Spotted: where to find the world's coolest superyachts

The global superyacht fleet is always on the move. In fact, last year, the fleet travelled a cumulative total of 18.7 million nautical miles. BOAT keeps track of some of the most famous yachts in the world, spotting them in locations such as Dubai, Antarctica and Thailand.

Anna in St. Tropez

Credit: Raphael Montigneaux

This week, the 110-metre Feadship superyacht Anna was sighted cruising in St. Tropez. Anna features the first bespoke diesel-electric propulsion system and landing pad for a tilt-rotor aircraft and is easily recognisable on the water thanks to her organic, hand-sculptured balconies and fin-like funnel. Her unconventional exterior is owed to UK-based studio Michael Leach Design, while interiors were also styled by Leach in collaboration with the owner's personal New York decorator Brian McCarthy Inc. Anna was delivered as the Dutch shipyard's largest superyacht to date – though she has since been eclipsed by the likes of Launchpad and Project 821.

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Feadship   110 m •   2018

Pink Shadow in Sicily

Damen Yachting's 58.3-metre Pink Shadow was recently photographed anchored in Taormina, Sicily. The custom explorer yacht was sold during construction, which allowed her owner to offer "considerable input" into her design. Pink Shadow is widely known for her richly coloured, eclectic Design Unlimited interiors, inspired by the Amazonian adventure-drama Fitzcarraldo. Highlights include a crocodile-teeth table, neon wall hangings and "The Habana Room", an upper deck cigar lounge made complete with a bespoke humidor. BOAT International was offered an exclusive look inside Pink Shadow in April 2024.

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Damen Yachting   58.3 m •   2023

Path in Norway

The 44.6-metre sailing yacht Path was captured cruising by the UNESCO-protected Seven Sisters Waterfall in Geirangerfjorden, Norway in July 2024. Delivered by Baltic Yachts in 2021 to a passionate sailor, she won a World Superyacht Award the following year. As Baltic Yachts' Henry Hawkins once explained: "The owner took all the experience he gained from sailing round the world and put it into this new boat." Naval architecture and interior design is by Judel Vrolijk, with an eight-guest layout that takes full advantage of her 9.5-metre beam. The owner’s cabin is located amidships alongside an upper lounge area and a 2.7-metre video wall.

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Baltic Yachts   44.6 m •   2021

Project X in Corfu

Credit: Michal Burchardt

The 87.6-metre Project X was spotted anchored near the Old Fortress of Corfu in Greece in late June 2024. The superyacht was delivered in 2022 as Golden Yachts' second-largest build and was aptly named for her Ken Freivokh-designed, triple-X superstructure detailing. Project X's circular glass elevator is the largest glass lift ever to be installed on a superyacht – at 2.5-metres in diameter, it can hold up to 15 people at once. An upper deck lounge that converts into a cinema, a statement bar spotlit with illuminated bottles and a master suite with its own Jacuzzi round out her impressive list of leisure amenities. No wonder, then, that Project X was recently chosen to be BOAT International's charter yacht of the week.

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Golden Yachts   87.6 m •   2022

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Golden Yachts   88 m •   12 guests • Price from €1,100,000 p/w

Launchpad and Wingman in Mallorca

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Last week, the 118.8-metre Launchpad was sighted moored at the bay of Peguera accompanied by her 67.2-metre support vessel Wingman (known as Dapple before her sale in February). Rumoured to be owned by Mark Zuckerberg, Launchpad was delivered in March 2024 as the Netherland's largest superyacht – only to be eclipsed by Feadship's Project 821 two months later. Meanwhile, Wingman was delivered by Damen Yachting in 2014 for an avid scuba diver and comes equipped with a full dive centre and large professional decompression chamber. She can also accommodate 20 crew and support helicopter or submarine operations.

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Feadship   118.8 m •   2024

Blue Infinity One in Monaco

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The 28.1-metre Blue Infinity One was spotted in Monaco for this year's Formula 1 Grand Prix. The Sunseeker 95 was moored trackside and attended by owners belonging to the Meros Flexshare fleet, which offers fractional ownership of the superyacht alongside a programme of "lifestyle events and benefits". Blue Infinity One was launched in 2022 and will no doubt have turned heads in port with her distinctive lettered design. The model is also distinguished from the Sunseeker fleet with a raised pilothouse design that results in a "unique raised master cabin".

