28 of the best superyacht aft views
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Legend

What is it: Legend, a 77.4 metre high latitude-capable explorer for up to 26 guests. Originally an icebreaking tug, she was converted to a yacht in 1999, before a massive refit to true superyacht standards in 2016.

Why we love it: Through her styling, dimensions and some of the original mechanics, Legend, which is available for charter with Camper and Nicholsons, preserves the spirit of the Russian icebreaker that plied the northern reaches of the globe during the Cold War, but her year-long rebuild at Icon Yachts – which earned her a World Superyacht Award in 2017 – turned the tough vessel into a spectacular charter yacht. This Orient Express of the sea comes with an art deco inspired master suite, fire pits, top of the line gym, a garage full of toys including a submarine, and a certified helipad for a six-passenger Eurocopter.

Design genius: Reimagining the vessel inside and out made it possible to add a large heated pool and storage for the helicopter protected from weather.

Perfect for: History buffs, large families, film directors or novelists with means.

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Rising Sun

What is it: Rising Sun, the groundbreaking 138 metre motor yacht designed by Jon Bannenberg, delivered by Lürssen to Larry Ellison in 2005.

Why we love it: So fresh was the design and so different from anything he’d done before, that a yachting forum even questioned if it was really the work of Jon Bannenberg, according to a biography of the prolific British designer by his son Dickie. The owner agreed succinctly to Bannenberg’s terms in March 2000 (“Jon, I accept. Let the work begin. larry [sic]”) and by May the designer, who died before the yacht was finished, had sketched project LE120.

Design genius: Exposure of structure was a major theme of the design, with the web frames of the superstructure clearly visible — this is distinctive and honest design. In practical terms, the yacht is designed so that her acres of glass don’t reveal all: there are many private areas, including a two-level cinema and (originally, at least) a trophy room for the America’s Cup, embedded deep within.

Perfect for: Entertaining guests dockside and getting time away from it all with a full deck dedicated to the owner.

Photo: Raphael Montigneaux

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RISING SUN

Lurssen |   138.01 m |   2004
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Aurora

At 74 metres, Aurora is the smallest boat that Lürssen has delivered since 2014 – but she still ranks among the world’s 200 largest superyachts.

Why we love it: Her exterior by Winch Design evokes the romance of classic transatlantic liners, including the dashing navy-striped mast base and plenty of stylish portholes. The interior, by the same studio, continues the theme with art deco styling (the boat was known as Project Gatsby during build).

Design genius: Moran Yacht & Ship, which managed the project, says the owner wanted a big volume family yacht so that individuals wouldn’t feel they were on top of one another. This translates into lots of intimate and personal spaces — and a wealth of on-water gizmos.

Perfect for: The family that plays together — but also appreciates a quiet afternoon with a book.

Photo: Charl Van Rooy/SuperYacht Times

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AURORA

Lurssen |   74 m |   2017
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Barbara

The 88.5 metre Oceanco superyacht Barbara features exterior styling and a nature-inspired interior design by Sam Sorgiovanni — a master at creating tactile spaces inspired by the natural world.

Why we love it: The incredible luxury is understated and discreet rather than in your face, and fun is built right in with a formal saloon that transforms into an amazing party space, complete with light and laser show and a cinema with supremely comfortable seats.

Design genius: Extending over two decks is an office and master suite at the centre of the yacht. The extraordinary ceiling height of the office is put to good use with enormous glass doors that slide open on to side balconies. You’ll be able to admire all these features for yourself in an upcoming issue of Boat International.

Perfect for: Active adults. Aside from the cinema and disco, Barbara holds a plethora of fun toys housed in a large garage forward.

Photo: Rif Spahni

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BARBARA

Oceanco |   88.5 m |   2017
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Seasense

The 67 metre Seasense is a custom Benetti superyacht with styling by Cor D Rover and a jazzy interior by Los Angeles interior design firm AREA.

