The Top Ten Largest Yachts in The World: Who Made and Designed Them

Tom Van Oossanen

The final list of the top 101 largest yachts in the world according to length overall, has been released by BOAT International, a global superyacht authority. The full 101 list appears in the January issue of BOAT International.

But here, JustLuxe includes five of the top ten, with images. These five entries are new, showcasing the strength of Northern European shipyards, along with a growing trend in hybrid propulsion systems.  

Headship – Bliss Yacht by Feadship

The largest boat delivered this year was 140-metre (nearly 500 feet) Solaris, built by German yard Lloyd Werft. The eight-deck yacht’s striking exterior and interiors were designed by Australian Marc Newson, who has not spoken very much about the mammoth project. But what is known is that it has a grey-hulled exterior, and reportedly, has accommodation for 36 guests. Solaris is known to feature more than 2,000 square meters (21,527 square feet)  of glass surfaces, including the largest panes ever built into a yacht. Glass is also incorporated in the main deck pool where the floor lights and transparent surface showcase the beach club below. Solaris is driven by eight MTU ( high speed diesel) engines with a combined output of more than 14,000kW, which will achieve more than 18 knots. 

Headship-Viva Yacht by Feadship

Twenty-five meters (82 feet) shorter, 115-metre (377 feet) Apho was delivered to a repeat client by Lürssen. Trading up from an 86-meter (282 feet) vessel,  the owners once again enlisted Nuvolari Lenard for the yacht’s interior and exterior design. The “family-focused” yacht features seven cabins, including a cavernous 200-square-meter (2152 square feet) owner’s duplex suite. Fitness was a key requirement of its vision; there is an 80-square-meter ( 861 square feet) gym on the top deck. Other standout features include a dining room decorated by a wine display, and a wellness area with a pool that is filled with water warmed by the used heat captured from the generators.  

It was a great year for Feadship, the Dutch shipyard, as they are responsible for the other three yachts to break into the Top 101 –? 94.75-meter ( 31,000 feet) Bliss, 94-metre (30839 feet) Viva and 88.38-metre (28,996 feet)  Zen. 

Guy Fleury –

The Bliss was designed with the mantra “leave no trace.” The yacht is powered by diesel electric propulsion, with the option to run on pure electric power, thanks to a large battery bank, as well as a dynamic positioning system to ensure that the vessel doesn’t damage the seabed by dropping anchor. With a Polar Coded hull, Studio de Voogt drew the lines, while Remi Tessier was responsible for the interior, which includes nine luxurious cabins. Built for an active family, Bliss has expansive exterior deck spaces with a large pool and a commercially certified helideck that converts into a full sports and games deck.   

With a length overall, or LOA, just a few centimeters shorter than Bliss, Viva is a very different boat, with long, clean lines that feel nearly architectural. New York designer Peter Marino – most recognized for his work on flagship stores for the likes of Armani, Chanel and Louis Vuitton – was responsible for the yacht’s beach house-style interior. Feadship also reported that the owner of Viva set a very stiff target: to ensure the yacht had an environmental footprint no larger than his previous 62-meter (203.4 feet) Feadship. One of the ways in which this highly ambitious goal was approached was to install an advanced hybrid propulsion system. 

Tom Van Oossanen – Yacht APHO

Completing the group, Zen was the first yacht to be built at Feadship’s newest shipyard, located on an older, commercial dock west of Amsterdam. As with Bliss, Studio De Voogt was responsible for the exterior, that includes a classic white hull with clean lines and an abundance  of dark glass. The interior was designed by Italy’s Nauta Design, but little has been revealed about the styling. What has been revealed through photos of the exterior, is that it has a large swimming pool aft, a forward-facing Jacuzzi on the sundeck, and a circular, sunken lounge area in the foredeck. The bridge deck also features a vast amount of private exterior space under the cover of the sundeck. Reports suggest that the boat will accommodate 16 guests and 25 crew. 

Tom Von Oossanen –

The five yachts mark an exciting addition to the superyacht fleet and 2022 looks to be an exceptional year. Among the most notable yachts expected to be delivered is 127-meter (416 feett) sailing yacht Project Y721, which was reportedly commissioned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. It will become the largest sailing yacht in the world. Impressively Project Y721 is one of four 100-meter plus ( 4328 plus feet) yachts expected to be delivered by Dutch yacht builder Oceanco next year. Other notable yachts to look out for include 107-meter ( 357 feet) Lürssen explorer Northern Star III, in build for Canadian John Risley and the largest ever Feadship, 118-metre (387 feet) Project 1010.  

The 10 largest yachts in the world:  

1.    Azzam (180.61m) 

2.    Eclipse (162.5m) 

3.    Dubai (162m) 

4.    Dilbar (156m) 

5.    Al Said (155m)  

6.    A+ (147.25m) 

7.    Prince Abdulaziz (147m) 

8.    El Mahrousa (145.7m) 

9.    Sailing Yacht A (142.81M) 

10.  Nord (142m) 

For further information, see Boat International Magazine. January 2022 Edition

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