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A maxi yacht is usually referred to as a racing yacht and is generally 100 ft (30 m) in length. Just 10–15 years ago, almost all maxi yachts were custom built. Today, they can also be built as a standard model, with many renowned shipyards offering 100 ft (or even larger) yachts. For example, Nautor's Swan, Wally or Oyster have such projects, which can hardly be called production-standard. Each yacht is based on a common project, which is supplemented or modified according to the client's requirements and as per company principles. Each specific order is certainly a unique yacht but in a "standard" branded hull.

One of the advantages of this approach to yacht construction is its speed – a maxi yacht can usually be constructed in a year and a half. The design and construction of a custom yacht will require much more time and resources, but at the end of the day, if one has the will and appropriate investments, one can get an exclusive yacht, or even something so outstanding or extravagant that the world press will write about it as was the case with the 100-foot "Comanche", for example.

When building a yacht according to one’s preferred design, a client is limited only by his imagination and the size of his wallet. Maxi yachts are usually built using carbon fiber, aluminum or steel. Rigging, sails and deck equipment are supplied by specialized companies. Leading architectural firms are responsible for the design. World leaders in the market of large custom yachts are Perini Navi, Vitters, Alloy Yachts and others.