The PMY 100: 2013
The Ripple Effect
With NINE spectacular additions to the list of the world’s 100 largest yachts—including Azzam, in the top spot—the design, construction, engineering, and culture surrounding these stunning creations have a huge influence on future megayachts and the world of boating in general. In these highlights, the Power & Motoryacht Staff explores where, how, and why the envelope is being pushed.
At 590 feet 6 inches—or about 197 yards—Azzam is a greater distance from end to end than all but one man has ever carried the ball in a Super Bowl. (Tommy Smith, Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XXII, 204 yards.) — Kevin Koenig
In case you think Azzam’s top speed of 30-plus knots is vaguely exaggerated, let me tell you a little story. Right after the start of the Second Gulf War, I got myself embedded as a journalist with a U.S. Coast Guard team that was boarding dhows and other vessels coming down Iraq’s Shat al-Arab River. The objective was to catch a fleeing Saddam Hussein. At any rate, during a lull in our day-to-day adventures, I chanced to visit a 450-foot-long, 5,000-ton British frigate loaded with artillery, missiles, and Lynx attack helicopters. “Power & Motoryacht, eh?” observed the ever-so-British captain, “Yes, yes. I have a rather large motoryacht here myself. Shall we see what she’ll do?” After ringing up his chief engineer with a certain flair, the rather exhibitionistic fellow brought his ship to a full stop and then flat-out poured the coal to ’er. In a mere two minutes we were charging across the Persian Gulf at a blistering 26 knots—fast enough to blow your hat off. “She may perhaps go faster,” the captain said, slowing down, “but I suppose we’ve wasted enough of the Queen’s money for one day.” — Capt. Bill Pike
7. El Horriya
El Horriya was built in 1865 as a paddle-wheeler, the same year Wild Bill Hickok killed a man in the first recorded quick-draw gunfight. There were also only 36 U.S. states, and it would be another eight years before the invention of blue jeans. El Horriya has been refit a few times over the years, the last time in 1987. — Kevin Koenig
Pierrejean Design Studio styled Yas inside and out. Another project to spring from the studio’s drafting software is LOU+LOU, the 525-foot “gigayacht” shown here, which offers some edgy technology. Here’s what Jacques Pierrejean (inset) has to say about the design. — Jason Y. Wood
“This outside/inside concept is definitely turned to the sea and to the ship environment, with open modulable spaces evolving according each moment of life aboard. This offers a complete revolution compared to the ‘nice and cozy’ classical interiors.”
“The style that we are promoting is pure with fluid shapes, discreet integration of the latest technologies giving the yacht a dynamic and futuristic aspect.”
“Longer and larger, LOU+LOU should fit the ambitious aspirations of the owner with even more innovative modulable spaces open to the sea. The integration and the use of new energies shows our deep concern and respect toward nature and environment. Equipped with hybrid propulsion with an electrical motorization pools, the yacht reaches 8-knot speeds in total silence. Solar panels with photovoltaic modules for electrical systems are also proposed.”
Nothing like a nice, deep dive in a personal submarine to boost your spirits—that’s a truism I came to appreciate during a hermetically sealed, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea experience I had in a big, yellow, three-man Triton sub a couple of years ago in the Bahamas. And reportedly, Serene boasts at least one personal sub like the Triton. But for folks who are not totally down with climbing into a cramped little cabin and breathing air earnestly, the yacht also reportedly offers a “Nemo Room,” an underwater viewing space decorated (and named) in deference to Mr. Verne. Sort of a virtual deep-dive experience that prepares one for the real thing, I guess. — Capt. Bill Pike
Octopus has seven tenders onboard, the largest of which is 63 feet long—a length at which many boaters decide to hire a full-time captain. The 63-footer has its own tender. Does that make eight? — Kevin Koenig
This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.