DATA / Megayachts over 70m in the spotlight this year (2020)

Some of the following yachts have already seen the light, some have already began sea trials, some are still in their shed, but ready to shine by the end of the year. This 2020 will see two new records: the largest yachts ever built in the Netherlands by lenght (117m) and by waterline (99,95m).

Maybe not exactly a record, but with the 140m megayacht Project Lightning, German yard Lürssen will see this new construction entering the Top20 largest yachts ever built in the yachting industry. In this list (Top100) Lürssen holds well 28 positions.

140M – Project Lightning – Lürssen Yachts

Lürssen’s 140m Project Lightning during sea trials. Photo by DrDuu.

The 140 metre megayacht currently in build at the German yard is a highly secretive superyacht known under codename of Project Lightning. The yacht was spotted for the first time last July when she was launched and then last November during her first sea trials in the North Sea. The yacht with two helipads. No information about design and naval architecture has been disclosed as at today by the yard. Exteriors are reportedly by Espen Oeino International. With a volume of 10,000 GT and a beam of 23,26m, once completed, Project Lightning will rank among the top 20 largest superyachts in the world.

117M – Project Y719 – Oceanco

Photo via Oceanco, Instagram

The 117m superyacht Project Y719 was launched at the Oceanco’s facilities last July. Known only as Oceanco Project Y719, the megayacht is at the yard in Alblasserdam for the final stages of construction. The yacht is the largest yacht to be launched by Oceanco in the yard’s 33-year history but she also marks the largest yacht currently under construction in the Netherlands. The yacht is under the spotlight for her highly-anticipated launch and sea trials in 2021 before being delivered to her lucky owner.

107M – M/Y Luminosity – Benetti

Luminosity is not an ordinary yacht. Designed to be one of the “greenest” superyachts on the ocean, the big-windowed Benetti features advanced diesel-electric hybrid power. Its high-tech battery technology includes 35 tons of lithium polymer batteries that provide juice for up to 12 silent hours at anchor with zero emissions and no generator noise. Launched in February 2019, the yacht will be completed this summer and is already for sale. Built with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the exterior was designed by a consortium that included Azure Naval Architects, Reymond Langton Design, Zaniz Interiors and Giorgio Cassetta. The sleek, minimalistic interior is the work of London-based Zaniz Jakubowski, of Zaniz Interiors.

99,95M – M/Y Moonrise – Feadship

Unveiled by the Feadship yard in Makkum last February, Moonrise successfully marries sleek sensual lines with a modern masculine profile. A wide range of elegant details, long hull windows, a glorious grey hull and striking vertical bow add to the elegance of the design by Studio De Voogt. Exteriors have been designed in collaboration with Rémi Tessier Design, which is also responsible for the interiors. Moonrise is the largest superyacht by waterline length built in the Netherlands to date.

95M – M/Y O’Pari – Golden Yachts

The new 95m flagship motor yacht O’Pari built by Greek Golden Yachts, was launched in Athens last March. O’Pari is the design work of Studio Vafiadis who also styled the previous vessel, 85m O’Ptasia, launched in 2018.

94M – Project 817 – Feadship

Project 817 emerged for the first time in the waters of Feadship’s Royal Van Lent facility in October 2018. This yacht is among the 5 builds which are expected to be delivered this year by the Dutch yard.

94M – M/Y Olivia O – Ulstein

Olivia O is the latest radical-looking yacht designed by Espen Øino. Built by Norwegian yard Ulstein, active in the business of commercial vessels, ferries and workboats, Olivia O features an innovative, non-conventional reverse bow inspired by the bows of ancient Viking ships that increases stability and reduces drag and spray on deck for high performance even in the roughest seas. The hull was built in Norway, but for painting, fairing and fitting out works the yacht was moved to Palumbo yard in Malta. The interiors were designed by Milanese-Studio Droulers.

87M – Project Hawaii Lürssen Yachts

The 87m Project Hawaii is currently in build at the German yard in Rendsburg, where last week the yacht was spotted during her first sea trials. Bannenberg & Rowell is responsible for her exterior and interior design. Began in 2017, the yacht is scheduled to be delivered to her owner this year.

80M – M/Y Artefact Nobiskrug

The 80 metre hybrid superyacht Artefact was delivered to her owner last February. Artefact is the last artisitc creation by the German yard. This 80m is designed by Gregory C Marshall, she was launched last July after having been 18 months in construction. Interiors areby Reymond Langton Design.

80M – M/Y Tatiana Bilgin Yachts

The first 80m yacht by Bilgin Yachts – Bilgin 263, M/Y Tatiana, began sea trials off the coast of Istanbul last April. Launched in February, this yacht is currently the flagship for the yard and together with 80m M/Y Elements by Yachtley is the largest yacht ever built by a Turkish shipyard.

77M – M/Y La Datcha Damen

The 77m Damen built LA DATCHA has an ice-classed steel hull and 40 days of full autonomy, making her cruising ground limitless. Being IMO Polar Code compliant, LA DATCHA is designed with major expeditions in mind, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Launched last June 2019 and scheduled for delivery in autumn 2020, this global explorer superyacht was built for Russian banker Oleg Tinkov as part of his hospitality collection named “Tinkoff Collection” (See Superyacht Digest, July Issue 2019)

75M – M/Y Arrow Feadship

Arrow was launched last December and began sea trials in March. The 75m yacht features the naval architecture by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects with exteriors and interiors penned by Jonny Horsfield and his team of H2 Yacht Design, marking for the studio their first collaboration with the Dutch yard.

72M – Project 705 Feadship

The 72,85m Feadship superyacht (Project 705) is a full displacement yacht designed by RWD with Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects. The yacht features a striking dark blue hull, white superstructure and a continuous band of glass which is flush to the exterior. Project 705 showed her profile for the first time last February, when the yacht emerged from the construction hall at the yard in Aalsmeer, beginning outfitting. Delivery is scheduled later this year.

70M – FB 273 – Benetti

FB273 was launched in Livorno last February after almost three years of construction works under the supervision of Bureau Veritas Solutions M&O. The yacht showed her profile for the first time in September 2017, when hull and superstructure were joint together. The elegant lines of the exteriors were designed entirely by Benetti’s in-house designers, while the interiors are the work of Laura Pomponi and her design Team.