Top 50 US-built yachts

Lady M | 64.00m 213′3″

Built in 2013 ,United States of America

Lady M, Palmer Johnson's 64 metre flagship, offers power and grace in abundance, with a top speed of 28 knots and styling by Nuvolari Lenard. She features large open decks that flow into a beach house interiors. Her sleek profile is shared by her much smaller SportYacht sisters, which start at around the 36 metre mark.

  • Builder: Palmer Johnson
  • Country of build:United States of America
  • Delivery year:2013
  • Length Overall: 64 m
  • Beam:9.5 m
  • Gross Tonnage716 t

Invictus | 65.53m (215')

Built in 2013 ,United States of America

Previously known as Project Invader, Delta Marine's Invictus is its second largest build yet. She is built with an ice strengethened steel hull and a composite superstructure which was designed by Delta Design. With such a large range and features such as a pool on the sundeck, a theatre, and a gymnasium, this boat has the capability of keeping her guests entertained on long hauls. At 65.5m, Invictus is Delta's 'made in America' superyacht that is designed for world domination. She was officially delivered on 1 July in Seattle, Washington to a North American client. The key is her remarkable volume – a prodigious 1,945GT – which leaves ample space for an innovative layout.

  • Builder: Delta Marine
  • Country of build:United States of America
  • Delivery year:2013
  • Length Overall: 65.53 m
  • Beam:13.11 m
  • Gross Tonnage1945 t

Golden Shadow | 66.75m (219')

Built in 1994 ,United States of America

Golden Shadow, part of the aptly named ‘Golden Fleet’, acts as the overflow accommodation and support vessel for Golden Odyssey, whose Saudi Arabian owner, HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan, a keen oceanographer, makes it available for scientific purposes worldwide in support of the Living Oceans Foundation, of which he is chairman.

The yacht carries Golden Eye, an amphibious 10-seater Cessna 208 with Wipair floats, as well as many specialpurpose tenders, and offers a range of scientific laboratories and accommodation for up to 11 visiting scientists and pilots. It is often seen in the company of Golden Osprey, a 29m sport fishing vessel. Golden Shadow was built in the USA by the now-defunct San Diego builder Campbell Industries to the design of Francis & Francis, and was refitted in 2006.

  • Builder: Campbell
  • Country of build:United States of America
  • Delivery year:1994
  • Length Overall: 66.75 m
  • Beam:11.8 m
  • Gross Tonnage1293 t

Explorer | 67m 219′10″

Built in 1980 ,United States of America

Explorer has had many lives, starting out as Clipper Cap Haitien, before being converted to a Shadow Marine vessel. In 2011, she had a major hull extension, to bring her from her former length of 51.8 metres to her current length of 67 metres. Now Explorer has been reimagined with a new layout. The latest refit was undertaken in order to add an additional deck dedicated to the owner’s use, which comprises the owner’s stateroom, private lounge, gym and spa. Other refit work included creating a movie theatre and upgrading all the audio visual and IT systems. Moving the helipad up also allowed the creation of a new open sun deck, providing ample entertaining spaces, and an elevator has been installed to serve all decks.

  • Builder: Candies Shipbuilders
  • Country of build:United States of America
  • Delivery year:1980
  • Length Overall: 67 m
  • Beam:11.6 m
  • Gross Tonnage919 t

Global | 67.05m (220')

Built in 1982 ,United States of America

This vessel, described as a ‘sport utility’ vessel by the yard that converted her, owes her rugged commercial appearance to her former life as an oil rig support vessel. Global (ex-Allure Shadow) is half yacht and half toy carrier, offering six double guest cabins with balconies, a saloon/dining room, a sky lounge with panoramic views opening to a forward observation deck, an 8m-long freshwater swimming pool, cinema, games-room/library and a full gymnasium with spa area. Her huge decks can carry, among other toys, a helicopter and its full logistical needs plus a large sport fishing vessel. She also boasts that she can host an event for 200 people in a single climate-controlled room.

  • Builder: Bender
  • Country of build:United States of America
  • Delivery year:1982
  • Length Overall: 67.06 m
  • Beam:12.2 m
  • Gross Tonnage1303 t

Albatross | 72m (236’2”)

Built in 2016 ,United States of America

Launched at the Delta Marine shipyard in Dakota Creek in September 2016, Albatross is the second-largest yacht from this American yard to date. Very few details are known about this highly secretive project, but it is understood that her semi-displacement steel hull supports a GRP superstructure and three teak decks.

