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Carinthia VII 97.2m (318'11") | 2002 Germany

Carinthia VII
Carinthia VII

Considerable secrecy masked the construction of the iconic yacht Carinthia VII, a hallmark of her builders, Lürssen of Bremen. Even today, few outsiders have visited her interior, but it is generally known that the yacht is owned by Heidi Horten, the widow of an Austrian supermarket owner who sold his chain to the German Kaufhof group in 1996.

With styling and interior design by Tim Heywood, a long-time associate of Jon Bannenberg, this long, lean and low yacht is an elegant and worthy successor to the Bannenberg designed Carinthia VI, which, following her sale, was renamed The One (No 132 in this list). Her profile was the design inspiration for Cakewalk, No 55 on this list.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Tim Heywood

Sea Cloud 96.35m (316'1") | 1931 Germany

Sea Cloud
Sea Cloud | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

When stockbroker and yachtsman Edward F Hutton married heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1920s, he introduced her to yachting aboard his three-masted schooner Hussar. Post and Hutton later built an even larger yacht, Hussar II, which was designed by Cox & Stevens and built by Friedrich Krupp in Kiel, Germany. Launched in 1931, it had panelled saloons and seven lavish cabins.

When the couple divorced Marjorie kept the yacht and renamed her Sea Cloud. She served as a patrol vessel for the US Coast Guard during World War II and in 1955 was sold to the Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo, who renamed her Angelita. After his overthrow, she was acquired by Clifford Barbour, who renamed her Antarna. New German owners rescued her from neglect in 1978, returned her name to Sea Cloud, and rebuilt her in Bremerhaven.

The yacht now charters in the West Indies during winter and in the Mediterranean in summer, operating with 60 crew and offering 34 cabins. She is featured in volume 3 of The Superyachts book.

  • Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft
  • Naval architecture: Cox & Stevens
  • Former names: Angelita, Antarna, Hussar II, Patria

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Limitless 96.25m (315'9") | 1997 Germany

Limitless | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Owned by Leslie Wexner, head of the American lingerie chain Victoria’s Secret, the ABS-classified Limitless was launched by the Lürssen Shipyard in Germany in 1997. Her name is presumably a play on the name of Wexner’s first company, The Limited, founded in 1963 with $5,000 borrowed from his aunt.

Unusually, the iconic yacht Limitless is powered by a hybrid diesel and diesel-electric propulsion package that allows her conventional diesels to be boosted a further 6,607hp by a pair of 16-cylinder Caterpillar 3516 and two 12-cylinder Caterpillar 3412 diesels that power electric motors. This combination gives her a top speed of 25 knots. She remains the largest American-registered yacht.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Lürssen
  • Exterior styling: Jon Bannenberg / Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: François Catroux

Vava II 96.00m (315') | 2012 Great Britain

Vava II
Vava II | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Vava II, formerly known as Devonport Shipyard Project 55, is very sophisticated, with an array of features that will distinguish it from both aesthetic design and practical operation perspectives. A replacement for her owners’ Feadship, Vava, she is the largest yacht built to date by Devonport Yachts and will be the first new British-built yacht to comply with the SOLAS Passenger Ship rules for fewer than 36 passengers. She features an unusual ground tackle system with anchors retracting inside the hull and bow and stern thrusters plus independent rudders give superb control.

Vava II is featured in volume 26 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder & Naval Architecture: Pendennis Plus
  • Exterior Styling: Redman Whiteley Dixon
  • Interior design: Rémi Tessier

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Palladium 95.15m (312'2") | 2010 Germany

Palladium | photo courtesy of Michael Leach Design

Formerly known as Project Orca, Palladium was built for a highly experienced yacht owner and charterer to the stylings of Michael Leach Design, which produced the entire design package and fitting out. The ultra-modern exterior incorporates many unique but practical features, and this is seen especially in the main deck swimming pool and sports deck arrangement and direct link to the spa.

In harmony with the exterior, the interior, which includes six guest cabins and an owner’s deck, is completely bespoke, with every element custom designed for the owner, whose project brief was for excellence and overhead space. This led Michael Leach Design to use Silverlining and Metrica for interior furniture, ANT for electronics and Cougar Marine for the custom limousine tenders, which were also designed by Michael Leach Design.

Palladium is featured in volume 25 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Blohm + Voss
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Michael Leach

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Indian Empress 95m (311'8") | 2000 Netherlands

Indian Empress
Indian Empress | photo courtesy of Oceanco

Originally built as Al Mirqab for the Royal Family of Qatar by Oceanco with styling and interior design by The ‘A’ Group, this vessel lays claim to being the largest Dutch-built yacht to date, although, to be exact, her steel hull was built in Durban, South Africa.

