The definitive list of the Top 101 largest yachts in the world has been revealed by BOAT International magazine – the global superyacht and luxury lifestyle authority. Ten brand new entries to this year’s list showcase some of the most lavish living environments on the planet, from Versailles-inspired interiors to cryosaunas and IMAX cinemas.
Built by German yard Lürssen and measuring 136 metres, Flying Fox is the biggest yacht delivered this year. As well as two helipads and a 12-metre swimming pool, she features a spectacular outdoor dining area and kitchen: guests can watch the chef work al fresco, using equipment ranging from a wok station to a rotisserie capable of cooking a whole lamb, goat or suckling pig. Children young and old will enjoy the cinema with D-Box seating, which moves and vibrates to mimic the action on screen. But the standout feature of Flying Fox is a 400 square-metre spa, with every conceivable amenity – including the first cryosauna ever installed on a yacht. Up to three minutes inside at -110˚C is reputed to aid muscle mending and pain relief. Designed by Norwegian-born Espen Øino and British designer Mark Berryman, Flying Fox is the largest charter yacht in the world, available from €3.5 million a week.
The richly decorated 111-metre Tis, meanwhile, features Versailles-like interior design from UK studio Winch Design. Twin Gone With The Wind-inspired staircases sweep down from the upper to lower saloon, with polished mahogany handrails and 23.8kt gold flourishes. Also built by Lürssen, she’s designed to travel the world and can roam for 7,000-nautical-miles at 12 knots – and you can nip in easily via the two helipads.
Italian yard Benetti delivered three massive superyachts this year: 108-metre IJE was designed for an outdoor lifestyle by British studio RWD, which packed on more than 1,000 square metres of exterior deck space, from an observation deck tucked under the mast to the huge pool on the main deck and a private owner’s deck for al fresco dining. The 107.6-metreZoza has 800 square metres of glazing and involved input from four different design studios: Azure, Reymond Langton Design, Zaniz Interiors and Giorgio Cassetta. The 107-metre Lana, by contrast, was penned inside and out by the shipyard. She features a beach club with side balconies that connects to a hammam and gym, and eight guest cabins.
Other yachts to enter the Top 101 include 95-metre Madsummer, designed by UK studio Harrison Eidsgaard and Italian interiors specialist Laura Sessa for Lürssen. She is topped with a sundeck that offers a bar, a gym, a spa pool and a place to store a seaplane.
Dutch-built 93-metre Lady S accommodates the first ever IMAX cinema installed on a yacht as well as a four-deck atrium. UK based studios Michael Leach Design and Reymond Langton Design designed her for Feadship. The 91.4-metre Voyager is not a new boat – but a 63-metre commercial vessel that has now been comprehensively converted to a superyacht with design by Rafael Ochoa, Boris Kirilloff and Genesis Interiors. Dutch yard Oceanco’s 90-metreDreamboat unites design legends Terence Disdale and Espen Øino for a yacht that includes a 250-square-metre sundeck and calming, natural décor. The 85.65-metre C2 is a re-entry to the list, having been extended by 7.2 metres during a refit by her original builder, Abeking & Rasmussen.
The new entries join behemoths such as three-masted,106.7-metre sailing yacht Black Pearl and the biggest yacht in the world since 2013, the 180.61-metre motor yacht Azzam.
Stewart Campbell, Editor of BOAT International, said: “From the first ever IMAX installed on a superyacht to cryosaunas, the new entries to the list of the largest yachts in the world display some truly incredible feats of innovation and engineering. Designers and shipyards are being challenged like never before by superyacht owners demanding the last word in comfort and customisation. With some incredible projects set for delivery in 2020, this trend shows no signs of slowing down.” Tis, Lürssen.
The full list appears in the January issue of BOAT International, on sale now.
Image Credit: Flying Fox by Guillaume Plisson for Imperial, built by Lürssen