The 6 Largest Megayacht Deliveries of 2016

Every megayacht delivery deserves attention, no matter how “big” or “small” she may be. But it’s human nature to gravitate toward the biggest of the big. Seeing several decks stacked atop each other is impressive. A number of impressive deliveries occurred this year, with some being high profile and owned by equally high-profile people. These, though, are the six largest megayacht deliveries, for the record books in several ways as you will see.

1. Fulk Al Salamah. Mariotti Yachts completed the largest megayacht of the year over the summer. Fulk Al Salamah measures 538 feet. Mariotti Yachts and other companies involved in the build kept a lid on details during construction. They continue to do so, too. But, it’s clear she’s the newest shadow vessel for Al Said, owned by Omani royalty. Al Said long had a shadow boat by the same name. Fulk Al Salamah has been in the Gulf of Oman since delivery. Her name translates to “Ship of Peace” from Arabic.

2. Dilbar. When shipyards are allowed to publicize significant-size projects, it’s exciting. Having Lürssen reveal details about Dilbar, then, was extra exciting. Measuring 512 feet LOA, she has more than 40,900 square feet of relaxation space. Those spaces include an indoor pool with more than 6,350 cubic feet of water. Lürssen claims it’s the largest enclosed pool aboard a yacht. The shipyard even shot video of Dilbar’s construction, editing 52 months of footage into a time-lapsed 40 seconds:

3. Ulysses. New Zealanders Graeme and Robyn Hart surprised yacht watchers by choosing a commercial shipyard, Kleven, to build their newest expedition yacht. But, they chose Kleven for its background with sturdy vessels. Ulysses, measuring 351 feet, can accommodate 60 guests, along with lots of traditional watertoys and offroading vehicles. The yacht is already for sale, due to an even bigger Ulysses coming next year, also from Kleven. The people in this video could be you, if you buy her.

4. Aquarius. Though Feadship hasn’t revealed the owner’s identity, it wasn’t too hard to figure out that Aquarius (below) belongs to casino mogul Steve Wynn. Wynn has openly discussed his enjoyment of yachting and yacht ownership, including previous boats named Aquarius. The new Aquarius measures 302 feet, and she carries some of Wynn’s renowned art collection. She’s spending her first cruising season in the Caribbean. The yacht’s name comes from the Zodiac sign.

5. Lionheart. At 295 feet, Lionheart is the biggest Benetti of the year. Sir Philip Green, a retail magnate from the UK and repeat customer, is the owner. Totaling four decks high, Lionheart became a target of the media and the public this summer. It’s due to an ongoing controversy involving pensions at BHS, a retailer he formerly owned. In September, a British comedian got close enough to the yacht in Monaco to hang a banner on her, reading “BHS Destroyer.”

Feadship Aquarius

6. Aquijo. At 279 feet, Aquijo (at top) is the year’s largest megayacht under sail. She’s also the world’s largest ketch. The owner commissioned her to travel on her own bottom around the world. She has some unusual features for a sailing yacht, including a big beach club. It additionally contains a hot tub. Aquijo is the result of cooperation between the builders Oceanco and Vitters. Vitters has the sailing expertise, and Oceanco has the super-size superyacht expertise for a project like this. Aquijo is available for charter for €400,000 per week, which is about $418,272 in today’s market.

So, what can we expect in 2017? Tune in tomorrow to find out. We’ll run down the seven largest megayacht deliveries set to happen.

Readers’ Choice: Most Popular Stories of 2016

It’s common practice for the media to take a look back at the year that was. Here at MegayachtNews.com, we were curious as to what stories generated the most interest among you, our readers. As much as we know certain shipyards are among your favorites, we also know patterns aren’t always predictable. Who could have guessed, for example, that the most-popular story we published this year would be about a watertoy? Or that a “mere” 96-footer would generate more interest than a yacht more than twice her size?

Here, in ascending order, are the five most popular stories of 2016, based on your interest.

  • Galactica Super Nova: Stellar Superyacht Christened at Heesen. The biggest build by Heesen, bearing an equally grand name, has been high on your radars since the project was announced about two years ago. Back then, her code name was Project Kometa. The 230-footer hits a reported 30-knot top speed, plus has abundant creature comforts like a glass-bottomed infinity pool with a waterfall.
  • Project Mistral Coming From Lürssen. With an estimated LOA of 346 feet, Project Mistral started construction in 2013. The first glimpses of her, revealed in our article, showed off styling by Espen Øino. Lürssen could share scant few details at launch, and still can’t say anything further. The mysteries only add to Project Mistral’s allure.
  • 1st Nordhavn 96, Christened MacGuffin, Handed Over. While traditional motoryachts get the most of your attention, a few tough-looking long-range cruiser brands are immensely popular, too. Nordhavn is among them, and the first Nordhavn 96, capable of crossing the Atlantic with fuel to spare, really caught your attention.
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  • 6 Biggest Superyachts Set for 2016 Delivery. Big yachts from big-name builders generate big of interest. Sometimes, though, delivery dates get delayed. In other cases, our sources are mistaken. These reasons explain why only two of the six megayachts mentioned in this article are in their owners’ hands: Dilbar (above, formerly Project Omar) and Ulysses. Sailing Yacht A, according to her owner’s team, isn’t set for delivery until 2017. The 348-foot conversion project Poseidonos still has a lot of work remaining, judging from the photo below, taken in September. The same-size Solar isn’t yet finished at Oceanco, though her technical launch did occur already. As for Dream Ship Victory, the delivery date seems to keep getting extended every year.
  • Paddleboard? No, the Hobie Mirage Eclipse Pedal Board. With more than 10,500 views and counting, this story, the first by any yachting media of a new super-cool watertoy from Hobie, went viral. So, too, did the video we posted on our YouTube channel, embedded in the article. It has nearly 29,000 views as of this writing. Several superyachts count the Hobie Mirage Eclipse Pedal Board among their treasured toys. And no wonder. The cross between a stand-up paddle board and a bicycle is easy for anyone of any age to master. And it’s just plain fun.