The 11 must-see superyacht drone videos
by Chris Jefferies
1) Rosehearty takes on the Northwest Passage
With ten years of worldwide cruising under her belt, 56 metre Perini Navi yacht Rosehearty is no stranger to remote superyacht destinations, but her latest voyage is truly remarkable nonetheless. The Ron Holland designed motorsailer recently completed the notorious Northwest Passage, spotting polar bears and walruses along the way. As well as having an expert wildlife photographer on board, Rosehearty was followed by one of the best drones for superyachts, which captured some spectacular footage.
2) Lürssen superyacht Dilbar moors up in Barcelona
The 156 metre Lürssen superyacht Dilbar turned heads all across Europe during her 2,000 mile delivery trip in June 2016. In this video, the world’s largest yacht by gross tonnage gracefully moors up in Barcelona’s OneOcean Port Vell and dwarfs pretty much everything around her in the process.
3) St. David passing through the Corinth canal
It is often said that the journey is just as important as the destination and with a route like this it’s easy to see why. This dramatic superyacht drone video shows the 60 metre Benetti yacht St. David passing through the narrow Corinth canal that links the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.
Styled by Andrew Winch Design and launched in 2008, St. David is available for charter with West Nautical, with prices starting at $266,000 per week.
4) Drone video of Astra cruising in Guadeloupe
This stunning footage of the 55 metre Amels superyacht Astra comes courtesy of Imperial Yachts, which is currently offering Astra for charter. It takes quite an amazing destination to draw your attention away from such an impressive yacht but Guadeloupe manages it as the camera pans out to reveal a vast expanse of vivid turquoise.
5) Drone video of Motor Yacht A in Iceland
The word unique is bandied around in the superyacht sector, but if there is any yacht deserving of the description it is the undeniably one-of-a-kind Motor Yacht A built by Blohm+Voss. This must-see yacht drone video of A gives an amazing view of the unusual lines of the 119 metre Philippe Starck-designed yacht as she’s anchored off Reykjavik.
It’s easy to look at A from afar and question if she has enough outdoor living space, but this video gives an up-close view of her forward deck with a pool tucked under the overhang and aft deck with another huge pool, covered deck spaces and two mezzanine style decks built into her lofty superstructure.
6) Drone video of 77m Silver Fast
This video, shot off the coast of the French Riviera in May 2016, shows off her three shaded aft decks and extended beach club. Silver Fast is currently offered for sale with Burgess Yachts and BehneMar with an asking price of €79.5 million — making her one of the most expensive yachts listed for sale right now.
7) Drone video of Atmosphere and Twizzle at Santa Margherita in Liguria
If there was a catwalk for beautiful yachts, there is fair chance that these two would grace it. But instead of strutting their stuff on the ocean waves, Atmosphere and Twizzle are captured here enjoying some down time on the Italian Riviera at Santa Margherita in Liguria, mixing with their motorised cousins, albeit with an air of hauteur.
At first glance it is difficult to distinguish between the two beauties as they have the same distinguished navy blue hull and elegant, slender lines. Closer inspection reveals some subtle differences between the 53 metre Atmosphere, from Italian shipyard Perini Navi, and the slightly larger 57 metre Twizzle, a product of Dutch builder Royal Huisman.
What they have in common, though, is a sailing pedigree to light up the high seas and any harbour they care to make their port of call.
8) Superyacht Venus squeezing through bridge caught on drone video
There’s something very cool about seeing a big yacht squeeze through a tight spot, and adding to this wow-factor is when it’s none other than the ultra-famous superyacht Venus, built for the late Apple founder Steve Jobs.
In this must-see yacht drone video, 78.2 metre Venus — another Philippe Starck design — barely squeezes through the narrow Simpson Bay bridge in St Maarten. Venus has a beam of 11.8 metres and the max width of the bridge is 16.75 metres, leaving very little room for error on either side. There is definitely a “hold your breath” moment as you wonder if she’ll make it without damaging the glass-filled yacht, but she nimbly slides through without a scratch. Phew!
9) Drone video of explorer yacht Polar Bear on fire
Sometimes a must-see yacht drone video is more of the “can’t look away because it’s so horrific” variety. Cue this video of Citadel Yachts' Polar Bear, shot by police and destroyed by fire in June 2014. It was reported that welding work gone awry was the likely cause of the fire that destroyed the 31 metre yacht.
Huge plumes of smoke rise from the firey yacht as she smoulders away. You know it’s not going be a good ending for this poor explorer yacht, but like moths to a flame, the yacht fire video is transfixing to us viewers and made even more so when caught in aerial view by a drone, making this a real must-see video.
10) Drone video of ISA launching superyacht Forever One
A yacht launch is a happy occasion for a builder, and what better way to show a different perspective when splashing their latest yacht than by drone video?
This must-see video shows the 54 metre ISA yacht Forever One slipping backwards into the water in just 30 seconds. As we normally see a yacht launch in the form of static photos, this video puts the process into perspective and gives an appreciation for how fast these large yachts can actually be launched.
11) Drone video of Azimut 84 luxury yacht cruising in Miami
The Azimut 84, Ciao, departs the Miami superyacht marina of Grove Isle, heads into Biscayne Bay and past the iconic Vizcaya Mansion (1:08). The luxury yacht then heads under a causeway and out into open waters where she shows off what she can really do – this model can reach a top speed of 29 knots. She has some inviting amenities as well with a hot tub, bar and foredeck seating area.