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.

Rising Sun | 138.01m

Built in 2004 ,Germany
Picture credit: Lürssen

Rising Sun was built for Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle. Rising Sun was the last yacht that ever came from designer Jon Bannenberg’s drawing board, and her interiors styled by  Laura Seccombe. Rising Sun’s naval architecture experimented with an extensive use of structural glass for a clean and stripped-down profile.

In 2006, Ellison sold half ownership to media mogul David Geffen, who bought the remaining half in 2010. Rising Sun is reported to have cost more than $290m and was extended by 18m in-build to ensure she was larger than the 126.2m Octopus belonging to Microsoft’s co-founder, Paul Allen. Her 8,000m² of living space can accommodate 45 crew members, and includes a wine cellar and basketball court, plus accommodation for 16. One of her tenders, a catamaran, carries the yacht’s 4x4 vehicle ashore.

  • Builder: Lurssen
  • Country of build:Germany
  • Delivery year:2004
  • Length Overall: 138.01 m
  • Beam:19 m
  • Gross Tonnage7600 t

Flying Fox | 136m

Built in 2019 ,Germany
Picture credit: Guillaume Plisson for Imperial

Formerly Project Shu, PYC-compliant Flying Fox was built by Lürssen for an experienced serial charter yacht owner and completed her sea trials off the coast of Germany in May 2019. The 136-metre, six-deck yacht towers 32 metres above the waterline – as tall as three London buses balanced end on end. Her elegant, well-balanced profile by Espen Oeino conceals an extraordinarily voluminous interior by Mark Berryman, including a double-height atrium that forms the main deck lobby. There are 11 cabins for 36 guests, all with private sea-view terraces, and expansive outdoor living spaces, such as a 12 metre swimming pool transversing the main deck aft, swim platforms and two helipads. The 400m2 spa is the stand-out feature. It has heated limestone floors, a Hammam, massage and beauty treatment rooms and the first cryosauna ever installed on a yacht with a main chamber that reaches a chilly -110C. There’s also an on-board hospital.

One of the most expensive superyachts in the world available for charter, Flying Fox is crewed by an experienced team of 54. She boasts a toybox stuffed with jet skis and other Seabobs, hoverboards, room for a submarine and and nine different tenders, plus she even has her own dive centre and kite surf store on board.

  • Builder: Lurssen
  • Country of build:Germany
  • Delivery year:2019
  • Length Overall: 136 m
  • Beam:20.5 m
  • Gross Tonnage9100 t

Savarona | 135.94m

Built in 1931 ,Germany
Picture credit: Bugsy Gedlek

Built by Blohm + Voss for American bridge cable heiress Emily Roebling Cadwalader in 1931, Savarona was sold in 1938 to the Turkish government and became the presidential yacht of Kemal Atatürk. In 1989, Kahraman Sadikoglu obtained a 50-year lease and, with investors, spent $35m on the refit of this classic superyacht, including a library suite dedicated to the memory of Atatürk and furnished with his personal artefacts. In 2010, after an alleged scandal, the Turkish government cancelled the lease and resumed ownership. In 2014, she was refurbished and now serves as the state yacht of Turkey. Savarona was for a time offered on the market for superyacht charters around Istanbul, although she is no longer available to the public. Key features on-board this superyacht include a marble-finished Turkish hammam bath that spans the entire 16 metre beam, a swimming pool, a gold-trimmed grand staircase and a private cinema. She is named after a type of black swan found in the Indian Ocean region.

  • Builder: Blohm & Voss
  • Country of build:Germany
  • Delivery year:1931
  • Length Overall: 135.94 m
  • Beam:16.12 m
  • Gross Tonnage4701 t

Crescent | 135.5m

Built in 2018 ,Germany
Picture credit: Klaus Jordan for Lürssen

Crescent, formerly Project Thunder, has what the yard called a “traditionally styled” interior by Zuretti, exterior design by Espen Øino and naval architecture by Lürssen. Øino went to great lengths to maximise what he calls the “vision lines” from the interior and the decks – especially from the centreline, which on such a beamy boat is a long way from the sides – by having full height windows and keeping the bulwarks as low as possible.

She has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure and was built to DNV GL standards. Her striking black hull is matched with a silver superstructure that has distinctive wing stations amidships. Just forward of the wing stations are three-deck windows that provide spectacular views for her 18 guests.

  • Builder: Lurssen
  • Country of build:Germany
  • Delivery year:2018
  • Length Overall: 135.5 m
  • Beam:21 m
  • Gross Tonnage9194 t

Serene | 133.9m

Built in 2011 ,Italy
Picture credit: Marc Paris

Built for a Russian owner, Serene was the first superyacht delivered by Italian yard Fincantieri. She can accommodate up to 24 guests and 52 crew, and boasts 4,500 square metres of interior space designed by Reymond Langton.

She has seven decks, two helipads and a hangar, carries a custom submarine certified to 100m depth and has underwater viewing ports in her Nemo room.  A snow room can make up to four inches of snow, while the impressive spiral staircase rises through six decks and is lit by a large skylight. Serene won Best Motor Yacht of 3,000GT and Above at the 2012 World Superyacht Awards. Powered by a diesel engine, Serene can reach a top speed of 20 knots and has a maximum cruising range of 6000 nautical miles.

  • Builder: Fincantieri
  • Country of build:Italy
  • Delivery year:2011
  • Length Overall: 133.9 m
  • Beam:18.6 m
  • Gross Tonnage8231 t

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