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The most expensive yacht sales of 2021

1 December 2021• Written by Tom McGhie

SUPERYACHT DIRECTORY

Motor Yacht

HALO

Feadship ·  57.45 m ·  2015
Motor Yacht

ARBEMA

CRN ·  72 m ·  2010

The record-breaking 2020 brokerage performance has been eclipsed by the second year of the pandemic, with over 600 superyachts sold in 2021 so far, according to BOAT Pro data. BOAT rounds up the top ten most expensive sales of 2021, starting with Lürssen's 126.1 metre Octopus...

Octopus

Was asking €235,000,000 with Burgess and Fraser

Courtesy of Camper & Nicholsons

Lürssen's iconic 126.1 metre Octopus was sold in August 2021, with the buyer represented by Fraser Yachts. Constructed in steel and aluminium, the yacht’s stand out design feature is the 36 metre internal wet dock which allows space for a 20 metre 10-person submarine. Elsewhere, Octopus boasts a garage for two helicopters, while 26 guests sleep in 13 cabins with additional crew accommodation for up to 63 members. The yacht was commissioned by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 1998 and is one of the largest superyachts in the world.

Man of Steel

Was asking €131,000,000 with Edmiston and Merle Wood & Associates

Oceanco’s 86 metre Man of Steel, formerly Seven Seas, was delivered in 2010 and has only been used privately since hitting the water. It was sold this year with the buyer represented by Denison Yachting. Constructed in steel and aluminium and featuring an infinity pool, Man of Steel features an exterior by Nuvolari Lenard, which also penned the interior. Accommodation is for 12 guests in six cabins comprising a master’s suite, two VIP staterooms, two double cabins and a twin. Crew quarters meanwhile are for a staff of 28. With naval architecture courtesy of Azure Naval Architecture, Man of Steel is powered by twin MTU diesel engines for a top speed of 20 knots. 

Lady Moura

Was asking $125,000,000 with Camper & Nicholsons International

The 105 metre Blohm+Voss superyacht Lady Moura was sold in-house in June 2021 after 554 days on the market, making it the “fastest known brokerage sale of a 100+ metre vessel in the last 10 years”, according to Camper & Nicholsons. With in-house naval architecture and a luxury interior by Luigi Sturchio, the yacht provides accommodation for 27 guests in 13 cabins. Lady Moura was originally delivered in 1990 to a Saudi Arabian client and used as a private family residence until it was listed for sale in 2019 for the first time. A top speed of 22 knots comes from twin 6,868hp Deutz-MWM TBD510BV12 engines.

Arbema

Was asking €65,000,000 with Camper & Nicholsons and Edmiston & Company 

Previously named Azteca, CRN’s 72 metre Arbema, previously Azteca, was delivered in 2010 to a design by Nuvolari Lenard which also designed the interior. Stand out onboard amenities include a glass lift that carries guests up to the yacht’s main saloon. Above this sits a 330 square metres sun deck which hosts a helipad, gym, shaded bar and Jacuzzi area. Arbema’s 110sqm beach club looks out onto the ocean while twin Caterpillar diesel engines provide a maximum range of 6,000 nautical miles at 15 knots and a top speed of 16.5 knots. The yacht was sold this year, with the buyer represented by Ocean Independence

Halo

Was asking €64,000,000 with Edmiston & Company

The 57 metre Feadship motor yacht Halo was sold in June 2021, with the buyer introduced by Kitson Yachts. Delivered by the Dutch builder in 2015, the yacht was built in steel and aluminium and sports an exterior design by Harrison Eidgaard. The yacht rejoined the market in May 2021, after undergoing an expensive refit which included a full-repaint and five year survey. Standout design features include the 200 square metre sun deck which hosts a large, tiled Jacuzzi, a bar and a wind-shielded sun pads. With a range of 5,000 nautical miles, the yacht is completed by a touch-and-go helipad on the bow.

Solo

Was asking €62,900,000 with IYC and Northrop & Johnson

Tankoa’s 72 metre superyacht Solo was penned by designer Francesco Paszkowski and was delivered in 2018. At the time of its launch, the eco-focused superyacht was one of the first vessels to hit the water that complied with the International Maritime Organisation’s Tier III regulations. An interior by Margherita Casprini sleeps up to 12 guests in six cabins, comprising of a large master suite with a private terrace, two doubles, two twins and a VIP stateroom. Powered by twin Caterpillar diesel engines, Solo’s top speed is 17.5 knots, with a cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles when cruising at 12.5 knots. The yacht was sold this year with the buyer introduced by Edminston & Company

Ventum Maris

Was asking €58,000,000 with Burgess with Camper & Nicholsons International

The steel and aluminium 65.7 metre Amels motor yacht Ventum Maris was delivered in 2011 and is one of many yachts to benefit from a collaboration between the Dutch yard and famed designer Tim Heywood. Sold in June 2021, the yacht’s Winch Design interior sleeps 14 guests in seven cabins, comprising a master suite, two VIP cabins and four guest cabins, with crew accommodation for 16 in 10 cabins. A top speed of 17 knots comes from twin 2,000kW Caterpillar diesel engines, alongside a range of 5,000 nautical miles at 13 knots. Once again, Edminston & Company represented the buyer when the yacht was sold in June this year

Firebird

Was asking €53,900,000 with Fraser and Arcon Yachts

Previously Anna 1, Feadship’s 67 metre Firebird was launched in 2007, to a design by Michael Leach Design which also designed the interiors. The 1,549GT yacht accommodates 12 guests in six cabins, made up of a master suite with a private terrace, two doubles and two twins plus Pullman berths – all with entertainment centres. Crew accommodation is for 17 in six cabins. Twin Caterpillar diesel engines power the yacht to a top speed of 17 knots, while a range of 6,500 nautical miles is possible when cruising at 12 knots. Northrop & Johnson represented the buyer when the yacht was sold in September 2021

Days

Was asking €50,000,000 with Camper & Nicholsons International

Scheduled for delivery in January 2022, the 68 metre Days was sold in-house in August 2021 after 1700 days on the market. Constructed on-spec in December 2016 by luxury builder AES Yachts, Days sleeps 12 guests in six cabins, consisting of a master suite, three VIP staterooms and one double bedroom. Constructed in steel and aluminium, the yacht is powered by twin Caterpillar diesel engines for a top speed of 17 knots and a range of 5,000 nautical miles at 14 knots. Days features exterior design by Hot Lab, which also designed the interiors.

Skat

Was asking €49,500,000 with Fraser

Lürssen’s iconic 70.7 metre Skat was delivered in 2002, and built in steel and aluminium to a design by Espen Oeino. Characterised by an eye-catching military-style profile finished in grey, Skat has an elevator to all four decks. Elsewhere, accommodation is for 12 guests in seven en suite cabins in an interior designed by Marco Zanini. Amenities include an owner’s library and a garage for two 8.5 metre tenders. While huge windows throughout the main deck illuminate the interiors, power comes from twin MTU diesel engines for a top speed of 17 knots. Stuart Larsen of Fraser represented both the seller and buyer during the yacht's sale in November this year