#1 Lurssen | Azzam | 180m
Lurssen is one of the world’s leading shipyards. The German-based company was established over 141 years ago with headquarters in Bremen-Vegesack and five further yards in northern Germany. Lurssen has built 7 of the top 10 largest yachts and has recently launched the 155m Dilbar (Project Omar), scheduled to be delivered soon to Mr Usmanov. The shipyard employs over 1,000 people at its Bremen facility alone.
Azzam, the largest yacht in the world at a length of 180 meters, was delivered to Cheikh Khalifa, the emir of Abu Dhabi, in 2013. Not many details about the vessel are known, but it is confirmed that Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi directed the technical engineering. Azzam is speculated to have a price around 400 million pounds.
#2 Blohm + Voss | Eclipse | 162.5m
Blohm + Voss was founded in 1877 by Hermann Blohm and Ernst Voss. The shipyard specializes in the construction of naval vessels and megayachts, as well as repairs, refits, and modifications of merchant ships. In 2005 the firm was acquired by ThyssenKrupp AG. The new owners instructed the yard not to build any new yachts as of 2008. This ban was lifted in 2012 when the shipyard’s civilian operations were sold to London-based private equity firm, Star Capital.
Demoted from the rank of the largest superyacht in 2013 by Azzam, Eclipse has dominated the superyacht rankings for 3 years with a tremendous length of a 162.5m. Owned by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, Eclipse is Blohm+Voss' flagship. Built in a shroud of secrecy in 2010 to a design by Terence Disdale, Eclipse features a 16-meter long swimming pool convertible into a dance floor, a three-man private submarine, an exterior fireplace as well as space for six tenders and three helicopters.
#3 Helsingor Værft | Prince Abdulaziz | 147m
Helsingor Værft was founded in 1882. Based in Denmark, the shipyard builds different types of ships and marine engines.
Prince Abdulaziz was built by the yard in 1984. At the time of delivery, the yacht was the largest in the world, retaining its status for 22 years. The project is speculated to have cost $184m. Maierform was responsible for the yacht's naval architecture, whilst David Hicks styled her interior. Among her amenities are a cinema, a mosque and a fully equipped hospital. Prince Abdulaziz has since been refitted in 1987, 1996 and 2005.
#4 Samuda Brothers | El Horriya | 145.7m
Samuda Brothers was a shipyard, founded by Jacob and Joseph d'Aguilar Samuda. The firm started working in London in 1843. Samuda Brothers specialized in building iron and steel warships. In 1863 they were producing double the output of all other London shipyards combined.
El Horriya was built in 1865 on the banks of the Thames for the Ottoman governor of Egypt, Khedive Ismail. During the refit in 1872, the yacht was lengthened by 12m and in 1905 she grew by another 5,1m. Her last major rebuild was in 1950. Now she is the Egyptian presidential vessel and is usually moored in Alexandria.
#5 Nobiskrug | Sailing yacht A 142.8m
Nobiskrug was founded in 1905 by Otto Stork in Rendsburg. With more than 750 vessels delivered, Nobiskrug collaborates with the famous yacht designers and not only builds the projects, but also provides refit services.
With masts taller than the Statue of Liberty, S/Y A is on track to becoming the largest sailing yacht in the world at 145 meters in length. Commissioned by Andrei Melnichenko, owner of M/Y A, the project's rig and keel were designed by Dutch-based Dykstra Naval Architects. Philippe Starck was responsible for her exterior and interior design.
#6 De Schelde / Abu Dhabi MAR (rebuild) | Yas | 141m
ADM Shipyards is one of the leading shipbuilders in the Persian Gulf. Established in 2008, 30% of the shipyard is owned by Privinvest, the holding company behind Nobiskrug and CMN.
Yas was relaunched in 2011 after being converted from a Dutch frigate built in 1978. The redesign was handled by French studio, Pierrejean Design. Yas accommodates up to 60 guests and a crew of 56. Her alluring features include an automatic stern platform, amazing outdoor pool and spa, a helipad, a highly-sophisticated audio-visual entertainment system as well as a garage for water toys.
