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The Register is now an Excel file, for easier search and analysis. We updated all data by active market intelligence and added many new owners (now 870+). It is the must have list for professionals in the world of luxury yachting.
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August 11, 2019 -
Due to a technical error, one main engine was full ahead. The yacht was bought in July by mining entrepreneur Michael O’Keeffe. More here (tags: #cairns, #moatize, #crash #yachtnews)
July 13, 2019 -
DB9 was built at Palmer Johnson for a Russian billionaire. He ran into legal problems and the yacht was sold. She is now owned by US based entrepreneur John Rosatti. More here (tags: #db9yacht, #johnrosatti, #yachtowner )
July 5, 2019 -
Chris Cline, former owner of the yacht Mine Games, died in a helicopter crash yesterday. The helicopter was on its way from the Bahamas, heading to Fort Lauderdale, when it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
More here (tags: #yachtnews, #chriscline, #minegames, #yachtowner)
June 4, 2019 -
Benetti’s 108 meter (354 ft) project FB275 is now named IJE. She is designed by RWD. IJE is the new yacht for Australian billionaire James Packer. More here (tags: #yachtnews, #ije, #jamespacker, #yachtowner)
May 28, 2019 -
Michael Kadoorie controls the CPL Group, one of the largest energy companies in Asia. His net worth is US$ 8.5 billion. His yacht was built at San Lorenzo. More here (tags: #yachtnews, #oceandreamwalker, #kadoorie #billionaire)
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Yacht Industry Statistics and Questions
What is a Super Yacht (or superyacht):
A large and -
What does a (Super) Yacht cost?
A mega yacht generally cost more than US$ 10 million. Although the most expensive super yacht launches can stretch to several hundred million dollars. A yacht built in Northern Europe costs around US$ 65,000 per ton.
What is the most expensive yacht?
Is is probably Dilbar, the world’s largest yacht. Her costprice is near US$ 800 million. Some call Eclipse ‘the US$ 1.5 billion yacht’, but she has cost less than that amount.
How rich is a yacht owner?
Most large yachts are owned by extremely wealthy individuals. For example someone who purchases a US$ 10 million yacht, will probably have to have a net worth of more than US$ 20 million. As he will not want to spend all his money on a boat.
What are the running costs of a large yacht?
The yearly running costs (including crew, maintenance, interest on yacht loans, insurance and fuel) roughly account for 10% of the build price. So US$10 million a year on a US$100 million vessel. It seems smarter to charter a yacht…. Or you have to win big at a casino.
What is the biggest yacht?
The biggest yacht in terms of volume is Dilbar. She is owned by Alisher Usmanov. The longest yacht in the world is Azzam (180 meters/590ft). She is built for the Emir of Abu Dhabi.
What is the biggest sailing yacht?
The largest sailing yacht is ‘Sailing Yacht A’. She is built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko
What is the craziest yacht ever built?
One of the most modern (styled) luxury yachts is called simply A . She was built for the Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko. He also owns the amazing Sailing Yacht A. Another crazy styled boat is YAS, a 140-
Who owns the most yachts?
The Royal Families of the United Arab Emirates (Al Nahyan, Al Maktoum) and Saudi Arabia (Bin Saud) own dozens of large motor yachts.
What is the most famous, well known yacht?
The most famous of them all is probably Kingdom 5 KR owned by Prince Al Waleed bin Talal. He is a cousin of the King of Saudi Arabia. It was featured in the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again”. The yacht was once owned by US President Donald Trump.
Who buys a large yacht?
Mega yachts are often purchased by UHNWI or Ultra High Net Worth Individuals
What is a UHNWI?
A UHNWI is someone with net assets over US$ 30 million. Although some experts calculate with an amount of US$ 50 million.
It is estimated that the world population of UHNWI is around 200,000 individuals. Around 5% of these UHNWI, or 10,000 individuals, own or frequently use a yacht.
The mean net worth of a yacht owner is estimated at US$ 680 million. A figure no doubt influenced by the relative high number of billionaire Russians. The average age of a buyer of superyachts for sale is estimated around 65 years.
Many yacht owners have a house in Fort Lauderdale. The area is also a nice yachting destination.
What means: "not for sale to us residents while in us waters"?
It is related to an old (1908) US tax law. It is preventing sales of foreign-
Based on the data of several hundred projects sold or listed for sale, we created this rough indication of prices (in US$). The price is related to the length. There is an obvious exponential influence of the yacht’s length to the yachts price. Which can easily be explained by the fact that longer yachts have more decks. And they are wider and thus have more volume.
Length (50 m -
US$ 35 million
Length (60 m -
US$ 40 million
Length (70 m -
US$ 80 million
Length (80 m -
US$ 120 million
Length (90 m -
US$ 140 million
Length (100 m -
US$ 160 million
Length (150 m -
US$ 300 million
Length (170 m -
US$ 450 million
Displacement or displacement tonnage is the weight of water that a ship displaces when it is floating, which in turn is the weight of a ship (and its contents).
