A solid year in terms of global financial performance, 2017 has also been a strong year for superyacht sales with 369 yachts sold so far this year, already up nearly 5% from the previous year. Through its timeline platform, Yacht Harbour looks back at the largest yachts sold so far this year.
Length: 59.3m (194 ft)
Length: 59.3m (194 ft)
Builder: Benetti (2009)
Asking price: €35 million
Originally known as Lady Lara, the 59-meter Benetti was delivered in the first quarter of 2009 by the Italian shipyard. Listed for sale in 2015 as her owner took delivery of the 91-meter Lurssen, Lady Lara, the yacht was ultimately renamed to Lady Luck and sold in January of this year. Her new owner changed her name to Andiamo.
Following the transaction followed a complete redesign of the yacht that was previously all white, from its interior through to its exterior. Her hull now bears a dark blue colour together with her chase tender. Up on the sundeck is a large Jacuzzi and gym. Her master suite, one of the most spacious on a yacht of her size, is located forward of the main deck.
Length: 59.3m (194 ft)
Builder: Benetti (2008)
Asking price: $29,5 million
Delivered in 2008 as part of Benetti's highly popular 59-meter line of superyachts, Dynasty, as other yachts in the line, features lots of interior volume. First put up for sale in 2013 at a price of €36 million, the yacht was refitted in 2015 with a full repaint of the yacht and her hull.
Sold in July 2017 at an asking price of $29,5 million, I Dynasty features a bespoke interior with intricate fabrics and lines throughout the yacht. Combining a mixture of dark wood and white furniture, the yacht can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins.
#9 Lucky Lady
Length: 62.6m (205 ft)
Builder: Oceanco (2002)
Asking price: $39,7 million
Originally delivered in 2002 by Oceanco, the Dutch superyacht shipyard, as Lady Lola, the yacht was refitted in 2005 with the addition of a convertible helipad. In 2011, the yacht then changed ownership at an asking price of €36,8 million, which saw its interior being redesigned and its master cabin remodelled.
In 2015, the yacht came back on the market asking just under €50 million. A series of price reductions then brought her down to $39,750,000 at which asking price she sold in January of this year. Following the acquisition, the yacht was renamed to Lucky Lady and put on the charter market under her new name.
Amenities onboard include a hot tub on the sundeck with a waterfall feature, large windows in her full-beam sky lounge, a master cabin with a 180 degree view, forward on the bow.
Length: 63.84m (209 ft)
Builder: Royal Denship (2006)
Asking price: $48,5 million
Launched in 2006 as Royal Denship's hull 327, the 64-meter yacht was christened Turmoil. She was then listed for sale in 2012 at an asking price of $50 million. Earlier this year, the yacht was sold at an asking price of $48,500,000.
Built for the owner of the 46-meter Palmer Johnson of the same name, his first expedition yacht, Turmoil featured a scientific climatology lab as well as research facilities intended to examine the effects of global warming on the world's oceans.
Powered by twin CAT engines of 2,260hp each, Turmoil has a range of 6,500nm at 12 knots. With a cherry wood interior, it can welcome as many as 16 guests in 8 cabins. A master cabin is located on its own private deck. Following the transaction, the yacht was renamed Albula.
Length: 65.99m (216 ft)
Builder: Oceanco (2005)
Asking price: $39,9 million
Delivered in 2005 as Dilbar by Oceanco in the Netherlands, the 66-meter yacht became the first superyacht owned by Russian billionaire, Alisher Usmanov. Renamed to Ona in 2008 following the delivery of Usmanov's new 110-meter Lurssen, the yacht was put on the market and sold in 2010 at an asking price of €59,9 million to William Kallop.
In 2014, Kallop borrowed $32 million from Goldman Sachs against Bad Girl and Natita according to court fillings. The bank then claims the owner then stopped servicing the loan in November 2016 with nearly $28 million still left. Three crew members, captain included, recently obtained $90,000 in back pay from the owner from a Florida court.
Goldman eventually filled a suit with the Miami federal court to have the boat seized, which the US Marshals did at a West Palm Beach marina. The bank's first act as acting owners was to purchase $67,000 of fuel for the yacht to keep the generator running, fillings show. Eventually, the bank was able to sell the yacht for $39,9 million.
Length: 67.5m (221 ft)
Builder: Icon (2010)
Asking price: €48,5 million
The first hull built by Dutch shipyard, Icon Yachts, on its 62.5-meter platform, Icon was sold in October of this year after spending over a year on the market in her fully refitted form. Originally listed for €62,5 million, the yacht underwent several price reductions until it was eventually sold.
Designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon, Icon's most attractive features include a large glass-bottomed spa pool, an extensive beach club, a hamam and a sauna. Extended by 5 meters during her refit in 2014, the yacht now has a length of 67.5m.
Icon is capable of accommodating 12 guests in 6 cabins and carries a crew of 17. From a technical standpoint, the yacht is powered by twin MTU engines of 2,480hp each giving her a maximum speed of 16 knots. The yacht is also now for charter.
#5 Flying Fox
Length: 74m (242 ft)
Builder: Nobiskrug (2010)
Asking price: Undisclosed
Designed by Reymond Langton Design studio with contemporary interior conceptualised and furnished by the renowned designer Mark Berryman, the 73,5-meter built in Germany by Nobiskrug was formerly known as Flying Fox.
Among her features are a luxury beach club, gym on Sun deck, fully equipped private indoor cinema and its outdoor sister. The vessel offers accommodation for 12 guests (cruising and sleeping) in six cabins.
Listed for sale in the summer of 2017, she was sold shortly after in November. Her asking price remained undisclosed. Her support vessel was the 67-meter Sea Axe, 6711, which is currently looking for a new owner.
Length: 74.5m (244 ft)
Builder: Blom+Voss (1991)
Asking price: €47,5 million
Extremely controversial when first launched in 1991, Eco was designed by Martin Francis at the request of the late Mexican media entrepreneur, Emilio Azcarraga, primarily known for owning the largest Spanish-language television network in the US and Mexico.
Searching for an art deco look for Eco's interior, Azcarraga recruited Francois Zuretti, the designer then known for his work in the Mamounia hotel in Marrakesh, to design the interior of the yacht, as his first ever marine project. Zuretti was not the only yacht designer to get his start on Eco as both Espen Oeino and Dan Lenard worked on the Eco project at some point during its development.
Five years later Ellison took delivery of the 138-meter Rising Sun (later sold to Dreamworks founder, David Geffen), which led to him selling Katana to British media entrepreneur, Aidan Barclay, owner of the Telegraph newspaper, who renamed the yacht to Enigma.
In 1999, two years after the death of Azcarraga, Eco was sold to American billionaire and founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison who renamed the yacht to Katana. Ellison also refitted the yacht, adding a basketball court aft of the main deck. The yacht later served as a mothership to his America's Cup campaign in New Zealand.
The yacht was then refitted in 2009 and then again in 2014 by the Barclay brothers. In August 2016, Barclay listed Enigma for sale at an asking price of €47,500,000 and her sale has now been confirmed without any price reductions announced. Following the sale, the yacht was renamed to Zeus.
Length: 75m (246 ft)
Builder: Lurssen (2009)
Asking price: €83 million
Built in 2009 by Lurssen, the 75m Northern Star was the third largest yacht sold this year. The superyacht's interior has been designed by Pauline Nunns and exterior styled by Espen Oeino.
Featuring a 'country house' style interior Northern Star can accommodate 12 guests in six staterooms. She also has room for up to 22 crew so that your every need can be taken care of while on board. The yacht's astonishing amenities include a gym, helipad, tender garage, swimming platform and jacuzzi.
First listed for sale in December 2012 by her owner at an asking price of €129 million, she went through a series of price reductions over her near five years on the market before ultimately selling in June 2017 asking €83 million.
Length: 88.5m (290 ft)
Builder: Lurssen (2013)
Asking price: €155 million
Delivered in 2013 by Germany-based Lurssen, Solandge was built under the codename Project Niki and based on a similar engineering platform to renowned superyachts such as the 88m Quatroelle or 87m Ace.
First listed for sale in August 2015 at an asking price of €179 million, the yacht later went through two price reduction and a central agency change. At the moment of sale the asking price for Solandge was €155,000,000.
The superyacht can sleep up to 12 guests in 7 staterooms, including a panoramic master deck featuring 180 degree windows, private dressing room, his and hers bathrooms and a private deck with spa pool. Performance wise the yacht reaches a top speed 18 knots and comfortably cruises at 14 knots.
Length: 107m (351 ft)
Builder: Kleven (2016)
Asking price: $195 million
Built in 2016, the 107-meter Ulysses has become the clearest yet definition of an explorer yacht, incorporating swimming pools, spas with a helipad and a myriad of tenders, the largest of which is 22-meters long. Sold just a few weeks before the end of the season by her original owner, Graeme Hart, she became the largest brokerage yacht sold so far in 2017 with an asking price of $195 million.