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Sunseeker   28 m •   2023

DAR in the Port of Gibraltar

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The "shark-inspired" superyacht DAR was sighted in the Port of Gibraltar in June 2024. Measuring exactly 90 metres, she was delivered by Oceanco in 2018 and won Motor Yacht of the Year "by a good margin" at the World Superyacht Awards the following year. Onboard, the key communal area is the main deck saloon, which boasts stunning views out to sea through 2.3-metre-tall windows, while the bridge deck swimming pool is flanked by sunpads and fed by a cascade of waterfalls starting on the upper deck. Her exterior is by Luiz De Basto, with interiors by Nuvolari Lenard. She is currently for sale at a staggering asking price of €208 million.

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Oceanco   90 m •   2018

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Oceanco   90 m •  14 guests •  €208,000,000

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Oceanco   90 m •   12 guests • Price from €1,200,000 p/w

Aquijo in Cabo

Credit: Ian Matheson

In May 2023, the world's largest ketch Aquijo was seen cutting an imposing figure in Cabo San Lucas. The 85.9-metre is the result of a collaboration between Vitters and Oceanco and comes complete with a staggering sail area of 3,821 square metres. She's also been crammed with innovations – including custom 40 tonne winches and a unique submarine anchor system – that allow her to be "handled like a boat one-quarter of her size," according to her owner. Worthy of note is the superb owner's deck, installed with a rear-facing bedroom that no doubt offers striking sightlines of the Mexican coast. Exterior and interior design is owed to Bill Tripp and Doelker & Voges respectively.

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Oceanco, Vitters   85.9 m •   2016

Calypso going down the Corinth Canal

Credit: Mulder

As the Mediterranean season warms up, yachts are beginning to explore the many bays, tranquil islands and sun-drenched beaches of Greece. The 36-metre charter yacht Calypso is one such yacht – she has been spotted snaking down the Corinth Canal that connects the Saronic Gulf to the Gulf of Corinth. The 2019 Mulder model features design by Claydon Reeves with interiors by Vickers Studio and naval architecture from Van Oossanen Naval Architects, and is easily recognisable thanks to her modern profile and long waterline length. Beachy themes characterise the inside of the yacht, which charters from €150,000 per week plus expenses. 

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Mulder Shipyard   36 m •   2019

Renaissance in Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Credit: Lidija Jakovljevic

This May, the 111.9-metre superyacht Renaissance was spotted cruising along the coast of French seaside commune Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Delivered in July 2023, she is the largest yacht built in Spain, as well as one of the largest projects designed by esteemed British studio Bannenberg & Rowell – second only to 138-metre Rising Sun. Renaissance later made waves when it was announced she would be joining the charter market with Burgess, marking one of the most expensive yachts on the international charter market. Highlights include a double-height dining saloon, a private owner's deck and a beach club complete with a bar, sea terrace and waterfront dining. 

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Freire   111.85 m •   2023

Zeus in Monaco

Credit: Lidija Jakovljevic

The iconic 74.5-metre Zeus was photographed anchored outside Monaco in May 2023. She was delivered in 1991 as Martin Francis' first motor yacht and is best known for her radical bulbous windows, which were inspired by 1950s Parisian buses. The Blohm & Voss superyacht was commissioned by Mexican billionaire and multimedia emperor Emilio Azcárraga Milmo and was so beloved that he spent the last six months of his life on board. Now a household name in the yachting world, François Zuretti is responsible for the interior; at the time he was recognised for designing the acclaimed Mamounia hotel in Marrakesh.

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Blohm & Voss   74.5 m •   1991

Kismet in Scotland

Credit: Ian Lorimer Milne

The 122-metre Lürssen superyacht Kismet has arrived in Troon, Scotland following her delivery last week (May 2024). Previously known as Project Jag, the superyacht boasts an interior by Reymond Langton Design and was commissioned by repeat Lürssen client Shahid Khan, who also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham Football Club. Standout features include a helipad, beauty salon, spa, indoor and outdoor cinema, dance floor, gym and elevator. She is available to charter with Cecil Wright for €3,000,000 per week plus expenses, making her one of the world's most expensive superyachts for charter.

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Lurssen   122 m •   2024

IJE in Antibes

Credit: Lidija Jakovljevic

The 108-metre IJE has been spotted returning to Antibes for the start of the charter season. She was designed by British studio RWD and delivered as Benetti's flagship in 2019, though she only edges out Luminosity and Lana by a few centimetres. IJE's staggering list of amenities – including a spa, a cinema, a "virtual aquarium" bar and a dedicated nightclub with DJ station – means a week-long charter is priced at €1,800,000. Robbie Williams and his wife were famously spotted on board the superyacht in summer 2022.

