Top 200 largest yachts
30. Pelorus | 114.5m (375'8")
Launched in November 2003, Pelorus was built at Lürssen’s Krogerwerft facility. She was originally commissioned by a Saudi Arabian as a replacement for Coral Island. He loved the finished product but, when made an offer that was too good to refuse, sold her to the Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich. David Geffen bought her in May 2011.
The yacht is the work of two internationally known designers: Tim Heywood, who drew the superstructure and working areas, and Terence Disdale, who created an interior that revels in the informal atmosphere of a beachside villa. This yacht has everything: two helicopter pads, a swimming pool with artificial current, a spa pool, and an owner’s suite with 180-degree panoramic views that opens to a private deck.
The quality of the engineering is stunning, with many of the systems, including the bowthruster, being provided with a back-up, while the control of all propulsion units is united in a ‘Lipstick’ that allows a single joystick to precisely manoeuvre the yacht. The vessel is managed by 41 crew, including seven engineers and five personal staff.
Pelorus was featured in volume 18 of The Superyachts book.
29. Luna | 115m (377'4")
Luna was built for Roman Abramovich as an upgraded replacement for his former exploration yacht Le Grand Bleu (No 23 in this list), always a favourite among his many yachts. Luna, ice classed and built to the highest possible standards. Diesel-electric powered, she has two helipads, one forward and one aft, and the ability to stow a helicopter below decks for transit. Her tenders are stored in two garages in the stern that open through shell doors on each side of the hull. She was delivered in June 2010 and is available for select charter.
28. Navtilus 115.76m (379'9")
Thought to be a gift from Stavros Niarchos to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, this yacht has now been renamed Navtilus following the launch of Al Salamah in 1999. Advanced in years, this one-time royal yacht has been passed one rung down the ladder of Saudi Arabian royal yacht ownership.
27. Atlantis II | 115.76m (380')
It is said that the late Stavros Niarchos, the Greek-American shipping magnate, built Atlantis II to outdo his rival Aristotle Onassis in the yacht-owning stakes. Some 16.7 metres longer than Onassis’s Christina (now Christina O), Atlantis II was built by Hellenic Shipyards in Skaramanga, Greece, in 1981. She is, incidentally, the near-sistership of the former Saudi Arabian Royal Yacht Issham Al Baher, which was originally launched as Atlantis. Accommodating 25 guests in great comfort, Atlantis II boasts a helicopter, a hangar and a swimming pool with a rising floor that converts to a disco. Still owned by the Niarchos family, the yacht can usually be found moored at its berth in Monaco.
26. Ulysses 116m (380'5")
Ulysses is almost 10 metres longer than her predecessor, the 107 metre Andromeda (formerly Ulysses), which was sold last year and also built by the Norwegian yard.
The new Ulysses was built on the yard’s existing MT 5006 MKII ESV platform while the naval architecture was undertaken by Norwegian design house Marin Teknikk. Kyle Dick of New Zealand-based Oscar Mike Naval Architects created the exterior lines and also collaborated with British studio RWD on her interiors.
25. Turama | 116.4m (381'11")
Named after a river in Borneo, Turama was originally built as a cruise ship to operate in Hong Kong harbour and was subsequently converted to a yacht in Greece by the Latsis-owned company SETE Yachts. Classed to Lloyd’s highest standard (100A1, LMC, UMS and Ice Class 1A), and having full SOLAS certification as a passenger vessel,Turama’s accommodation includes an extensive master suite, two junior master suites, 24 VIP suites, each with an impressive floor area of 39.8 square metres, and 16 single cabins.
The facilities include a beauty salon, a sauna, gymnasium, a 12-seat cinema, an 80-seat conference theatre, a 12-seat meeting room, a disco, a children’s playroom and a mini-hospital. On deck are a swimming pool, two spa pools and a helicopter pad. The yacht, which remains in the ownership of the Latsis family, is manned by 60 crew and is available for charter.
Builders:Rauma Shipyard (1990) / SETE Yachts (2004)
Former names:Columbus Caravelle, Sally Caravelle, Delfin Caravelle
24. Motor YachtA | 119m (390'5")
This most extraordinary yacht, built for the Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, had an unusual conception in that its designer, Philippe Starck, drew what he considered to be a ‘cool shape’ – taking a full three and a half hours for the job. Unlike the design progression of most yachts, the naval architecture of Motor Yacht A was made to work subsequently under the control of the technical designer, Martin Francis, who used models and towing tanks to confirm the hull lines.
Deck spaces are minimal – a tiny sun deck with splash pool; a shaded fore deck area with rectangular pool; and the main deck aft with a curved pool. The interior features the owner’s open-plan ‘loft apartment’ ringed by windows and a wide balcony aft, while the main saloon, equally open, features a ‘romper sofa’ with space for at least 10 people.
Motor Yacht A was featured in the 2011 edition of The Superyachts book.
23. Alexander | 121.95m (400'1")
This yacht was built by Flender Werft in Lübeck, Germany, in 1966 as the passenger vessel Regina Maris for the Lübeck Line. After several changes of ownership she was converted to a yacht for the late John S Latsis, the Greek shipping tycoon, and renamed Alexander. Extensively refitted in 1985 and again in 1998, she is available for charter, offering well-appointed accommodation for up to 60 guests. She carries a very wide range of tenders and water sports gear and can accept helicopters on her fully certified landing pad.
Onboard facilities include a swimming pool, spa pool, gymnasium, full-size disco bar, a 27-seat cinema, children’s playroom, a beauty salon and a mini-hospital. The yacht remains in the ownership of the Latsis family, now headed by the second richest man in Greece, Spiros Latsis, who holds one of Europe’s biggest fortunes with stakes in oil refining, real estate, financial services and high-class travel.
Builder & naval architecture:Flender-Werft
22. Al Lusail | 123m (403'7")
A highly secretive project, Al Lusail is thought to belong to a Qatari client as her name is derived from a coastal city in the Arabian Peninsula. This steel-hulled motor yacht exhibits flowing exterior lines by H2 Yacht Design, which blur the distinction between the four decks. Standout features include a helipad, swimming pool, elevator and Jacuzzi, while her interiors were styled by March & White — a first foray into the yachting world for the London-based studio.
Builder & naval architecture:Lürssen
Exterior design: H2 Yacht Design
Interior design: March & White
21. Golden Odyssey | 123.2m (404'19")
Golden Odyssey was launched in March 2015 under project name Tatiana, when she became the 18th largest superyacht in the world. Golden Odyssey is believed to have been commissioned by Saudi Arabian Prince Khaled bin Sultan, son of the Crown Prince.
Built in secrecy by Lürssen, little is known about this yacht. Her steel hull and aluminium superstructure give Golden Odyssey a displacement of 7,600 tonnes and her mostly covered decks suggest a desire for privacy. The interior is the work of the late Alberto Pinto.
Builder / Naval Architecture: Lürssen
Exterior Styling:Martin Francis
Interior design: Alberto Pinto