Ulysses' story starts back in 2013 when Graeme Hart, whose net worth is valued at $10.2 billion by Forbes, commissioned the 107-meter yacht (351 ft) from Kleven, a shipyard in Norway that builds commercial ships. According to designers, Hart's choice was driven by quicker delivery times, a better price point than traditional yacht builders and high enough quality standards.
The most unique feature amongst the whole boat may however be the 21-meter tender that Ulysses carries on its bow. The two-deck boat, which most would call a yacht in her own right, requires two custom built cranes to lift in an operation that takes just over an hour to execute.
Construction is still happening on the first hull in Sunseeker's 90 Ocean 27.5 metre model, which exited the shed in preparation for launch and completion. The model is underway at a new production facility at the main Sunseeker shipyard in Poole. The model is on schedule to be presented at the 2021 Dusseldorf Boat Show in January. Embodying the “feel of a true superyacht,” the 90 Ocean combines "striking lines" with an open plan interior.A standout feature of the 90 Ocean is the 6m x 4m beach club, which will have an in-built barbecue, adjustable, integrated X-TEND sunbeds and rain shower. Automated electrically, these beds can be raised upwards to face the cockpit or lowered to face aft from the beach club. The deck area is large enough to store a Jet Ski, Williams 460 SportJet and two SeaBobs in self draining lockers. The deck area is large enough to store a Jet Ski, Williams 460 SportJet and two SeaBobs in self draining lockers.An optional infinity spa pool and second barbecue sit on the flybridge above, accompanied by a wet bar, seating and dining area.The cockpit features free standing furniture, wet bar, fridge and sink while the foredeck has three separate seating areas, as well as the option to have a laser projector and 140 inch cinema screen.Various accommodation options are available with the layout including either four or five guest cabins, including a full beam master and forward VIP. The crew quarters meanwhile will accommodate a maximum staff of five and include a kitchenette, crew mess and ensuite.The interior décor will “combine traditional elegancy with contemporary updates”, the yard said, with floor to ceiling windows illuminating the living accommodation with natural light.
November 26, 2020
The first 30.48 metre Maiora 30 Convertible has hit water. The new model presented by Italian builder Maiora is named ‘convertible’ for its upper deck, which is divided into an enclosed skylounge and open-air area.The skylounge has a 50 square metre saloon that can be used as a “terrace by the sea” or cinema room, the builder said.The main deck saloon has lots of natural light thanks to floor to ceiling windows and leads back to the aft cockpit, where up to eight guests can dine.The area is open to customisation, with the first hull containing a “hot sauna on the sea” as requested by the owner.Guest accommodation is for a total of 12 guests across a main deck master and two VIPs and two twins, both equipped with a Pullman bed, on the lower deck. The crew quarters meanwhile comprise three cabins, dinette and laundry area.The yacht’s interiors have been developed under Fossati Design Bureau in collaboration with the yard and the yacht’s European owner.Maiora has a sky lounge with lateral, openable windows and a stern pocket door, which can switch from a closed and private space to an open-aired area with direct connection to the outside spaces on board.Gulu II has a 6-metre tender and the nearby engine room houses twin MTU 16V2000M96L engines of 2,600hp each that are able to reach a maximum and stable speed of over 28 knots with the added comfort of her stabiliser fins. Gulu II is the latest model to be presented by Gruppo Fipa and joins another three new models from the yard this year, including the AB 80 and Maiora 30 Walk-around.
November 26, 2020
Italian yard Cantiere delle Marche sold its second Flexplorer model, the 40 metre Maverick. It was sold to an “experienced” German owner. The Flexplorer is the second yacht sold after the delivery of the Flexplorer 130 Aurelia.This yacht can be described as a "true explorer vessel" as it features a robust displacement hull and exterior design penned by Hydro Tec. Interestingly, its interior was designed in collaboration with Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini.Yacht's key features contain a spacious cockpit and an asymmetrical layout in the main saloon. The asymmetry is continued via a full 8.64-metre beam configuration to starboard, which adds space to the saloon while leaving a passageway to her port side. In addition, the yacht will also have a heavy-duty A-frame for launching and retrieving the tenders and an infinity swimming pool. A Super Air Nautique G25 tender and an A27 sailing boat will be stored in the cockpit.Maverick’s hull is reported to be equipped with an “ice-belt” to ensure safe navigation at the highest latitudes. The owner of the yacht plans to travel to the Northern latitudes to cross the Northwest Passage.She will also feature collapsible bulwarks that extend to the farthest end of the cockpit. All deck fittings have been positioned at a lower level on the swim platform so that once the bulwarks are folded down the whole aft deck becomes a beach area that covers more than 135 square metres.Accommodation will be for a total of 13 guests spread across two master staterooms on the main deck and upper deck, the latter of which will feature an adjoining single cabin. The remaining four staterooms will sit on the lower deck. The crew quarters meanwhile will accommodate a staff of six.Speaking about the sale, CdM sales director Vasco Buonpensiere said: “Thanks to the excellent relationship with the owner and his feedback, in spite of the present circumstances, details such as layout, general styling, power, size, special features and delivery date have already been defined.” “We are proud to be able to sign this contract despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic.Maverick will include two MTU 10V2000M72 engines at 900kW each and will have 60,000 litre fuel tanks to provide her with a top speed of 14 knots and a range of 5,000nm at 10 knots.
