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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #31: Sarafsa

#31: SARAFSA—269'0"


Peter Powell /


Four years of secrecy preceded the delivery of this six-deck beauty a few months ago. In fact, known only as Project 54 until she emerged from Devonport's build shed, the yacht was one of the best-kept secrets in the rumor-fueled yachting world. Some rumors still surround her, like the statement that her owner is a member of the Saudi royal family and that he named her for his daughter Sara. One undeniable fact, however, is that the yacht boasts some higher-tech features than the owner's previous yacht, a same-named Amels measuring 179 feet. One such feature: an inside/outside spa with a retractable roof on the sun deck, forward of the helipad. Sarafsa also counts a car among the "toys" aboard.

Y: 2008; B: Devonport Shipyard, England; N: Burness Corlet–Three Quays/Andrew Winch Designs; H: steel; E: unknown

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008


—The third-largest sequoia tree known to exist also measures 269 feet and can be found in The Sierra Nevada; the tree also has a 112-foot circumference, which is around two and a half times as wide as the 49'2" beam of Sarafsa

—two 500-ton cranes were used to place the aluminum superstructure onto the hull

—about 180 individual companies contributed to the build

—her interior was inspired by Italian hotels.—Capt. Patrick Sciacca


  • Builder: OTHER

This article originally appeared in the August 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.