Top 200 largest yachts
10. Yas | 141m (462'7")
Launched in November 2011 by Abu Dhabi MAR, the 141 metre Yas, previously known under the project name Swift 141, is being built in a new facility in Abu Dhabi’s port area, using the steel hull of a 1978 Dutch-built navy frigate, which has been completely modified. New machinery, systems, outfit and luxury interior are being created and installed by sub-contractors to specifications by Abu Dhabi MAR. She is expected to have accommodation for 60 guests and 56 crew. The superstructure, built in advanced composites and glass, and the interior styling are by Pierrejean Design Studio of Paris who says the inspiration was the shape of a dolphin. Powered by twin MTU diesels, Yas will have a top speed of 26 knots.
9. Sailing Yacht A | 142.81m (468'6")
The second superyacht commissioned by Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko after Motor Yacht A (number 22 on this list), Sailing Yacht A was built in Germany by the Nobiskrug yard. Officially referred to as a sail-assisted motor yacht, this Philippe Starck design was delivered in February 2017. Interior details are closely guarded, but it is understood that she is crewed by a staff of 54 people and her star features include an underwater viewing lounge in the bow. Records claimed by Sailing Yacht A include the world's tallest carbon masts, with the tallest standing at 100 metres above sea level.
8. El Mahroussa | 145.7m (478')
Originally built for the Ottoman governor of Egypt, Khedive Ismail, this historic yacht was present at the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal in 1869, when she was used to receive visiting dignitaries. She was lengthened by 12.1 metres in 1872, when her paddle wheels were removed, and by a further 5.2 metres in 1905. Her last major rebuild was in 1950.
In 1976, she was the Egyptian representative at the Bicentennial Fleet Review in New York harbour, after which she slipped into disrepair while being used as a museum ship. In 1992 a major effort was put into making her seaworthy enough to travel to Italy for the Christopher Columbus Fleet Review.
She now serves as the Presidential Yacht but is seldom seen in public. She is usually berthed in Alexandria, where she is cared for by the Egyptian Navy, which lists her as a training ship. Powered by three Parsons steam turbines, she has achieved a top speed of 16 knots, although today this is perhaps too optimistic.
Former names:El Horriya
7. Prince Abdulaziz | 147m (482'4")
Commissioned in 1984, the 5,200-tonne Abdulaziz serves as the Royal Yacht for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who inherited her from the late King Fahd. She was built in 1984 by the Danish yard Helsingor Vaerft to a design by Maierform at a reported cost of $184m, an enormous sum at the time. Her interior, designed by the late David Hicks, who was renowned for his dramatically colourful work, blended ancient and modern. She was fitted out in Southampton, England.
One notable interior feature is the large lobby on her main deck which is said to be designed to mimic that of the Titanic. Her home port is Jeddah, where she is berthed beside the King’s palace. Latterly renamed Prince Abdulaziz, her accommodation includes a fully equipped hospital, a mosque and a cinema. The yacht is manned by a crew of approximately 65. Rumours that her onboard systems include surface-to-air missiles and an underwater surveillance system are unconfirmed.
Now showing her age, she is likely to be replaced in the near future. The yacht was refitted in 1987, 1996 and 2005.
6. Topaz | 147.25m (483'2'')
Topaz was technically launched mid May 2012 when she emerged from her floating shed at the Lürssen yard and conducted sea trials in August. Very little is known about the motor yacht although she is the third largest yacht to be launched by the German yard and also belongs to a member of the UAE elite, although she flies a Cayman flag. Her exterior design is by Tim Heywood, who uniquely has his signature illuminated on her superstructure.
5. Al Saïd | 155m (508'6")
Shrouded in a veil of secrecy, this huge, beige-painted yacht was formerly codenamed Sunflower by her builder, Lürssen Yachts. Named Al Saïd at her launch from Lürssen’s Vegesack yard, this Germanischer Lloyd-classed, 15,850GT vessel was delivered to her new owner, the Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id Al Saïd of Oman, in March 2008. She sails under the Omani flag and her home port is Muscat, Oman.
Al Saïd has a top speed of around 25 knots and she is reported to have a crew complement of 150. Her concert hall can accommodate a 50-strong orchestra and her majestic, classically panelled interior offers huge entertaining spaces and accommodations for 65 guests. Otherwise, the yacht features six decks and is equipped with a helipad and a cinema.
4. Dilbar | 156m (511'8")
With a total interior volume of 15,917GT, Dilbar is the largest yacht in the world by gross tonnage, if not by length. Built by Lürssen and delivered to the Mediterranean in May 2016, she replaced the owner's previous yacht of the same name, which has since been renamed Ona (number 28 on this list). Record-breaking features on board include her 180 cubic metre swimming pool, which is believed to be the largest on any yacht, and her 30,000KW electric diesel power plant, which Lürssen claims is the most powerful fitted to a superyacht.
3. Dubai | 162m (531'6")
This vast 162 metre yacht was originally commissioned by Prince Jefri of Brunei with exterior styling and interior design by Andrew Winch. The project was suspended in 1998 with just the bare hull and partially complete superstructure. It was eventually sold to the Dubai government, and responsibility passed to Kostis Antonopoulos of Platinum Yachts, which prepared a new in-house interior design.
Now complete, Dubai is the royal yacht of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai. The accommodation is designed for 24 guests and comprises an owner’s suite, five VIP suites and six guest suites, all with open balconies. One special feature is the 21.3m-wide atrium. Other facilities include a swimming pool, barbecue area, cinema, disco, a landing platform for a Blackhawk helicopter, a gymnasium, a garage for the yacht’s submarine and a vast array of water toys. Full certification was obtained from Lloyds Register of Shipping in October 2006 and she has since made several voyages.
Dubai was featured in volume 23 of The Superyachts book.
2. Eclipse | 162.5m (533'2")
After five years of intensive design, development and construction, Eclipse left the Blohm + Voss yard in Hamburg on the 9th December 2010, to formally take her place as the largest superyacht in the world. Managed by Blue Ocean Yacht Management, Eclipse features a diesel-electric propulsion system with generators powering rotating Azipod drives, dramatic exterior styling and a stunning interior design by London-based Terence Disdale Design, which has been responsible for all aspects of aesthetic design and layout, including the superstructure design, deck layouts, interior design and construction supervision.
Her accommodation includes an owner’s deck of 56 metres in length and facilities for up to 92 crew and owner’s personal staff. Her interior boasts hundreds of custom finishes exclusively developed for this project, while her deck areas include a 16 metre swimming pool, the largest on any yacht, whose base can be raised to transform the area into a dance floor. The yacht can also accommodate three helicopters, one on each of the two helipads and the third in a storage hangar below the fore deck.
Eclipse was voted Motor Yacht of the Year at the World Superyacht Awards in 2011.
1. Azzam | 180.61m (592'7")
Azzam is another feather in the cap for Lürssen Yachts, which has been involved in the building of six out of the top 10 largest yachts. Not much is known about this behemoth of a yacht other than the specs and that her interior is in a relaxed French Empire style, but it is rumored to have been built for the a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates. The technical engineering was directed by Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi for the owner. She has an impressive speed due to her innovative water-jet propulsion system (two fixed jets, two directional), which catapults this 180-metre yacht at a staggering speed of 31.5+ knots. At 17.5 metres longer than Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse, this boat takes the prestigious title of the world’s largest yacht.