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Benetti   108 m •   2019

Stardust in Thailand

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The 62.4-metre Stardust was sighted cruising the coast of Thailand in May 2024. According to BOATPro, she has since settled in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu. Tim Heywood is responsible for Amels' distinctive exterior, which is characterised by long lines of circular portholes and a cut-out segment in the hull line. Her sundeck is her standout feature, measuring an impressive 23 metres long and arranged with sunpads, a hexagonal spa pool and a Bimini top.

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Triton in London

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The 49.7-metre Triton was seen moored near Tower Bridge in London in April 2024. In 2004, she was launched and designed by Delta Marine and was the largest composite yacht built in the United States at the time. Triton is best suited to worldwide cruising, deep-sea fishing and exotic reef diving, with an underwater camera in the bow and a lighting rig at the stern that "provides guests front-row seats for observing the ocean’s mysteries". A sonar and bottom-mapping system by Simrad can also photograph and 3D map the bottom of the ocean, easily locating any nearby wreckage.

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Delta Marine   49.68 m •   2004

Eye in Port of Gibraltar

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The 85-metre Eye (ex Ace) was photographed docking in the Port of Gibraltar in March 2024. This marks one of the first sightings of the Lürssen since her extensive rebuild was completed in February 2024. Works began in 2022 with MB92 and involved a complete exterior redesign that removed the superyacht's trademark arches and "eye". According to BOATPro, she has passed the Gibraltar Strait and is now cruising just off the coast of Algeria.

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Lurssen   85 m •   2012

Ultra G in Amsterdam

Credit: Heesen

The 58.5-metre superyacht Ultra G was seen cruising in Amsterdam in March 2024. Her last official sighting was on sea trials last summer, with delivery expected this month. The superyacht is a "sport fisherman in yacht disguise" and is one of Heesen's most powerful projects yet, with a propulsion package totalling 22,000 horsepower. Her eye-catching exterior lines are the work of Omega Architects' Frank Laupman.

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Heesen Yachts   58.5 m •   2024

Eight13 in London

The 27.7-metre Eight13 was seen cruising along the River Thames this week, marking the first time a Sanlorenzo has visited London. She belongs to the shipyard's SL90A series, whose design is owed to Bernardo Zuccon and based on an original idea by automotive designer Chris Bangle. The yacht will be moored in St. Katharine's Docks until 24 March as part of an "immersive experience" held by the shipyard.

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Sanlorenzo   27.74 m •   2023

Koru in the US Virgin Islands

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The world's largest sailing yacht, Koru, was seen docking at the scenic Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas – with the 125.8-metre Oceanco easily dwarfing the marina's other visitors. Owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, wherever Koru goes, the photographers follow. The superyacht has been pictured all over the world, including in Gibraltar, Florida and Mallorca.

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Oceanco   125.82 m •   2023

Infinite Jest in Antarctica

Credit: Madison Steadman

In the seven months since her delivery, Turquoise Yachts' 75-metre Infinite Jest has travelled 19,699 nautical miles. This includes an incredible trip to Antarctica, where she was recently photographed. Yacht captain Tim Davison recounted the journey as such: "The air and water temperatures dropped to freezing point, the sea changed colour, the wildlife changed, the fog closed in and the first icebergs were sighted. What lay ahead of us was the adventure of a lifetime."

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Turquoise Yachts   75 m •   2023

Promise.D in Poole, UK

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Following her delivery last month, the 65-metre Feadship Promise.D has been sighted docking at Poole Marina in the UK. The highly-secretive superyacht has only been seen by the public a handful of times, most recently on her sea trials in December 2023. Little information is available on Promise.D, but images reveal a sheltered foredeck, large helipad on her upper deck and a fold-down beach club. Her interiors are also known to be the work of Bannenberg & Rowell.

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Feadship   65 m •   2024

Infinity in Miami

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In February, the 117-metre Infinity was seen in Miami, Florida – no doubt docking for the Miami International Boat Show. She was delivered in 2022 as Oceanco's flagship superyacht and the largest superyacht to be constructed in the Netherlands, though she was recently superseded by Jeff Bezos' 125.8-metre sailing yacht Koru. Infinity features accommodation for up to 16 guests and a wellness area with a spa, sauna, gym and yoga studio. Espen Øino is responsible for exterior design, while her contemporary interior is by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design and David Kleinberg Design Associates.

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Oceanco   117 m •   2022

Athos in Mexico

Credit: Oli Riley

Recently sighted in Isla Partida, Mexico, the 63.3-metre Athos was originally launched by Holland Jachtbouw in 2010 (and remains its flagship). Her classic build is owed to Hoek Design Naval Architects, while an extensive, 14-month refit saw the schooner leave Huisfit in November 2023 with a 1.25-metre stern extension and a total rebuild of her interiors. Onboard highlights include a cosy media room, a "classic-looking" deckhouse bar and new, professional-grade galley. Athos was BOAT International's June issue cover star in 2023.

