In spite of the new economic landscape, 2010 has been a good year in terms of new launches, with more than 200 yachts over 24 metres hitting the water at yards around the world. And as we take a look at the largest of these below, it is a delight to see so many new designs from the world's leading designers. Unsurprisingly, Lürssen dominates the top 10 with three yachts, but the largest launch of the year was Fincantieri's 133.9m Serene, the largest yacht ever built by an Italian yard. She is scheduled for delivery early next year.
Serene | 133.9m | Fincantieri
Serene was launched by Fincantieri in September 2010. She is the largest yacht ever to be built by an Italian yard and is set to be delivered in early 2011. Read more about the launch of Serene
Katara | 124.4m | Lürssen
Katara was previously known under the project name Crystal. She was launched by Lürssen in April and then delivered to her new owner in in August, when she entered our list of the Top 200 largest yachts in 9th place.
Palladium | 96m | Blohm + Voss
Palladium was launched under the project name Orca in March by Blohm + Voss. She was delivered by the German yard in September and is currently the 29th largest yacht in ourlist of the world's largest yachts.
Musashi | 87.78m | Feadship
Musashi was launched in August and is the largest yacht ever built by Feadship. She is currently finishing her sea trials, and is expected to be delivered in the near future.
Phoenix 2 | 87.20m | Lürssen
Phoenix 2 was launched by Lürssen under the project name J-24 in April, and subsequently delivered in July. She is now comfortably inside the top 50 in our list of the world's largest yachts.
Cakewalk | 85.6m | Derecktor
Cakewalk was launched by Derecktor in August and delivered just two months later at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. At 85.6m she is the largest yacht ever to have been built by an American yard, and tops our list of the largest US-built yachts.
Seven Seas | 85.47m | Oceanco
Seven Seas was launched by Oceanco in August, when she was known by her hull number Y706. She was delivered in November and is currently in 44th position in our list of the largest yachts in the world.
Pacific | 85.2m | Lürssen
Pacific is one of the most distinctive yachts to hit the water in 2010. She was previously known under the project name Josi and was launched by Lürssen in July and delivered in November. She's just inside the Top 50 in our list of the largest yachts in the world.
Titan | 78.43m | Abeking & Rasmussen
Titan was launched in May by Abeking & Rasmussen and delivered in October. She is a sister ship of Eminence and C2. She is currently in 67th position in our list of the largest yachts in the world.
Pegaso | 73.3m | Freire
This 73.3m expedition yacht was launched in March, but is still under construction at the Freire yard in Spain.