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 2016, we have seen ten new superyachts join the ranks of the world's largest superyachts, including a new arrival in the top five.
200. Triple Seven | 66.74m (218'11")
Triple Seven, one of the most notable of the 2006 launches, is named after her build number at the Nobiskrug yard. Sold by her commissioning owner a few days after delivery, the yacht has a sleek and low profile with a high, seaworthy bow and a stern incorporating a bathing platform/dock. Triple Seven is a yacht that symbolises success and satisfaction.
Elements of her superstructure are constructed from composite laid over a steel frame to save weight and make curves more accurate, while her two forward-facing air intakes on the mast strike a design connection with Formula One racing cars.
The angular, modern interior design, softened by recognisable touches of art deco, is comfortable and luxurious, making use of maple and sycamore contrasted with darker furniture made from bleached wengé. The stern has an informally decorated ‘beach club’ with a lounge, bar and gymnasium and direct access to the bathing platform. Her pair of MTU diesels give a 17-knot top speed.
Triple Seven is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 21.
199. Golden Shadow | 66.75m (219')
Golden Shadow, part of the aptly named ‘Golden Fleet’, acts as the overflow accommodation and support vessel for Golden Odyssey, whose Saudi Arabian owner, HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan, a keen oceanographer, makes it available for scientific purposes worldwide in support of the Living Oceans Foundation, of which he is chairman.
The yacht carries Golden Eye, an amphibious 10-seater Cessna 208 with Wipair floats, as well as many specialpurpose tenders, and offers a range of scientific laboratories and accommodation for up to 11 visiting scientists and pilots. It is often seen in the company of Golden Osprey, a 29 metre sport fishing vessel.Golden Shadow was built in the USA by the now-defunct San Diego builder Campbell Industries to the design of Francis & Francis, and was refitted in 2006.
198. Tanit | 66.75m (219')
Originally built as an offshore tuna fishing boat, this unusual vessel was converted into a yacht in 1984 at Horton Werft in Germany, and has since been refitted twice. While retaining the long, lean looks of her commercial past, she has a luxurious, eclectic interior and is said to be an excellent sea boat.
The uppermost deck offers an observation saloon and dining area while the bridge deck, just below, also carries the master suite. The main deck has a dining room and saloon while the six guest cabins (five doubles and a twin) are located on the lower deck. Managed by a crew of 14, Tanit is a true worldwide cruising yacht and carries a wide range of tenders, including a 5.5 metre custom-built landing craft, to suit every purpose.
197. Maria | 67m (219'10")
When the owner of the 49.9 metre Tigre d’Or, reportedly Israel’s richest citizen, Shari Arison, outgrew her yacht, she went back to Amels and commissioned My Shanti, which offered 55% more volume. Much of this has been invested in cabins so that the yacht can sleep a total of 29 guests and carry a further 34 guests at sea. The owner’s decision not to have a tender garage or beach club in the stern means that there is ample room for crew quarters and a lazarette full of water toys and even a game-fishing fighting chair. The three deck spaces are topped by a vast sun deck 27.5 metre in length. In a tribute to Terence Disdale’s original interior design for Tigre d’Or, the owners requested a repeat of the same calm and understated comfort. The yacht has now changed hands and was renamed Maria by her new owners.
She is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 23, as My Shanti.
196. 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 Louis XV, 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.
195. 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 7m-long 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.
194. Danah Explorer | 67m (219'10")
Danah 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 Danah 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.
193. 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 8m-long 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 also boasts that 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
192. Falcon Lair | 67.15m (220'4")
Built for the late Prince Leo van Leeuwen of Lignac, New Horizon L 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.
191. 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.