The World's Largest Yachts—2012
91. Mogambo • 241'3"
A new addition to the world’s megayacht fleet, Mogambo was a highly anticipated launch. She’s available for charter, too, with a sauna, steam room, and massage services sure to be put to good use. Other highlights include a main-deck master suite complete with a balcony and a VIP stateroom on the bridge deck. Full-height windows along the main deck make the interior extra bright. Her weekly base rate starts at 550,000 euros (about $704,450).
92. Sapphire • 241'3"
True to her name, Sapphire features sprinkles of a blue hue throughout her subdued interior. She accommodates 12 in the owner’s party. She was sold shortly before completion; the final figure wasn’t revealed, though her asking price was $110 million. There’s a private cinema onboard, and a circular section of the aft deck can serve as a sunning area or a touch-and-go helipad.
93. Graffiti • 241'3"
Graffiti underwent sea trials in December, and though she wasn’t yet delivered at presstime, she was expected to be handed over shortly. She’s a sistership of Mogambo (no. 91) and has several similarities, such as styling and interior design by Reymond Langton Design, full-height windows, and a fold-down terrace in the master suite. She was known simply as hull no. 783 while under construction.
94. Siren • 241'1"
Siren’s owner, David Reuben, has a multicultural background. Born in Iraq, he grew up in India and resides in London, having become a successful aluminum and property baron. He has entertained high-profile Hollywood types onboard this yacht, when Siren hasn’t been chartering. Guests get use of a pool on her uppermost deck, and if there’s the need for a personal assistant or nanny to stay aboard, the owner’s office, adjacent to the master suite, converts to a cabin. She’s available for €550,000 (about $704,000) per week during summer high season. She’s also for sale for €63.45 million (about $81.23 million).
95. Dragonfly • 240'5"
If you’re going to commission a custom tender for your mega-yacht, you might as well tap the same naval architect. Dragonfly has two such tenders, measuring 24 feet, both of which were also built by Hanseatic Marine. Dragonfly, built as Silver Zwei as part of the Silver Series (see no. 77), is capable of a reported 25 knots. She’s chartering in Indonesia and the South Pacific for the summer, at a weekly rate starting at €469,000 (about $601,120).
96. Rabdan • 240'5"
Here’s the first of the Silver Series superyachts (see no. 77 and 95). In 2009 she became the first megayacht to enter Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi in anticipation of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The marina is ringed by a racetrack, for the ultimate up-close-and-personal experience. Rabdan belongs to the royal family of Abu Dhabi.
97. Laurel • 240'0"
If there’s a country in the world that Laurel hasn’t visited, it’s only because it’s landlocked. Her owner, American Charles Berwind, commissioned her specifically to explore the globe, so he wanted her to be big enough to do so comfortably with family, friends, and of course a good number of crew. Simultaneously, he wanted a yacht that wasn’t so huge that she couldn’t pull into intimate anchorages and explore lagoons and rivers. Among the favorite places visited, according to Laurel’s captain: Papua New Guinea, where a trip along the Sepik River and time spent with native villagers made them feel as if they stepped back centuries in time. After Berwind passed away, the family (whose ancestors built the famed Elms mansion in Newport, Rhode Island) placed Laurel on the on the market.
98. Predator • 238'10"
Weird or wild? It’s certainly unusual to see something like Predator from a Feadship yard, given her ultra-sharp bow (termed an axe bow) and ultra-aggressive styling. But then again, that’s what a custom yard can do. And the decidedly different stance suits her name perfectly. Predator is capable of a top speed exceeding 25 knots—and that’s without the use of a gas turbine, as per her owner’s wishes. (Check out her four-engine propulsion package outlined below.) The interior design strikes a nice contrast against the boldness of the styling. It’s restrained without being monochromatic or dull.
99. Queen K • 238'2"
Oleg Deripaska, the founder of Basic Element, a Russian firm with interests in mining, energy, automotive, and other sectors, was probably none too pleased to see his name as well as that of his yacht in the British papers earlier this year, involved in a scandal. It stems from an invitation he extended to Lord Andrew Feldman, the co-chairman of the country’s Conservative Party, and another political figure to come aboard the yacht in 2008 off the coast of Corfu. Allegations followed that Feldman solicited a donation from Deripaska for the Conservative Party. In court in January of this year, Feldman denied this. “I did not know who Mr. Deripaska was,” he says. “I was going over because I had been invited, and it’s a human weakness, I’m afraid, because I was fascinated to see this boat. I had never seen a boat of that size close up.”
100. Coral Island • 238'0"
A Saudi with interests in tourism, ocean conservation, and horse racing has owned Coral Island since launch. She’s often seen in Antibes.