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.

Yas | 141m

Built in 2012 ,Netherlands
Picture credit Giovanni Romero/TheYachtPhoto.com

Delivered in 1978 by De Schelde as a navy frigate, Yas was rebuilt in 2013 by Abu Dhabi MAR. Previously known under the project name Swift 141, she was completely modified with new machinery and electronic systems and outfitted with a luxurious interior. It has been suggested that her owner is a member of the Emirati royal family.

She has been designed inside and out by Pierrejean Design Studio of Paris. The unique superstructure of Yas is built in advanced composites and glass and was supposedly inspired by the profile shape of a dolphin. She is reportedly able to accommodate 60 guests and 56 crew, and on-board features include a heli-pad and al fresco dining spaces aft, and a jacuzzi on her top deck. Her beach club jacuzzi is complemented by a waterfall feature and a spiral staircase connects her the multiple decks. Powered by twin MTU diesels, Yas has a top speed of 26 knots.

  • Builder: De Schelde
  • Country of build:Netherlands
  • Delivery year:2012
  • Length Overall: 141 m
  • Beam:14.6 m
  • Gross Tonnage5002 t

Scheherazade | 140m

Built in 2020 ,Germany
Picture credit: Giovanni Romero/TheYachtPhoto.com

Another titan by Lürssen, Scheherazade carries the same name as the enigmatic story-teller of the Middle Eastern epic One Thousand and One nights. She hit the water in July 2019 and, at 10,167 GT, she offers phenomenal volumes. Her Espen Øino exterior features a four-deck aluminium superstructure with elegant tapering roofs and an eclectic range of coloured LED exterior lighting. She also has two large helipads – one at the bow and one on the upper deck – plus a prominent beach club aft. 

There is very little information regarding her interior by François Zuretti, but if the work of the French design house on 106-metre Amadea is anything to go by, it is imperious and sophisticated. With the owner known to be a Middle Eastern billionaire, this yacht is designed with warmer climates in mind. Temperatures in excess of 45°C are quite normal in the region during the summer months, so Scheherazade has relatively little exterior space for a yacht of this size. There is limited covered deck space at the aft end of the main and upper decks, but it is well enclosed by glass sides for cooling. Even the sundeck is completely shaded by a hardtop, which all helps to give her an astonishing internal volume.

  • Builder: Lurssen
  • Country of build:Germany
  • Delivery year:2020
  • Length Overall: 140 m
  • Beam:23.3 m
  • Gross Tonnage10167 t

Ocean Victory | 140m

Built in 2014 ,Italy
Picture credit: Peter Seyfferth/TheYachtPhoto.com

Ocean Victory was completed at Fincantieri’s Muggiano yard in Italy after launching in April 2014. This seven-deck yacht is based on a design by Espen Øino and her interior is by Alberto Pinto and Laura Sessa. She has internal seawater dockage for a 14m tender and six pools of up to 8m in length. There’s a certified helideck and a hangar to store the aircraft, while inside Ocean Victory boasts an underwater observation room and more than 300m² of spa facilities. She is SOLAS-classed and is the largest yacht ever built in Italy. 

In 2016, the superyacht world was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of one of Ocean Victory’s crew members, who suffered critical leg injuries while setting the anchor off the coast of Mu Ko Similan National Park in Thailand. Little else is known about this top-secret yacht, which is kept much under wraps and away from prying eyes.

  • Builder: Fincantieri
  • Country of build:Italy
  • Delivery year:2014
  • Length Overall: 140 m
  • Beam:20 m
  • Gross Tonnage8506 t

Solaris | 140M

Built in 2021 ,Germany
Image credits: Carl Groll

The 140 metre expedition yacht Solaris is the latest addition to the list of the world’s largest superyachts. Launched in the city of Bremerhaven in February 2021, Solaris is the flagship model of German shipyard Lloyd Werft. She is the debut project of Australian designer Marc Newson, who has given her a dramatic grey and white superstructure which features a unique fashion plate which wraps around the mast and connects both sides of the hull. Spanning eight decks in total, Solaris has been constructed in aluminium and steel and offers a 26 metre beam. Little information has been shared about her interiors, but her exterior is equipped with a large helipad, a sun deck and a spacious beach club aft.

Turning to the technical elements, Solaris is reportedly outfitted with a power and energy management system from ABB and features two Azipods powered by nine megawatts - the most powerful propulsion system of its kind to ever be installed on a yacht. She runs on a total of eight MTU diesel engines, providing 19,040hp. Little else is known about the superyacht, on which construction first began in 2018.

  • Builder: Lloyd Werft
  • Country of build:Germany
  • Delivery year:2021
  • Length Overall: 139.7 m
  • Beam:22 m
  • Gross Tonnage11011 t

Al Salamah | 139.29m

Built in 1999 ,Germany
Picture credit: Lürssen

Built by the consortium of Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Kiel and the Lürssen shipyard in Germany, Al Salamah is often referred to as Mipos, the code name used during the construction of this most secret of yachts. Mipos was short for ‘Mission Possible’, a statement proved correct by her delivery in 1999.

She has a length of 139.29 metres, a massive beam of 23.50 metres, and is reported to have a top speed of 21.5 knots. Both the interior design and the exterior styling are by the London-based Terence Disdale Design. Al Salamah was owned by the late Sultan bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, who also owned 147 metre Prince Abdulaziz. She was refitted by Lürssen in 2007 and is rumoured to carry a hospital room with an underwater treadmill for physical therapyon board.

  • Builder: Lurssen
  • Country of build:Germany
  • Delivery year:1999
  • Length Overall: 139.29 m
  • Beam:23.5 m
  • Gross Tonnage12234 t

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