The World's 100 Largest Yachts

Germany and the Netherlands rule with all 10 new launches in Yachts International's annual review of the top 100 largest yachts in the world.
By Jill Bobrow,

The drive to build larger yachts remains strong. This year’s Top 100 contains twice as many additions as last year’s—10 new yachts in total. 

With these ever-larger additions displacing older builds, the smallest yacht on this year’s roster is just shy of 272 feet (83 meters), while the world’s 13 largest yachts remain the same. All 10 additions to this year’s list were built in Germany and the Netherlands.* 

Competition for business in this top tier of superyachts is fierce, so much so that several shipyards have acquired facilities or built new ones to accommodate builds more than 328 feet (100 meters) in length. Even the most renowned yacht yards in the world are indicating that they can’t rest on their laurels, given the level of consumer demand for bigger, bolder and better.

*Note: Our list includes yachts launched from May 2016 to June 2017, whether or not they have been delivered to their owners. (Scroll to bottom for the complete list.) 

No. 14 | Built by Lürssen and designed by Espen Øino, Project Thunder is a staggering 442 feet 11 inches (135 meters) in length. 

Lürssen Project Thunder

Her keel was laid in 2015, and she was launched from the floating dock just two years later. Final outfitting is underway, and delivery to her owner is scheduled at the end of 2018. She is expected to cruise mostly in Asian waters. The project name derives from Lei Gong, a mythical god in the Asian culture who is the Lord of Thunder. 

For more information: lurssen.com

"Building yachts is our business. This year we will deliver four yachts, of which three will join the Top 100." —Peter Lürssen, managing partner, Lürssen Yachts

No. 22 | At 403 feet 6 inches (123 meters), Project Jupiter is a first-time collaboration among Lürssen, H2 Design and interior designers March & White.

Lürssen Project Jupiter

Winterbothams provided technical services, and Y.CO is managing the yacht. This yacht has a full-displacement steel hull and aluminum superstructure, and was built to Lloyds Register classification. 

Project Jupiter has a central atrium for natural light, a gym, a swimming pool, a movie theater, a beach club and a helipad. Her aggressive, sporty profile includes arching design features and glass facades. Purportedly, she has an eclectic interior. According to Lürssen, her design is similar to the owner’s first yacht and will “stun the Hollywood crowd.” Is that a veiled nod to her ownership? 

For more information: lurssen.com

No. 32 | M/Y Jubilee, at 360 feet 10 inches (110 meters), is not only Oceanco’s biggest yacht ever, but she is also the largest yacht built in the Netherlands.

Burgess signed the build in 2012 and provided technical consultancy and project management. With the yard designation of Y714, Jubilee was the first yacht to make use of Oceanco’s new dry dock facility. Naval architecture is by Azure and Oceanco, and interior design is by Sorgiovanni Designs. The exterior styling by Lobanov Design carries visually arresting metallic blue horizontal lines across five decks on the superstructure. 

Jubilee has accommodations for 30 guests in 15 staterooms, including an owner’s deck, and carries a crew of 45. Key features include a helipad, an aft-deck swimming pool with built-in aquarium, and a lower-deck beach club. Powered by twin 4,828-horsepower MTU 20V 4000 M73Ls, Jubilee has a maximum speed of 18.5 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. She has a range of 5,000 nautical miles. Beam is 53 feet 8 inches (16.4 meters), and internal volume is approximately 4,500 gross tons. 

"Jubilee’s exterior is about art and illusion. Initially we called the project Unfoundland because on the top view, her superstructure looks like a topographic map of an island with the different heights from the sea level. We gave visually six decks where there are only three of them. Each deck moves independently from the others. The shapes meet and then go different directions again. Thinner decks also make the yacht look longer. I hope she’s comparable with the 140-meter yachts." —Igor Lobanov, Lobanov Design

For more information: builtbyoceanco.com

No. 39 | S/Y Black Pearl (Oceanco’s Y712) is a project that began several years ago, starting as a 315-foot (96-meter) design.

Oceanco S/Y Black Pearl

Black Pearl (Oceanco’s Y712) is a project that began several years ago, starting as a 315-foot (96-meter) design. She has since expanded to 344 feet 6 inches (105 meters). Design collaboration is among Ken Freivokh Design, Nuvolari Lenard and Gérard Villate. 

Inspired by the Perini Navi Maltese Falcon, this DynaRig vessel is the second sailing yacht Oceanco has built; its first sailing yacht, 279-foot (85-meter) Aquijo, built in conjunction with Vitters Shipyard, was new to our Top 100 last year. Black Pearl is avant-garde, not just in terms of style, but also in terms of technology and systems. She has elliptical hull windows and an unusual overhang-to-reverse bow. 

