The Biggest Yachts in the World
There are some pretty huge yachts making the rounds these days. So we decided to do a little research into the biggest yachts in the world. Turns out length isn’t the only feature that makes a super yacht, well, super. They’re also likely to include helipads for Blackhawks, pools that turn into dance floors and propulsion systems that enables them to move far faster than their size should really allow.
Here are specs on the top 3 biggest yachts in the water right now.
- Dubai – 162m (531’6”)
This impressive super yacht began its life with Prince Jefri of Brunei. In 1998 the Dubai government took over the build and turned the exterior styling and interior design over from Andrew Winch to Platinum Yachts.
- Now she serves as Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s royal yacht.
- 24 guests can stay on-board. There’s an owner’s suite, 6 guest suites and 5 suites for VIPs. All of the rooms have open balconies.
- Other features include an atrium spanning 21.3 metres wide, a cinema, disco, swimming pool and a gymnasium.
- Oh, and there’s a landing pad for a Blackhawk helicopter and a garage for the submarine.
- Eclipse – 162.5m (533’2”)
Eclipse took 5 years to design, develop and build. She left the yard of Blohm + Voss (Hamburg) in 2010, and started her life as one of the largest super yachts in the world. Eclipse uses a diesel-electric propulsion system, and generators that power rotating Azipod drives. She also features:
- A 56-metre owner’s deck and facilities for a crew and personal staff of 92.
- An interior laden with custom features.
- The deck has a 16-metre swimming pool, which is the largest pool on any yacht to date.
- The base of the pool can rise up and become a dance floor.
- 3 helicopters can fit on the yacht, as there are 2 helipads and 1 hangar on board.
- Eclipse won Motor Yacht of the Year at the 2011 World Superyacht Awards.
- Exterior and interior styling is by Terence Disdale Design, a London-based stylist who worked on the layout, design and supervised construction.
- Azzam – 180m (590’7”)
And the title of biggest yacht in the world goes to Azzam. Interestingly, not a whole lot is known about this yacht. It was built by German shipyard Lürssen Yachts; a family-run business well known for being behind some of the largest yachts in the world. The company has been around since 1875 and is in its 4th generation of private ownership. Here’s what else we know:
- Rumour has it she was built for a member of the United Emirates royal family of Abu Dhabi.
- Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi was the technical engineer in charge of the build.
- Interior was styled by Christophe Leoni, and is said to be a relaxed take on French Empire design. The exterior was styled by Nauta Yacht Design.
- Despite her size, Azzam gets to extraordinary speeds, thanks to a cutting-edge water-jet propulsion mechanism featuring 2 directional jets and 2 fixed jets.
- This system allows her to reach speeds of 31.5+ knots. (And remember, she’s 180-metres long!)