SAIL­ING INTO HIS­TORY

Meet some of the gi­gay­achts that are mak­ing the big­gest splashes.

Robb Report Singapore - - Portfolio - By MICHAEL VER­DON

The su­pery­acht in­dus­try is thriv­ing. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent data, the num­ber of yachts on or­der or be­ing built in 2018 is up from 2017, with Italy, the Nether­lands and Turkey the lead­ing coun­tries in which su­pery­achts are built. The world’s 10 largest su­pery­achts tell a dif­fer­ent story, how­ever. Ger­many is by far the largest pro­ducer of gi­gay­achts. Lurssen built five of them, in­clud­ing the 180.6m Az­zam, the globe’s largest yacht. The own­ers pri­mar­ily hail from Mid­dle East­ern royal fam­i­lies. Oth­ers are Rus­sian bil­lion­aires such as Ro­man Abramovich, whose yacht Eclipse was eclipsed by 18m in 2013 for the ti­tle of long­est yacht.

The styles range from the fu­tur­is­tic Sail­ing Yacht A, the world’s largest sail-as­sisted mo­tor yacht (with its 3,744sqm of sail plan), to the ul­tra­mod­ern top­side of Yas and the Vic­to­rian El Mahroussa, the 146m Egyp­tian pres­i­den­tial yacht first launched in 1865. They share a size that spans many foot­ball fields but di­verge in de­sign, re­flect­ing their own­ers’ tastes and par­tic­u­lar needs. Some of those re­quire­ments are met with spe­cial fea­tures, in­clud­ing a per­sonal sub­ma­rine and mis­silede­fence sys­tem (Az­zam); mul­ti­ple he­li­pads (Eclipse and Topaz); and a swim­ming pool half the length of a grid­iron, with a bot­tom that rises flush with the deck and trans­forms into a disco floor (Eclipse). Δ

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