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Revealed: The best yachts in the world

by LLB Reporter
13th Dec 18 8:20 am

The 101 largest yachts in the world are announced, with eight spectacular new entries to this year’s Top 101 list by Boat International magazine, the global superyacht and luxury lifestyle authority. The definitive guide to the largest and most breathtaking superyachts in the world, this year’s Top 101 includes some of the most innovative yachts yet, with all entries showcasing unique luxury features, from the largest yachts ever built in Australia and China, to a boat with a helicopter hanger, right through to a shark inspired superyacht.

Ninety-metre DAR has luxury accommodation for 14 guests, including a private owner’s deck with a curved, rotating 6.5m sofa and a secluded terrace with a spa pool overlooking the bow. Before she was christened, her project name was Shark, which reflected the fin shape of her mast in profile and, in plain view, her wing stations replicating a hammerhead shark’s eyes. The key communal area is the main deck saloon, which boasts stunning views out to sea through 2.3 metre-high windows, while the bridge deck swimming pool is flanked by sunpads and fed by a cascading waterfall. Other star features on this Dutch-built yacht include a helipad, dive centre, hammam, sauna and submarine storage as part of a sprawling beach club. DAR is also equipped with two lifts — one for guests, surrounded by a spiral staircase, and a second that allows for discreet service by the 31-person crew.

At 110m, Anna is the largest yacht ever built by legendary Dutch superyacht builder Feadship and is the second-biggest yacht ever built in the Netherlands. This boat was built in collaboration with UK-based studio Michael Leach Design, which developed her distinctive profile with an eye-shaped curve amidships, between her main and upper decks, and a particularly striking 14m-high navigation mast.

As well as being the largest superyacht ever built in Australia, 84m White Rabbit is the world’s biggest aluminium superyacht and the world’s largest trimaran superyacht. In terms of gross tonnage (internal volume) she is 2.5 times the size of the next biggest Australian-built yacht. Styled inside and out by award-winning Sorgiovanni Designs, with naval architecture by One 2 Three Naval Architects, the swim platforms at each hull’s stern can link via a hydraulic bridge to create one long terrace on the water for watersports. White Rabbit is powered by a complex and energy efficient diesel-electric propulsion system for a top speed of 19 knots. She. will be accompanied on adventures by her owner’s other yacht, 51m catamaran Charley, which was also built at Aussie yard Echo Yachts.

Other new entries to the Top 101 list include the mammoth 135.5m Crescent, delivered by German builder Lürssen, which features an innovative temporary helicopter hangar that folds out from the navigation mast, as well as a three-deck high window amidships.

Illusion Plus, at 88.5m, is the largest yacht ever built in China. She has eight cabins for 12 guests and has an unusual layout with a two-storey saloon. She has a touch-and-go helipad and two large spa pools, one with a waterfall feature aft on the main deck and one forward on the top deck.

Greek-built 86m O’Ptasia has guest accommodation for 24, including two large forward-facing VIP suites – one of 85m2 on the main deck and one of 95m2 on the deck above. There is an 85m2 beach club, which includes a steam room, massage room and beauty parlour and bar. On the top deck, a gymnasium opens out on to a 5m swimming pool, while the touch-and-go helipad is on the foredeck.

Stewart Campbell, Editor of Boat International, said: “It’s been another exceptional year for the superyacht sector with stunning new entries to this year’s Top 101 list, all of which embody the very best of design and construction. My personal highlight is the 84 metre trimaran White Rabbit – not only the largest trimaran yacht in the world, but also the largest superyacht ever built in Australia. It’s a design that truly pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in this industry. We’re tracking some exceptional projects expected to be delivered in 2019, so next year’s list should break new ground again.”

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