#7 Fincantieri | Ocean Victory | 140m
Founded in 1959, Fincantieri is the largest shipbuilder in Europe. After the acquisition of the Norwegian group VARD, the Fincantieri group doubled in size to become the fourth largest in the world. The company builds both commercial and military vessels.
Following an order placed in 2009, Fincantieri has delivered, after 5 years of construction, the 140m Ocean Victory in December 2014. Designed by Espen Oeino and Alberto Pinto together with Sessa Romboli, the yacht was delivered to steel magnate, Viktor Rashnikov. Capable of accommodating up to 36 guests, Ocean Victory is packed with luxurious features such as 6 pools spread out over her 7 decks, an internal floodable dock to house her 14m tender, two helipads and a vast spa area.
#8 Kusch Yachts | Al Mirqab | 133m
Kusch Yachts was founded in 1981 by Claus Kusch in Germany and first acted primarily as consultants on new build projects. The company has since evolved into being able to offer new build construction and refit facilities.
Built in 2008 to a famous Tim Heywood exterior design and Andrew Winch interior design, Al Mirqab has a length of 133 meters. She is capable of accommodating 36 guests, as well as 45 crew. She is owned by Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar.
#9 Elefsis | Maryah | 125m
Elefsis Shipyards is a Greek shipbuilding company founded in 1962. The yard has built bulk carriers, fast ferries and completed ship conversions.
Launched in 2014, Maryah is all-steel, full-displacement motor yacht. Originally launched in Poland in 1991 as a Russian research vessel, she has been completely rebuilt at Elefsis Shipyards. H2 Yacht Design was responsible for her exterior and interior. Built to SOLAS regulations, Maryah is able to accommodate up to 54 guests.
#10 Flender Werke | Alexander | 122m
Flender Werke was a German shipbuilding company, located in Lubeck. It was founded in 1917 as a branch of Bruckenbau Flender AG. Later it became one of the largest shipyards in Germany, constructing 700 vessels in all. After World War II, Flender Werke continued to build merchant ships, and in 1973 the company was renamed Flender Werft AG. In 2002 they were forced to close because of insolvency.
Alexander is a megayacht unlike many others in her class. Built in 1965 and converted in 1985, Alexander was one of the earliest private yachts to breach the 100m barrier. The vessel’s interior was refitted in 1998 with a more recent upgrade to the master cabin completed in 2008. The yacht is now a popular charter yacht catering to parties of up to 80 guests.
The 32.7m yacht Exit Strategy has been sold by Denison Yachting's Drew Offerdahl and Russ Schafer who both introduced the buyer. Clint Matlock with Galati Yacht Sales represented the seller. The 32.7m Exit Strategy was delivered in 2006 by Hargrave and had a full refit in 2014. This family-friendly yacht can accommodate eight guests across four cabins, including a master suite, VIP suite, and port and starboard twins that convert to double cabins. Each stateroom comes with ensuite bathroom facilities. A favorite spot onboard Exit Strategy is the flybridge, which offers a comfortable and shaded socializing area. Guests can also set up a cabana on the bow.Her classic interior was made by Shelley. She has a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 17 knots.Exit Strategy was sold with a last known asking price of USD 3,700,000.Credits: Denison Yachting
December 1, 2021
The 37m Benetti Papaito is now available for charter with Northrop & Johnson. The luxury charter yacht will charter in the Bahamas in the summer and the Dominican Republic in the winter. Charters start at $125,000 per week, plus expenses.Papaito was delivered in 2009 with a refit in 2020, bringing her updates and upgrades throughout her interior and exterior. The motor yacht’s stabilizers allow for guest comfort when anchored or while underway.She offers a splendid charter yacht for groups of up to 10 people. The yacht’s contemporary interior areas and expansive exterior spaces make her ideal for on-water holidays. She has a classic Benetti styling across all her interior areas; from the main salon to the stunning staterooms, guests will feel the elegance of being onboard a luxury yacht. The yacht’s five sumptuous staterooms include a full-beam master suite with a king-size bed, two with queen-size beds and two with twin-size beds. The yacht’s tri-deck layout is a functional feature for optimal privacy between guests and crew. Papaito’s aft deck, skylounge, flybridge and foredeck offer commodious seating options for alfresco dining, socializing and sunset-watching.Credits: Northrop & Johnson
December 1, 2021
