Top 200 largest yachts
50. 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.
49. 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.
48. 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.
47. 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.
46. 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.
45. 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.
44. 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.
43. 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.
42. 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.
41. 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.