Top 200 largest yachts
Your definitive guide to the largest superyachts in the world counts down from 200, revealing the biggest private boat at the last page of this article. Updated regularly, this is the most authoritative source of its kind that adds the biggest luxury yachts to the list once they are delivered.
In 2017, we have already seen four new superyachts join the ranks of the world's largest superyachts, including a new arrival in the top ten.
200. Anna | 67m (219'10")
Launched from the Feadship–De Vries Shipyard, Anna is said to have one of the most expensive interiors of any Feadship. Designed by Michael Leach, she features a sumptuous duplex master suite with over four metres of headroom and a private observation lounge, a VIP cabin, two double guest cabins whose beds convert to twins, two twin cabins with additional Pullman berths, and a gym with a steam room.
The owner’s decorative taste is for the Louis XV era, and the interior features a large number of magnificent pieces of furniture designed by Leach and built to impeccable standards by craftsmen at the English furniture makers Silverlining. The yacht’s elegant exterior is also a masterpiece, perfectly synchronised with the interior. Anna is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 22.
199. Siran | 67m (219'10")
Siran is the result of a collaboration between Feadship and Jon Bannenberg in the late 1980s, and her design served to push back the boundaries of what was then thought possible. Her highlights include a 40-tonne gold and onyx stairway and a 7 metre hydraulic beam crane for launching her tenders.
She underwent a major refit at the hands of her original builders in 2007, during which her overall length was extended by 3.6 metres. In 2015 underwent a second refit, which saw her sundeck superstructure updated. Siran can accommodate an owners’ party of 18 and is run by a 20-strong crew.
198. Explorer | 67m (219'10")
Explorer has had many lives, starting out as Clipper Cap Haitien, before being converted to a Shadow Marine vessel. In 2011, she had a major hull extension, to bring her from her former length of 51.8 metres to her current length of 67 metres. Now Explorer has been reimagined with a new layout. The latest refit was undertaken in order to add an additional deck dedicated to the owner’s use, which comprises the owner’s stateroom, private lounge, gym and spa. Other refit work included creating a movie theatre and upgrading all the audio visual and IT systems. Moving the helipad up also allowed the creation of a new open sun deck, providing ample entertaining spaces, and an elevator has been installed to serve all decks.
197. Global | 67.05m (220')
This vessel, described as a ‘sport utility’ vessel by the yard that converted her, owes her rugged commercial appearance to her former life as an oil rig support vessel. Global (ex-Allure Shadow) is half yacht and half toy carrier, offering six double guest cabins with balconies, a saloon/dining room, a sky lounge with panoramic views opening to a forward observation deck, an 8 metre freshwater swimming pool, cinema, games-room/library and a full gymnasium with spa area. Her huge decks can carry, among other toys, a helicopter and its full logistical needs plus a large sport fishing vessel. She can host an event for 200 people in a single climate-controlled room.
Builder: Bender Shipbuilding & Repair (1982) / Shadow Marine (2007)
Naval architecture / exterior styling: Lay, Pittman & Associates
Interior design: Kimberley Gonzales
Former names: Belle, HOS Belle, Point Belle, State Belle
196. Falcon Lair | 67.15m (220'4")
Built for the late Prince Leo van Leeuwen of Lignac, Falcon Lair was arguably one of the world’s most sumptuously decorated superyachts at the time of her launch in 1983, and was certainly the most flamboyant Feadship of her era.
Unusually, her owner lived permanently aboard his yacht, making use of the newly available satellite communication systems to run his international business. After her first owner’s death she was acquired by Craig McCaw, who lengthened her by 7.2 metres in a refit and renamed her White Cloud. Recently sold, she was renamed Falcon Lair.
She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 1 as New Horizon L.
195. Vertigo | 67.2m (220'6")
This 67.2 metre sailing yacht was commissioned by a first-time owner looking for extended cruising capability. The yard's, the designer’s, and New Zealand’s largest yacht to date, Vertigo features an ‘urban at sea’ theme with walls devoid of art. Black and white leather and tan linen furniture reinforce the design theme. Vertigo was named sailing superyacht of the year during the 2012 World Superyacht Awards.
Vertigo also houses a state-of-the-art classroom and an office and well as midships hull openings for watersports and toys. The crew quarters meet the anticipated ILO/MLC, 2006 requirements. She is featured in The Superyachts, volume 25.
194. Drizzle | 67.27m (220'8")
The 67.27 metre motor yacht Drizzle was launched in 2012 by Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. The owners of this Feadship used their former yacht’s classic design and perfect proportions as a starting point. De Voogt Naval Architects was responsible for her naval architecture and exterior design. The yacht is 12 metres — 20 per cent — longer than her predecessor but proportioned accordingly so that the two yachts look like sisters.
Interior designers Redman Whiteley Dixon also returned to create a contemporary interior based on that of the former Drizzle. The layout accommodates 10 guests in a master suite on the main deck and four further double cabins on the lower deck. The well-designed crew quarters have been finished to a high standard for a maximum of 18.
193. Archimedes | 67.75m (222'3")
Elegant inside and out, Archimedes probably represents the current design pinnacle for John Munford, who created the concept, style and interior design for the vessel. Decorated in modern classic style, she accommodates 16 guests in an interior that includes a dining room, two saloons and a library with a working fireplace.
All decks are united by a central staircase and lift. The master suite, comprising a family cabin and study, is forward on the main deck, while six further guest cabins (four doubles and two twins) are on the lower deck. Exterior spaces include a spa pool and sunbathing area, an enclosed gym and observation area on the sun deck, and shaded dining and seating areas on the bridge deck. The foredeck offers a touch-and-go helipad, while her tenders are stowed on the main deck aft, sunk in wells whose floors can be raised to create a level deck after the tenders are launched.
192. Alwaeli | 67.8m (222'5")
Alwaeli was built by CRN in 1990 as the state yacht for the Gulf Emirate Bahrain, and lengthened from 65.2 to 67.8 metres during a six-month refit by CRN in 1999, a modification that rocketed her up the list of the world’s largest yachts. This comprehensive refit extended and updated the design of the stern, adding a bathing platform/dock with twin stairs and an elevating platform rising to the aft deck.
A subsequent refit carried out at Amels in 2008, which earned her the accolade of being selected as a finalist in the Best Refitted Yacht section of the World Superyacht Awards in 2009, incorporated a thorough mechanical and electrical refurbishment, added zero speed stabilisers and made major improvements to her styling and functionality.
Designed by Terence Disdale, the yacht’s accommodation is extensive and includes a palatial full-beam master suite on the main deck, five VIP suites on the bridge deck, and a six double guest cabins on the lower deck. She is based in Manama in the Arabian Gulf.
191. Lady Christine | 68m (223')
Launched in early 2010 as a replacement for an Oceanco yacht of the same name, the state-of-the-art Feadship Lady Christine was designed and built for a particularly experienced yachtsman who requested generous spaces for himself and his guests. The owner’s apartment, divided between two deck levels, offers his-and-hers studies, a gymnasium and an observation saloon.
The sun deck has touch-and-go helicopter facilities and includes the ability to refuel the aircraft. The main deck features a saloon, cinema, formal dining room seating 12 guests and a bar with extending balconies, while the outside area offers an infinity pool that flows down to the bathing platform. She is featured in The Superyachts, volume 25.