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SuperYacht Builders - Luxury Yacht Brands 2020

Profiles of The World’s Top Super Yacht Builders

Author: Peter Yachtfan, Update: 2020-06-26

The best builders of luxury yachts in the world. Building a superyacht is an expensive and time consuming project.

It requires an experienced and dedicated ship yard, which can handle the complexity of building a yacht and its financial implications. Often yacht owners use a yacht management company to manage the build of their superyacht.

North European yacht builders are considered to deliver the highest quality, but at a premium price. Italian yacht builders are famous for their efficiency and style.

Our Super Yacht Owners Database: more than 1,100 Yachts and Yacht Owners.

Dutch SuperYacht Builders, Dutch Yacht Brands

The largest yacht built in the Netherlands is Jubilee, built at Oceanco for the late Emir of Qatar (who died before the delivery of the yacht).  


Amels builts custom and semi-custom yachts, ranging from 50 to 110 meters (180 - 360 ft). Examples are the pretty Papa and Gene Machine.


Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyard

Feadship is world leader in the custom superyacht business. Feadship is an association between De Vries Shipyards and Royal Van Lent and stands for First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders. Many of the world’s most impressive yachts have been built by Feadship.


Heesen Yachts

Heesen is an Award winning company, which builds semi-custom and custom motor yachts from 30 to 80 meters (100 - 260 ft)


Holland Jachtbouw

Holland Jachtbouw builds custom sailing yachts up to 50 meters. Upon the death of its founder Chris Gongriep, the activities were stopped and the facilities were bought by Royal Huisman.

Royal Huisman

Royal Huisman builds custom sailing yachts from 30 to 90 meters (100 - 300 ft).  Huisman is considered to be the top builder for luxury sailing yachts.


Moonen Shipyards

Moonen is a high quality yacht builder, capable of projects between 20 and 50 meters (65 - 150ft)


Mulder ShipYards

Mulder builds custom and semi-custom motor yachts since 1938. Mulder can build up to 45 meters (148 ft)



Oceanco is a world-class builder of custom superyachts in the 80–140 meters  ( 260 - 460 ft) range. They have been building some of the finest yachts, including Jubilee and Black Pearl


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German Super Yacht Builders, German Yacht Brands

Lurssen Yachts

Lurssen is considered to be the most exclusive superyacht builder in the world. Lurssen has built the world’s largest yachts (Dilbar and Azzam).


Abeking and Rasmussen

Abeking and Rasmussen is a famous yacht builder based in Lemwerder, Germany. Famous yachts include Cloudbreak, C2 and Kibo.


Kusch Yachts

Kusch Yachts is active in the new building, repair and re-fit of superyachts. They are famous for building the yachts I Dynasty and Al Mirqab.


Lloyd Werft

Lloyd Weft is a ship builder based in Bremerhaven. As far as we now they only build one, but impressive, superyacht: the expedition yacht Luna. She was built for Roman Abramovich, but is now owned by Farkhad Akhmedov.



Nobiskrug is a yacht builder located in Rendsburg, Germany. Nobiskrug builts yachts, naval vessels and commercial ships. Nobiskrug is famous for building Sailing Yacht A for Andrey Melnichenko


Italian Super Yacht Builders, Italian Yacht Brands.


Benetti Yachts was founded in 1873 and is one of the most well-known yacht building companies. They are famous for building semi-custom and custom motor yachts. Famous yachts are Nabila (now Kingdom 5KR) built for Adnan Kashoggi and Philip Green’s yacht Lionheart.


Perini Navi

Perini Navi is an Italian shipyard based in Viareggio. Perini Navi was founded in 1983 by Fabio Perini, who pioneered automation and furling systems in large sailing yachts. The yacht is known for building high quality, semi-custom sailing yachts. Famous projects include Maltese Falcon and Bill Duker’s Sybaris.



Fincantieri is one of Europe's largest shipbuilding groups and the largest in the Mediterranean. Fincantieri has built only a few superyachts, but they are some of the largest yachts of the world. Their most welknown yacht is Serene, built for Vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler.



The shipyard Codecasa was founded  by Giovanni Battista Codecasa in 1825 and it’s therefore one of the oldest yacht building companies in the world. Famous yachts are Jonikal (built for Mohammed al Fayed) and Main, built for Giorgio Armani.


USA Boat Builders, American Boat Brands

Derecktor Shipyards

Derecktor Shipyards is an American ship building company founded in 1947 by Robert Derecktor. Derecktor is located in New York is known for building one of the largest yachts ever built in the United States. This 85 meter (291ft) yacht was built as Cakewalk for Charles Gallagher. He sold the yacht to Walmart heiress Ann Walton Kroenke, who named the yacht Aquila.


Trinity Yachts

Trinity Yachts is based on the Gulf Coast in the USA. Trinity was founded in 1988 by Billy Smith and John Dane. The company is now owned by Harvey Gulf International, who purchased the yard from Felix Sabates. Sabates also owned IYC and was owner of the Trinity yacht Big Easy.


Westport Yachts

Westport Yachts is the largest yacht builder in North America, founded in 1964. Westport Shipyard specializes in large composite yachts and commercial vessels. The company has build more than 100 yachts. Westport yachts are built at three separate yards in Washington USA


Christensen Shipyards

Christensen Shipyards is a custom series composite-hull motor yacht builder located in Vancouver, Washington. The company was founded by Dave Christensen in 1985. Today Christensen is owned by Henry Luken and Donald Burns – who have both owned several Christensen yachts.


Delta Marine

Delta is a family-owned and -operated yacht builder based in Seattle.  Delta was founded by the Jones family and has built more than 40 yachts. The biggest yacht built by Delta is the 73 meter (240ft) built for the Berwin family, but now owned by Tom Golisano.


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