July 10th 2017. By Diane Byrne.

The 10 biggest yachts in the World

Wherever you head this summer, keep your binoculars handy. Here are 10 of the largest superyachts you’re likely to see.

Yacht spotting has become the preferred summer pastime for many vacationers in the Med, and naturally, everyone wants to see the biggest yacht around. It’s no wonder. Some industry estimates hold that 70 per cent of the global superyacht fleet heads to the Med for the season. That’s not to say you can’t see big yachts elsewhere, though. Northern climes like Norway and western waters like those of the United States attract plenty, too. If you like to track these big toys for big boys, here’s a list to get you started. Ranked from largest on down, these are the 10 biggest yachts in the world.

Azzam largest yacht in the world

Coming in at over 180m, Azzam is even more impressive when you consider she can hit 30 knots. A combined 23,500 HP stemming from diesels and gas turbines makes it possible. Lürssen constructed her in just three years’ time, too. To learn more read Azzam: the largest yacht in the World.
Photo by Klaus Jordan.


Omani royalty commissioned the 164m Fulk Al Salamah to replace a same-named, much older yacht. That one “only” measured 136m. The current Fulk Al Salamah was delivered in 2016 by Italy-based Mariotti Yachts. Little is known about her, though she’s typically shadowing Al Said (see number six on this list). Photo by Fraser Gow/TheYachtPhoto.com.

Eclipse photo-by-Giovanni-Romero-TheYachtPhoto

When Eclipse departed Blohm and Voss in 2010, she held the title as the world’s biggest yacht. It’s hard to fathom how a 162m yacht can somehow be considered too small to retain the title. No matter, though; her owner, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, still has 22m of beam to enjoy. Photo by Giovanni Romero/TheYachtPhoto.com.

Dubai photo-by-Ralf-Grabbert-TheYachtPhoto

Dubai derives her name from her owner’s home. He’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. LOA: 162m. Dubai has a scandalous history. She started construction in 1996 for Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei. When his brother, the Sultan, reportedly cut off his funds, the project stalled. The Sheikh stepped in in 2001 to complete her. Photo by Ralf Grabbert/TheYachtPhoto.com.

Dilbar photo by Kyle Conlin

At 156m, Dilbar replaced a 110m yacht of the same name in 2016. While superyachts this big are typically highly confidential, a few fun facts are available. For one, Lürssen faired and painted 10,000 square metres of exterior surfaces. Better yet, Dilbar has a pool with 180 cubic metres of water. It’s indoors, too. Photo by Kyle Conlin.

Al Said Photo by Wil Weijsters/TheYachtPhoto.com.

Nearly a decade old, the 155m Al Said spends her time primarily in Middle Eastern waters. Little is known, other than that she can accommodate 70 guests. She also belongs to the Sultan of Oman, who also owns Fulk Al Salamah (see number two on this list). Seventy guests can stay aboard. Photo by Wil Weijsters, The Yacht Photo.

Topaz Photo by Peter Seyfferth/TheYachtPhoto.com.

Typical of the world’s largest yachts, Topaz, measuring 147.5m, is pretty private. However, rumours circulated a few years ago that actor Leonardo di Caprio was permitted to charter her in Brazil for the World Cup. Photo by Peter Seyfferth/TheYachtPhoto.com.

Prince-Abdul-Aziz Photo by Peter Seyfferth/TheYachtPhoto.com.

As astounding as it is to see 120m-plus yachts today, imagine what it was like in 1984. That’s when Prince Abdul Aziz was delivered. All 147m of her. The late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia commissioned her, cruising regularly over the years, too. Upon his death in 2005, his son Abdul Aziz bin Fahd took possession. Photo by Peter Seyfferth/TheYachtPhoto.com.

El Mahroussa Photo by Ralf Grabbert/TheYachtPhoto.com.

El Mahroussa holds the distinction of being the oldest yacht on this list. Measuring 145.7m, she was built in 1865 for the Egyptian ruler. Back then, paddle wheels and coal powered her. She serves the Egyptian president today for state affairs. In fact, she marked the reopening of the Suez Canal in 2015. Photo by Ralf Grabbert/TheYachtPhoto.com.

Sailign Yacht A Photo by Peter Seyfferth/TheYachtPhoto.com.

It’s hard to miss this 142.6m yacht, styled by Philippe Starck. She’s eight decks high. Despite her name, Sailing Yacht A isn’t officially a sailing yacht. She’s a sail-assisted yacht, meaning she’ll employ her diesels most of the time. But, her sailing features are remarkable. Her main mast is more than 100m tall and each mast weighs 45 tonnes. Photo by Peter Seyfferth/TheYachtPhoto.com.

Want to read about more amazing yachts? Also check out: 10 of the most expensive megayachts afloat or The five coolest custom yachts on YachtWorld. Also see 5 incredible yacht interiors and Dream Symphony: the largest sailing yacht on Earth.

Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.