With her length of 162 metres, Dubai is the largest yacht in the world. She was originally commissioned by a Prince from Brunei and she was to be built at Blohm & Voss in co-operation with LÃ¼rssen.
When a large part of the hull and superstructure of Project Panhandle/Golden Star was completed, the construction stopped and the unfinished yacht was sold to the ruler of Dubai.
Following the sale, the project was renamed Platinum and transported from Germany to Dubai for completion at the newly formed shipyard, Platinum Yachts.
F1 racer Lewis Hamilton has been stirring rumors of buying a Sunseeker 90 Yacht which is being finished in Portland, Dorset.
They said he was painting the 90-foot yacht black and silver silver to match his McLaren racer. The Sun even has a picture of the sleek black ship.
But Hamilton, on the contrary, seems to be denying all reports of having bought the Super Yacht worth Â£5million ($7million).
Air Harrods, the high-end private aviation program run by the world famous London luxury depot, is partnering with Watkins Yacht Management to provide air and concierge support via helicopter and corporate jet to the superyacht set.
The two firms will provide a streamlined and ultra-stylish luxury travel experience for those embarking on a luxurious private ocean voyage.
Transfers to the yachts will now start at the owner, charterer or guests own front door. The seamless incorporation of limousines, flights and/or helicopter transfers to and from the vessels will be overseen by Harrods highly-trained staff.
The 17th edition of the biggest and most recognized international boat show in the Middle East, DIBS, will open its doors in Dubai from March 3 to March 7, 2009.
There will be 721 companies representing 50 countries and a special section focusing on the world of diving.
Gone are the days when the people of this country would venture out to sea only to fish or collect pearls. Instead of the traditional wooden Dhows gracing these waters, one can now admire shiny, expensive yachts and the very, very expensive Superyachts.
Van Geest Design has released details and images of their latest superyacht design concept, a 85m vessel that contains two principal aspects; crisp contemporary lines and an open air lifestyle.
The yacht will have four decks, with a plumb bow and a low superstructure used to give the yacht a balanced look.
To deliver the design aim of outside lifetsyle the vessel’s transom has been cut open to the water level, thus allowing passengers to relax in the immediate vicinity of the water.
Derecktor shipyards is nearing completion on the Cakewalk superyacht for a private client, which at 281 ft. will be the largest luxury yacht built in the U.S. since the 1930s, and at 2,950 tons possibly the biggest ever built in the States when measured by volume.
The result of a collaboration between Derecktor, Azure Naval Architects of Holland, exterior designer Tim Heywood and interior designer by Liz Dalton, Cakewalk features a total of six decks, with the owners’ and guests’ accommodations representing half of that space, and a helipad and swimming platform aft.
The London-based Stephane Schwarz Studio has revealed the 125-metre superyacht Project IKKO that showcases a counter-proposal to the current market trend by defining a new approach to exclusive yachting.
Her innovative architecture offers a new level of harmony with the landscape: 360Â° breath-taking sight lines of her upper deck lounge including side transparent floorings, topped by an optimum full view helicopter platform, a 180Â° panorama on the main deck and a sprawling forward outdoor entertainment space.
Spray on solar-power cells from the exterior faceted surfaces supply energy, amongst others, to Domotics, a cutting edge computing network managing interior-wide automation and communication for appliances and equipment, distributed and remote control of domestic tasks from inside out, enabling more intimacy thanks to a reduction of the crew number.
Over her four decks Project IKKO holds airy cabins overlooking private balconies and adaptable saloons with electro-luminescent sliding panels. With her patented BMT Nigel Gee designed Pentamaran hull she achieves new standards of hydrodynamics to reduce fuel consumption whilst providing more speed and excellent seakeeping comfort.
James Bond films are never complete without the high speed chases. James Bond: Quantum of Solace will have one of the one of the biggest ever boat chases in a Bond film.
Three high performance yachts from UK company Sunseeker are featured in the film, including the Superhawk 43 and the 121-ft (37 m) M4 behemoth (above), the largest semi-custom production motoryacht ever to be built in the UK.
Bond also rides in a classic vintage Sunseeker Sovereign 17 motorboat from 1970 at one point during the film. The James Bond: Quantum of Solace release will be the fourth consecutive appearance for Sunseeker luxury yachts.
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s new $400 million, 555-ft. Eclipse, designed to be the world’s biggest (and so named because Abramovich desires that it overshadow all other boats at sea) will have a military-grade missile defense system to keep the oligarch safe.
Abramovich owns three other megayachts already: the 377 ft. Pelorus, the 282 ft. Ecstasea and the 160 ft. Sussurro but the Eclipse will be 25 ft. longer than Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s 530-ft. Platinum, currently ranked as the biggest yacht in the world.
By international convention, a superyacht is any private vessel more than 30 metres (98ft) in length. A few years ago, there were only a handful but today, there are thousands of them and, amazingly, demand is on the up.
After a few years, the owner of a 30-metre yacht wants 40 or 50 metres of yacht and, right now, there are not enough quality shipyards in the world to cope with the demand.