Sanlorenzo reaches an important new milestone: the сompany has signed the contract for the manufacturing of the largest superyacht ever to be built by the shipyard. The sale was finalised through the international broker house Edmiston and the new project will be delivered to its European owner in spring 2025. The sale of this new superyacht, which coincides with the sale of further two units of the 62Steel line, completes a record-breaking year for Sanlorenzo's Superyacht Division which is proud to have already closed 15 contracts to date in 2021. This year also saw a significant increase in production activity, with six superyachts delivered and six units launched.“The pride of having signed the contract for our first 72Steel, the largest Sanlorenzo ever to be built and which will be in the water in 2025, is the crowning achievement of an unparalleled year,” says Ferruccio Rossi, President of Sanlorenzo's Superyacht Division.With its 72 meters in length, five decks and a volume of 1850 GT, the 72Steel will be a completely new project with respect to its predecessors. Like every new creation of the Superyacht Division, the 72Steel will be characterised by unexpected solutions, the result of a project studied at 360 degrees around the concept of liveability on board: from the conception of the steel hull, with an aluminium superstructure, conceived and forged like a work of art, to the design of the interiors, customised in every smallest detail to adhere perfectly to the client's every desire.The external lines of the 72Steel will be made by Studio Zuccon International Project, while the interiors will be furnished to meet the owner's specific requirements. The owner's cabin will have a dedicated deck – above the bridge deck and will occupy an entire deck of the yacht. The main deck will be the area reserved for guests with lounge areas and five spacious cabins. One of the model's special features will be an extensive wellness area to ensure relaxation for all guests on board."The 72Steel is aiming to become one of the new protagonists of the Sanlorenzo range, thanks also to the hybrid diesel-electric engine system, which confirms again the Company's increasing attention to the future, constantly studying concrete solutions to reduce the impact of its yachts on the marine ecosystem. The hybrid diesel-electric engine system represents a combination of innovative solutions which make it possible to significantly reduce emissions into the atmosphere and the sea, ensure high levels of comfort and rationalise the spaces dedicated to the engine area in favour of the internal volume available for owners and guests, thus presenting itself as a new paradigm for superyachts of this size," stated Antonio Santella, New Product Development Director of Sanlorenzo’s Superyacht Division.On the same occasion, Sanlorenzo also confirmed the Group's guidance for 2021, which foresees a double-digit growth of the main metrics (Net Revenues New Yachts, EBITDA, Net Profit, Investments and Net Financial Position), supported by an order intake of €381.1 million in the third quarter, which led the backlog to a record level of €1.2 billion.Sanlorenzo was founded in 1985 in Viareggio by yacht builder Gionvanni Jannetti. In 2005, Massimo Perrotti became the majority shareholder in the shipyard. Sanlorenzo builds yachts ranging from 28.6 to 62 meters in length. Credits: Sanlorenzo
December 1, 2021
WHY200 is the first unit of the new WHY range, which made its World debut at Cannes Yachting Festival 2021. This innovative motor yacht combines the comfort and space of a larger displacement yacht with the speed and performance of a semi-displacement.WHY200 exterior She was developed by the Wally design team led by Luca Bassani, jointly with the Ferretti Group Engineering Department. The naval architecture was made by Laurent Giles NA Ltd and interior design by Studio A. Vallicelli & C. WHY200 exterior night view "We are very proud of WHY200, a yacht that was a bit of a gamble but that today rewards us with a result that exceeds our wildest expectations," says Stefano de Vivo, Wally Managing Director. "With its widebody design, this 200 GT yacht offers far larger volumes compared to traditional motorboats, plus a living space and stability that are definitely greater than any competitor’s. It is the ideal yacht to freely and safely regain possession of one's space with family and friends." Main salon The first unit, displaying an exclusive "Wally Silver" colour, has a four-cabin layout: the master cabin with two separate bathrooms on the main deck, a VIP and two guest cabins on the lower deck. One of the key features is a spectacular 4.7-meter-high glazed bow