For more information: builtbyoceanco.com

"It has been an exciting year at Oceanco with three groundbreaking launches: two motoryachts and an impressive three-masted sailing yacht. We successfully delivered the 88.5-meter Barbara to her owner, and the 105-meter sailing yacht Black Pearl and the 110-meter motoryacht Jubilee have undergone successful sea trials. We are devoting ever more research and effort into conceiving, developing and applying new technologies, giving us the capabilities to keep offering genuine innovative yachts to our clients." —Marcel Onkenhout, CEO, Oceanco

No. 48 | At 322 feet 10 inches (98.4 meters) and 5,000 gross tons, M/Y Aviva is Abeking & Rasmussen’s new flagship. 

The owner’s previous Aviva was the 223-foot (68-meter) Abeking built in 2007. The new Aviva, taking its cues from automotive design, has a striking blue hull and chamfered metallic silver elements in the superstructure that create a contrast of light and shade. The design of the yacht was developed in cooperation with Tony Silberton and Reymond Langton Design. 

Extensive research and design went into the hull design to ensure enhanced seakeeping combined with 20 percent decrease in drag. Fuel consumption has also been significantly reduced. At maximum speed, the yacht can achieve 20 knots. Aviva is equipped with a hybrid propulsion system that is expected to achieve a stealthy 11 knots using electric motors alone.

 

"Ten years ago, we celebrated the launch of the 68-meter Aviva, which at the time was the largest yacht launched by Abeking & Rasmussen and featured a number of innovative design features, such as the vertical bow and contrasting gray-colored hull. Now the same team has collaborated on the 98-meter Aviva to bring a successor to that yacht in every way—the biggest yacht from Abeking & Rasmussen, featuring a fresh and dynamic contemporary exterior design, unique, highly personalized layout for the interior and a cutting-edge technical platform." —Pascale Reymond, partner, Reymond Langton Design

For more information: abeking.com

No. 50 | At 316 feet 9 inches (96.5 meters), M/Y Faith—previously known as Vertigo—and built by Feadship with a Redman Whiteley Dixon/Chahan interior design, has a streamlined profile and flared bow.

Feadship M/Y Faith

On the main deck aft is a swimming pool made from glass panels that form the ceiling of the beach club below. This construction—more than 2½ inches (68 millimeters) thick—was achieved with five layers of glass laminate interspersed with foil. Other features aboard include a games deck and a landing pad with a hangar for a Bell 429WLG helicopter. 

For more information: feadship.nl

"The luxury yacht market is evolving, and an increasing number of our clients desire to own very large yachts of Feadship quality. This is why we are building a new facility in Amsterdam capable of building these very large yachts. The decision to invest in an additional facility reinforces our commitment to meet a growing demand for ever-larger, 100-meter-plus custom Feadships." —Jan-Bart Verkuyl CEO, Feadship, Royal Van Lent

No. 53

Feadship M/Y Aquarius

Aquarius, at 301 feet 10 inches (92 meters), is a Feadship build. She has a contemporary exterior design with a conventional bow and raked superstructure. She is a collaboration between Feadship’s De Voogt Naval Architects and Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. Sinot, along with the owner’s design team, was also responsible for her interior design. For more information: feadship.nl

No. 73 | M/Y Barbara, built under yard designation Y715 at Oceanco, was delivered to her owner this year.

Oceanco M/Y Barbara

Her dark blue hull contrasts sharply with the sensual lines of her white superstructure. Her elliptical hull windows add to her curvilinear profile. Barbara’s interior and exterior are by Sorgiovanni Designs. She is 290 feet 4 inches (88.5 meters) length overall and can accommodate 12 guests in six staterooms. She supports a crew of 27. Barbara has a full-displacement steel hull and aluminum superstructure. She was built to Lloyds Register classification. 

For more information: builtbyoceanco.com

No. 94 | Built under the code name Project Sasha at Lürssen and christened M/Y Areti, this 278-foot-9-inch (85-meter) motoryacht was penned by Winch Design with a contemporary look.

She has nine staterooms including a significant master suite. The lower deck has a spa with sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi and plunge pool. Areti was built to Passenger Yacht Code specifications. Previously, two yachts with the name Areti were built in tandem by Burger Boat Company, and another by Trinity Yachts. 