She was recently acquired by the Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya, whose many assets include the Kingfisher airline and India’s leading beverages company, UB Group. A keen yachtsman, he also owns the classic 47m motor yacht Kalizma, once owned by film stars Richard and Elizabeth Burton, while his previous yachts include the 49.8m Indian Achiever (now Alta Vida) and the 55m Indian Princess, which has reverted to her original name, Southern Cross III.

In tight situations, Indian Empress’s fully rotating Schottel 250kW sternthruster and a 300kW bowthruster assist manoeuvring, while the two wing stations can be extended athwartships by 1.5m to assist visibility. The six decks provide accommodation for an owner’s party of 32 and 42 crew.

  • Builder: Oceanco
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling / interior design: The ‘A’ Group
  • Former names: Al Mirqab

Mayan Queen IV 93.25m (305'11") | 2008 Germany

Mayan Queen IV
Mayan Queen IV | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Launched in 2008, another yacht built under a blanket of high security in a German shipyard is Mayan Queen IV. Formerly known as Project Safari, she is understood to be owned by Mexican mining, insurance and department store magnate Alberto Baillères, the second richest man in Mexico and fourth in Latin America.

He sold his earlier vessel, the 49m Feadship–Van Lent Mayan Queen (now MQ2). Mayan Queen IV has a touch-and-go helipad on the foredeck and two tender garages, one forward and one aft, the latter being convertible into a beach club when the tender is launched.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Blohm + Voss
  • Exterior styling: Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: Terence Disdale

Tatoosh 92.42m (303'3") | 2000 Germany

Tatoosh | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Tatoosh, a five-deck yacht displacing 3,616 tonnes, was built for cellphone magnate Craig McCaw and later sold to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. A model of understated luxury, she has a huge owner’s suite with a full-beam bedroom, family room, observation lounge, office, gymnasium and two cabins for children. Six guest cabins are located on the lower deck. Aside from the main and dining saloons, there are a panoramic lounge and cinema.

Other facilities include two helipads with refuelling equipment, one for the yacht’s own McDonnell Douglas MD500 and one for guests’ helicopters; a 12m speedboat and a Frers-designed 13m sailboat positioned in davits to port and starboard; a swimming pool; and a diving room with decompression chamber in the stern.

Tatoosh is manned by a full-time crew of 30, with facilities available for visiting staff and the helicopter pilot. The yacht is named after an island in the Pacific Northwest that marks the entrance to the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

  • Builder: Nobiskrug
  • Naval architecture: Kusch Yachts
  • Exterior styling: Studio Acht
  • Interior design: Terence Disdale

Equanimity 91.5m (300'2") | 2014 Netherlands


Equanimity is first superyacht that The Netherlands-based superyacht builder Oceanco has built to Passenger Yacht Code. The aluminium and steel yacht features an exterior designed by Oceanco’s in-house team with naval architecture by Azure Naval Architects and interior design by UK-based designer Andrew Winch Designs.

Oceanco has kept the project much under wraps. But early this summer, Boat International Media editors had a look on board the yacht while in-build and noted interesting features. Equanimity features a fully-certified heli-deck, multiple guest staterooms on the main-deck including two VIP staterooms with fold-down balconies, and a private galley on the upper deck. A skylight over the owner’s stateroom bathes the suite in natural light, and the beach club hosts a gym and sauna.

  • Builder: Oceanco
  • Naval Architecture: Azure N.A. / Oceanco
  • Exterior styling: Andrew Winch Designs / Oceanco
  • Interior design: Andrew Winch Designs

Dubawi 90.6m (297'3") | 1989 Italy

Dubawi | photo by Bugsy Gedlek

Originally built as a SOLAS passenger ship, Dubawi was converted for an owner from the Gulf area into a very spacious superyacht with an enormous interior volume of 4,200GT. The conversion work, undertaken by Platinum Yachts in Dubai, took only 18 months to complete and included fitting a new upper deck, which now contains a palatial owner’s suite, a private deck with panoramic views, and a remodelled stern that added 5m to her former overall length.

The other five decks were either refurbished or rebuilt and now provide accommodation and reception areas for up to 40 guests in a surprising and hugely varied interior style that boasts striking colour schemes and eye-catching motifs. No fewer than 71 officers and crew have the task of looking after this capacious yacht.

  • Builder: Cantieri Navali Ferrari (1989) / Platinum Yachts (2008)
  • Naval architecture: Cantieri Navali Ferrari
  • Interior design: Platinum Yachts (rebuild)
  • Former names: Leisure World

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