Finest flagships: Largest yachts from the world’s top yards

You can tell a lot about a yard’s history, ambition and capabilities by taking a closer look at its flagship — the largest delivered yacht in the fleet.

Azzam (180.61m)

The Lürssen flagship
Photo: Klaus Jordan

The 180 metre Azzam is not only the largest yacht delivered by Lürssen but the largest superyacht in the world. Designed by Nauta and launched by Lürssen in 2013, Azzam features an interior penned by French designer Christophe Leoni, who previously worked on some of the owner’s residences and palace. As well as being the longest yacht in the world, Azzam is also one of the fastest, reaching top speeds of 33 knots. 

Sailing Yacht A (142.81m)

The Nobiskrug flagship

The head-turning Sailing Yacht A the largest to be built at German yard Nobiskrug and was first delivered in 2017. The iconic exterior was styled by Philippe Starck, who also penned a top-secret interior that encompasses a total volume of 12,700GT. Sailing Yacht A can reach a top speed of 21 knots and a range of 5320 nautical miles while cruising. 

Kaos (110m)

The Oceanco flagship
Credit: Klaus Jordan

Delivered by Oceanco in 2017, the 110 metre Kaos (previously Jubilee) features exterior design created by  Igor Lobanov. Following her sale, Kaos completed an extensive year-long refit at German yard Lürssen which saw Sam Sorgiovanni make alterations to both the exterior and interior of the yacht, which were incorporated into the original design. Existing and new interior spaces were penned by Reymond Langton Design. Kaos remains Oceanco's largest yacht yet delivered but is soon set to be superseded by the 177m Project Y719, which hit the water in 2021

Anna (110m)

The Feadship flagship
Credit: Tom van Oossanen

Delivered in 2018, Anna is the flagship of Dutch yard Feadship and was styled inside and out by Michael Leach Design in collaboration with the owner's personal New York decorator Brian McCarthy Inc. Key features across the four-deck superyacht include a dramatic architectural curve that links the main deck and upper deck. 

IJE (108m)

The Benetti flagship

The 108 metre Benetti flagship IJE is a custom creation styled inside and out by British studio RWD. Delivered in 2019, the yacht can accommodate a total of 22 guests in 11 cabins and can reach top speeds of 18.5 knots thanks to its twin 3,191hp MTU diesel engines. Key features include an observation deck for hosting parties and a main saloon with full-height sliding glass walls that open the space on three sides. 

Aviva (98m)

The Abeking & Rasmussen flagship
Credit: Tom van Oossanen

The 98m flagship of German yard Abeking & Rasmussen Aviva was first delivered in 2017 and was designed inside and out by Reymond Langton Design. Key features include an on board padel court, which was a specific request from owner Joe Lewis, and a massive 4966GT curving interior. Aviva can reach top speeds of 20 knots.  

Maltese Falcon (88m)

The Perini Navi flagship

Triple masted and instantly recognisable, Maltese Falcon has been turning heads all across the globe ever since her 2006 launch. Italian yard Perini Navi describes her freestanding carbon fibre masts as “weapons-grade”, while her Ken Freivokh designed interior is a marriage of industrial chic and high tech features. Technically a motorsailer, Maltese Falcon packs a pair of 2,010hp Deutz-MWM diesel engines that allow for a top speed under power of 19.5 knots.

Here Comes The Sun (83m)

The Amels flagship

Dutch yard Amels has enjoyed great success with its Limited Editions range, as designed by Tim Heywood, and Here Comes The Sun is the largest example to date. Delivered in January 2017, Here Comes The Sun boasts an opulent Winch Design interior centred around a spectacular owner’s deck that spans a total of 300 square metres.

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