Top 200 largest yachts
40. Lady Moura | 104.85m (346'10")
Lady Moura is owned by Dr Nasser al-Rashid, a Saudi Arabian businessman (Rashid Engineering) and adviser to the Royal Family, who was formerly married to Mouna al-Ayoub, who refitted the three-masted sailing yacht Phocea (No 103 in this list). Lady Moura has a particularly high internal volume for her length and beam in view of the large superstructure.
Styling and interior design are by Luigi Sturchio. Notable features include a 24 metre-long dining table and an occasional table made by Viscount Linley, nephew of Queen Elizabeth II. The yacht has six deck levels, the uppermost containing a pool that can be fully covered, and she carries a crew of 61. Despite celebrating her 20th birthday in 2010, her exterior styling remains sharply modern.
39. Dream | 106m (347'9")
Previously known as the Poseidonos project, Dream was transformed from passenger ferry into a six-deck superyacht. Giorgio Vafiadis has designed the exterior and Milanese interior design firm Ciarmoli Queda Studio (CQS) has penned the interior. They worked with Greek contractor MVS Associates, which built the interiors. Key features include a grand central lobby, a 400 square metre saloon, 23 guest cabins and an owner’s suite with a 100 square metre cabin.
Exterior styling:Giorgio Vafiadis
Interior design: CQS
38. Black Pearl | 106.7m (350'5")
As Sailing Yacht A is officially designated a “sail-assisted motor yacht”, Black Pearl is the biggest sailing yacht in the world. She has three rotating, freestanding DynaRig masts, each of them about 60 metres high — the same rig as Maltese Falcon but she is considerably bigger, both in terms of length (she is 18.8 metres longer) but even more so in terms of volume (she has nearly two and a half times the volume at 2,700GT). It is hoped that she will do most of her voyaging under sail and, with solar panels on her sails and the ability to generate electricity from her rotating propellers, she could cross oceans without using any fuel.
37. Andromeda | 107.4m (352' 4")
Andromeda is the first private superyacht to be built at the Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven. Commissioned by New Zealand businessman Graeme Hart, this robust explorer yacht has been designed for long-range passages in testing sea conditions, with a rugged exterior developed by New Zealand naval architects Oscar Mike.
The 7,000 ton yacht has capacity for 60 guests with interiors by H2 Yacht Design. Facilities include a helicopter landing pad and hangar and a swimming pool. Two specially fitted cranes on the foredeck can stow the custom 21 metre tender, which even has its own accommodation.
Interior design:H2 Yacht Design / Oscar Mike
36. Bravo | 109m (357'6")
Sneaking into the list of new entries at the very last minute this year is Oceanco’s 109m Project Bravo. She was launched on 17 November and Oceanco confirmed she would be delivered to her owner before the end of the year. She features naval architecture by a new joint venture between Oceanco and BMT Nigel Gee, called Lateral Naval Architects. Some more established names collaborated on her exterior and interior – Nuvolari Lenard for the former and Reymond Langton for the latter. The yard says the new yacht is “unlike any preceding Oceanco”, partly due to her use of a newly coined design philosophy: LIFE, which stands for lengthened, innovative, fuel-efficient and eco-friendly. Under the hood, she’s packing a hybrid drive system and “significant battery capability”, according to the yard.
35. Radiant | 110m (360'11")
A sister to Raya, Radiant was commissioned by the Russian media tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who wanted a rival to Pelorus, owned by his arch enemy Roman Abramovich. However, he subsequently sold her to Abdulla al-Futtaim, a billionaire car dealer from the United Arab Emirates, before she was completed.
As well as the standard features for a yacht of this size - helipad, gymnasium, cinema, spa - she has one of the highest security specifications ever conceived. Berezovsky ordered a personal “escape launch” – a speedboat with turbo-charged twin diesel engines capable of exceeding 75 knots. She is also equipped with an arsenal of sonic guns that fire low-frequency sound waves that can burst the eardrums of approaching assailants, and a military water cannon capable of sinking an approaching boat at more than 100 yards.
34. Raya | 110m (360'11")
Formerly known as Project Opal, Raya features a combined diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion system and is the world’s first yacht to have particle filters fitted to the main engine exhausts as well as to her generating sets. The yacht, which was originally known as Dilbar, is reportedly owned by Russian steel magnate Alisher Usmanov, who owned an earlier Oceanco-built yacht called Dilbar that was rumoured to have been named after his mother.
Raya is promoted by Lürssen as the ‘green engine concept’ whose aim is to significantly reduce emissions in a highly efficient propulsion system. Four generating sets supply power for the house load and to four azimuthing thrusters, which provide dynamic positioning and get-you-home propulsion at reduced speed. Built to the rules of Germanischer Lloyd, Raya has a reported top speed of 21 knots.
33. Anna | 110m (360'11")
Anna, Feadship’s new flagship, was built for a Russian owner who previously had another Feadship/Leach collaboration – also called Anna – which was built in 2007. The new boat’s distinctive profile is dominated by an eye-shaped curve amidships, between her main and upper decks, and a particularly tall navigation mast. It is thought that she has accommodation for 18 guests, six staff and 34 crew. She has a diesel-electric propulsion system (comprising six Caterpillar units), which gives her a cruising speed of 15 knots (and a range of 5,200nm) and a top speed of 18.5 knots.
32. Jubilee | 110.00m (360'11")
The largest yacht built in the Netherlands to date; Jubilee is Oceanco’s second collaboration with exterior designer Igor Lobanov, after the 2013 launch Amore Vero. Her dramatic superstructure is immediately recognisable with a clever trompe l’oeil that suggests Jubilee has eight decks rather than five. Built to PYC certification, she can host up to 30 guests in 15 Sam Sorgiovanni-styled staterooms and her steel hull, developed in collaboration with Azure Naval Architects, is capable of a top speed of 18.5 knots.
31. Le Grand Bleu | 112.8m (370'1")
Le Grand Bleu was built for US telecommunications baron John McCaw and was subsequently sold to the Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, who had it refitted to his own preferences, including the addition of a 16ft swim platform at the stern. According to Internet sources, Abramovich passed Le Grand Bleu to his friend and business associate Eugene Shvidler in June 2006.
The yacht has a crew of 65 and carries a veritable arsenal of tenders and watertoys, both on her aft decks and in her extensive below-deck garage, where there is a large aquarium. Her watercraft include a 22 metre Dubois-designed sailing yacht, Bellatrix; a 21 metre Sunseeker motor yacht; two 11 metre, 60-knot Buzzi sports boats; and a landing craft to carry a 4x4 Land Rover used for excursions ashore.