housing a 37 sq. m master suite overlooking the sea, with an uninterrupted 270-degree view of the horizon. Master suiteThis cabin stands out also for its exceptional noise levels thanks to the positioning of the engine room which is located at the opposite end of the boat.SkyloungeThe eye-catching upper deck has a futuristic glass and carbon dome and the extended, structural top with no supporting pillars is a masterpiece of design and engineering for its exceptional stability and strength.Upper deck cockpitThanks to the 5G wireless network connection with home automation control, guests are able to comfortably manage all the audio/video systems via mobile devices, both outside and inside the yacht. Main deck Through Naviop's integrated system, they will also be able to check navigation data, keeping the yacht's progress and parameters constantly under control. The first unit features a state-of-the-art 55 inch TV in the upper living room and a 5.1 Premium sound system on the main and upper decks, while a sophisticated Sonance sound system serves the outdoor areas. Wheel house The WHY200 has the folding beach club bulwarks, that not only allow access to the sea on three sides (according to a radically innovative concept), but also expand the living area to 32 sq. m, transforming it into a true terrace over the water, with size and features that make all competitors, even larger ones, pale in comparison. Beach club In addition, WHY200 boasts two garages with a storage capacity never seen before on yachts of this size, capable of accommodating a 4.05m jet tender, wave runner, seabob, paddleboard and all manner of water toys. WHY200 exterior Thanks to four Volvo Penta D-13 IPS 1350 engines 1000 hp each, WHY200 can cruise at 23 knots top speed. WHY200 exterior "The new WHY200 expresses all its innovative power through new architectural elements, which represent a break with the past and with the typical clichés of a motor yacht. Ferretti Group made it possible to realise a concept that had been close to my heart for some time, believing in the success of a bold design that will improve the owner's experience on board and represent a turning point in the motor yacht market,” comments Luca Bassani, Wally Founder and Chief Designer. WHY200 exterior night view Wally is part of Ferretti Group. It was founded in 1994 in Monaco by Luca Bassani and is the only yachting brand to be a two-time winner of the ADI Compasso d’Oro, the world’s most important award for quality and design. Credits: Wally
November 30, 2021
The UK’s Princess Yachts will present an exceptional line-up at boot Düsseldorf, including two global launches, the Princess X80 and the all-new V50 – plus two show debuts, the Princess X95 and Y72. The Princess F55 and V55 make up the fifth and the six yachts on display.Princess X80Featuring an extended flybridge that provides 30% more indoor space than a traditional motor yacht, the X80 is the smaller sister ship to the award-winning X95. Defined by innovative layout options with a host of distinct spaces, the X80 includes an enclosed bridge and skylounge on the upper deck, and an optional master stateroom forward on the main deck. Working together with Olesinski and Pininfarina, Princess has created the ultimate in avant-garde yacht.Princess all-new V50The all-new V50, available as a deck saloon or open model, replaces the popular original V50. Crafted with a new hull mould that delivers impeccable handling and sea-keeping, this modern sports yacht features new standards of refinement in interior fixtures and fittings as seen on her larger counterpart, the V55. An extended canopy creates the perfect place for guests to enjoy the outdoors under the large shaded cockpit area, whilst attractive shapes and forms flow throughout the main deck salon.Princess X95“Princess Yachts is thrilled to see the return of the much-anticipated boot Düsseldorf 2022 and eagerly await the opportunity to be back with the team at Messe Düsseldorf in person. We will be at Düsseldorf with an innovative range of boats that encapsulate everything we are about – improved efficiency and seakeeping; innovative packaging; and the extraordinary elegance of design for which we are renowned. With our full X Class range on display, as well as the all-new V50 and the Y72, we look forward to showing the world how we continue to push the boundaries in yacht design,” says Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman, Princess Yachts.British yacht builder Princess Yachts was founded in 1965, manufacturing fibreglass yachts ranging from 13 to 40 meters in length. Its parent company is the French luxury group LVMH. Credits: Princess Yachts
November 30, 2021