Top 200 largest yachts
20. Savarona | 124.28m (407'9")
Named after a black African swan, Savarona was built for the American heiress Emily Roebling Cadwalader, whose family business constructed both the Brooklyn and Golden Gate bridges. In 1937 the yacht was purchased by the Turkish state as the presidential yacht of Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. Following his death, Savarona was renamed Gunes Dil (Sun Language) and used as a Turkish Navy training ship. Her condition deteriorated.
In 1989, Kahraman Sadikoglu bought a 50-year lease and, with other investors, spent $35 million on her refurbishment. Subsequently, Sadikoglu has acquired 100% of the lease. The original steam turbines were replaced with two Caterpillar diesels, the weight of the former being compensated for by 300 tonnes of marble, mostly used for a Turkish bath spanning the full 16 metre beam. Recently, her shafts, propellers and rudders were replaced in a $3m refit that also refurbished her interior.
Savarona is featured in Volume 6 of The Superyachts and charters out of Istanbul.
19. Katara | 124.4m (408'2")
Known as Project Crystal by her builder, this 124 metre yacht’s name was unveiled as Katara upon her launch. Katara, hull number 13656, was built by the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen and spent her first full season in the Caribbean. It is speculated that her interior is by the late Alberto Pinto. She has one helipad and carries both her tenders and her SOLAS rescue boats in davits port and starboard. She flies a Qatari flag and her home port is Doha, which means her name is more likely a translation of the word for “celebration” than a reference to the female waterbender in the film, Avatar, although that works, too. She likely belongs to the new young emir.
18. Maryah | 125m (410'2")
Launched in 1991 by the Szczecinska yard in Poland, this former Russian research vessel was entirely rebuilt during five years by Elefsis Shipyards in Greece. Re-designed by H2 Yacht Design of London, UK, Maryah is constructed to full SOLAS regulations. A modern exterior styling blends with a contemporary interior décor, and she accommodates a whopping 54 passengers.
17. Octopus | 126.18m (414')
Octopus was originally built yacht for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Octopus features a helicopter pad and garage aft and can also accept a second helicopter on the bows. A novel facility of her design is her internal dock, which, opening from her transom, runs forward through the yacht, allowing a 20 metre submarine and a tender of similar size to float into their storage positions. Once secured, the water is pumped out, leaving them resting on chocks.
The yacht has a permanent berth in the International Yacht Club Marina in Antibes, where her owner acquired the largest dock by buying the 55.78 metre superyacht Hanse together with its berth – he kept the berth and immediately sold Hanse, which has now been renamed Insignia.
Octopus is currently the largest explorer yacht in the world.
16. Al Mirqab | 133.2m (437')
Diesel-electric powered yacht Al Mirqab was at one time better known as Project May, a name that cloaked her identity during a build that was carried out in strict secrecy under the supervision of Kusch Yachts in the Peterswerft Shipyard in Wewelsfleth, Germany. She is propelled by five 2,800kW generators that power two electric motors driving conventional shafts and a centrally positioned azimuthing electric pod drive located beneath the hull.
She is reported to have a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots. The yacht accommodates 36 guests and is run by 45 crew. The central feature of the accommodation is a grand staircase that floats through four floors, with three of its sides made from hand-cut crystal panels. The centre of the well is occupied by a suspended glass artwork commissioned from the Seattle-based artist Dale Chihuly.
Al Mirqab won the coveted Motor Yacht of the Year award at the World Superyacht Awards in 2009 and Best Interior Design in the motor yacht category for her Andrew Winch-designed interior. She belongs to Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.
15. Serene | 133.9m (439'4")
Built for a Russian owner under an extreme blanket of secrecy, Serene, the first yacht from Fincantieri, the large Italian commercial shipyard in Muggiano, Italy, was launched in September 2010 with completion, blue hull paint and sea trials in 2011.
She is the largest yacht ever launched in Italy and features more than 4,000 square meters of interior space among seven decks, plus two helipads and a hangar. She reportedly carries a 100-metre submersible. Her builder’s next project is the 140 metre Victory.
She is featured in Volume 26 of The Superyachts.
14. Crescent 135.5m (444'5")
Crescent is the ninth boat over 80m delivered by Lürssen with exterior design by Espen Øino. She is shrouded in secrecy but Lürssen has described François Zuretti’s interior design as “traditionally styled”. Øino went to great lengths to maximise what he calls the “vision lines” from the interior and the decks – especially from the centreline, which on such a beamy boat is a long way from the sides – by having full height windows and keeping the bulwarks as low as possible. “We have some really good views from the boat,” he says. Particularly so, one would imagine, from the three-deck-high windows amidships.
13. Rising Sun | 138m (452'9")
This vessel’s Japanese-style name is sufficient clue that she was built for Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle. In 2006 he sold half ownership to media mogul David Geffen who bought the remaining half in 2010.
Reported to have originally cost of more than $290 million, rumour has it that Rising Sun’s length was extended by some 18 metres during construction (her project name was LE120, rather indicating an original length of 120 metres) to ensure she was larger than the 126.2 metre Octopus belonging to Microsoft’s co-founder, Paul Allen.
Rising Sun was built in Germany and launched in the autumn of 2004. She made her first appearance in the Mediterranean in the summer of 2005. Her five decks, which contain 8,000 square metres of living space, include a gym, a cinema, an extensive wine cellar and basketball court, plus accommodations for 16 in the owner’s party. One of her tenders is a catamaran whose main function is to carry the yacht’s 4x4 vehicle ashore.
12. Al Salamah | 139.29m (457')
Built by a consortium of Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Kiel and the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, Germany, Al Salamah is often referred to as Mipos, the code name used during the construction of this most secret of yachts. Mipos was short for ‘Mission Possible’, a statement proved correct by her delivery in 1999.
She has a length of 139.29 metres, a massive beam of 23.50 metres, and is reported to have a top speed of 21.5 knots. Both the interior design and the exterior styling are by the London-based Terence Disdale Design. Al Salamah was owned by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, son of the late King Fahd, Governor of Riyadh. He is Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister and the nation’s Crown Prince. Al Salamah was refitted by Lürssen in 2007.
11. Ocean Victory | 140m (459'5")
Ocean Victory was built at Fincantieri's Muggiano yard in Italy. This seven-deck yacht is based on a design by Espen Øino, with an interior by Alberto Pinto and Laura Sessa. It includes internal sea water dockage for a 14 metre tender and six pools of up to eight meters in length. Her first steel plate was cut in September 2010. Little is known about this top-secret yacht, which is kept much under wraps and away from prying eyes.