November 26, 2020
Prodigium latest mega yacht concept was unveiled by Lazzarini Design Studio's team. It is spread across six different decks and can carry a total of eight tenders stored across two garages and three helicopters, each accommodated in its own hangar. It is shaped like a giant shark and spans a whopping 501 feet (153 meters) long. If it comes to realisation it would be one of the largest vessels to sail the seas. Prodigium is inspired by Roman architecture and is equipped with Roman statues and two columns that support its upper deck. This concept has three oversized pools, with waterfalls cascading from each pool into the one on the deck below, a helipad for three helicopters, and can carry eight tenders stored in two garages. Prodigium features an upper deck constructed from carbon and aluminium designed specifically to resemble the form of a shark. On the deck below, two Roman columns are positioned at the sides of the main entrance to support the upper structure.A 34 metre beam provides huge indoor living areas, including a main living area on the upper deck. The yacht can accommodate up to 44 guests, 18 staff and 12 crew.The lower deck aft area of the Shark concept was specifically designed to be transformed into a private port where yachts of up to 30 metres can moor up.The concept also features large solar panels that cover the upper deck. The yacht has a hybrid propulsion system resulting in a cruising speed of 22 knots.Credits: Lazzarini Design/YouTube
November 25, 2020
For the first time Dutch yard Heesen has a collaboration with Luca Dini Design & Architecture on the third hull of its 55 metre Steel class series Project Gemini. The yacht will feature “muscular exterior lines” by Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects. Project Gemini is under the construction at the moment and due to have its hull and superstructure joined in March 2021. Project Gemini will have a “sophisticated interior décor” by Dini with a “geometric linear design” running throughout.Its key materials will consist of Tay wood and natural stone paired with marine leather wall panels and fabric-lined ceilings. The result will be a “zen” atmosphere of “elegant calm”, the yard said.The 760GT interior spreads over 400 square metres of luxury areas for owners and guests. The yacht will accommodate a total of 12 guests in six staterooms, including an 83 square metre full beam owner’s apartment forward of the main deck. The 760GT's key features include floor to ceiling windows for natural light and incredible ocean views.Other guest accommodation consists of two twins and two doubles on the lower deck and a VIP cabin on the bridge deck.Additionally, Project Gemini features a main saloon with two large bronze-mirrored ceiling panels and large vertical windows. You can also find a lounge adjacent to the formal dining area for 12.Project Gemini will also have an option for toys and tenders to be stored on the foredeck, opening up the lower deck aft to be dedicated to a beach club and wellness area.Gemini will be equipped with plentiful outdoor areas with a 110 square metre sun deck complete with a Jacuzzi, sunpads and central bar.The yacht will be powered by twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 IMO-Tier III diesel engines for a top speed of 15.5 knots and transatlantic range of 4,500 miles at 13 knots.Heesen chief commercial officer Mark Cavendish said: “YN 19755 Project Gemini is a wonderful addition to our commercial offer and complements our range of fast-delivery yachts, ideal for those clients who are cash rich and time poor.”Gemini follows the launches of 55 metre Steel class superyachts Solemates and Pollux.Heesen Yachts delivered its 55 metre steel class superyacht Project Castor as well as YN 19255 Project Pollux.Solemates sported a number of alterations to the first three 55 metre Steel Class yachts: a full beam sky lounge, a larger master stateroom of 73 square metres and larger lower deck suites.YN 19255 Project Pollux was launched at the facility in Oss in August 2020 and featured a new layout to emphasize her vast interior volume of approximately 760GT.
November 25, 2020