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...
Construction of the Alia Sea Club 53m full custom yacht is progressing smoothly and on schedule at the shipyard in Antalya. Having started metal-cutting in November last year, by the end of August the steel hull and aluminum superstructure were complete. The latter was built in two blocks because of the huge helideck, which had to be built separately. Following sandblasting and priming, the hull and superstructure were ready to be joined nine months after the keel had been laid. This operation was carried out with military precision by 40 workers and five cranes with a total 800-tonne capacity. “The joining operation marked a major milestone in the construction process and was completed in just one day,” says Ömer Koray, Managing Director of Alia Yachts. “With the steel and aluminum hot works finished, we’re now completing the fitting out of the floating floors, tank connections, machinery foundations, pipe and cable penetrations, and exterior fitted furniture.” With insulation, painting, electrical and piping materials already purchased and on site, the installation teams have started working on board. Alia’s in-house carpentry and design facility have already built the crew quarters and are currently constructing the guest areas that will be ready for assembly in the coming weeks. The 499GT yacht’s exterior design and general arrangement is by Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture, while Diana Yacht Design handled her naval architecture.The yacht features a large covered tender bay on the main deck for tenders and toys, a fully certified heli-deck, a water sport center, and accommodation for six guests across two cabins and a master suite. The Alia Sea Club 53m is due to be delivered in the fall of 2023.Alia Yachts was founded in 2008 by Gokhan Çelik and Omer Koray. Located in the port of Antalya on the beautiful Turkish Riviera, Alia Yachts shipyard currently occupies approximately 8,000 sq. m, including three construction halls with their suites of specialist workshops and a dedicated interiors facility. With an additional 16,000 sq. m under development for 2019, Alia Yachts will rank among the top facilities in the region.Credits: Alia Yachts
October 6, 2022
The 26th hull of the Otam 58, restyled by Giuseppe Bagnardi of BG Design Firm and named Bad Boy, made its World debut at Cannes Yachting Festival 2022. The updated exterior styling offers a semi-open deck house with a sharply raked windscreen and wraparound glazing for the en plein air feel of a true open combined with the protection from the sun and wind of a hardtop. It also provides a more aerodynamic profile and less turbulence for better performance and more onboard comfort at high speed. Integrated into the hardtop are two air intakes (another two are positioned to port and starboard on the foredeck) that funnel air directly into the aft engine compartment underneath the two large sunpads either side of the central walkway. These can be raised hydraulically for easy access to the engines and other equipment. The covered cockpit is equipped with a bar unit, corner sofa and a comfortable dining area.The swim platform and exhaust grilles in the transom have also been redesigned with the latter now integrated and disguised in the nameplate. Below deck, the OTAM 58 GTS features two ensuite double cabins, an open-space galley and third single cabin with bathroom for an extra guest or crew member.The 58 GTS powered by twin MTU 1825hp engines coupled to ASD14 Arneson surface drives, has a top speed of 55 plus knots and cruises comfortably at 48 knots. Bad Boy was built to the specific brief of her owner, who has also requested a bespoke Böning console for the pilot station. The shipyard’s history started in 1954 in Liguria. Its professionalism is what made it stand out, very quickly becoming the first authorized Riva yacht Service Center for the Mediterranean Sea. In the 80’s Otam fit around 25 yachts for an American builder before starting his own production of Otam 45’ and 55’, earning significant attention. Today Otam has produced around 90 yachts, becoming an Italian specialist, and, together with its custom range, offers a limitless choice between 45’ and 130’.Credits: Alberto Cocchi/Otam
October 5, 2022
Tankoa’s latest superyacht concept was unveiled at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. The 68m Fenice is the product of a collaboration between the Genoa-based yard and Venetian studio Enrico Gobbi of Team For Design and named after the famous opera house in Venice. “We understood each other immediately with Enrico and it was a pleasure to develop this project together,” says Giuseppe Mazza, Tankoa Sales and Marketing Manager. “With the T680 we continue to expand the range of Tankoa yachts in order to offer the market an ever-increasing choice of unique projects. Like her namesake, the T680 Fenice is a triumph of poise, rhythm and grace.”T680 Fenice exterior aerodynamic lines and curves are inspired by automotive and aeronautical design, the overall effect is beauty in motion. The outdoor and indoor spaces are made to make the transition between the two as seamless and natural as possible. The open-air aft lounge on the main deck is the yacht’s astounding centerpiece. Covering an area of 100 sq. m, this multi-level beach club comprises an infinity pool, gym, spa and lounge. A glass-covered portion of the pool integrated into the center of the deck leads guests directly to a protected terrace, before entering the beach club proper. Folding balconies on both sides of the hull increase the interior area. The main saloon offers full-height glass windows for panoramic views of the sea. The two VIP suites and four ensuite guest cabins located forward of the main saloon. The lower deck is dedicated to the crew accommodation and services, including a pro-spec galley, hospital room and side-loading tender garage. The upper deck features a circular dining area, which thanks to full-height sliding glass doors can be enclosed or semi-open to the sun and sea breeze. This dining room is linked to the sky lounge that has side balconies that can extend outwards over the sea. The master stateroom is an exquisite 90 sq. m space of privacy and comfort with floor-to-ceiling windows offering 270-degree panoramic views. The suite has direct access to a private foredeck with sun loungers and a glass-fronted hot tub. The deck area doubles as a touch-and-go helipad for those grand entrances or dramatic exits.