The most accurate measurement of a yacht’s size is the displacement. But the standard method used by most people is the length. Displacement is measured in tons and refers to the weight of water that a ship displaces in water. The displacement is equal to the weight of the ship and its cargo.
Here is a list of the top ten largest yachts in the world
Owned by Russian Billionaire Alisher Usmanov, the Dilbar is the biggest private yacht in the world at 157 meters and weighing 15,917 tons. With a deep draft of 6 meters and a beam of 23 meters, Dilbar wears an eclectic exterior designed by Espen Oeino and paradisiacal interior design by Andrew Winch Designs. Due to its colossal size, over 1,100km of cabling was used on board.
A diesel-electric powerplant helps the luxury yacht cruise at a speed of 22.5 knots.
The yacht is a masterpiece of engineering and design and features not one but two helipads on the bow and the sundeck. Built by Lurssen, the superyacht took 52 months to build. Alisher Usmanov ordered the Dilbar as a replacement for his former 110m yacht Ona.
With a gross tonnage of 15,850 tons, the 155 meter Al Said is the second largest yacht in the world after the Dilbar. Al Said is owned by the Sultan of Oman,
Qaboos bin Said Al Said, who is one of the richest royalties in the world.
Al Said carries 65 guests and a crew of 140.
At over 180m, the Azzam is considered the largest yacht regarding length. Owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emir and President of the UAE, the Azzam weighs 13,136 tons, making it the third largest yacht in the world by displacement.
The Azzam can cruise at 30 knots with the help of its two diesel engines and two gas turbines. The beautiful ship was built at $400 million by Lurssen, and Nauta Yachts did the exterior design.
Owned by Russian billionaire and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, the Eclipse is a beauty of the seas at 162m.
Built in 2010 by Blohm and Voss at around $500 million, the Eclipse has two helipads and two swimming pools onboard. The ship carries a crew of 70.
Owned by Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Makhtoum, the 162M Dubai operates out of the port of Dubai and is often used by the Sheikh’s children.
Originally built for Prince Jefri of Brunei by Lurssen Yachts, the project was abandoned in 1998 after which it was completed by Platinum Yachts for the government of Dubai. The yacht has a crew of 115 and accommodates 24 guests.
Fulk Al Salamah
Fulk Al Salamah is a superyacht owned by Sultan Qaboos Oman. The 150m yacht serves as the support vessel for the Al Said as the two are often seen together.
The ship lacks exterior space on board, which is why we believe it is a support ship. The yacht has a helipad at the stern. However, little is known about its technical characteristics, crew or guest accommodations.
The 147m Topaz is a yacht owned by Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the half-brother of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE and owner of the longest yacht in the world Azzam.
Built by Lurssen in 2012, Topaz is mostly used by the royal family of Dubai, but much is not known about its capabilities.
Prince Abdul Aziz
Prince Abdul Aziz is the royal yacht of the Saudi King. Built in 1984, Prince Abdul Aziz was originally commissioned for the late Saudi King Fahd.
The ship can often be seen in Greece, which is a choice berthing destination for most Arab-owned yachts. The yacht is the vehicle of choice whenever the Saudi monarch is visiting his summer palaces in Marbella, Spain or Antibes, France.
The El Mehrousa is the official yacht of the Egyptian President. Built in 1863, the El Mehrousa served as the royal yacht for Khedive Ismail Pasha and later became the official Presidential yacht when the country became a republic.
The yacht was the first ship to cross the Suez Canal when it was opened in 1869 and also made history as the first ship to cross the New Suez Canal when it was inaugurated in 2015.
The El Mehrousa is the oldest luxury yacht in active service, and it is diligently kept alive by the Egyptian Navy.
Also belonging to the Al Nahyan royal family of Dubai, the 141m Yas is owned by Sheikh Hamdan, half-brother to the president and Emir of the UAE Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Yas was formerly the HNLMS Piet Hein, a Dutch Navy frigate. Sheikh Hamdan bought it and converted into a yacht at Abu Dhabi.