Spotted: Where to find the world's coolest superyachts

The global superyacht fleet is always on the move — in fact, in 2022, the fleet travelled a cumulative total of 19.9 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.

Bold in Dubai

Credit: SailGP

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

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.

Read More/On board Gene Machine and Gene Chaser with scientist Dr Jonathan Rothberg

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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 €1,000,000 p/w

Infinity on the French Riviera

Credit: Michael St.Pierre

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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Oceanco   117 m •   2022

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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Lurssen   115.1 m •   2021

Olivia O in St Tropez

Credit: Raphael Montigneaux

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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Ulstein Verft   88.5 m •   2020

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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Feadship   87 m •   2018

Pi in St Barths

Photo: Holly Overton

Feadship's 77m superyacht Pi has been spotted cruising in St Barths, showing off her Jarkko Jämsén exteriors. Her superstructure represents an extraordinary use of glass, with unique 'double curvature' panels which act as structural support on top of their aesthetic function. Originally lauched as Syzygy 818 in 2019, the yacht is home to a glass-bottomed pool and soothing, Japanse-inspired interiors from Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. She was snapped enjoying the Gustavia sunshine by BOAT's online editor Holly Overton. 

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Feadship   77.25 m •   2019

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