Spotted: Where to find the world's coolest superyachts

The global superyacht fleet is always on the move, and as the Mediterranean season warms up, more and more yachts are making a beeline to these iconic coasts. BOAT keeps track of some of the most famous yachts in the world, spotting them in locations such as the the Cote d'Azur, the River Thames and Gibraltar. 

Kenshō in St Tropez

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The 75 metre Kenshō has been spotted in the yachting playground of St. Tropez this summer. The blue beauty launched in November of last year and is the flagship for builder Admiral Yachts, part of the Italian Sea Group. Featuring an innovative hybrid propulsion system and panoramic views thanks to full-height glass, she marks an exciting addition to the Y.CO charter fleet. Her sleek, organic-shaped exterior comes from Azure, and she’ll be easy to spot wherever she cruises the Mediterranean over summer.

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KENSHO

Admiral - The Italian Sea Group   74.85 m •   2022

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KENSHŌ

Admiral - The Italian Sea Group   74.85 m •  Price from €850,000 p/w

O'Pari in Greece

Credit: John Georgizas

The 95 metre O'Pari is one of the largest superyachts built in Greece, and is an active cruiser around the Hellenic coastlines. She was spotted here, coming into the port of Spetses, during a busy summer season island-hopping around the Saronic. She marks one of the most expensive superyachts available to charter and was famously chartered by basketball star Michael Jordan around Croatia. As the flagship for Athens-based shipyard Golden Yachts, she follows in the footsteps of a number of superyachts that all begin with 'O' - a nod to an ancient Greek character that was formerly used as a greeting. 

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O'PARI

Golden Yachts   94.6 m •   2020

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O'PARI

Golden Yachts   95 m •   12 guests • Price from €1,000,000 p/w

Infinity on the French Riviera

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Following her delivery in May 2022, Oceanco's 117m Infinity has made a beeline for the Mediterranean. She was spotted showing off her sharp Espen Øino lines, boxy glazing and stretched-out aft deck swimming pool off the coast of France. She marks the current flagship of the Oceanco fleet, but is set to be eclipsed by the 127 metre Oceanco Y721, the sailing yacht reportedly commissioned for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. According to the shipyard, Infinity boasts "best in class" crew areas and engineering works, with a particular emphasis on low noise and vibration levels.

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INFINITY

Oceanco   117 m •   2022

Faith and Tatoosh in Juan-les-Pins

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Two icons of the yacht world, 96.5 metre Faith (left) and 92.4 metre Tatoosh (right) were recently spotted enjoying some downtime on the Riviera. Faith is a regular visitor to the Mediterranean, where her RWD lines and frequent helicopter operations always attract attention. Tatoosh is a more low-key cruiser, but the Nobiskrug build has a vibrant history as the yacht originally comissioned for Paul Allen. Those visting the so-called Billionaire's Bay, close to Antibes, may spot these two mighty giants off the coast, near the outcrop of Juan-les-Pins. 

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FAITH

Feadship   96.55 m •   2017

Ahpo in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Credit: Raphael Montigneaux

With her distinctive sugarscoop windows, sharp black contrasts and nameplate emblazoned on the bow, 115 metre Ahpo is one of the most recognisable superyachts in the Mediterranean right now. The Lürssen build was spotted cruising along the Rade de Villefranche, past St Jean Cap Ferrat, to enjoy a sheltered anchorage in the bay. Ahpo was named after the Hakka Chinese word for 'grandmother' and was built for an experienced owner to a design by Nuvolari Lenard. Highlights onboard Ahpo include a mammoth wellness centre, winter garden dining saloon and cinema room. 

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AHPO

Lurssen   115.1 m •   2021

Olivia O in St Tropez

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At first glance, the rugged 88.5 metre Olivia O may not look like a luxury superyacht; but her Espen Øino-explorer exterior belies a luxury interior that champions minimalism. The yacht was built by commercial shipyard Ulstein Verft, a Norwegian builder better known for its sturdy workboats, and is the first superyacht to feature Ulstein's pioneering 'X-bow' which promises superior seakeeping, even in rough weather. The yacht's crew didn't have to worry about rough weather when she was spotted recently in St Tropez, though. 

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OLIVIA O

Ulstein Verft   88.5 m •   2020

Boardwalk in London

Delivered last year from Feadship, the 77 metre superyacht Boardwalk has been spotted cruising along the Thames. She dropped anchor in front of Tower Bridge, showing off a clean de Voogt exterior against the backdrop of the London skyline at sunset. Key features of the yacht include a triple-opening beach club and a landing pad for her helicopter on the upper deck aft. She was built for serial yacht owner Tilman Fertitta and is accompanied by two 8.5 metre Hodgdon Yachts tenders. 

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BOARDWALK

Feadship   76.5 m •   2021

Bella Vita in London

Bella Vita
Credit: Tom McGhie

Lürssen's 60 metre Bella Vita cut a striking pose floating next to Butler's Wharf on the Thames. A stone's throw away from Tower Bridge, the Espen Oeino-penned exterior enjoyed a rare moment of early English sun. Launched in 2010 as Katie Sue II, the yacht was sold in January 2021, before which she was one of the top 50 most expensive yachts for sale in the world. A sharp, contemporary interior by Glade Johnson features plentiful handcrafted woods and her sundeck boasts a bar, Jacuzzi and gymnasium.

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BELLA VITA

Lurssen   60 m •   2010

Lonian in Hawaii

Photo: Arno Lippert Photography

Hawaii isn't usually on the itinerary for superyachts, but recently 87 metre Lonian and her 66 metre support vessel Hodor ventured off the beaten path to get a taste of paradise. Lonian was delivered by Feadship in 2018 and features an innovative aft deck pool set-up complete with cabanas and pop-up TV screen integrated into the pool's edge. Her tender and toy storage is taken care of on board Hodor, a support vessel built by specialist Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armón.

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LONIAN

Feadship   87 m •   2018

Juice in Monaco

Photo: Michael St.Pierre

After undertaking her maiden voyage to Gibraltar, Feadship's 71-metre Juice made her inaugural visit to Monaco. The yacht's RWD-designed exterior is characterised by a sweeping hull line and long expanses of dark glazing, while her highly-private interiors are by Peter Marino. One of the yacht’s unique design features is a super-lightweight carbon composite sundeck that keeps the yacht’s centre of gravity as low as possible for enhanced seakeeping.

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JUICE

Feadship   71.1 m •   2022

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