Top 200 largest yachts
30. Radiant | 110m (360'11")
A sister to Dilbar, Radiant _was commissioned by the Russian media tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who wanted a rival to _Pelorus, owned by his arch enemy Roman Abramovich. However, he subsequently sold her to Abdulla al-Futtaim, a billionaire car dealer from the United Arab Emirates, before she was completed.
As well as the standard features for a yacht of this size - helipad, gymnasium, cinema, spa - she has one of the highest security specifications ever conceived. Berezovsky ordered a personal “escape launch” – a speedboat with turbo-charged twin diesel engines capable of exceeding 75 knots. She is also equipped with an arsenal of sonic guns that fire low-frequency sound waves that can burst the eardrums of approaching assailants, and a military water cannon capable of sinking an approaching boat at more than 100 yards.
29. Ona | 110m (360'11")
Formerly known as Project Opal, Ona features a combined diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion system and is the world’s first yacht to have particle filters fitted to the main engine exhausts as well as to her generating sets. The yacht, which was originally known as Dilbar, is reportedly owned by Russian steel magnate Alisher Usmanov, who owned an earlier Oceanco-built yacht called Dilbar that was rumoured to have been named after his mother.
Ona is promoted by Lürssen as the ‘green engine concept’ whose aim is to significantly reduce emissions in a highly efficient propulsion system. Four generating sets supply power for the house load and to four azimuthing thrusters, which provide dynamic positioning and get-you-home propulsion at reduced speed. Built to the rules of Germanischer Lloyd, Ona has a reported top speed of 21 knots.
28. Le Grand Bleu | 112.8m (370'1")
Le Grand Bleu was built for US telecommunications baron John McCaw and was subsequently sold to the Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, who had it refitted to his own preferences, including the addition of a 16ft swim platform at the stern. According to Internet sources, Abramovich passed Le Grand Bleu to his friend and business associate Eugene Shvidler in June 2006.
The yacht has a crew of 65 and carries a veritable arsenal of tenders and watertoys, both on her aft decks and in her extensive below-deck garage, where there is a large aquarium. Her watercraft include a 22 metre Dubois-designed sailing yacht, Bellatrix; a 21 metre Sunseeker motor yacht; two 11 metre, 60-knot Buzzi sports boats; and a landing craft to carry a 4x4 Land Rover used for excursions ashore.
27. Pelorus | 114.5m (375'8")
Launched in November 2003, Pelorus was built at Lürssen’s Krogerwerft facility. She was originally commissioned by a Saudi Arabian as a replacement for Coral Island. He loved the finished product but, when made an offer that was too good to refuse, sold her to the Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich. David Geffen bought her in May 2011.
The yacht is the work of two internationally known designers: Tim Heywood, who drew the superstructure and working areas, and Terence Disdale, who created an interior that revels in the informal atmosphere of a beachside villa. This yacht has everything: two helicopter pads, a swimming pool with artificial current, a spa pool, and an owner’s suite with 180-degree panoramic views that opens to a private deck.
The quality of the engineering is stunning, with many of the systems, including the bowthruster, being provided with a back-up, while the control of all propulsion units is united in a ‘Lipstick’ that allows a single joystick to precisely manoeuvre the yacht. The vessel is managed by 41 crew, including seven engineers and five personal staff.
Pelorus was featured in volume 18 of The Superyachts book.
26. Luna | 115m (377'4")
Luna was built for Roman Abramovich as an upgraded replacement for his former exploration yacht Le Grand Bleu (No 23 in this list), always a favourite among his many yachts. Luna, ice classed and built to the highest possible standards. Diesel-electric powered, she has two helipads, one forward and one aft, and the ability to stow a helicopter below decks for transit. Her tenders are stored in two garages in the stern that open through shell doors on each side of the hull. She was delivered in June 2010 and is available for select charter.
