Top 200 largest yachts
Your definitive guide to the largest superyachts in the world counts down from 200, revealing the biggest private boat at the last page of this article. Updated regularly, this is the most authoritative source of its kind that adds the biggest luxury yachts to the list once they are delivered.
In 2017, we have already seen nine new superyachts join the ranks of the world's largest superyachts, including a new arrival in the top ten.
200. Vertigo | 67.2m (220'6")
This 67.2 metre sailing yacht was commissioned by a first-time owner looking for extended cruising capability. The yard's, the designer’s, and New Zealand’s largest yacht to date, Vertigo features an ‘urban at sea’ theme with walls devoid of art. Black and white leather and tan linen furniture reinforce the design theme. Vertigo was named sailing superyacht of the year during the 2012 World Superyacht Awards.
Vertigo also houses a state-of-the-art classroom and an office and well as midships hull openings for watersports and toys. The crew quarters meet the anticipated ILO/MLC, 2006 requirements. She is featured in The Superyachts, volume 25.
199. Drizzle | 67.27m (220'8")
The 67.27 metre motor yacht Drizzle was launched in 2012 by Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. The owners of this Feadship used their former yacht’s classic design and perfect proportions as a starting point. De Voogt Naval Architects was responsible for her naval architecture and exterior design. The yacht is 12 metres — 20 per cent — longer than her predecessor but proportioned accordingly so that the two yachts look like sisters.
Interior designers Redman Whiteley Dixon also returned to create a contemporary interior based on that of the former Drizzle. The layout accommodates 10 guests in a master suite on the main deck and four further double cabins on the lower deck. The well-designed crew quarters have been finished to a high standard for a maximum of 18.
198. Archimedes | 67.75m (222'3")
Elegant inside and out, Archimedes probably represents the current design pinnacle for John Munford, who created the concept, style and interior design for the vessel. Decorated in modern classic style, she accommodates 16 guests in an interior that includes a dining room, two saloons and a library with a working fireplace.
All decks are united by a central staircase and lift. The master suite, comprising a family cabin and study, is forward on the main deck, while six further guest cabins (four doubles and two twins) are on the lower deck. Exterior spaces include a spa pool and sunbathing area, an enclosed gym and observation area on the sun deck, and shaded dining and seating areas on the bridge deck. The foredeck offers a touch-and-go helipad, while her tenders are stowed on the main deck aft, sunk in wells whose floors can be raised to create a level deck after the tenders are launched.
197. Alwaeli | 67.8m (222'5")
Alwaeli was built by CRN in 1990 as the state yacht for the Gulf Emirate Bahrain, and lengthened from 65.2 to 67.8 metres during a six-month refit by CRN in 1999, a modification that rocketed her up the list of the world’s largest yachts. This comprehensive refit extended and updated the design of the stern, adding a bathing platform/dock with twin stairs and an elevating platform rising to the aft deck.
A subsequent refit carried out at Amels in 2008, which earned her the accolade of being selected as a finalist in the Best Refitted Yacht section of the World Superyacht Awards in 2009, incorporated a thorough mechanical and electrical refurbishment, added zero speed stabilisers and made major improvements to her styling and functionality.
Designed by Terence Disdale, the yacht’s accommodation is extensive and includes a palatial full-beam master suite on the main deck, five VIP suites on the bridge deck, and a six double guest cabins on the lower deck. She is based in Manama in the Arabian Gulf.
196. Lady Christine | 68m (223')
Launched in early 2010 as a replacement for an Oceanco yacht of the same name, the state-of-the-art Feadship Lady Christine was designed and built for a particularly experienced yachtsman who requested generous spaces for himself and his guests. The owner’s apartment, divided between two deck levels, offers his-and-hers studies, a gymnasium and an observation saloon.
The sun deck has touch-and-go helicopter facilities and includes the ability to refuel the aircraft. The main deck features a saloon, cinema, formal dining room seating 12 guests and a bar with extending balconies, while the outside area offers an infinity pool that flows down to the bathing platform. She is featured in The Superyachts, volume 25.
195. Aviva III | 68m (223')
Launched by Abeking & Rasmussen in February 2007, Aviva III was reportedly built for currency dealer Joe Lewis as a replacement for an earlier yacht of the same name. With her continuous sheerline and a near-plumb bow providing a waterline length of just a half-metre less than her overall length, she is easily recognisable.
Her superstructure is topped by a sun deck with a central enclosed section carrying the staircase and the glass lift that links all five levels. Forward are a spa pool and sunpads and aft a shaded dining area. Her unusual interior layout places both the galley and dining room aft on the upper deck, the latter having wide doors that fold back to unite the room with the deck.
194. Sycara V | 68.15m (223'58")
The fifth custom yacht for her serial owners, Sycara V is the ultimate charter yacht. The Craig Beale interior is contemporary and modern, with a penthouse feel accentuated by her wide open spaces and a light and airy palette of blue and pastel colored fabrics.
Each of Sycara V’s five decks is versatile from convertible staterooms, that can be converted in to suites, to multiple dining options and a climate-controlled gym with steam shower and massage treatment room.
Sycara V is featured in volume 25 of The Superyachts.
193. Hermitage | 68.15m (223'7")
The fifth yacht launched by Lürssen in 2010, Hermitage has sharp and modern exterior lines that were designed by Espen Øino and the final result is beautiful, re-inforced by her black and white paint job. Built in steel with an aluminium superstructure, her interior is designed by Andrew Winch and she will accommodate 12 guests in 6 staterooms.
192. Lady S | 68.5m (224'9")
Lady S (ex-Lady Anne PB), delivered to her original American owner in early 2006 from the Amels-Schelde shipyard, was built with environmental protection in mind – she has low-emission engines, a zero-discharge cooling system for the main engines and generators, zero pollution refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and a salt water-fed sanitary system.
She has a high bow with a bulb at the forefoot that can be ballasted to optimise fuel economy, trim and sea-keeping. Inward-turning props minimise noise and cavitation, while independently operable rudders also increase manoeuvrability. Her top speed is 17.4 knots, while at 15.5 knots she has a maximum cruising range of 5,500 nautical miles. Lady S’s stunning interior, designed by Walter Francini in collaboration with the owner’s wife, is in the art deco style and incorporates many original pieces of Ruhlmann furniture from the French art deco period. She was sold in August 2011 and renamed Lady S.
Lady S featured in The Superyachts, Volume 20.
191. Attessa III | 68.58m (225')
Reportedly built for the Bahamas-based currency trader Joe Lewis, who named her Lady Aviva, this Feadship was launched from the Royal Van Lent yard in 1998. Following an onboard fire in 2001, which caused serious damage, she was purchased by Dennis Washington, an American entrepreneur from Montana, who renamed her Attessa and restored her in a Vancouver shipyard to the designs of Glade Johnson, in the process increasing her length from 62 to 68.58 metres.
Notable features of the yacht, which accommodates an owner’s party of 10 in hedonistic comfort, include her atrium, through which a staircase and lift rise four decks, and a main deck saloon and games lounge that offer an open space some 15 metres in length. The tenders are stowed in a full-beam garage forward on the main deck. Attessa rightly won the accolade of Best Refit of the Year at the 2006 World Superyacht Awards in Venice.