Top 200 largest yachts
50. 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.
49. Aviva | 98.4m (322'10")
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.
48. 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.
47. 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.
46. I Dynasty | 100.8m (330'7")
Launched as project V853 in November 2014, I Dynasty is the second largest yacht built by Kusch after the 133.2 metre Al Mirqab. The A group was responsible for the exterior design and Italian designers Studio Massari for the interior.
I Dynasty has a wide 16 metre beam that allows space for 22 guests. With diesel-electric propulsion, she cruises at an economical 14 knots.
45. Attessa IV | 100.89m (331')
Attessa IV (originally named Evergreen) was built for Yung-Fa Chang, chairman of the Taiwan-based Evergreen Corporation, in the company’s shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan. In her original configuration there was accommodation for an owner’s party of four in the master suite, while an additional 14 cabins accommodated another 26 guests. The yacht was acquired by American businessman Dennis Washington, lengthened during a rebuild at his Vancouver shipyard. The masterful rebuild of Attessa IV produced a superyacht masterpiece.
Both bow and stern were modified and major changes introduced, including ‘pop-out’ deck extensions and a new top deck. The interior renovations included the installation of a full spa on the lower deck and a new uppermost deck that features a large hanging chandelier by Dale Chihuly. The yacht is featured in Refit 2012 and volume 13 of The Superyachts.
44. Symphony | 101.5m (333')
Delivered in May 2015, Symphony is the largest Feadship to date. She has a six-metre contraflow pool on the main deck aft, as well as another pool next to the helipad up forward. An enormous beach club offers easy access for boarding the custom Pascoe tenders. She also boats two cinemas including one outdoor on the bridge deck.
Compliant with the Passenger Yacht Code, she is able to carry 20 guests. A top speed of 22 knots can be reached courtesy of the four diesel MTU 16V main engines.
43. Loaloat al-Behar | 103.85m (340'9")
Loaloat Al-Behar was built at the Picchiotti Shipyard in Italy (now part of Perini Navi Group) as the royal yacht of Oman, but was superseded by the new Al Saïd (No. 4 in this list). Renamed, she was presented to the Omani Ministry of Tourism who seek to charter her. She had a recent $5 million refit in Dubai but, despite this, she still shows her age. Her condition and decoration is such that she is probably more suited to corporate functions and educational day cruises for as many as 70 guests.
42. Quantum Blue | 104m (341'3")
Announced under different project names and lengths, Quantum Blue is the third superyacht delivered by Lürssen in 2014. UK designer Tim Heywood has taken care of the exterior design while Alberto Pinto oversaw the interior design.
41. Amadea | 104m (341'2")
A highly secretive yacht, believed to be owned by a Middle Eastern client, Amadea was built by Lürssen over a period of 42 months and designed by Espen Øino International. Her steel-hull supports an aluminium superstructure and five decks finished in teak. Key features include a foredeck superyacht helipad and it is understood that her interiors total less than 3,000GT. Amadea’s LOA of 102 metres excludes a two-metre decorative bowsprit.