draft of 1.6 metres.The Mazu 82 will have its official debut at the 2020 Cannes Yachting Festival.
March 26, 2020
TYBA Yacht Charter Show has been postponed until 2021. The exact dates of the 2021 TYBA Show will be announced at a later stage. Superyacht Cup Palma has been postponed until June. New dates for the 25th-anniversary edition have been set for 23-26th June 2021.The Monaco Yacht Show is set to go ahead as planned from 23-25 September 2020 on the Port Hercule.The St Barths Bucket has been cancelled.All shows postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Taking into consideration the information that is currently available organizers said that health of Members and all Show participants being one of the key priorities, so now it is not possible to ensure the show is organised in the safe and productive environment.
March 26, 2020
Dubai International Boat Show have been postponed until November due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The event will be held in Dubai Harbour (formerly Dubai International Marine Club) on November 24 - 28 November. By words of organisers they “continue to focus on prioritising the delivery of a strong international participation in these extraordinary times.” They have been working closely to assure that clients’ needs are most effectively addressed for the delivery of strong international participation considered. The event will be held coinciding with the Expo Dubai 2020.
March 25, 2020
Built by Sanlorenzo and delivered in 2019, 64.25m luxury yacht Attila he 64Steel offers features usually found on larger superyachts – such as the 275 m2 private Owner’s Deck – which combine with innovative layout solutions and elegant exterior lines to create a truly remarkable superyacht.In 2019, 64Steel Attila was awarded the ‘Best Interior Design’ Trophy for yachts over 30m at the Cannes Yachting Festival World Yacht Trophies Gala Dinner.She can accommodate up to 12 people with 18 crew members. With a gross tonnage of 1600 GRT and at a striking 64 metres in length, 64Steel Attila is the result of close collaboration between the studio Officina Italiana Design and the styling division of Sanlorenzo. Her internal décor is the work of Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini.The Main Deck at the stern and the Beach Club on the Lower Deck surely represent the most distinctive areas of the project. A strong hallmark of design and layout is the double stairway that connects the pool and dining area to the Beach Club equipped with a sauna, hammam, massage room, and gym, right at the waterline. With the bow mirror and the side platforms open, the Beach Club covers an area of 78 square meters.“The most important aspect that has characterized yatcht’s concept has been the will to obtain continuity between the beach club and an area we could call an “al fresco” veranda, that is the rear part of the Main Deck where the pool is also located, passing along an impressive stairway. The idea behind the layout in fact enables us to integrate the main aft deck and the beach club as much as possible. This characteristic thus enables us to enjoy both areas, around which the social life on board is focused, simultaneously, without separating the guests.” Antonio Santella, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Sanlorenzo Superyacht Division.A real challenge for the production team was the creation of an enormous barbecue in the dining area of the main deck, a request which was particularly connected to the nationality of the owner, an Argentine entrepreneur who was already a Sanlorenzo client with the 46Steel Achille delivered in 2012 and was closely involved with the planning and construction of the new yacht from the beginning. The arrangement of an open fire in an enclosed space in fact required the use of A60 fireproof stainless steel and the installation of an advanced smoke removal system.The crew, located in the Lower Deck, has private and independent routes with two service stairs and an elevator for the rapid transfer of cold and dry goods into the storage rooms. Below the Lower Deck, lies the Tank Deck with a refrigeration chamber, a refrigerated waste room, a multimedia room for the crew, a large laundry, and a climate-controlled “wine cellar” with a capacity of up to 500 bottles.The four guest rooms and the full beam VIP suite are located on the Main Deck. The 64Steel Attila interiors were furnished and decorated by Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini. “We worked full speed with the owner and the shipyard – recalls Francesco Paszkowski – defining a modern space in South American style with natural elements such as teak, near which the owner wanted to add and mix many other materials he loves, and which are part of his personal experience. Attila is the yacht of a man who lives life to the fullest. And lives his yacht.”Regarding the furnishings, many pieces were custom designed, while others were created by some Italian and international leading design companies such as Summit, De Sede, Flexform and Catellani & SmithHer top speed is 18kn and her power comes from two 2375hp Caterpillar 3516-C diesel engines.
March 25, 2020