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Top 10 design features of the world's largest yachts

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Chopi Chopi owner's deck

Private owner's deck

The private, shaded owner’'s deck of CRN superyacht Chopi Chopi

While the waters of the world are dotted with custom yachts, fully bespoke from bridge deck to bilge, the old saying about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery comes into play too. That’'s because many of these yachts, including ones in our register of the top 200 largest yachts in the world, have features that the owners first saw on another yacht.

This isn'’t to say that clients are facing a copycat problem. On the contrary, the way that superyacht owners, designers and builders put special spins on the features makes it all the more interesting. What follows is a top 10 list of must-have superyacht amenities found on many of the largest yachts in the world.

1. Private owner's deck

Gone are the days of simply having a large stateroom forward on the main or upper deck. Today’'s large yachts require a whole apartment on a private deck to satiate superyacht owners.

Witness Blohm & Voss-built superyacht Eclipse, currently the second largest yacht in the world at 162.5 metres, with an owner’'s deck measuring about 56 metres in length. Then there’'s the 119 metre Blohm & Voss Motor Yacht A, with a loft-like owner'’s suite that also includes an aft-facing balcony. The 82 metre Graceful, also from the Blohm & Voss shipyard, has a similar setup.

Some owners want more than a mere balcony, though, which is why motor yachts like the 114.5 metre LürssenPelorus include a private al fresco area off the owner'’s suite.

The 80 metre CRN superyacht Chopi Chopi, pictured above, has an expansive private outside space on the owner’'s deck too. Part of it is shaded, with furnishings suitable for taking in an anchorage or enjoying morning coffee. The part that'’s not shaded doubles as a helipad. The owner'’s deck additionally features a pool and a TV lounge.

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