With the brokerage market still recovering from the subprime crisis, the yacht charter sector has remained more active throughout the recession and is now accelerating with some reporting a shortage of yachts in less popular cruising grounds such as Spain.
Using our proprietary Timeline index, we've gathered a list of some of the most expensive yachts for charter available this summer, some being rented out at over a million euros per week.
Length: 162.5m (533 ft)
Yard: Blohm+Voss (2010)
Weekly rate: from €3,000,000
Famously built for Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich as the flagship of his fleet, Eclipse was delivered in 2010 by German shipyard, Blohm+Voss (now part of Lurssen), as the largest yacht in the world, a title that she held until the deilvery of the 180-meter Azzam in 2013.
Although not on the open charter market, Eclipse is available for rent according to several sources at a rate of €3 million per week with the owner's team dealing with the management of the superyacht's operations themselves, without the involvement of any brokerage firm.
Refitted in 2015, Eclipse boasts a 56-meter private owner's deck, a 16-meter swiming pool that can transform into open deck and can carry up to three helicopters at a time.
Length: 91.5m (300 ft)
Yard: Neorion Shipyards (2010)
Weekly rate: from €1,825,000
Measuring 85 meters in length back when she was known as Delma, Queen Miri has been lengthened to 91.5 meters over the course of the 16-month long refit at Amico Shipyard replacing even the yacht's original engines. The refit saw a new jacuzzi being installed on the sundeck and 80% of all interior areas being refurbished.
Amongst Queen Miri's newest features is a floodable tender garage that can be closed off and turned into a heated seawater swimming area. Originally built in 2004 as Annaliesse by Greek shipyard, Neorion, the yacht was the 29th largest yacht in the world at launch. Andreas Liveras, the yacht's original owner, ran it as a charter yacht for groups of up to 36 guests. The yacht was then sold in 2007, reportedly to a Dubai-based owner, and renamed to Delma.
The yacht later came back on the market in August 2013 when Edmiston listed Delma for sale at a price of €53,000,000. Delma was eventually sold again and refitted to its newest look as Queen Miri, coming back on the charter market for the first time in 10 years.
Length: 92m (301 ft)
Yard: Feadship (2016)
Weekly rate: Price on application
Known as Project Touchdown throughout her build, Aquarius was delivered to her owner in the third quarter of 2016 as a replacement for his previous 67-meter Aquarius.
Boasting a swimming pool aft of the main deck, Aquarius also counts amongst her features a large Jacuzzi on the sun deck, a gym on the lower deck with a foldable balcony opening onto the sea and panoramic windows offering unparalleled views throughout the yacht.
Length: 83m (272 ft)
Yard: Amels (2016)
Weekly rate: from €1,300,000
Delivered as part of Amels' limited edition series last year, Here Comes The Sun became the shipyard's largest yacht to date and her owner's 4th yacht named after a Beattles' song.
Amongst her main features are a swimming pool aft of the main deck, an extensive beach club area located right under neath with a sitting area, sauna and gym. Other amenities also include a cinema room and a large Jacuzzi on the sundeck.
Length: 95.2m (312 ft)
Yard: Lurssen (2014)
Weekly rate: from €1,200,000
Delivered by Germany-based Lurssen in 2014 to American billionaire Shahid Khan as a replacement for his previous 68-meter Kismet, the 95.2-meter yacht boasts a jaguar on the bow of the yacht, symbolic of the owner's NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, which he bought in November 2011 for $760 million according to the New York Times.
Built with corporate entertainment and charter in mind, Kismet stretches over five decks suitable for parties of up to 270 guests. Amongst innovative features on Kismet are her video walls, extending up to two decks high, able to show regular television but programmed to display high-definition moving artwork.
Length: 90m (295 ft)
Yard: Lurssen (2010)
Weekly rate: from €1,000,000
Built for the late Polish billionaire, Jan Kulczyk as a replacement for his previous 61-meter Lurssen, Phoenix was delivered by the German shipyard in 2010. Designed by Andrew Winch, Phoenix boasts over 100 meters of steel handrails built specially to follow the shape of the hull.
The owner's stateroom located forward of the yacht is styled like a New York duplex from the 1930s with a private staircase linking the two areas together and leading to a private jacuzzi and owner's deck on the yacht's bow. Other features include a spa pool, jacuzzi and cinema on the sundeck.
Length: 83.5m (274 ft)
Yard: Feadship (2015)
Weekly rate: from €1,000,000
One of the first examples of a hybrid superyacht, Savannah is powered by extremely quiet electric-diesel engines. Another one of the innovations onboard is the underwater observation room letting charter guests see both over and under the sea.
More traditional amenities also include a large swimming pool aft of the main deck, an extensive master suite forward of the upper deck with panoramic windows and a private deck as well as a gym with a sea view, a spa and a hammam.
Length: 85.1m (279 ft)
Yard: Lurssen (2013)
Weekly rate: from €1,000,000
The 85m superyacht was built by Lurssen in 2013 under the code name, Project Niki, based on a modern 80m hull and engineering platform similar to Phoenix2, Ace and Quattroelle. Sold earlier this year asking €155,000,000 through Moran Yacht & Ship and SSH Maritime, Solandge also became the most expensive brokerage yacht, publicly on the market, sold so far in 2017.
Designed by Espen Oeino and Rodriguez Interiors, Solandge boasts a myriad of amenities and features amongst which stands out a glass tree stretching from the lower deck to the sun deck through its extensive staircase.
Length: 85.6m (281 ft)
Yard: Derecktor (2010)
Weekly rate: from €945,000
Formerly known as Cakewalk, the 85-meter was sold to her current owner at an asking price of €119 million at the end of 2014 and then refitted for 12 months at Pendennis in the United Kingdom following a name change to Aquila.
The largest yacht built in the United States since the 1930s, she has now become the largest yacht to be refitted in the UK with improvements focusing on the interior. The owner's stateroom was entirely remodeled and a 60sqm private deck was added.
Length: 81.8m (268 ft)
Yard: Abeking & Rasmussen (2013)
Weekly rate: from €875,000
Quietly delivered in 2015 by German shipyard, Abeking & Rasmussen, Romea attended the Monaco Yacht Show later that same year, coming on the charter market shortly before with Imperial Yachts, a brokerage house focused on the Russian market.
Drawn by Terence Disdale, Romea's interior offers a mix of white & beige furnishing with darker finishes across the yacht. Other amenities include two custom-built, limousine tenders, a Jacuzzi on the sun deck, a spa area and a cinema room.
Length: 74m (242 ft)
Yard: CRN (2017)
Weekly rate: from €875,000
Delivered by the Italian shipyard, part of Ferretti Group, Cloud 9 became a replacement for her owner's previous 61-meter CMN of the same name.
With an exterior by Zuccon and an interior by Winch Design, Cloud 9 is able to accommodate up to 16 guests (12 when chartering) in a master suite, a VIP suite and 6 guest cabins catered to by a crew of 22.
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