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World's 100 Largest Yachts 2009

There’s no denying that, economically speaking, this has been a turbulent year all over the world. And yet flipping through the 2009 edition of "The Power & Motoryacht 100" you’d hardly know it. That’s because this year’s lineup of the world’s 100 largest yachts features more than ten humungous newcomers—some conversions, some new-builds, all of them proof that the ever-luxurious superyacht industry is alive and well.

And for the first time since 2005, we’ve got a new number one. She’s not Eclipse, Roman Abramovich’s new Blohm & Voss that’s reportedly between 533- and 557-feet LOA. Though she just hit the water, Eclipse won’t be outfitted—and thus qualify for our list—until 2010. No, this year’s number one has graced our pages before, as the world’s largest state yacht, but after some serious sleuthing we learned she’s actually privately owned. Turn the page to check out this, our 24th-annual “Power & Motoryacht 100” and ogle the new queen.

Chances are that next year, the unfinished Eclipse will reign supreme.

KEY: L= length; Y=year launched (where two dates are given, the second is a refit date); B=builder; N=naval architect; H=hull material; E=engines; (#)=2008 ranking

Note: Boats with the same LOA share the same numerical ranking.

1.) Dubai | 531'5"
Y: 2006; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany (with Lrssen)/Platinum Yachts, UAE; H: steel; E: 4/9,625-hp MTUs

2.) Al Salamah | 456'10" (1)
Y: 1999; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/8,046-hp MTUs

3.) Rising Sun | 452'8" (2)
Y: 2004; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: builder; H: steel; E: 4/12,000-hp MTUs

4.) Octopus | 414'0" (3)
Y: 2003; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: Espen ino N.A.; H: steel; E: 8/2,400-hp NO Mercedes Benzes

5.) Savarona | 408'0" (4)
Y: 1931/1992; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Cox & Stevens; H: steel; E: 2/3,500-hp Caterpillars

6.) Alexander | 400'2" (5)
Y: 1965/1985; B: Luebecker Flender-Werke, Germany; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/4,025-hp MANs

7.) A | 390'4" (6)
Y: 2008; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Martin Francis/Philippe Starck; H: steel; E: 2/9,000-kw MANs

8.) Turama | 381'11" (7)
Y: 1990/2004; B: Rauma, Finland/Sete Yachts; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/4,023-hp Wartsila Vasas

9.) Atlantis II | 379'7" (8)
Y: 1981; B: Hellenic Shipyards, Greece; N: Maierform GmbH; H: steel; E: 2/4,800-hp S.E.M.T. Pielsticks

10.) Pelorus | 377'3" (9)
Y: 2003; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: Tim Heywood Design; H: steel; E: 2/3,600-hp Wartsillas

11.) Le Grand Bleu | 370'0" (10)
Y: 2000; B: Vulkan, Germany; N: Kusch Yachtagentur; H: steel; E: 2/4,570-hp Deutz-MWMs

12.) Darius | 360'9" (tie)
Y: 2009; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: Tim Heywood Design; H: steel; E: unknown

12.) Dilbar | 360'9" (tie)
Y: 2008; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: Tim Heywood Design; H: steel; E: unknown

14.) Lady Moura | 344'0" (11)
Y; 1990; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Luigi Sturchio/Diana Yacht Design; H: steel; E: 2/6,868-hp Deutz-MWMs

15.) Christina O | 325'3" (12)
Y: 1943/2001; B: Canadian Vickers, Canada/Howaldtswerke (original conversion)/Viktor Lenac, Croatia (refit); N: Prof. Pinnau (original conversion)/Costas Carabelas (refit); H: steel; E: 2/2,750-hp MANs

16.) Carinthia VII | 321'5" (13)
Y: 2002; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: builder/Tim Heywood Design; H: steel; E: 4/9,925-hp MTUs

17.) Limitless | 315'8" (14)
Y: 1997; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/7,268-hp Caterpillars

18.) Indian Empress | 311'7" (15)
Y: 2000; B: Oceanco, Holland; N: Richard Hein/The “A” Group; H: steel; E: unknown

19.) Attessa | 302'4" (16)
Y: 1997; B: Hayashikane, Japan; N: Diana Yacht Design; H: steel; E: 2/6,598-hp Wartsilas

20.) Mayan Queen | 301'8" (17) (tie)
Y: 2008; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Tim Heywood Design; H: steel; E: unknown

20.) Tatoosh | 301'8" (18) (tie)
Y: 2000; B: Nobiskrug, Germany; N: Studio Acht/Kusch Yachtagentur; H: steel; E: 2/3,360-hp Deutz-MWMs

22.) Nahlin | 300'0" (19)
Y: 1930; B: John Brown & Co., Scotland; N: G.L. Watson; H: steel; E: 4/Brown-Curtis steam turbines

23.) Dubawi | 297'2"
Y: 1989/2009; B: Cantiere Navale Ferrari, Italy; N: Platinum Yachts (conversion); H: steel; E: 2/3,430-hp MANs

24.) Nero | 295'6" (20)
Y: 2007; B: Yantai Raffles Shipyard, China; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/2,333-hp Caterpillars

25.) Ice | 295'3" (21) (tie)
Y: 2005; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: builder/Tim Heywood Design; H: steel; E: 8/1,129-hp ABB diesel-electric motors

25.) Lauren L | 295'3" (22) (tie)
Y: 2002/2004; B: Cassens Werft, Germany; N: builder; H: steel; E: 1/1,850-hp MAK

This article originally appeared in the July 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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