The top 25 largest yachts in the world

Every year, shipyards from around the world push the boundaries of superyacht design to deliver bigger and better yachts. The Samuda-built El Mahrousa may have carried the title unchallenged for a remarkable 119 years, but in the 21st century she has descended down the pecking order to make room for even larger and longer yachts. German shipyard Lürssen currently holds a near monopoly in the construction of supersized superyachts, having delivered 13 of the world’s top 25. But the list is ever changing, with 140 metre Solaris appearing as the newest entry in 2021. These yachts, all measuring over 100 metres, are impressive not only for their hull length but for what they carry above and below deck. From submarines and helicopters to swimming pools, cinemas and science labs, the onboard features of these superyachts show them to be truly ground-breaking pieces of engineering. Read on to discover our official list of the largest, privately owned yachts in the world.

El Mahrousa | 150.57m

Built in 1865 ,United Kingdom
Picture credit: Ralf Grabbert/TheYachtPhoto.com

El Mahrousa was first delivered by the Samuda Brothers shipyard in 1865. She held on to the title of longest yacht in the world for over a century before finally being usurped by the delivery of Prince Abdulaziz in the 1980s. She was originally built for the Ottoman governor of Egypt, Khedive Ismail, receive visiting dignitaries. and was present at the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal in 1869, when she was used to receive visiting dignitaries. She was lengthened by 12.1 metres in 1872, when her paddle wheels were removed, and by a further 5.2 metres in 1905. Her last major rebuild was in 1950.

Significant moments in her lifetime include her participation in 1976 as the Egyptian representative at the Bicentennial Fleet Review in New York harbour. She slipped into disrepair after this while being used as a museum ship. In 1992, a major effort was put into making her seaworthy enough to travel to Italy for the Christopher Columbus Fleet Review. She now serves as the Egyptian Presidential Yacht but is seldom seen in public. She is usually berthed in Alexandria, where she is cared for by the Egyptian Navy, which lists her as a training ship. Powered by three Parsons steam turbines, she can achieve a top speed of 16 knots.

  • Builder: Samuda
  • Country of build:United Kingdom
  • Delivery year:1865
  • Length Overall: 150.57 m
  • Beam:12.98 m
  • Gross Tonnage4560 t

A+ | 147.25m

Built in 2012 ,Germany
Picture credit: Lürssen

Formerly known as Topaz, the Tim Heywood-designed A+ was launched by Lürssen in 2012 and uniquely features Heywood’s signature illuminated on her superstructure. Although she flies a Cayman flag, her owner is a member of the UAE elite – reportedly Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who also owns the UK’s Manchester City football club.

Having previously been chartered twice by Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the 147.25 metre superyacht features a helicopter landing pad located at the bow and her interiors have been designed by Terence Disdale – but not much else is known about this superyacht, as many of her details are still shrouded in secrecy.

  • Builder: Lurssen
  • Country of build:Germany
  • Delivery year:2012
  • Length Overall: 147.25 m
  • Beam:21.5 m
  • Gross Tonnage12500 t

Prince Abdulaziz | 147.01m

Built in 1984 ,Denmark
Picture credit: Giovanni Romero/TheYachtPhoto.com

The 5,200-tonne Prince Abdulaziz was delivered by Danish shipyard Helsingor Vaerft in 1984 to her first owner, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. Since then, she has continued to serve the Saudi royal family and is berthed beside the king’s palace in Jeddah. She has been refitted three times; in 1987, 1996 and in 2005.

Prince Abdulaziz was built at a reported cost of $184m to a design by Maierform. Her interior, designed by the late David Hicks, blends ancient and modern. One notable feature is the large lobby, said to be designed to mimic that of the Titanic. She includes a hospital, a mosque and a cinema, and there are also rumours of surface-to-air missiles and an underwater surveillance system on board. The mega yacht can accommodate as many as 64 guests and is manned by a crew of 65.

  • Builder: Helsingor Vaerft
  • Country of build:Denmark
  • Delivery year:1984
  • Length Overall: 147.01 m
  • Beam:18.3 m
  • Gross Tonnage8233 t

Sailing Yacht A | 142.81m

Built in 2017 ,Germany
Picture credit: A&B Photodesign

This Philippe Starck-designed vessel is the second superyacht commissioned by Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko, after his first Motor Yacht A. She was built in Germany by the Nobiskrug yard and delivered in February 2017.

Melnichenko pushed his team to put the accent on innovation and create a sail-assisted yacht like no other. Sailing Yacht A comprises eight decks, and her rotating curved carbon fibre masts tower to 100m. She is made to set 3,747m² of sail and is manned by crew of 54. She sports an underwater viewing pod (moulded into the keel) and balconies enclosed by the largest pieces of curved glass ever. There are 24 shell doors in her hull, and she has a diesel-electric power plant controlled by computer. Records claimed by the Starck superyacht include the world's tallest carbon masts, with the tallest standing at 100 metres above sea level.

  • Builder: Nobiskrug
  • Country of build:Germany
  • Delivery year:2017
  • Length Overall: 142.81 m
  • Beam:24.88 m
  • Gross Tonnage12700 t

Nord | 142m

Built in 2021 ,Germany
Picture credit Tom Van Oossanen

Nord started life as Project Redwood, then Opus. Everyone involved in her design and build has remained tight-lipped about the details, but build manager Rob Moran shared some exclusive insight with BOAT International.

First up, she has an Ice Class hull for real exploration. Her aluminium superstructure runs to four decks, contained within the dramatic sweep of a black-painted arch – a key part of the vision of designers Nuvolari Lenard. Not one but two helipads are in evidence, while a vast beach club and tender garage gives  “space to store a plethora of toys including 16 tenders, a submarine and an ROV”, according to Moran. The largest tender reportedly measures 15 metres LOA, and there is a watersports and dive centre on the lower deck. Nord has a generous touch-and-go helipad at its heavily flared aircraft carrier bow, but there is also a much bigger space aft up on the bridge deck that offers landing, parking and bunkering for the owner’s helicopter, as well as an entire hangar for protection during longer passages.

Also visible to onlookers was the exceptional 25-metre-long swimming pool on the main deck aft, plus a spa pool on the upper deck. She features imposing bridge wings and a purposeful array of four satellite domes on her mast. From the exterior, at least, this is an unashamedly masculine boat. Her interior is reported to include a gym, spa, sauna and a whole deck devoted to the owner. Accommodation is for 36 guests across 20 luxurious suites. “The owner wanted a unique design and, of course, a boat built to the highest standards possible,” says Moran.

  • Builder: Lurssen
  • Country of build:Germany
  • Delivery year:2021
  • Length Overall: 141.6 m
  • Beam:19.5 m
  • Gross Tonnage10200 t

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