For more information: lurssen.com

"I see that the 83-meter Here Comes the Sun just creeps into this feature. What an amazing world we now live in if that is the entry level to this list. At 85 meters, Areti is PYC compliant and can accommodate over 20 sleeping guests. While the interior of Dilbar accommodates the same number of guests, she is larger in every sense and every area. I believe that Dilbar is approximately 20 percent bigger in displacement and interior than Eclipse, which is only a few meters longer. This is the quandary of yacht size lists. When is something bigger or longer? I believe that Dilbar is bigger than Azzam, which is approximately 180 meters. However, all of these large yachts vary in speed, beam, displacement and regulation, but ultimately all have to deliver on their owners’ dreams." —Andrew Winch, founder and creative director, Winch Design

No. 98 | With an exterior by Tim Heywood Design and an interior by Winch Design, the 272-foot-4-inch (83-meter) M/Y Here Comes The Sun is the largest yacht in the Amels Limited Editions series.

She has a distinctive paint job and a contemporary interior that accommodates 16 guests and 25 crew over six decks. Notable features include a dedicated owner’s deck, an 18-by-11-foot (5.5-by-3.5-meter) swimming pool, a beach club and a helipad. Heywood has produced six designs for the Limited Editions series during the past decade. All of the yachts are built on an existing platform and are flexible in regard to exterior styling and interior design. (Click here to check out our full feature review of Here Comes the Sun.) 

For more information: amels-holland.com

What you should know about what you’re not supposed to know 

Owing to many owners’ desire for privacy, it has become increasingly challenging for the public to gain access to superyachts, especially when they’re new. More and more builders are required to sign nondisclosure agreements that cover everything from the exact length of the boat to accommodations plans, design descriptions and even the name of the boat. The woodworker who decides to snap a photo of his handiwork and upload it to Facebook would be in serious jeopardy of losing his job. Understandably, some builders and designers must remain circumspect about the information they are allowed to share.

Among the giants at the Monaco Grand Prix this past May were a handful of Top 100 club members, including the 390-foot (119-meter) Blohm+Voss motoryacht A, the 468-foot (142-meter) Nobiskrug sailing yacht A and the 511-foot (156-meter) Lürssen Dilbar. While yachts along the quays that line Port Hercules are a signature feature of Grand Prix week, it is doubtful that any of these behemoths made it close with anything other than a tender.