“This new project is the result of our desire to be recognised for who we are: a boutique shipyard able to offer a range of unique yachts designed by the best designers,” comments Eva Orsi, President of Tankoa. “We are proud of this collaboration with Enrico Gobbi that highlights the unmistakable style, quality, beauty and know-how that goes into making our customers' dreams come true.”Tankoa was founded in 2007 and began production in 2008. A true “boutique shipyard”, focused on building semi-custom and custom constructions 45-meter and up.Credits: Tankoa
October 5, 2022
Admiral has announced the keel laying of the new Admiral Galileo 82 meters mega yacht. The sale of this motor yacht, completed in December 2021 through the US broker FGI Yachts, marked The Italian Sea Group’s official entrance in the US market for large yachts, consolidating the Group’s position as a reference global player in the sector.The expansion of The Italian Sea Group’s commercial presence in the States has continued with the opening of the first flagship store in East Hampton – Long Island and with the inauguration, in September, of the first After Sales point in Miami, Florida, at the time of delivery of the first Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 in the US.The new Admiral Galileo mega yacht, in steel and aluminum, has been designed by The Italian Sea Group’s own Centro Stile in collaboration with Bannenberg Rowell Design, who curated the interior design.Exteriors are characterized by elegant and sinuous lines, big spaces on four decks and large windows. She can accommodate 12 guests and 28 crew members on board. A 130 sq. m upper deck entirely dedicated to the owner’s cabin. She also features the living rooms for over 100 sq. m on each deck, a waterfall linking two of the four pools on board, one of which is 7.5x3.5 meters long, one underwater cinema lounge and a beach area with gym, spa, and massage room.Another unique element of innovation is represented by the long glass corridor which goes through the engine room, making it an integral part of the environment and enhancing its engineering beauty, as well as connecting the spa area with the upper deck foyer.“The keel laying ceremony is always a special moment in the construction of a yacht, especially for a custom-made project of such dimensions and such innovative characteristics, both from an aesthetic and an engineering point of view,” commented Giovanni Costantino, Founder & CEO of The Italian Sea Group.The delivery of the new Admiral Galileo is scheduled for July 2025.Admiral Yachts – flagship brand of The Italian Sea Group, global operator of the international nautical industry, specialized in the construction of yachts and ships up to 100 meters. Present in the yacht market, Admiral has launched 147 yachts over the years. Since 1966 The Italian Sea Group has launched over 583 yachts.Credits: The Italian Sea Group
October 5, 2022
During the Monaco Yacht Show Benetti presented an 85 meter concept Project Oro with the exterior and interior made by Giorgio M Cassetta and hybrid propulsion. The fully custom concept was developed to meet a range of design requests made by Benetti's clients. Project OroThe yacht spreads across five decks and offers an abundance of alfresco entertaining areas, a 400 sq. m sundeck and a large beach club with unfolding sea terraces on both sides and terraces. The main deck and the beach club are connected by two staircases. The transverse swimming pool is located in the aft. Project OroWith 85m LOA and an interior volume of around 2,500 GT Project Oro would be Benetti’s sixth largest custom vessel ever built by Benetti. During the 31st edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, Benetti also unveiled the new B.Now 50M M/Y Iryna and Custom 65M M/Y Triumph.IrynaM/Y Iryna FB602, the first unit of the B.Now 50M, combines modernity, innovation and functionality, inaugurating a range that includes, in addition to the 50-meter, three models of 60, 67 and 72 meters. The yacht was made by Benetti with the RWD design studio, responsible for the exteriors. The external lines, in a visual harmony of the decks from stern to bow, develop in constant contact with the sea.TriumphCustom 65M M/Y Triumph FB270 is one of the most recent megayachts launched by Benetti. Developed over 65 meters in length, it features 5 enclosed decks plus a sundeck extending in an extremely balanced ratio between volumes and length. The exterior lines are the work of Cassetta Yacht Designers, Benetti’s style office took care of the interiors and the Green & Mingarelli Design studio handled the decoration. Triumph offers high hull efficiency and ensures quiet sailing for long-range travel. Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard specializing in luxury yachts. Benetti designs, builds and sells composite vessels from 29m to 44m and steel and aluminum boats from 37 to over 100m. The fleet consists of five categories: Class, Oasis, B.Yond, B.Now and Custom to meet all the needs of the market. Benetti belongs to the Azimut|Benetti Group, the largest privately owned luxury yachting group in the world.Credits: Benetti
October 4, 2022