This has been a banner year in the superyacht segment with record-breaking new luxury yacht launches and deliveries – Lürssen's 180m Azzam topping both lists as the new largest yacht in the world, of course – and also notably large new yacht orders recorded. But the superyacht brokerage market has also been keeping pace with some impressively sizeable megayachts sold in 2013. See the list of the top 10 largest brokerage superyachts sold in 2013 below.
1) 77.73m Lone Ranger
The largest superyacht sold in 2013 was 77.73m expedition yacht Lone Ranger, sold by Y.CO during the Prestige Yacht Auction at the Antibes Yacht Show last April. Lone Ranger was converted from an oceangoing tug in 1994, and since that time she has roamed the world, including trips to Antarctica and the Arctic.
2) 76.3m RV Pegaso
The next-largest yacht sold in 2013 is 73.6m RV Pegaso. RV is short for 'research vessel, and RV Pegaso blends superyacht looks and 880 square meters of luxurious accommodations with full-fledged research vessel capabilities. She was designed for exploration and boasts a 10,000 nautical mile range at 12 knots, a submarine and a commercially certified helipad.
3) 73.5m Giant
Just before the end of the year, Camper & Nicholsons announced that Fernando Nicholson sold the 73.5m expedition yacht aptly named Giant in an in-house deal. Built by IHC in The Netherlands in 1974 as an icebreaker, she was converted into a luxury yacht in 2002 during an extensive rebuild, which included a complete interior overhaul.
4) 73.15m Laurel
It was only a few years ago that Delta's highly private 2006 superyacht launch Laurel was finally revealed to the press. She took her original owners on a six-year, 120,000 nautical mile global voyage, and she has been sold to new owners who can enjoy her wonderfully functional design. Laurel was sold by Fraser Yachts in an in-house deal and was asking $79.5 million at the time of her sale.
5) 72.5m Axioma
Big news at 2013's Monaco Yacht Show was the sale of Dunya Yachts' newly launched 72.5m superyacht Red Square during the show. She was soon delivered to her new owners and renamed Axioma. From her infinity pool to double-height main saloon, the Turkish-built yacht has many notable design features and welcomes guests with her beach house-style interior by the late designer Alberto Pinto.
6) 70.1 Reverie
Benetti superyacht Reverie was sold in November 2013, asking $49,500,000 at the time of her sale. The full displacement motor yacht, launched in 2000, features exterior styling by Stefano Natucci and interior design is by legendary yacht designer John Munford. Reverie is a popular charter yacht, but is also attractive for her ability to accommodate up to 24 guests during private use.
7) 69m Tu Moana
Mini cruise ship turned luxury yacht Tu Moana was sold this summer. She was launched in 2003 by Australian yard Austal Ships and originally built to accommodate up to 78 passengers in 37 cabins with large picture windows. Tu Moana was asking €6.5 million at the time of her sale, and her new owner has plans for an extensive refit.
In November 2013, Moran Yacht & Ship closed on the sale of 68m Lürssen superyacht Kismet with Tim Morley at Morley Yachts acting for the buyer. Designed by Espen Øino, Kismet was a winner during the 2008 World Superyacht Awards, and she features a Reymond Langton Art Deco inspired interior.
9) 68m Triple Seven
In April 2013, 68m superyacht Triple Seven was sold, asking €39.75 million at the time of her sale. Delivered by Germany's Nobiskrug yard in 2006, Triple Seven's previous owner has made significant upgrades, including a brand new audio/visual system. She accommodates 12 guests in a master suite, three double staterooms and a twin cabin plus two Pullman berths.
10) 67.06m Allure Shadow
SOLAS-classed and MCA-compliant, 67.06m Allure Shadow was sold in June 2013. Shadow Marine converted her into a sports utility superyacht in 2007, and the vessel features luxurious amenities such as an on-deck pool, cinema, gym. And as a shadow yacht, she has a heli-deck and a large hangar to carry toys and tenders.