The 7 Largest Megayacht Deliveries Expected in 2017

There are seven seas, and seven continents. The number seven is considered lucky, too. In these spirits, with 2017 arriving this weekend, we’re looking ahead at the seven largest megayacht deliveries of the coming year. In order, from largest to smallest (if “smallest” makes any sense for 200- to 400-foot-plus yachts), they are:

1. Sailing Yacht A. This highly anticipated project is in build at Nobiskrug. At 468 feet LOA, with a beam of 81’6”, and standing eight decks high, Sailing Yacht A is nothing if not big. So, too, are her masts, the tallest freestanding ones in the world. Technically, though, she’s not a sailing yacht. She’s a sail-assisted motoryacht. This means that she can operate under sail, but will rely on engine propulsion (an MTU diesel-electric system) more often than not. Sailing Yacht A should therefore cruise at 16 knots. She gets her unusual styling from Philippe Starck, who also designed the unusual motoryacht known as Both belong to Andrey Melnichenko, a Russian industrialist. “A” signifies his first initial, plus his wife’s first initial.

2. Project Jupiter. This 403-footer touched the water a few days before Halloween at Lürssen. She gets her exterior looks from H2 Yacht Design. It’s characterized by prominent arches around amidships. The styling is similar to what the firm did for Maryah, built at a Greek yard a few years ago, plus a concept it created for Fincantieri. While Lürssen can’t reveal the owner’s identity, it does hint that Project Jupiter “will stun the Hollywood crowd.” The beam of 65’6” should stun them, too.

3. U116. U116 is a code name for a 381-footer. The numeral in her name is her length in meters. She’s also referred to as Kleven 370, since she’s in build at Kleven, a commercial shipyard in Norway. The expedition yacht arrived in Germany, as seen in the video above, in early December for final fit out. She’s the second such yacht from Kleven, following the 351-foot Ulysses that was delivered earlier this year. U116 is for the same owners as Ulysses, in fact, Graeme and Robyn Hart, New Zealanders who love cruising. Sixty-six people will be able to stay aboard U116 in a few short months.

4. Solar. The world got its first good glimpse at the code-named megayacht project Solar when she left her build shed at Oceanco this fall. The 348-foot sailing yacht features styling and interior design by Nuvolari-Lenard. Between her LOA and nearly 3,000 gross tonnage, she’s the world’s largest sailing yacht. Solar power reportedly plays a big role aboard, though details aren’t available.

5. Vertigo. Feadship launched Vertigo , coming in at 317 feet, in November. Redman Whiteley Dixon graced her with plentiful soft curves outside. A significant feature aboard Vertigo is a glass-bottomed and –sided pool that’s eight feet deep at one end. That same end is shaped like an S. Another big feature aboard: a two-sided fireplace, dividing the saloon and formal dining area.

6. Oceanco Y715. This 290-foot motoryacht has a rich blue hull and styling as well as interior design by Sam Sorgiovanni Designs. Details remain closely guarded secrets.

7. Here Comes the Sun. The first launch in the Amels 272 series (at top) conducted sea trials in September and October. She’s the builder’s biggest megayacht to date, and the owner’s second Amels. Here Comes the Sun was expected for delivery by the end of this year, but her AIS signal shows her still at the shipyard this week. The yacht’s name comes from a famous Beatles song.

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.