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Holland Jachtbouw   63.25 m •   2010

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Obsidian in Portland

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The 84.2-metre Obsidian is the newest hybrid vessel to emerge from Feadship's shed. Formerly known as Project 710, the yacht has a futuristic exterior look designed by RWD in collaboration with MONK Design. One of her coolest features is an "Aqua Lounge" with large windows below sea level (similar to the Nemo lounge on Savannah) and a staircase that leads to a hidden terrace sitting just 75 centimetres above sea level. She was recently photographed in Portland, UK.

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Feadship   84.2 m •   2023

Octopus in Cowes

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The 126-metre superyacht Octopus was most recently sighted off the coast of Cowes, the Isle of Wight's maritime gateway. Delivered by Lürssen in 2003 (and still ranking among the largest superyachts in the world), Octopus was commissioned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Outstanding features include an Espen Øino exterior, a glass-bottom pool that rises to create an on-water dance floor and a drive-in garage that qualifies as a "mini marina". Since her delivery, Octopus has explored the coast of Antarctica, traversed the Northwest Passage and even discovered the wrecks of long-lost WW2 battleships off the Philippines. 

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Lurssen   126.2 m •   2003

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Lurssen   126.2 m •   26 guests • Price from $2,200,000 p/w

Carinthia VII and Tranquility in Dartmouth

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Two superyacht legends were spotted crossing paths in Dartmouth Harbour this week. The 97.2-metre Lürssen Carinthia VII and 91.5-metre Oceanco Tranquility have both recently finished up summer refit work at their home shipyards and spent a brief moment on the British coastline. Carinthia VII then hot-footed it to Gibraltar and has now entered the Mediterranean in time for some cruising ahead of its grand debut at the Monaco Yacht Show, while Tranquility has doubled back on itself and is back in the Netherlands. 

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Lurssen   97.2 m •   2002

Artefact in Alaska

World Superyacht Award winner Artefact came out victorious in the Motor Yacht of the Year category in 2021 – thanks to her cutting-edge exterior and Reymond Langton Design interior, and an innovative general arrangement to environmental and technical considerations. Built by Nobiskrug, the 80-metre Artefact has been cruising nonstop since leaving Germany in early 2020. She has recently been spotted near Alaska, fulfilling the owner’s desire to have a home that was able to travel the world.

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Nobiskrug   80 m •   2020

Dr No in Denmark

Credit: Guy Fleury

Capable of carrying a 6.9-metre Super Falcon submarine, the 36.7-metre motor yacht Dr. No’s primary purpose is adventure, exploration and underwater expeditions. She has recently been spotted in Denmark and is no stranger to expeditions, having ventured to Raja Ampat, Indonesia and New Caledonia. Formerly known as Blue Hunter, Dr. Do went through an extensive refit in 2011 to bring the vessel closer to superyacht standards and to accommodate her all-important submersible. Her unusual lines are the work of HYS Yachts and she was delivered in 1995 from Japanese shipyard Narasaki.

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Narasaki   36.7 m •   1995

Enterprise in New York

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The 38-metre Enterprise was recently spotted docked at the North Cove Yacht Harbor in New York. This Baglietto motor yacht was designed, built and delivered in less than three years, with construction seen through the height of the pandemic. Baglietto claims her to be the world’s largest yacht by volume for her length, thanks to an impressive 8.8-metre beam. Her sundeck is the real showpiece, fitted with a transparent perimeter, a glass-side spa pool and a large bathing platform courtesy of Francesco Paszkowski.

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Baglietto   38.07 m •   2022

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Baglietto   38.1 m •   10 guests • Price from $179,000 p/w

Multiverse in Florida

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The 116.5-metre Multiverse (formerly known as Ulysses) was recently spotted in Tampa, Florida bearing a new nameplate. The 2018 build has only been known as Ulysses since delivery, built as the successor to the 2015 yacht of the same name (now renamed Andromeda). The hardy explorer can accommodate 66 guests and can also carry a 20-metre tender in a recessed well on the foredeck.

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Kleven   116.15 m •   2018

Kaos in Miami

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The 110-metre Oceanco superyacht Kaos has been spotted moored in Miami. She was delivered in 2017 as Jubilee and the previous flagship of the Oceanco fleet and has an interior design by Reymond Langton Design. Her iconic profile and blue superstructure, courtesy of Igor Lobanov, is hard to miss, with her “faux decks” and smoked glass masking her true height. The year-long refit at Lurssen saw Sam Sorgiovanni make alterations to the exterior and interior, while maintaining her recognisable design. She is equipped with multiple standout features across the yacht's 4501 GT volume, including a pool deck with a built-in aquarium. 

