Top 200 largest yachts
50. Palladium | 95.15m (312'2")
Formerly known as Project Orca, Palladium was built for a highly experienced yacht owner and charterer to the stylings of Michael Leach Design, which produced the entire design package and fitting out. The ultra-modern exterior incorporates many unique but practical features, and this is seen especially in the main deck swimming pool and sports deck arrangement and direct link to the spa.
In harmony with the exterior, the interior, which includes six guest cabins and an owner’s deck, is completely bespoke, with every element custom designed for the owner, whose project brief was for excellence and overhead space. This led Michael Leach Design to use Silverlining and Metrica for interior furniture, ANT for electronics and Cougar Marine for the custom limousine tenders, which were also designed by Michael Leach Design.
Palladium is featured in volume 25 of The Superyachts.
49. Kismet | 95.2m (312'4")
Kismet features exterior styling by Espen Øino and boasts an impressive 13.8 metre beam. She is expected to reach top speeds of 17 knots. The project was sold to her new owner by Moran Yacht & Ship who also managed the build. With interior design by Reymond Langton Design, the superyacht is finished in marble and rare woods. She boasts a spacious main saloon with overstuffed settees, a bar and a high-tech entertainment system, as well as a formal dining room seating 18 guests. She accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms and 20 crew.
48. Vava II | 96m (315')
Vava II, formerly known as Devonport Shipyard Project 55, is very sophisticated, with an array of features that will distinguish it from both aesthetic design and practical operation perspectives. A replacement for her owners’ Feadship, Vava, she is the largest yacht built to date by Devonport Yachts and will be the first new British-built yacht to comply with the SOLAS Passenger Ship rules for fewer than 36 passengers. She features an unusual ground tackle system with anchors retracting inside the hull and bow and stern thrusters plus independent rudders give superb control.
Vava II is featured in volume 26 of The Superyachts.
47. Limitless | 96.25m (315'9")
Owned by Leslie Wexner, head of the American lingerie chain Victoria’s Secret, the ABS-classified Limitless was launched by the Lürssen Shipyard in Germany in 1997. Her name is presumably a play on the name of Wexner’s first company, The Limited, founded in 1963 with $5,000 borrowed from his aunt.
Unusually, the iconic yacht Limitless is powered by a hybrid diesel and diesel-electric propulsion package that allows her conventional diesels to be boosted a further 6,607hp by a pair of 16-cylinder Caterpillar 3516 and two 12-cylinder Caterpillar 3412 diesels that power electric motors. This combination gives her a top speed of 25 knots. She remains the largest American-registered yacht.
46. Sea Cloud | 96.35m (316'1")
When stockbroker and yachtsman Edward F Hutton married heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1920s, he introduced her to yachting aboard his three-masted schooner Hussar. Post and Hutton later built an even larger yacht, Hussar II, which was designed by Cox & Stevens and built by Friedrich Krupp in Kiel, Germany. Launched in 1931, it had panelled saloons and seven lavish cabins.
When the couple divorced Marjorie kept the yacht and renamed her Sea Cloud. She served as a patrol vessel for the US Coast Guard during World War II and in 1955 was sold to the Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo, who renamed her Angelita. After his overthrow, she was acquired by Clifford Barbour, who renamed her Antarna. New German owners rescued her from neglect in 1978, returned her name to Sea Cloud, and rebuilt her in Bremerhaven.
The yacht now charters in the West Indies during winter and in the Mediterranean in summer, operating with 60 crew and offering 34 cabins. She is featured in volume 3 of The Superyachts book and currently holds the position as the largest sailing yacht in the world.
45. Faith | 96.55m (316'9")
Currently offered for sale, Faith is the third largest Feadship yacht to date. Measuring 96.55 metres LOA, she features exterior styling by Redman Whiteley Dixon, who also collaborated with Parisian studio Chahan Design to create the interior décor. Accommodation is for 18 guests and 32 crewmembers, while standout features include a wood-burning pizza oven on the sundeck and a 2.5 metre deep swimming pool on the aft deck.
44. Carinthia VII | 97.2m (318'11")
Considerable secrecy masked the construction of the iconic yacht Carinthia VII, a hallmark of her builders, Lürssen of Bremen. Even today, few outsiders have visited her interior, but it is generally known that the yacht is owned by Heidi Horten, the widow of an Austrian supermarket owner who sold his chain to the German Kaufhof group in 1996.
With styling and interior design by Tim Heywood, a long-time associate of Jon Bannenberg, this long, lean and low yacht is an elegant and worthy successor to the Bannenberg designed Carinthia VI, which, following her sale, was renamed The One (No 132 in this list). Her profile was the design inspiration for Cakewalk, No 55 on this list.
43. Aviva | 98m (321'6")
Delivered as recently as May 2017, Aviva is the flagship of German yard Abeking & Rasmussen’s fleet. Built for a repeat client, she is the follow-up to the 68 metre Aviva III, that the yard launched ten years previously. As with the smaller vessel, Aviva features styling by British studio Reymond Langton, and she was built to Lloyd’s Registry standards from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Precious few details are known about her interior, but it is understood that she features a dedicated games room with a ping-pong table.
42. Madame Gu | 99m (324'10")
Four years in the making, Project Dream launched early February 2013 in The Netherlands, the largest yacht to be launched from that country as well as the largest from Feadship. Two months later, her name was revealed as Madame Gu. De Voogt and Andrew Winch teamed up to create the stylish lines, which deceptively hide her more than 2,900 ample tons. She is capable of trans-atlantic crossings and features two forward garages for 11 metre tenders and a certified helicopter storage system.
41. Christina O | 99.14m (325'3")
Christina O is the largest North American-built yacht in existence. Perhaps fortunately, little remains of her original structure as she was built in Canada as HMCS Stormont, an escort frigate for North Atlantic convoys during World War II. She was subsequently purchased by Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who, in 1954, converted her into the most spectacular yacht of the era, renaming her Christina after his daughter.
Onassis used his yacht to entertain many of the world’s rich and famous, including his mistress, the opera diva Maria Callas, and Sir Winston Churchill. She was comprehensively rebuilt in Croatia in 2001. The yacht retains many of her original features, including the swimming pool with a copy of the Minoan mosaic from the royal palace at Knossos at the bottom. Purchased by a consortium that includes an Irish bank and Greek interests and renamed Christina O, the iconic yacht Christina O is available for charter and was featured in volume 15 of The Superyachts book.