What is it that makes a superyacht so “super?” Luxury amenities and superior design and performance factor in, as does the price tag of the vessel. But when the industry compiles a list of the “Top Superyachts in the World,” size does matter!
In 2017, we have already seen four new superyachts join the ranks of the world’s largest superyachts, including a new arrival in the top ten! So this list does change regularly, but as of now, here are the Top 5 superyachts in the world, ranked by size, as compiled by Boat International Magazine.
Azzam – At 592’7, the superyacht Azzam, is currently the largest registered superyacht in the world. Azzam is the crowning achievement of Lürssen Yachts, which has been involved in some way shape or form with the building of six out of the top 10 largest yachts in the world, and three in this Top 5. Not much is known about this behemoth of a yacht other than the specs and that her interior is in a relaxed French Empire style, but it is rumored to have been built for a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates.
Eclipse – Since 2010, Eclipse held the title of the “World’s Largest Superyacht,” until she was recently “eclipsed” by the launch of Azzam. At 533.2 feet she is still no slouch in second place. She is the flagship of Hamburg based yacht builder, Blohm + Voss. Eclipse features a diesel-electric propulsion system with generators powering rotating Azipod drives, dramatic exterior styling and a stunning interior design by London-based Terence Disdale Design. The superyacht can accommodate three helicopters, one on each of the two helipads and the third in a storage hangar below the fore deck.
Dubai – Solidly ringing in at number 3 is the 531.6 foot superyacht Dubai. The spectacular superyacht was originally commissioned by Prince Jefri of Brunei with exterior styling and interior design by Andrew Winch. The project was suspended in 1998 with just the bare hull and partially complete superstructure. It was eventually sold to the Dubai government, and responsibility passed to Kostis Antonopoulos of Platinum Yachts, which prepared a new in-house interior design. Now complete, Dubai is the royal yacht of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai.
Dilbar – Dilbar is a new addition to the Top 10 and another feather in the cap for Lürssen Yachts. At 511.8 feet she is the fourth largest superyacht in the world by overall length, however, with a total interior volume of 15,917GT, Dilbar is the largest yacht in the world by gross tonnage. Delivered to the Mediterranean in May 2016, she replaced the unnamed owner’s previous yacht of the same name, which has since been renamed Ona, and ranks 28th in the world in overall length. Record-breaking features on the current Dilbar include her 600 cubic foot swimming pool, which is believed to be the largest on any yacht, and her 30,000KW electric diesel power plant, which Lürssen claims is the most powerful fitted to a superyacht.
Al Saïd – Al Saïd is the third yacht on this list to come from the shipyards of Lürssen Yachts. Once known as “Project Sunflower,” she was named Al Saïd at her launch from Lürssen’s Vegesack yard. This Germanischer Lloyd-classed, 15,850GT vessel was delivered to her new owner, the Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id Al Saïd of Oman, in March 2008. She sails under the Omani flag and her home port is Muscat, Oman. Her concert hall can accommodate a 50-strong orchestra and her majestic, classically paneled interior offers huge entertaining spaces and accommodations for 65 guests. Otherwise, the yacht features six decks and is equipped with a helipad and a full sized cinema.
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[Main Image: Superyacht Azzam]
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