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 launched. 

In 2016, we have seen eight new superyachts join the ranks of the world's largest superyachts, including a new arrival in the top five.

200. 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.

Builder:ISA Yachts
Naval Architecture: ISA / BMT Nigel Gee
Exterior Styling:Andrea Vallicelli
Interior Design:Alberto Pinto

199. 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.

Now in the hands of a new European owner who renamed her   Dona Amélia, she’s a mothership for J Class  Endeavour. She is featured in  The Superyachts, Volume 19 as Haida G.

Builder:  Germania Werft
Naval architecture:  Cox & Stevens
Interior design: Verges
Former names: USS Argus, Haida, Haida G, Rosenkavalier, Sarina

198. 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.

Builder: ThyssenKrupp / Nobiskrug
Naval architecture / exterior styling / interior design:Newcruise

197. 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.

Builder:  Campbell Industries
Naval architecture: Campbell Industries /  Francis & Francis
Interior design: Francis & Francis

196. 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.

Builder:  Arsenale Venice (1966) / Horton Werft (1984)
Naval architecture:  CNOMV /   Dwinger
Interior design:    M. Zanini /  E. Sottsass
Former names: Albacora, Crustamar, Kisuca, Amazon Express

195. 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.

Builder & Naval Architecture: Amels
Exterior Styling & Interior design: Terence Disdale Design

194. Anna | 67.00m (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 4m 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.

Builder:  Feadship
Naval architecture:  De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior styling / interior design:  Michael Leach Design

193. 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.

Builder: Feadship
Naval architecture: De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior styling / interior design: Jon Bannenberg

192. 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.

Builder:  Candies Shipbuilders
Naval Architecture: Candies Shipbulders /  Boris Kiriloff
Exterior Styling: Boris Kiriloff
Interior Design:  Joseph Artese

191. 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

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