We may just have to face the fact that we might never be so rich that we can actually own a superyacht. Most of those who do are Russian despots or bonafide celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio or Rihanna. And, many of the best of the best of the superyachts introduced in 2016 took years to build and have price tags well in the millions to hundreds of millions. But, it doesn’t cost you a penny to look and drool a little bit. Who knows, someday we could strike it rich and buy one! On the other hand, if you only become moderately rich rather than filthy rich, you could always rent one for a week or two, but even that could run you $750k per week or even more, depending upon the size and accouterments of your chosen vacation superyacht.
2016 saw a number of new superyachts starting their cruising lives. From Benetti Yachts to Feadship, Burgess, Mondomarine, and Echo Yachts, to Perini Navi sailing yachts, they all had something phenomenal to offer the yachting world in 2016. Yes, it was a banner year for both luxurious designs and bigger LOAs. Some of the many offerings were listed from a low low price of only $20 million to a whopping $100 million or more. So, here are our top five picks for the best of the best from all the yachts released worldwide in 2016:
The 274-Foot Hybrid Superyacht Savannah – $100 million
This was a new Feadship yacht released in 2016 and some yachtsmen say that it could end up setting a superyacht standard for not only design but also fuel efficiency. A number of 2016 superyachts have claimed that they are eco-friendly, but Savannah really is. She features a new design that succeeded in sweeping the 2016 superyacht design awards, taking top honors in the 65-meter+ category at the International Superyacht Society Awards. And, make no mistake about it, she was battling some pretty tough contenders for that award.
Her layered superstructure with its vertical bow and slender hull were only a small part of her one-of-a-kind features. In addition, she has a fully equipped gym, a 30-foot swimming pool, and an underwater Nemo lounge. She also offers a first of its kind hybrid propulsion system consisting of a diesel engine, azimuth thrusters, and generators that are lithium battery-powered. Savannah is a superyacht capable of a 17-knot cruising speed while also being quite quiet. She’s also amazingly comfortable with a palatial master suite plus six staterooms hat are luxurious in their own right and can accommodate 12 passengers. In addition, Savannah can accommodate a 24-man crew.
- Length- 83.50m / 273’11”
- Beam- 12.50m / 41’
- Draft- 3.95m / 12’12”
- Main Engines- One Wärtsilä 9L20 4stroke@1800kW @1000 rpm
- Generators- One Caterpillar C32 & Two Caterpillar C18s
- Exterior Design- Cristina Gherardi Design / Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
- Interior Design- Cristina Gherardi Design
- Staterooms- 6
- Guests- 12
- Crew Accommodations- 22 to 26
- Fuel Capacity- 150,000 litres / 39,626 US Gallons
- Water Capacity- 40,000 litres / 10,567 US Gallons
The Mondomarine Serenity – $20,828,000
Although only half the size of the Savannah and a fraction of the cost, Mondomarine is sill a contender. It was manufactured by one of the most innovative yacht makers in the vast yachting world. Mondomarine has built a number of noteworthy yachts, and the new 131-foot Mondomarine Serenity is no exception. She’s the initial iteration of the company’s extensive SF line. She includes a designer interior with six staterooms, which includes a split-level main deck master suite with a 280-degree water view from its upper section, which is surrounded by windows. And, the lower part of the master suite has a king-size bed plus spacious his and her heads. The entire master suite sport some traditional designer fittings, along with splashes of brighter contemporary colors
The Serenity also offers a semi-displacement hull design resulting from a special collaboration between SF Yachts’ Luca Vallebona and the Mondomarine’s excellent engineering staff at. With an interior that is quite contemporary, the Serenity has an amazingly modern futuristic profile.
