The design and build of a luxury yacht is a truly personal experience. Whether customising a design to be built on a proven platform, or striving to create a completely new concept altogether, superyacht owners will seek to work with a yacht builder that truly understands their vision, and can translate their dream design into a real vessel.
As Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft said, “A shipyard’s credibility in the eyes of a prospective owner no longer relies solely on the builder’s positive track record, but also on its ability to deliver value for money.” Those buying a new superyacht will, therefore, have many questions to ask themselves before settling on a suitable yacht builder and shipyard facility to carry out the build.
Located in Vlissingen, Amels operates the largest superyacht shipyard in the Netherlands and is known worldwide to be one of the top superyacht builders. o date, Amels has delivered almost 60 superyachts and offers a full custom and Limited Editions range of superyachts, which includes six models ranging from 55 to 83m LOA.
Blohm+Voss builds the large custom motor and sailing yachts that are both beautiful and technically challenging. Its shipyard in Hamburg spans 421,000m2, and offers seven docks up to 351m in length and 59m in width, accommodating the build, refit, and maintenance of luxury superyachts.
Christensen Shipyards, United States
Christensen is among the world’s leading composite fiberglass specialists, with a fleet made up of full and semi-customised mega-yachts ranging from 35 to 50 meters LOA. roving bigger isn’t necessarily better, Christensen offers capabilities to build yachts up to 50m in length, with 35 superyachts currently in its fleet, including 50m motor yachts Casino Royale and Silver Lining.
Feadship is one of the few shipyards worldwide that works to create completely custom yachts and has worked with superyacht owners since the 19th century to create one-off luxury motor yachts that are truly unique.
Fincantieri Yachts, Italy
Fincantieri Yachts specializes in full custom luxury pleasure yachts over 70 meters with no upper limit to the size or volume that it can produce. Having manufactured some 7,000 vessels in its 200-year history, Fincantieri has a network of 20 shipyards across four continents, three design centers, and a research center, making it one of the largest Western shipyards in the world.
Heesen Yachts, Netherlands
Specialized in custom superyachts in the 30 to 65m range, but with capabilities of building those of 80m and up. With a focus on quality and innovation, Heesen has created many custom yachts with no two yachts the same. Founded in 1978, it was the first Dutch shipyard to employ aluminum for yacht hulls. In its 35 years, it has delivered nearly 170 yachts, with aluminum, steel, displacement, semi-displacement and revolutionary fast displacement yachts making up its flee.
Based in Germany, Lürssen is one of the world’s leading shipyards for large luxury yacht building, with a focus on excellence in custom-built superyachts. A family-owned shipyard for four generations, it can claim the accolade of building the world’s first motor yacht in 1886.
Oceanco specializes in building sophisticated custom yachts ranging from 80 to 140m in length. Offering a highly personal service to clients, Oceanco is positioned with state of the art yacht-building facilities in the Netherlands and with a design, sales, and marketing office in Monaco.
Perini Navi, Italy
The Perini Navi Group is made up of four independent companies that operate in five specific markets: Sailing yachts up to 60m, large sailing yachts more than 60m, racing sailing yachts, fast cruising sailing yachts and Picchiotti motor yachts.
Sunseeker Yachts, UK
Sunseeker International Ltd manufactures custom and semi-custom luxury performance yachts in carbon fiber and GRP composite materials from its base in Dorset, England.