25. Issham al-Baher | 115.76m (379'9")
Thought to be a gift from Stavros Niarchos to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, this yacht has now been renamed Issham Al Baher _following the launch of _Al Salamah in 1999. Advanced in years, this one-time royal yacht has been passed one rung down the ladder of Saudi Arabian royal yacht ownership. However, it is possible that Issham al-Baher remains a state-funded vessel as the crossover between state and private funding among the Saudi royal family is unclear.
24. Atlantis II | 115.76m (380')
It is said that the late Stavros Niarchos, the Greek-American shipping magnate, built Atlantis II to outdo his rival Aristotle Onassis in the yacht-owning stakes. Some 16.7 metres longer than Onassis’s Christina (now Christina O), Atlantis II was built by Hellenic Shipyards in Skaramanga, Greece, in 1981. She is, incidentally, the near-sistership of the former Saudi Arabian Royal Yacht Issham Al Baher, which was originally launched as Atlantis. Accommodating 25 guests in great comfort, Atlantis II boasts a helicopter, a hangar and a swimming pool with a rising floor that converts to a disco. Still owned by the Niarchos family, the yacht can usually be found moored at its berth in Monaco.
23. Turama | 116.4m (381'11")
Named after a river in Borneo, Turama was originally built as a cruise ship to operate in Hong Kong harbour and was subsequently converted to a yacht in Greece by the Latsis-owned company SETE Yachts. Classed to Lloyd’s highest standard (@100A1, @LMC, UMS and Ice Class 1A), and having full SOLAS certification as a passenger vessel,Turama’s accommodation includes an extensive master suite, two junior master suites, 24 VIP suites, each with an impressive floor area of 39.8 square metres, and 16 single cabins.
The facilities include a beauty salon, a sauna, gymnasium, a 12-seat cinema, an 80-seat conference theatre, a 12-seat meeting room, a disco, a children’s playroom and a mini-hospital. On deck are a swimming pool, two spa pools and a helicopter pad. The yacht, which remains in the ownership of the Latsis family, is manned by 60 crew and is available for charter.
Builders:Rauma Shipyard (1990) / SETE Yachts (2004)
Former names:Columbus Caravelle, Sally Caravelle, Delfin Caravelle
22. Motor YachtA | 119m (390'5")
This most extraordinary yacht, built for the Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, had an unusual conception in that its designer, Philippe Starck, drew what he considered to be a ‘cool shape’ – taking a full three and a half hours for the job. Unlike the design progression of most yachts, the naval architecture of Motor Yacht A was made to work subsequently under the control of the technical designer, Martin Francis, who used models and towing tanks to confirm the hull lines.
Deck spaces are minimal – a tiny sun deck with splash pool; a shaded fore deck area with rectangular pool; and the main deck aft with a curved pool. The interior features the owner’s open-plan ‘loft apartment’ ringed by windows and a wide balcony aft, while the main saloon, equally open, features a ‘romper sofa’ with space for at least 10 people.
Motor Yacht A was featured in the 2011 edition of The Superyachts book.
21. Alexander | 121.95m (400'1")
This yacht was built by Flender Werft in Lübeck, Germany, in 1966 as the passenger vessel Regina Maris for the Lübeck Line. After several changes of ownership she was converted to a yacht for the late John S Latsis, the Greek shipping tycoon, and renamed Alexander. Extensively refitted in 1985 and again in 1998, she is available for charter, offering well-appointed accommodation for up to 60 guests. She carries a very wide range of tenders and water sports gear and can accept helicopters on her fully certified landing pad.
Onboard facilities include a swimming pool, spa pool, gymnasium, full-size disco bar, a 27-seat cinema, children’s playroom, a beauty salon and a mini-hospital. The yacht remains in the ownership of the Latsis family, now headed by the second richest man in Greece, Spiros Latsis, who holds one of Europe’s biggest fortunes with stakes in oil refining, real estate, financial services and high-class travel.
Builder & naval architecture:Flender-Werft