THE LIST | Yachts International's Official Top 100 

RANK, NAME, FEET, METERS, YEAR, BUILDER

1 Azzam, 591, 180, 2013, Lürssen

2 Eclipse, 533, 162.5, 2010, Blohm + Voss

3 Dubai, 532, 162, 2006, Platinum Yachts

4 Dilbar, 512, 156, 2016, Lürssen

5 Al Said, 509, 155, 2008, Lürssen

(T)6 Topaz, 482, 147, 2012, Lürssen

(T)6 Prince Abdulaziz, 482, 147, 1984, Helsingor Vaerft

8 El Horriya, 478, 145.72, 1865, Samuda Bros

9 (S/Y) A, 468, 143, 2015, Nobiskrug

10 Yas, 463, 141, 2013, ADM Shipyard

11 Ocean Victory, 459, 140, 2014, Fincantieri

12 Al Salamah, 456, 139, 1999, Lürssen

13 Rising Sun,  454, 138.4, 2004, Lürssen

14 Project Thunder, 442, 135, 2017, Lürssen

15 Serene, 439, 133.9, 2011, Fincantieri

16 Al Mirqab, 436, 133, 2008, Kusch Yachts

17 Octopus,  414, 126.2, 2003, Lürssen

18 Maryah, 410, 125, 2015, Elefsis

19 Katara, 408, 124.4, 2010, Lürssen

20 Savarona, 408, 124.28, 1931, Blohm + Voss

21 Golden Odyssey, 404, 123.2, 2015, Lürssen

22 Project Jupiter, 403, 123, 2017, Lürssen

23 Alexander, 400, 122, 1965, Lubecker Flender Werke

24 A, 390, 119, 2008, Blohm + Voss

25 Turama, 382, 116.41, 1990, Rauma Shipyard

26 Kleven, 370, 381, 116, 2016, Kleven

27 Atlantis II, 380, 115.82, 1981, Hellenic Shipyard

28 Issham Al Baher, 380, 115.76, 1973, Hellenic Shipyard

29 Pelorus,  377, 115, 2003, Lürssen

30 Luna, 375, 114.2, 2010, Lloyd Werft

31 Le Grand Bleu, 370, 112.8, 2000, Bremer Vulkan

(T)32 Radiant, 361, 110, 2010, Lürssen

(T)32 Ona, (ex-Dilbar), 361, 110, 2008, Lürssen

(T)32 Jubilee, 361, 110, 2017, Oceanco

35 (S/Y) Sea Cloud,  359, 109.5, 1931, Krupp Germaniawerft

36 Ulysses, 351, 107, 2014, Kleven

(T)37 Amadea (ex-Mistral), 348, 106, 2016, Lurssen

(T)37 Poseidonos, 348, 106, 1997, Halic Tersaneleri

39 (S/Y) Black Pearl, 344, 105, 2016, Oceanco

(T)40 Lady Moura, 344, 104.85, 1990, Blohm + Voss

(T)40 Quantum Blue,  344, 104.85, 2014, Lürssen

42 Loaloat Al Behar, 341, 103.85, 1982, Picchiotti

43 Symphony,  333, 101.5, 2015, Feadship

44 I Dynasty, 331, 100.8, 2014, Kusch Yachts

45 Attessa IV, 328, 100, 1999, Evergreen Shipyard

46 Christina O, 325, 99.06, 1943, Canadian Vickers

47 Madame Gu, 325, 99, 2013, Feadship

48 Aviva, 323, 98.4, 2017, Abeking & Rasmussen

49 Carinthia VII, 319, 97.2, 2002, Lürssen

50 Faith, 316, 96.5, 2016, Feadship

51 Limitless, 316, 96.25, 1997, Lürssen

(T)52 Vava II, 315, 96, 2011, Devonport

(T)52 Palladium, 315, 96, 2010, Blohm + Voss

54 Kismet, 312, 95.2, 2014, Lürssen

55 Indian Empress, 312, 95, 2000, Oceanco

56 (S/Y) EOS, 305, 92.6, 2006, Lürssen

57 Royal Romance,  303, 92.5, 2015, Feadship

58 Tatoosh, 303, 92.42, 2000, Nobiskrug

(T)59 Aquarius, 301, 92, 2016, Feadship

(T)59 Mayan Queen IV, 301, 92, 2008, Blohm + Voss

(T)61 Equanimity, 300, 91.5, 2014, Oceanco

(T)61 Queen Miri (ex-Delma), 300, 91.5, 2004, Neorion

63 Nahlin, 300, 91.44, 1930, John Brown & Company

64 Moonlight II (ex-Alysia), 299, 91.4, 2005, Neorion

65 Orchid, 299, 91, 2015, Lürssen

(T)66 Dubawi, 296, 90.1, 1989, Cantiere Navale Ferrari

(T)66 Nero, 296, 90.1, 2008, Corsair Yachts

(T)66 Ice, 296, 90.1, 2005, Lürssen

(T)69 (S/Y) Athena, 295, 90, 2004, Royal Huisman

(T)69 Lauren L, 295, 90, 2002, Cassens-Werft

71 Lionheart, 295, 90, 2016, Benetti

72 Infinity, 292, 89, 2014, Oceanco

(T)73 Barbara, 290, 88.5, 2016, Oceanco

(T)73 Nirvana, 290, 88.5, 2012, Oceanco

75 Asean Lady, 289, 88.15, 2004, Yantai Raffles

76 (S/Y) Maltese Falcon, 289, 88.12, 2004, Perini Navi

77 Quattroelle, 289, 88, 2012, Lürssen

(T)78 Fountainhead, 288, 87.78, 2011, Feadship

(T)78 Musashi, 288, 87.78, 2011, Feadship

80 Artic P, 287, 87.58, 1969, Schichau Uterwesser

81 Phoenix 2, 286, 87.2, 2010, Lürssen

82 Ace, 285, 87, 2012, Lürssen

(T)83 Ecstasea, 282, 86, 2004, Feadship

(T)83 Kingdom 5KR, 282, 86, 1980, Benetti

85 Seven Seas, 282, 85.95, 2010, Oceanco

(T)86 St Princess Olga, 281, 85.6, 2013, Oceanco

(T)86 Aquila (ex-Cakewalk), 281, 85.6, 2010, Derecktor

88 Sunrays, 281, 85.5, 2010, Oceanco

89 Vibrant Curiosity, 280, 85.47, 2009, Oceanco

(T)90 Moonlight II, 280, 85.3, 2005, Neorion Shipyards Syros

(T)90 Delma, 280, 85.3, 2004, Neorion Shipyards Syros

92 Pacific, 280, 85.2, 2010, Lürssen

93 Solandge, 279, 85.1, 2013, Lürssen

(T)94 Areti, 278, 85, 2017, Lürssen

(T)94 (S/Y) Aquijo, 278, 85, 2015, Oceanco/Vitters

96 Valerie,  276, 84, 2011, Lürssen

97 Savannah, 274, 83.5, 2015, Feadship

98 Here Comes the Sun, 272, 83, 2016, Amels

99 O’Mega, 271, 82.62, 1987, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

100 Secret, 270, 82.3, 2013, Abeking & Rasmussen

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