New Year's Eve is just around the corner and the Superyachts Times have decided to build their top 10 most impressive superyachts, which were launched in 2018.
Lürssen - 111 m TIS
The 111-metre TIS from Lürssen is in first place. She was launched by the German shipyard in Rendsburg in mid August. Not only is this the first of the major projects that Lürssen has completed this year, but it is also the largest superyacht to sail this season. Her classic design is based on the experience of Winch Design and Moran Yacht & Ship, who have worked closely with the German shipyard on the development of this custom boat. The 9 luxury cabins on 6 decks, with a gross tonnage of 4500 gross tons, can accommodate 18 guests. The TIS has successfully passed the sea trials in early November, but will be delivered to her owner after the New Year.
Feadship - 110 m Anna
Formerly known as Project 1007, the 110-metre Anna from the Dutch Feadship shipyard was successfully launched in Makkum this summer. Anna is Feadship's largest superyacht. It is also the second largest project in the Netherlands. Oceanco's number one Jubilee Anna has «lost» only 10cm. Anna's exterior and interiors were designed by Michael Leach. This spacious four-deck displacement superyacht is 4693 gross tonnes. She has already been delivered to her owner and is currently sailing the Caribbean Sea.
Oceanco - 109 m Bravo Eugenia
In third place on the list is Oceanco's 109m superyacht Bravo Eugenia (or Y718). She was ready to set sail from the dock in Dutch Alblasserdam in mid-November, one of Oceanco's most innovative projects to date. It is also the first superyacht built using the new design and philosophy of the shipyard - Lateral Naval Architecture, known as LIFE (Lengthened, innovative, fuel-efficient, eco-friendly; elongated, innovative, economical and environmentally friendly«). The exterior design was developed by the Italian studio Nuvolari Lenard, and the interior design is by Reymond Langton. Up to 14 guests can live comfortably on a boat with a gross tonnage of 4500 gross tons. There will be 30 crew members to serve the passengers and the boat itself. The owner of Bravo Eugenia will be arriving in early 2019.
Pride Mega Yachts - 88.5 m Illusion Plus
The flagship of the Chinese superyacht fleet, the 88.5m Illusion Plus, was launched in April in Yantai. This day the project has been waiting for more than 10 years! The exterior of the boat for Pride Mega Yachts was developed by Rainsford Saunders Design studio, the interior was created according to Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design ideas. The Illusion Plus naval architecture was the responsibility of Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architects, with the 6-deck boat in 3603 gigatonnets providing enough space to accommodate 12 guests at a time. There are 6 cabins for them. Illusion Plus made its debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. It is now up for sale. A Y.CO broker is offering to buy a boat for $145 million.
Golden Yachts - 85 m O'Ptasia
The Greek shipyard Golden Yachts launched its largest boat in April, the 85m O'Ptasia. The yacht with naval architecture from N Hellas, whose design continues the tradition of Studio Vafiadis, has become the flagship of the Golden Yachts fleet. O'Ptasia can accommodate up to 12 guests in 11 cabins. The crew of the yacht consists of 26 people. Since early July, the boat is available for charter via Atalanta Golden Yachts.
Echo Yachts - 84 m White Rabbit
In August this year, for the first time, the largest engine project of the Australian Echo Yachts shipyard, the 84-meter White Rabbit trimaran, touched the water. For Australian shipbuilders, this achievement is doubly special - such large motor boats have never been built on the continent before. It was built for an experienced client who had previously worked with Echo Yachts, so the Rabbit «»became also the largest private superyacht trimaran in the world. The exterior design of White Rabbit was developed by Sorgiovanni Design Studio, the interiors were done by ALIA interiors, and the naval architecture of the project was the responsibility of One2Three Naval Architects. The boat with a gross tonnage of 3000 gross tons was very stable, so the owner, who already received his boat in November, can enjoy the comfort regardless of the weather conditions. Up to 11 more guests can stay on board with him.
Turquoise - 77 m Go
Turkey's Turquoise Yachts shipyard also has its biggest» newest «this year, the 77-metre Go. The boat, formerly also known as Project Victory, first touched the water near the shipyard's docks near Istanbul in March. The interior and exterior of Go was created by H2 Yacht Design, who worked closely with future owners to ensure that the boat reflected their world view. The project was based on the same basis as the other 70 metre superyacht Turquoise, Vicky, but in the case of Go the model was changed and improved to accommodate a lot of equipment. Aside from the crew, up to 18 people can be on board. Eight guest cabins have been designed for them. The owners were able to board the Go in July.
Abeking & Rasmussen - 74 m Elandess
German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen launched the 74.5 meter Elandess in May. It was first»presented to the public in June 2017 (at that time still the 6502 «project). One of the distinctive features of Elandess was the steep Atlantic «nose», which was invented together by the shipyard, Burgess and London design studio Harrison Eidsgaard (which also designed the interior of the boat). The boat's six cabins can accommodate 12 guests. The owners of Elandess have been in charge of the boat since summer.
Admiral - 73 m Planet Nine.
The Italian shipyard Admiral (Sea Group) launched one of the first superyachts in 2018: in January, the 73.2-metre Explorer of the Planet Nine ice class was in her native environment. Planet Nine was the 575th Admiral boat. The exterior explorer was designed by the British studio Tim Heywood Design, while the interior was the responsibility of the German Fitz Interior. Five spacious cabins on the lower deck of the boat can accommodate 12 guests. The owner has a 300 square metre apartment on the main deck. This boat with a gross tonnage of 2100 gross tons is currently offered for sale via Fraser at a price of €85 million.
Hakvoort - 63 m Scout
One of the last launches of the 63-metre Scout from Dutch shipyard Hakvoort in early December in a suburb of Amsterdam. The British studio H2 Yacht Design is behind the exterior and interior design of the Scout, while naval architecture was developed by Hakvoort's fellow Diana Yacht Designers. Before becoming what we now see Scout, her project underwent several changes (even during construction), as the original owner put the boat up for sale at an early stage of construction. The new owner of Scout will arrive in the spring of 2019. Her four cabins on the main deck will accommodate up to 8 guests.
BONUS: Benetti - 107 m FB 277
Last on the list, as a bonus, was Benetti FB 277, a 107m superyacht. Launched on December 18th in Livorno, this boat is the first of three sisters «»over 100 meters long, built in parallel by an Italian shipyard. The design and naval architecture of this 3800 giant ton vessel with a vertical steep bow is entirely Benetti's responsibility. She can accommodate up to 16 guests in eight cabins at a time. In early 2019, the FB 277 will be delivered to her owner and in summer she will be available for charter.