This is a dimension strictly for the well-heeled and when the word ‘super’ is added to the work ‘yacht’, we are talking big bucks! Technically speaking, a yacht of 80ft (24m) or above is classed as a superyacht and once you have stepped aboard, you are surrounded with opulence and luxury – private cabins, fitness room, jacuzzi and entertainment complex, you name it, you will likely find it on a superyacht. Of course, when you move into the $100m bracket, everything is made to order and it can take up to 5 years to build a big superyacht.
If you inherited a few billion dollars and wanted your very own superyacht, these are the shipyards to contact.
A family-owned shipbuilder with a very long history, Lurssen have built around 13,000 vessels so they really do know their stuff! Customised superyachts in the 60-220m range are their speciality and there is quite a waiting list to order a superyacht. The first step for anyone who is thinking of a superyacht purchase is charter; talk to a leasing superyacht broker and they can arrange for a couple of weeks at sea in something suitable. These majestic vessels come fully crewed and for the duration of the charter, everything revolves around you, the client. Once you are ready, the broker has superyachts for sale and viewings can be arranged, which might lead to sea trials and ultimately, an agreement.
Heesen Yachts, Netherlands
This shipyard has a reputation for building superb aluminium hulls and a five-star level of craftsmanship in every detail; MY Monaco Wolf is a superb example of top superyacht craftsmanship and design. The concept began in 1978 and to date, this Dutch shipyard has built more than 170 vessels, with award-winning aluminium hulls that enable higher speeds and greater stability. The process of commissioning a vessel with this company is very special, with master designers who take your desires and turn them into reality. If you are lost inspiring traveller inside you. Here is some article which is worth reading.
The largest superyachts are built by this organisation and with 20 shipyards around the world, they have the resources to build superyachts from 60 – 1650m and have created more than 7,000 vessels. If you are seriously looking to build the biggest superyacht, this would be your choice and after 4-5 years, you can take up residence on your floating city! Check out the Serene, which is one of their projects, a 134m superyacht that enchants everyone who lays eyes on her. The vessel was commissioned by a Russian billionaire for a cool $360m and has since changed hands for a lot more, while Bill Gates once chartered this superyacht.
If you are seriously looking at owning a superyacht, search for a leading yacht broker and talk charter, which is the perfect way to be introduced to the world of luxurious yachting. Take a good look at the superyachts they offer for charter and have a couple of weeks in South East Asia to really experienced hi-end luxury.