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Oceanco   110 m •   2017

Koru and Black Pearl in Mallorca

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Two Oceanco sailing giants were spotted docked side by side in Port Vell in Palma. The 125.8-metre Koru made her maiden voyage to Palma following delivery earlier in the month and joined the 106.7-metre Black Pearl during the Palma International Boat Show 2023. The pair measures a collective equivalent of 2.5 football pitches, and Koru marks the new flagship for Oceanco, as well as the largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands. She is also the largest sailing yacht in the world — excluding motor-assisted Sailing Yacht A — while Black Pearl is the third-largest. 

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Oceanco   125.82 m •   2023

Faith in Saint Martin

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The 95.6-metre Faith was spotted seeking some serenity in the waters around Belmond La Samana, one of the most exclusive hideaways in Saint Martin. The yacht dropped anchor just opposite the beach, showing off her elegant RWD-designed exterior, twin ten-metre tenders and unfolding sea terraces, which lead into a spacious beach club with a glass-bottomed pool. In eight weeks' time, the hotel will play host to the inaugural Between the Bays event, which is being held in partnership with Anguilla Tourism, St. Martin Tourism and Feadship.

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Feadship   96.55 m •   2017

Octopus in Antarctica

Credit: Camper & Nicholsons / David Le Roux

The 126.2 metre Octopus has been busy since she sold in 2021. Since then, she has joined the charter fleet with Camper & Nicholsons and voyaged across central and south America, finishing her ambitious charter tour in the wintry waters of Antarctica. The superyacht, which was famously commissioned for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is widely considered the world's first 'true' explorer and is packed from bow to stern with adventurous amenities including pools, a helipad and an ROV.

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Lurssen   126.2 m •   2003

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Lurssen   126.2 m •   26 guests • Price from $2,200,000 p/w

Bold in Dubai

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BOLD is a born explorer and has been on the move since the day she left the SilverYachts shipyard in 2019. From Australia to Fiji and Papua New Guinea, to Canada and across the Indian Ocean, she has racked up more than 90,000 nautical miles circumnavigating the globe. Her latest adventure has seen the 85.3 metre explorer drop anchor in Dubai where her guests could observe the regatta action unfolding at the Dubai SailGP event - the first to be held in the Middle East. The Espen Øino design may resemble a battleship but conceals a colourful interior behind her aggressive lines and tinted windows. 

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SilverYachts   85.3 m •   2019

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Dragonfly in The Netherlands

Credit: Guy Fleury

After checking in for a refit at an unknown shipyard in Harlingen at the beginning of the year, the 73.3 metre Dragonfly has been spotted on the move. Not one often found sitting still in a shipyard, Dragonfly started 2021 exploring Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands, moving northwards to West Papua and crossing the pacific to the Galapagos and Costa Rica, before making passage across the Atlantic to Harlingen. Her slender form is the work of Espen Øino and she is the second of two sisterships from Australian shipyard SilverYachts

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SilverYachts   73.3 m •   2009

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SilverYachts   73.3 m •  18 guests •  €27,000,000

Blue Jeans in London

The latest launch from Van der Valk made a trip to London on its maiden voyage from the Dutch shipyard. Her custom lapis-blue hull stood out against the grey skies of the British capital as she posed for a picture in front of the iconic Tower Bridge. Highlights of the 33 metre include a sundeck firepit, a folding bulwark that doubles as a diving board, and a foredeck "chillout lounge" with sun pads tucked into the bow and a dining table that pops up from the deck.

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Van Der Valk   33.74 m •   2022

Gene Machine and Gene Chaser in Miami

Credit: Raphael Montigneaux

The 55 metre Amels Gene Machine and its Damen support vessel Gene Chaser have been spotted at Yacht Haven Grande Marina at Island Gardens in Miami. The two have been cruising in tandem since 2021 after its owner, Dr Jonathan Rothberg, purchased and refitted the Damen support vessel formerly known as Blue Ocean. In an interview, Rotherbeg said that Gene Machine is operated like a Four Seasons and Gene Chaser is run more like a Holiday Inn Express. Gene Machine carries a Fjord 42, pictured, and a Hatløy Maritime Oxpro AL8 landing craft. The 74 metre Lady Jorgia can also be seen moored side-to the pair.

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Amels   55 m •   2013

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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Golden Yachts   94.6 m •   2020

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Golden Yachts   95 m •   12 guests • Price from €1,100,000 p/w

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