Why we love it: That spectacular pool and the deck that surrounds it. Wide teak louvres control the sunlight allowed into the area, while teak boards, stretching across rather than along the beam, emphasise the yacht’s 10.8 metre width, increasing the apparent size of the space.

Design genius: Forward of the superyacht pool is a teak-decked dining area, and forward again a television lounge. Two sets of massive sliding doors seal the area into three or two spaces, or left open, one indoor-outdoor space that spans about half the length of the main deck. That’s more than 30 metres.

Perfect for: Families — thanks to fun colours, cosy corners and a basketball court that can cover the pool and keep the kids entertained.

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SEASENSE

Benetti |   67 m |   2017
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Areti

What is it: The brand new 85 metre Lürssen Areti, which was delivered in July and made its first big public appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Why we love it: She’s a Lürssen with interior and exterior styling by British studio Winch Design — what’s not to like?

Design genius: She sports “traditional but fresh” interiors and through that transom door you can expect to find one of the most comprehensive superyacht beach clubs on the high seas.

Perfect for: The modest. That might seem crazy to say, but at 85 metres, Areti is almost entry level when measured against the giants seen regularly slipping out of Lürssen’s sheds. But we all know size doesn’t matter, right?

Photo: Tom Van Oossanen

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Stella Maris

The 72.1 metre VSY motor yacht Stella Maris was launched in 2013, boasting radical lines by Espen Øino and pared back interior styling in muted natural tones by Michela Reverberi.

Why we love it: Al fresco spaces abound, from the substantial superyacht beach club to the tender garage that can be converted into a party spot.

Design genius: The sundeck is a stunner. Stroll straight from the helipad for a dip in the twin pools aft, or just collapse on a sunpad with a cocktail.

Perfect for: Superyacht owners who insist on a light, bright lifestyle on the water. Inside there are rows of full-height windows that make the main deck feel like an extension of the seascape.

Photo: Guillaume Plisson

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STELLA MARIS

Viareggio Superyachts |   72.1 m |   2013
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Mogambo

The 73.5 metre Nobiskrug motor yacht Mogambo was launched in 2012, boasting a sinuous and achingly cool interior and exterior design scheme by the Reymond Langton studio.

Why we love it: Check out those sweeping stairs, that muted grey and white paint job, the flared sundeck overhangs — there aren’t many back ends this pretty.

Design genius: The chic interior with a 1950s Mad Men flavour translates into laid-back spaces outside, from the low-slung furniture of the main aft deck to the sprawling superyacht beach club, complete with spa area.

Perfect for: Superyacht charterers with a penchant for mid-century glamour. Or Don Draper.

Photo: Guillaume Plisson

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MOGAMBO

Nobiskrug |   73.51 m |   2012
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Aviva

The all-new 98 metre Aviva from Abeking & Rasmussen replaces a 68 metre yacht of the same name. She was designed inside and out by Reymond Langton, making her the largest yacht the British studio has worked on. She’s the biggest Abeking ever, too.

Why we love it: While we don’t know a huge amount about her (yet), we do know there is one very special bonus room on board — a full-size padel tennis court.

Design genius: That sculpted silver superstructure and blue hull. The almost canoe stern is pretty tasty, too.

Perfect for: Anyone who wants to stay in shape while cruising the world’s party hotspots.

Photo: Stuart Pearce

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AVIVA

Abeking & Rasmussen |   98.4 m |   2017
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Icon

Launched in 2010, 67.5m motor yacht Icon was the first yacht by now-established Dutch yard Icon Yachts, with design by RWD and Studio Linse.

Why we love it: The top two decks essentially hold a two-level sundeck, with sunbathing areas spilling down on to the bridge deck aft, with a bar and other treats.

Design genius: The beach club is gorgeous — the casual oak and teak space includes a bar, sofas, gym and scuba room — and there’s direct access to guest cabins so that water babies can head straight to the ocean waves.

Perfect for: Those who like a refreshing morning dip — or a midnight cocktail on the water.

Photo: Camper & Nicholsons

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ICON

Icon Yachts |   67.5 m |   2010

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