This year, there have been 10 new entries to the 101 largest superyachts in the world — more than double the number that entered the list in 2016, according to trade magazine Boat International.
Each yacht boasts unique luxurious features, including an indoor padel tennis court; a sundeck with a pizza oven; a massive aquarium; full-height doors that open on to folding side balconies; and plenty of gyms and spa pools.
One of the most notable mega-yacht this year is Black Pearl with solar panels on her sails and the ability to generate electricity from rotating propellers so that she can cross oceans without using any fuel.
Sailing Yacht A is officially designated a “sail-assisted motor yacht”, but this 142.81m boat is considerably larger — in terms of length and volume — than any other sailing yacht in the world. Designed by Philippe Starck for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, and built at German shipyard Nobiskrug, her vital stats are astounding: she has eight decks, garages for four tenders, a submarine, a helipad, and the mainmast towers 100m above the waterline — taller than Big Ben.
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At 123m, Al Lusail is one of three new entries in the Top 101 for German shipyard Lürssen. Designer Jonny Horsfield included central balconies on the side decks to “open up the center of the yacht to avoid that long dead-corridor effect — we wanted to create a living space in the middle of the yacht”.
There’s a lot of glass on the 88.5m Oceanco Barbara, most notably, two levels of forward-facing glass doors that open on to the folding side balconies.
Jubilee is the biggest superyacht currently on the market. Her most distinctive feature is her three false decks, which, as designer Igor Lobanov puts it, “give the illusion that she is longer and have a positive effect on the yacht’s proportional aesthetics”.
Since Sailing Yacht A is officially a “sail-assisted motor yacht”, 106.8m Black Pearl is now the biggest sailing yacht in the world. There are solar panels on her three 60m rotating DynaRig masts, as well as rotating propellers that generate electricity, which means she could cross oceans without using any fuel.
The build of the 104m Amadea was shrouded in mystery, but we know a few quirky details. She has a four-tonne decorative bowsprit in the shape of an albatross, for example.
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The 98m Aviva has an internal volume far larger than boats of a similar length, overtaking 90.22m Nahlin as the biggest British-owned boat in the world.
The 96.55m Feadship yacht Faith is packed with glamorous touches. The owner’s cabin enjoys 180-degree views and has a 3m skylight directly above the double bed. The saloon is divided into two by a limestone and quartz double-sided fireplace; the glass-bottom pool is fed by a waterfall; and on the sundeck, you can soak in the spa pool or sweat it out in the gym.
The 85m Areti is owned by a former Olympic cyclist and features are focused on helping professional athletes relax.
According to Boat International, there are now 53 yachts in excess of 75m in build around the world — the largest number ever. The new entries were all built in Europe: five in Germany, four in the Netherlands and one in Norway.
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