- Length- 41.50m (136’1″ft)
- Beam – 8.80m (28’10″ft)
- Draft- – 2.20m (7’2″ft)
- Naval Architect- Mondomarine
- Interior & Exterior Designer- Luca Vallebona
- Speed- 16.00 Knots
164-Foot Christensen Shipyards Chasseur
June 2016 saw Christensen Shipyards announcing the major launching of two of their superyachts that would be utilizing the company’s revolutionary new launching system. Those to yachts are the 50m yacht, Silver Lining (Hull 36) and the 50m CHASSEUR (Hull 40). Both debuted at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Chasseur can accommodate 12 guests in her six luxurious suites that are located all over the two levels of this yacht. That includes a master suite that is located on the main deck. It has a lavish open floor plan containing sumptuous furnishings and some very unique art pieces, giving the entire interior areas of this yacht an upscale yet relaxed vibe.
Naturally, Chasseur offers the a-typical Christensen exterior aesthetic on the outside. The ultra-modern- feeling deck spaces and amenities provide everything that is usually expected on a pricey superyacht, but this one also has much more, like a transatlantic range of 4,000+ nautical miles, and that’s while doing a 14-knot cruising speed! This superyacht is now available for charter at $253,500 per week plus expenses during the Summer months and $224,000 per week during the Winter months.
- Builder- Christensen
- Model- Custom
- Built- 2016
- Exterior Design- Christensen
- Interior Design- Varo Designs
- Length- 160.76ft /49m
- Beam- 29.59ft /9.02m
- Draft- 8.01ft /2.44m
- Gross Tonnage- 395 Tonnes
- Cruising Speed- 11 Knots
Dilbar Superyacht from Lürssen Yachts – $600 million
This superyacht is a massive 512 feet and her new owner took delivery in early 2016. She is a vessel that gives an entirely meaning to the label “superyacht”. Built by Lürssen Yachts, she was initially launched at the end of 2015 and it was a very special occasion indeed at Lürssen’s shipyard near Bremen, Germany. She was dubbed “Project Omar” during the building process and her new owner renamed her “Dilbar”. She is is the fourth-largest motor yacht worldwide lengthwise, but the largest by volume in existence at 15,850 tons.
The Dilbar exterior was crafted using timeless shades of ivory and bronze from a classic Espen Øino of Monaco design. And, the ultra-luxurious interior is a design created by the popular London interior designer, Andrew Winch, using natural fabrics and neutral colors to bring out her opulence while also providing the ultimate in comfort for the owners and guests. Soft shades of cream and blue, mirroring the color of the ocean are prominent in several of her staterooms. In addition, the seating areas have been designed to promote both comfort and casual conversations. Warm wood finishes grace all of the trim, as well as the companionways and soleplates.
Dilbar SuperYacht Specifications-
- Name: Dilbar
- Length: 157 m (512 ft)
- # of Guests: Approximately 40 in 20 cabins
- Crew: An estimated 80+ in 35 cabins
- Value: US$ 600 million
- New Owner Info-
- Name: Alisher Usmanov
- Country: Russia
- Company: Metalloinvest
- Net Worth: US$ 13.4 billion
Chopi Chopi from CRN Shipyard – $107 million
She’s CRN’s largest yacht ever built at 80-meter yacht and she enjoyed her 2016 launch at Ancona, Italy in front of a massive audience. She boasts some gorgeous interior design by Laura Sessa Romboli and, overall, Chopi Chopi required 660,000 working hours for her build. Ms. Romboli’s attention to detail lends itself to the opulent yet comfortable interior. The sheer size of this yacht with her five decks is an offering that yachting connoisseurs all over the world want the opportunity to own because this is one of the finest yachts available today. She also sleeps 12 guests, as well as 30 crew and staff. In addition, Chopi Chopi has a sauna, spa, fitness and massage rooms, and if that’s not enough, she also has a helipad.
Chopi Chopi Specs:
- L.O.A. -80.00m (262’5″ft)
- Beam- 13.50m (44’3″ft)
- Speed- 16 knots
- Cabins- 6
- Guests- 12
- Crew- 30