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.

Megayacht News Onboard: Ouranos, by The Italian Sea Group

If you got a second chance to do something, what would you do? If you’re like most yacht owners, you’d probably build a bigger yacht. You might even return to the same shipyard. The owner of Ouranos did both of those. He stepped up not just in size, however, but also in creature comforts, including peace and quiet while cruising and at anchor.

The first Ouranos from The Italian Sea Group was a 148-footer, delivered in 2012. (Back then, the builder went by the name Admiral Tecnomar Group.) At the time, she was the builder’s largest all-fiberglass trideck. In fact, she was part of the Nadara series, which emphasizes performance. That Ouranos hit a reported top speed of 30 knots. At 164 feet LOA and with a steel hull, the owner’s new megayacht marks two big changes right there. Yet another change is the full-displacement hull design. Since that emphasizes efficient cruising, she sees a reported maximum speed of 17 knots.

Ouranos

There’s yet another significant difference related to performance, in terms of quiet operations. The shipyard says Ouranos scored 96 on a scale of 100 in meeting RINA Comfort Class sound and vibration requirements. The mark is among the highest achieved by a traditionally powered motoryacht thus far. In brief, RINA Comfort Class meets, and in some respects exceeds, the IMO’s standards. In fact, it has stricter standards than the IMO for guest accommodations. And, for crew areas, it meets more restrictive regulations that are coming into effect in the near future. Both the owner’s guests and charter guests will appreciate the direct and indirect benefits of all of these measures.

Guests of both kinds will definitely appreciate the owner’s eye for detail. Throughout the interior of Ouranos, there’s carefully selected artwork. Two colorful figures engage in a dance in the foyer outside the skylounge (above), for example. A painting nearly the size of the forward bulkhead dominates the dining area, further visible from the saloon just aft. The entrance to the saloon shows off its own mini art gallery, too (below). Two glass-fronted display niches contain carefully lit sculptures.

Ouranos

With leather-wrapped walls, marble and steel accents, wood soles, and floor-to-ceiling windows, Ouranos sets a serene scene. Whether they’ve mostly admired the scenery inside or outside, guests have been enjoying life aboard this new yacht. The Italian Sea Group delivered Ouranos in time for the owner to spend the summer season in the Med. Charter guests had the megayacht booked up from June through September, too.

Take an armchair tour:

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.

Burger Hull 510 Nears Spring Launch: Gallery

Springtime can’t come soon enough for some people in the Midwest. At Burger Boat Company, it doesn’t have anything to do with the weather, though. Spring is when Hull 510 hits the water, for a client with ambitious cruising and fishing plans.

Burger has been sharing photos of her construction on its Facebook page over the past several months. We’ve gathered some of them in the gallery below. The 103’6” megayacht features styling and interior design by De Basto Designs, marking the studio’s first collaboration with Burger. When completed, the steel-hulled yacht will have a sporty look, with a hardtop and a healthy-size cockpit.

Burger Hull 510

While only a few facts are known so far, they paint the picture of an owner who’s motivated to make the most of his time on the water. Hull 510’s cockpit should fulfill the space needed to reel in big game. (For a little perspective, beam is 26’5”.) To ensure he and his guests can reach some of the farthest corners of the world, Hull 510 should see 4,000 nautical miles at 9½ knots. The twin Caterpillar diesels should also allow a cruising speed of 12 knots.

Whether on a strictly pleasure cruise or after a hard battle in the cockpit, the owner and guests will have welcoming relaxation areas aboard. A hot tub sits aft on the flying bridge, for example. The saloon contains a bar, as does the flying bridge, too. Should someone want to read up on a destination, or just curl up with a good book, Hull 510 has a library fully forward on her main deck. While you might assume that moves the master below decks, it actually sits just aft of the wheelhouse. Dining on the main deck or the flying bridge should be a real treat, too—as should cooking in the galley. It’s larger than the saloon.

Check out the progress of Hull 510:

Introducing Adler Yacht, and the Adler Suprema

Breaking into any industry with a number of well-entrenched players is tough. Adler Yacht believes it can succeed due to two primary things. It’s bringing technology typically reserved for super-size superyachts to entry-level megayachts. And, it’s doing the same with technology used for large commercial craft. Adler Yacht is showing this off on its first yacht, the semi-custom Adler Suprema.

Adler Yacht’s management team has a different mindset than you might expect. CEO Alessandro Barizzi has a strong background in aviation, through roles in engineering, sales, and marketing. The minute you visit the Adler Yacht website, you know you’re in for something different, too. The first thing you see, in letters that take up the full screen: “This Is Not a Website About a Yacht.” Much smaller, but no less important, it continues: “It all began when we began to hate traditional yachts—but loved yachting. So we did everything differently and made the Adler.”

Adler Suprema

The Adler Suprema, a flying-bridge yacht measuring 76 feet, comes from northern Italy, Cantiere Alto Adriatico. She’s different than others of her LOA in two key ways. She’s entirely carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass. This end of the market is dominated by all-fiberglass yachts. Furthermore, Adler Yacht sought a hybrid propulsion system for whisper-quiet operations and increased efficiency. It worked with three German and Austrian firms with experience in the automotive and marine sectors for the solution. They spent four years developing it and two years testing it. It combines twin 1,150-hp Caterpillars and two 100-kW electric engines.

The reported results of the hybrid system are impressive. Adler Yacht says the Adler Suprema can operate emission- and vibration-free to 10 knots. She sees a range exceeding 3,500 nautical miles at 8 knots, burning just 3gph. The 76-footer can operate under electric power alone for an hour at 8 knots, too, with recharging taking another hour. And, she cruises at 22 knots and tops out at 28 knots. At the most-efficient cruise speed of 15 knots, the builder says, the Adler Suprema burns 33gph.

To lend high-end styling and interior design, Adler Yacht turned to Nuvolari-Lenard. General arrangement options vary, with three to five staterooms for you and your guests. With the smaller total, you get a full-beam (19’8”) master. You also get two crew berths regardless of configuration. Those of you who like taking the wheel, however, will appreciate iPad controls and monitoring over all systems, even when you’re back on land. The helm is comprised of six touchscreen controls, too.

Adler Suprema

If you do hire crew, though, you each get privacy between the wheelhouse and the relaxation zone. (Speaking of privacy, glass panels throughout can go opaque at the touch of a button.) Additional big-yacht creature comforts include heated soles on the main deck and in the en suite heads. Handy showers are situated both on the swim platform and flying bridge. Infrared heating on the aft deck keeps you warm on chilly nights, and cooling cup holders keep your beverages frosty on hot days.

Adler Yacht promises another version of the mini-megayacht is coming soon, boasting more alfresco space. To be continued.