  • Builder: Delta Marine
  • Country of build:United States of America
  • Delivery year:2016
  • Length Overall: 72.2 m
  • Beam:13 m
  • Gross Tonnage2066 t

Laurel | 73.15m (240')

Built in 2006 ,United States of America

Built by Delta Marine in the Pacific Northwest, Laurel has a steel hull and composite superstructure and is the second largest yacht to be built in North America since the Great Depression. Her sun deck extends fore and aft of a central observation room, the forward part being a belvedere terrace and the aft offering a gym, spa pool and sunbathing.

Laurel is a stunning yacht that showcases design efficiency. Tenders are stored on the lower deck and launched through doors to port and starboard. Aft of the boats is a diving room that opens to the large bathing platform created by opening the stern door. The master suite is positioned amidships on the main deck, flanked by private side decks, and is entered through a private lobby that opens forward to the bedroom through a sitting room/office. The forward part of the main deck is devoted to a crew mess and leisure area.

The interior features a blend of anigre and is furnished in a comfortably eclectic style. Notably, the central staircase spirals around a three-storey-high glass sculpture depicting marine life by Seattle artist Mary van Cline.

  • Builder: Delta Marine
  • Country of build:United States of America
  • Delivery year:2006
  • Length Overall: 73.15 m
  • Beam:12.26 m
  • Gross Tonnage1595 t

Cocoa Bean | 73.98m 242′8″

Built in 2013 ,United States of America

Built to ABS class in steel and aluminium with naval architecture by Trinity, she was the largest yacht launched in the USA in 2011. MCA classed, the interior design of Cocoa Bean is the work of Evan K Marshall, accommodating 12 guests in six staterooms, while twin 2626hp Caterpillar engines give her a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 13 knots.

  • Builder: Trinity Yachts
  • Country of build:United States of America
  • Delivery year:2013
  • Length Overall: 73.76 m
  • Beam:12.5 m
  • Gross Tonnage1590 t

Delphine | 78.57m 257′9″

Built in 1921 ,United States of America

Automobile manufacturing mogul Horace Dodge named Delphine after his daughter, and his motor yacht was a familiar sight around Detroit and Chicago in the 1920s. She was equipped with an unusual quadruple steam expansion engine designed by her owner, which gave her an impressive top speed of 15 knots. During World War II she served as the flagship of Admiral King, the Commander-in-Chief of the US Fleet.

Laid up in 1962, she was bought by the Seafarers International Union for use as a headquarters ship but fell into disrepair in the early 1990s. She was later acquired by a Singapore company which planned to convert her into a mini-cruise liner for Asian waters, but this sale fell through. Happily, she was purchased by a Belgian woman, Ineke Bruynooghe, and a thorough restoration and conversion brought both the yacht and her original steam engines back to new condition. She is now for sale. The only surviving steam-powered superyacht, Delphine is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 17.

  • Builder: Great Lakes Ew
  • Country of build:United States of America
  • Delivery year:1921
  • Length Overall: 78.55 m
  • Beam:10.82 m
  • Gross Tonnage1255 t

Aquila | 85.6m 280′10″

Built in 2010 ,United States of America

Launched in time for the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the 85.6m superyacht Aquila (ex-Cakewalk) is a full displacement, oceangoing superyacht with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure designed and engineered by Derecktor with the assistance of Azure Naval Architects and BMT Nigel Gee.

Aquila holds two records — she is the largest yacht ever built in the USA by volume and in 2016 she became the largest yacht ever refitted in the UK, following an extensive overhaul at the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth. The elegant exterior styling is by Tim Heywood while the traditional cherry-lined interior is by Liz Dalton. The yacht, owned by Charles and Diane Gallagher, accommodates 12 guests on main deck with the owners seven-room suite above. She’s operated by 23 crew and carries three custom tenders each over 30 feet LOA.

Aquila (ex-Cakewalk) is featured in volume 25 of The Superyachts.

Photo: Rupert Peace

  • Builder: Derecktor
  • Country of build:United States of America
  • Delivery year:2010
  • Length Overall: 85.6 m
  • Beam:14.3 m
  • Gross Tonnage2998 t

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