The Top 100
Six new launches join the list of the world’s largest superyachts.
Attempting to interpret “bigger” and “better” has long been a parlor game played in the salons aboard the world’s finest superyachts. From multiple helipads to reflective glass construction to hybrid propulsion systems, shipyards continue to innovate almost beyond imagination. According to the information we have, there are currently 20 new builds over 262 feet (80 meters) in length in various stages of construction. Dutch builders Feadship, and Oceanco and German builders Lürssen and Nobiskrug are the leading builders of very large yachts, but there are also mega-projects at other shipyards. The largest of which we are aware is the 596-foot (182 meter) Project REV at VARD Group in Norway. This edition of Yachts International’s Top 100 defines new yachts as having launched from May 2017 to June 2018, whether or not they have been delivered to their owners. We’ve also made room this year for two entries that fall outside those dates, but whose information has just now become available.
New to the list # 14
Lürssen’s Project shu: 446ft. 2in. (136m) Built for an experienced owner who was directly involved in construction, Project shu represents a milestone for Lürssen in terms of size and complexity, according to ceo Peter Lürssen. the yacht’s proportionally balanced exterior by espen Øino belies her volume. A swimming pool runs transversely on the main deck aft, and there are two helipads, on the bridge deck and sundeck. Project shu has multiple sea terraces and platforms. Lürssen describes the interior design by Mark Berryman as calm, with soft neutral tones and tactile finishes. Project shu recently completed sea trials and is scheduled for delivery this autumn. lurssen.com
LÜRSSEN’S PROJECT TIS 364ft. 2in. (111m) Project Tis hit the water in 2016. She has a beam of 55 feet, 1 inch (16.8 meters) and carries a long, wellbalanced sheerline. Her exterior and interior styling by Winch Design includes six decks for guest use, with some sizable ceiling heights. Also notable is the sweeping staircase on her stern. Moran Yacht & Ship handled project management, with delivery scheduled in 2018. Due to confidentiality agreements, no current photo was available at time of press. lurssen.com
OCEANCO’S PROJECT SHARK: 295ft. 3in. (90m) Project Shark, with exterior styling by DeBasto Designs and interiors by Nuvolari Lenard, explores the latest advances in glass technology. Her superstructure is finished in reflective glass. From the interior, the glass allows sole-to-ceiling views aft, port and starboard, all while the yacht’s profile remains long, sporty and lean. The upper deck is dedicated to owners, omitting walkaround crew decks in favor of private balconies. The name Project Shark comes from wing stations that, when viewed from above, resemble a hammerhead shark; the mast, in profile, is shaped like a fin. Sycamore fiddleback, Brazilian carbalo and bleached gray maple are among the woods on board. Accents include bas-reliefs, metallic surfaces and 3-D cut leather panels. Delivery is scheduled for this summer. builtbyoceanco.com
FEADSHIP NO. 1007: 361ft. (110m) This is the largest yacht Feadship has built, topping the 333-foot (101.5-meter) Symphony in 2015. Feadship No. 1007 is also the second-largest yacht built in the Netherlands, after the 361-foot (110-meter) Oceanco Jubilee. Naval architecture for Feadship No. 1007 is by Feadship De Voogt, and interior and exterior styling are by Michael Leach Design. With a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, she has a dramatic architectural curve that links the main and upper decks. Hatches in the side decks indicate that there may be tender garages and a beach club. feadship.nl
PRIDE’S ILLUSION PLUS: 290ft. 4in. (88.5m) This yacht is the flagship of Pride Mega Yachts in Yantai, China. Tim Saunders Yacht Design in the United Kingdom is responsible for her exterior. Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, in the Netherlands, created her interior working with Pride’s in-house department, and Greenline Yacht Interiors from Dubai did the interior fit-out. There are sole-toceiling windows, a volume of 3,603 gross tons, six decks, accommodations for 16 guests in eight staterooms, and quarters for 25 crew. The propulsion is Rolls-Royce diesel-electric. Three custom tenders are in a garage, and the lower-deck spa has a sauna, steam room and massage room. Two spa pools are on the upper decks, and a touch-and-go helipad is on the foredeck. Y.CO is the central agent for sale, with an asking price of $145 million. Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018. pridemegayachts.com
GOLDEN YACHTS’ O’PTASIA: 277ft. 10in. (84.7m) With a beam of 45 feet, 4 inches (13.8 meters), the Greek-built O’Ptasia is by father and son Giorgio Vafiadis and Stefano Inglese Vafiadis of Studio Vafiadis. She has a gross tonnage of 2,450 and displaces 1,830 tons. Naval architecture is by NHellas. O’Ptasia, designed for charter, has 11 staterooms, six of which are on the main deck. Four are on the upper deck, including an owners’ suite, two double staterooms and a twin-bed stateroom.There is an additional cabin on the lower deck that may be used for guests or staff. Amenities include an elevator, a beach club and a spa with a steam room, massage room and bar. The bridge deck has a gym and wellness center, and there’s dining on the sundeck. A touch-and-go helipad is forward on the main deck. Atalanta Golden Yachts is the central agent for charter, with a weekly base rate of about $950,000. goldenyachts.gr
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