Top 10 must-see superyacht drone videos

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Abramovich yacht Eclipse moors up in Barcelona

From aerial views of the famous Motor Yacht A and the late Steve Jobs' yacht Venus to dramatic footage of an explorer yacht on fire, these are our top ten must-see superyacht drone videos.

Situated at the heart of Barcelona, OneOcean Port Vell is a popular stop-off for some of the world’s largest superyachts and they don’t come much bigger than Eclipse.

This stunning video gives us a fresh perspective on the 162.5 metre Blohm+Voss yacht’s true scale, as she dwarfs her neighbours in the city centre marina. The close-up drone footage also reveals details of her aft deck, wing stations and helipads.

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St David passing through the Corinth canal

It is often said that the journey is just as important as the destination and with a route like this it’s easy to see why. This dramatic superyacht drone video shows the 60 metre Benetti yacht St. David passing through the narrow Corinth canal that links the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.

Styled by Andrew Winch Design and launched in 2008, St. David is available for charter with West Nautical, with prices starting at $266,000 per week.

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Drone video of Motor Yacht A in Iceland

The word unique is bandied around in the superyacht sector, but if there is any yacht deserving of the description it is the undeniably one-of-a-kind Motor Yacht A built by Blohm+Voss. This must-see yacht drone video of Motor Yacht A gives an amazing view of the unusual lines of the 119 metre Philippe Starck-designed yacht as she’s anchored off Reykjavik.

It’s easy to look at Motor Yacht A from afar and question if she has enough outdoor living space, but this video gives an up-close view of her forward deck with a swimming pool tucked under the overhang and aft deck with another huge pool, covered deck spaces and two mezzanine style decks built into her lofty superstructure.

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Drone video of 77m Silver Fast

Launched in 2015, Silver Fast is the 77 metre flagship of the Silver Yachts range, with a sculpted Espen Oeino exterior and foredeck helipad.

This video, shot off the coast of the French Riviera in May 2016, shows off her three shaded aft decks and extended beach club. Silver Fast is currently offered for sale with Burgess Yachts and BehneMar with an asking price of €79.5 million — making her one of the most expensive yachts listed for sale right now.

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Gold superyacht Khalilah moored up in Miami

One of the most divisive yachts in the world, the 49 metre Khalilah by Palmer Johnson is immediately recognisable due to her metallic gold superstructure and she fits right in amid the glamorous surroundings of Miami Beach. This drone fly-by video, shot by brokerage firm Denison Yacht Sales, gives us a great view of her expansive exterior spaces, including the slide-out wingstations on the superyacht sundeck.

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Drone video of explorer yacht Polar Bear on fire

Sometimes a must-see yacht drone video is more of the “can’t look away because it’s so horrific” variety. Cue this video of Citadel Yachts'  Polar Bearshot by police and destroyed by fire in June 2014. It was reported that welding work gone awry was the likely cause of the fire that destroyed the 31 metre yacht.

Huge plumes of smoke rise from the firey yacht as she smoulders away. You know it’s not going be a good ending for this poor explorer yacht, but like moths to a flame, the yacht fire video is transfixing to us viewers and made even more so when caught in aerial view by a drone, making this a real must-see video.

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Drone video of ISA launching superyacht Forever One

A yacht launch is a happy occasion for a builder, and what better way to show a different perspective when splashing their latest yacht than by drone video?

This must-see video shows the 54 metre ISA yacht Forever One slipping backwards into the water in just 30 seconds. As we normally see a yacht launch in the form of static photos, this video puts the process into perspective and gives an appreciation for how fast these large yachts can actually be launched.

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Drone video of Atmosphere and Twizzle in Liguria

If there was a catwalk for beautiful yachts, there is fair chance that these two would grace it. But instead of strutting their stuff on the ocean waves, Atmosphere and Twizzle are captured here enjoying some down time on the Italian Riviera at Santa Margherita in Liguria, mixing with their motorised cousins, albeit with an air of hauteur.

At first glance it is difficult to distinguish between the two beauties as they have the same distinguished navy blue hull and elegant, slender lines. Closer inspection reveals some subtle differences between the 53 metre Atmosphere, from Italian shipyard Perini Navi, and the slightly larger 57 metre Twizzle, a product of Dutch builder Royal Huisman.

What they have in common, though, is a sailing pedigree to light up the high seas and any harbour they care to make their port of call.

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Drone video of Astra cruising in Guadeloupe

This stunning footage of the 55 metre Amels superyacht Astra comes courtesy of Imperial Yachts, which is currently offering Astra for charter. It takes quite an amazing destination to draw your attention away from such an impressive yacht but Guadeloupe manages it as the camera pans out to reveal a vast expanse of vivid turquoise.

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Drone video of Azimut 84 yacht cruising in Miami

This drone video of the Phantom 3 fast yacht tender chasing an Azimut 84 might as well be an advertisement for a luxury yacht charter in Miami.

The Azimut 84, Ciao, departs the Miami superyacht marina of Grove Isle, heads into Biscayne Bay and past the iconic Vizcaya Mansion (1:08). The luxury yacht then heads under a causeway and out into open waters where she shows off what she can really do – this model can reach a top speed of 29 knots. She has some inviting amenities as well with a hot tub, bar and foredeck seating area.

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