Gross tonnage (often abbreviated as GT, G.T. or gt) is a unit less index related to a ship's overall internal volume
Length over all (LOA):
The maximum length of a vessel's hull measured parallel to the waterline. This length is important while docking the ship
Waterline length (LWL):
The length of a ship or boat at the level where it sits in the water. The LWL will be shorter than the length of the boat overall (LOA) as most boats have bows and stern and stern protrusions that make the LOA greater than the LWL
Its width at the widest point as measured at the ship's nominal waterline. Beam may also be used to define the maximum width of a ship's hull, or maximum width plus superstructure overhangs.
Draft / Draught:
The vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of the hull (keel), with the thickness of the hull included. Draft determines the minimum depth of water a ship or boat can safely navigate.
The distance a motor yacht can sail without refueling.
A sailing boat with a single mast and a fore-
A sailing craft with two masts. The distinguishing characteristic of a ketch is that the forward of the two masts (the "mainmast") is larger than the after mast. The mizzen mast is stepped forward of the rudder post.
Similar to a ketch but the mizzen mast is stepped aft of the rudder post.
The vertical member of a stern frame on which the rudder is hung.
An engineering discipline of vessel engineering. It is incorporating elements of mechanical, electrical, electronic, software and safety engineering. It is applied to the engineering design process, shipbuilding, maintenance, and operation of marine vessels.
A frequently used type error of the word yacht.
A specialist who serves yacht builders or boat sellers. He can also server buyers with yachts for sale. He acts as a representative for the sale or purchase of a yacht or boat. Yacht brokers are paid an agreed commission.
A support vessel which is used for service and entertainment. They provide transport for yacht owners and crew.
The volume or weight used by the submerged (part of the) hull which would otherwise be occupied by water.
A cross between a planning and displacement hull, generating an amount of lift while moving. The yacht’s weight will still be supported by buoyancy.
The hull is designed to rise up and glide on top of the water when enough power is supplied. These hulls operate like displacement hulls when at rest or at slow speeds but climb towards the surface of the water as they move faster.
1.852 km)per hour / 1.151 mph
1 Nautical Mile (NM)
1,852 meters (about 6,076 feet)
1 Ton (US)
1 Ton (Metric)
Yachting: Nice to Know.
Eclipse is thought to be the most expensive yacht. She is rumored to have cost more than a billion US dollars.
The actual build price of the yacht will probably have been considerably less. We guess around US$ 500 million.
Nowadays the largest yachts are owned by Arabs or Russians.
The second largest is Eclipse (172 metres/564ft) owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Abramovich currently has two yachts: Eclipse and Sussurro. Although Sussurro is rumored to be owned by his ex-
The largest mega yachts are not necessarily the world's longest. One of the largest boats measured by interior volume is Al Salamah. Built for Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia, it was put up for sale in 2012. This was after Prince Sultan died. Her asking price was EUR 250 million (US$350 million).
Famous Yacht Owners
The most famous UHNWI owners include Roman Abramovich, Larry Ellison and Google’s Larry Page.
The Yacht Industry
It is expected that the amount spent on luxury yachts worldwide is increasing 25% the coming 5 years. There is a trend towards expedition vessels. In stead of (fast) displacement yachts.
But also new built yachts seem to grow bigger over the years. The yacht industry is doing well. And there are many yachts for sale. And the yacht charter brokers have a busy time.
1. The World’s Largest Super Yacht (measured by length).
Azzam, 180 meter (590 ft) owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He is the Emir of Abu Dhabi (Azzam is the longest).
2. The World’s biggest yacht (measured by volume).
3. The World’s Largest Sailing Yacht.
Sailing Yacht A, built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko
4. The World’s Most Expensive Yacht.
5. The World’s Most Voluminous Yacht.
6. The Luxury Yacht with the Most Crew Members. This is probably Al Salamah. She has 94 crew and 40 personal staff, in a total of 60 crew cabins.
7. The World’s Fastest Yacht
8. The World’s Most Famous Mega Yacht
Probably Octopus, owned by Microsoft co-
9. The World’s Ugliest Yacht.
Probably Yas, a converted navy frigate (re)built for Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi. The yacht design is complex.
10. The World’s Richest Yacht Owner.
Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle with a net worth of US$ 54 billion
11. The Man with the Most Yachts (in private use).
The late Paul Allen, with Octopus, Tatoosh and Meduse. He sold Meduse in 2016. He died in 2018.
12. The Man who ordered the Most New Yachts in his life.
Probably the late Jim Moran, who ordered 8 new Feadships
13. The World’s Largest Explorer Yacht
The 116 meter Ulysses, owned by Graeme Hart
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