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 as they are launched.
In 2015, we saw 15 new superyachts join the ranks of the world's largest superyachts, although there was no movement in the top 10.
This article accompanies a feature in the January issue on the top 101 superyachts in the world.
200. La Sultana | 65.40m (214'56")
Ex-Soviet spy ship La Sultana snatches the first place in our list of the largest superyachts in the world. Measuring 65.4 metres long, this yacht was converted into a luxury superyacht by the La Sultana hotel group. In 2015 she underwent a major rebuild, and La Sultana is now for sale.
Builder: Georgi Dimitrov
199. Sea Rhapsody | 65.50m (214'89")
The second hull of the Limited Edition 212, Sea Rhapsody was launched in April 2012. She offers a large volume interior, complete with a second full-beam master suite that is complimented by a soft and harmonious decorative scheme inspired by the client’s love for Asia.
198. Z | 65.50m (214'89")
Z is the third launch from the Amels Limited Editions 212 series.
197. Invictus | 65.53m (215')
Previously known as Project Invader, Delta Marine's Invictus is its second largest build yet. She is built with an ice strengethened steel hull and a composite superstructure which was designed by Delta Design. With such a large range and features such as a pool on the sundeck, a theatre, and a gymnasium, this boat has the capability of keeping her guests entertained on long hauls. At 65.5 metres, Invictus is Delta's 'made in America' superyacht that is designed for world domination. She was officially delivered on 1 July in Seattle, Washington to a North American client. The key is her remarkable volume – a prodigious 1,945GT – which leaves ample space for an innovative layout.
196. Yaakun | 65.96m (216'4")
Al Menwar, built in Italy by the now-defunct Nicolini yard for the Royal Family of the Arab Emirate Qatar, was the world’s 20th largest yacht when she was launched in 1987. Elegantly decorated with semi-precious stones and marbles, she can accommodate an owner’s party of 12. During a 2003-4 refit at Amico, her stern was altered to incorporate an integrated bathing platform, which increased her overall length to 65.96m.
Sold into Spanish ownership, she was renamed Yaakun – the Mayan word for love – and went on a round-the-world cruise which she has now successfully completed. She remains in Lloyd’s classification @100A1, @LMC.
195. Ester III | 66m (216'6")
Previously known as Project Green, hull 13685 has been christened Ester III. Lloyd’s classed, Ester III features large windows - including huge vertical windows forward on the main deck, which create a defining exterior feature - and an eye-catching white and grey paint job. A large helipad is set above the wheelhouse. Her owners’ previous yachts are said to be a 50 metre Codecasa (ex-Iliki VIII) and a 35 metre Falcon.
194. Natita | 66.00m (216'6")
This yacht, built to Lloyd’s highest certification and MCA compliant, has been very private since her launch in 2005, when she was owned by Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov, head of Gazprom.
Unusually, she has two master suites and accommodation for a further 10 guests spread between a VIP double cabin and four twin cabins located on the main and upper decks. The two lower decks are dedicated to the crew and technical areas. A stern garage houses three tenders, while two other tenders required by MCA regulations are found on the main deck forward.
Sold and renamed Natita, she is be available for charter through her selling agents, Burgess.
193. Ahimsa | 66m (216'6")
The largest Vitters to date, the 66 metre Ahimsa (ex-Aglaia) also boasts the tallest, most advanced sloop rig which reaches more than 80 metres above her deck, and a huge composite rudder from Green Marine. Naval architecture and styling is by Dubois Naval Architects with the interior designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon. The 66 metre Vitters yacht Ahimsa features unique, customised sail art. It is likely that she will race, but her owner is currently keeping her under wraps in and around Malta. A model of the yacht on display at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2010 showed a rather radical stern design.
192. Okto | 66.40m (217'11")
This full displacement custom motor yacht Okto is the biggest ISA yacht built to date in terms of length. With a design that emphasises the outdoor experience without compromising space and comfort, the four-deck Grandtourismo features an axe bow and hull shape optimised for efficiency and comfort by lengthy testing and refining process at the MARIN facility. The interior was built by LIST. The exterior colour scheme is composed of Dupont Black metallic on the hull and Dupont Silver Metallic on the superstructure.
191. Dona Amélia | 66.41m (217'11")
Launched as Haida for American yeast magnate Max Fleishmann in 1929, the exterior of this then state-of-the-art oceangoing yacht featured retro styling that gave her a late-19th-century appearance. Twin Krupp diesels offered superior safety, cleanliness and efficiency over coal-fired vessels. She saw service in World War II as a US Navy patrol ship.
Post-war, she was owned successively by American businessman Larry Green, Irish brewer Löel Guinness, film producer Robert Stigwood, and latterly by a wealthy recluse before being sold into Japanese ownership in 1981. Later she was acquired by Andreas Liveras, who chartered her for many years and then sold her to her current German owner, who returned her name to Haida G. A comprehensive rebuild at Proteksan-Turquoise Yachts in Tuzla, Turkey, has replaced her entire interior and rebuilt her original engines.