Every year, buyers and sellers congregate in Monaco, and this year was busier than ever. At the Monaco Yacht Show this past weekend in Monte Carlo, there was an estimated $4.5 billion worth of yachts on display, and none of the 98 craft on exhibit were under 100 ft. !
French luxury products group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton said Monday it has signed an exclusive agreement with Dutch investment company Egeria to acquire Royal van Lent, the Dutch designer and builder of luxury custom mega-yachts sold under the Feadship brand.
The talks with owner Egeria, a Dutch investment firm, are based on an acquisition price worth approximately 11 times net profit. The estimated price equates to a transaction value of less than 500 million euros, a source familiar with the talks said.
This acquisition will enable LVMH to enlarge its scope of activities and to expand its presence in products and services at the top of the luxury market.
Royal van Lent’s yachts target an ultra-exclusive clientele and are built to the highest quality standards using specific know-how. Feadship’s attributes of creativity, craftsmanship, innovation, quality and exclusive positioning are shared by all the luxury businesses operated by LVMH.
Founded 160 years ago, Royal van Lent enjoys a leading market position. It designs and builds custom mega-yachts under the Feadship brand, one of the most exclusive and prestigious brands in the world for motor-yachts measuring over 50 meters.
The custom-built ultra-luxury mega-yacht sector offers strong global growth prospects. By targeting exclusively ultra-high net worth individuals, Royal van Lent offers an outstanding growth opportunity that is resistant to economic cycles. Since 2000, the worldwide order book for custom-built luxury yachts measuring over 50 meters has grown by more than 20% per annum.
Those luxury watch sell for an average 30 million euros ($44 million) each. (source)
This $400 million super-yacht was built for a Russian oligarch, Andrey Melnichenko, 37, who is worth $9.2 billion and was ranked 172 on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people.
There is a large master suite as well as six luxury cabins for up to 14 guests and enough room for 42 crew members.
Designed by Philippe Stark, the 400ft long superyacht is said to have its own discotheque featuring a glass roof which is situated directly under the swimming pool.
The XSR48 Speedboat from XSMG is hailed as the â€œworldâ€™s fastest superboatâ€. It is a supercar on water, a luxury powerboat with supercar looks.
With a total of no less than 1600hp from two bi-turbo diesel engines, the XSR48 has supercar acceleration with a stablization and propulsion system meant to handle this insane amount of power.
But style has not been sacrificed for speed. The XSR48 combines the DNA and high performance of a supercar with superyacht styling making it the “Bugatti Veyron” of the sea.
The XSR48 has been developed in collaboration with a number of world class design and construction partners including legendary hull designer Fabio Buzzi, award winning superyacht designers Redman Whiteley Dixon and High Modulus the worldâ€™s leading exponent in composite marine structures.
The interior is filled with smooth, modern lines, high-grade materials, and niceties like flat-panel TVs.
No price has been specified yet
IYC (International Yacht Collection, LLC.), recently announced the addition of two new superyachts to their charter and management fleet, the M/Y TUSCAN SUN and the M/Y CHEVY TOY (Ex JANIE).
The 147â€™ 7â€ (45m) six (6) stateroom M/Y TUSCAN SUN was built in 2006 by Izar/Navantia and can accommodate twelve (12) guests. She has a crew of nine (9). The beautiful interior also includes oversize windows on the main and bridge decks that provide stunning views. A selection of water toys are available as well as a gym.
The TUSCAN SUN is available at a rate of EU 160,000/wk. for the Summer of 2008 and $235,000/wk. for the Winter of 2008/09. Her charter schedule is West Med – Riviera/Corsica/Sardinia, West Med – Naples/Sicily for the Summer of 2008 and Caribbean – Windward, Caribbean â€“ Leeward for Winter 2008/09.
The 157â€™ (47.8m) M/Y CHEVY TOY has a spectacularly rich interior that mirrors a stately home of Europe. Built in 2004 by Trinity Yachts, this plush superyacht has a baby grand piano, large swim platform, and air-conditioned alfresco dining for 10 on the aft deck. There is also a Kaleidescape entertainment system throughout for easy selection from yachtâ€™s central movie and music libraries.
The CHEVY TOY is available at a rate of $157,000/wk. in the Bahamas for Summer 2008 and $165,000/wk. in Winter 2008/09 in Caribbean – Windward, Caribbean â€“ Leeward.
The newest SABDES design comes in the form of a 50 metre (164′) Superyacht that goes against the ‘bigger is more impressive’ yacht trend, instead focusing on producing an exciting, stylish, advanced luxury yacht, efficient in fuel and emissions, with an intent to be environmentally sensitive in both the vessel’s building and cruising life.
Built with disabled individuals in mind but offering far more than expected, the Stability 60 is a yacht combined with a catamaran and SWATH technology delivering a stable ride in all depth of waters and all weather conditions.
Employing multiple push-button options for raising and lowering the anchor as well as the entire yacht it is accessible and easily enjoyed.
There is a long list of exciting additions to the boat that couldn’t possibly all be mentioned here but its safe to say this boat is party ready, fishing friendly, easy to maintain and incredibly changeable to suit the conditions or your wishes for $700,000.