THE TOP 10 LUXURY SUPERYACHT BUILDERS
Written by Yachting Pages
Last updated: 22/05/2020
The design and build of a luxury yacht is a truly personal experience; whether customising a design to be built on a proven platform or striving to create a completely new concept altogether, superyacht owners will seek to work with a yacht builder that truly understands their vision, and can translate their dream design into a real vessel.
As Erwin Bamps, the former CEO of Gulf Craft, noted, “A shipyard’s credibility in the eyes of a prospective owner no longer relies solely on the builder’s positive track record, but also on its ability to deliver value for money.”
Those buying a new superyacht will therefore have many questions to ask themselves before settling on a suitable yacht builder and shipyard facility to carry out the project. Thankfully for them, there are a number of luxury superyacht brands that have the ability to turn the biggest megayacht dreams into reality: Elite shipyards with a reputation for excellence.
Yachting Pages lists the world’s top luxury superyacht builders and their shipyard facilities, from A to Z, indentifying some of the best superyachts in the world along the way.
Best luxury superyacht builders
Located in Vlissingen, Amels operates the largest superyacht shipyard in the Netherlands, and is known worldwide to be one of the best superyacht builders around.
To date, Amels has delievered more than 60 superyachts and offers a full custom and Limited Editions range of yachts, which includes six models ranging from 55 to 83 metres LOA. Built on a proven platform and delivered in half the time expected of standard construction superyachts, all 20+ Limited Edition projects have so far been delivered on or ahead of contract, with M/Y Here Comes The Sun (pictured) among the most recent to emerge from the yard. With several new builds currently under construction, including one that will span more than 110m LOA, Amels is likely to be among the top table of superyacht shipyards for many years to come.
Blohm+Voss builds large custom motor and sailing yachts that are both beautiful and technically challenging. Its shipyard in Hamburg spans 421,000m2, and offers seven docks up to 351 metres in length and 59 metres in width, accommodating the build, refit and maintenance of luxury superyachts.
Blohm+Voss can currently lay claim to constructing the world’s second and third largest private superyachts - M/Y Eclipse (162.5m) and M/Y Dubai (162m), and has worked on the 119m superyacht Motor Yacht A (pictured), which is considered to be one of the finest yachts on the water. With Roman Abramovich, Russian businessman and current Chelsa Football Club owner, and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, among the yard's discerning clients, it's easy to understand why Blohm+Voss are considered a superyacht-building powerhouse.
Christensen is among the world’s leading composite fibreglass specialists, with a fleet made up of full and semi-customised superyachts ranging from 35 to 50 metres LOA. Its state-of-the-art shipyard facility in Vancouver, Washington covers almost 180,000sqm and includes a seven-acre marina.
Proving bigger isn’t necessarily better, Christensen offers capabilities to build yachts up to 50 metres in length, with 35 superyachts currently in its fleet, including 50 metre motor yachts Casino Royale and Silver Lining (pictured). The shipyard is also working to open what it brands to be the largest yacht facility in the Americas at Lake Tellic, Tennessee in the coming years. It will facilitate superyacht builds from 50 to 70 metres LOA.
The home of full-custom superyachts, Feadship is one of the few shipyards worldwide that works to create completely custom yachts. It has worked with superyacht owners since the 19th century to create one-off luxury motor yachts that are truly unique.
Feadship currently has four shipyard facilities in the Netherlands, with expansion underway at its Amsterdam facility in Western Harbour to offer the ability to build motor yachts as long as 160 metres with a generous beam measurement. To date, there are over 250 Feadship yachts in navigation, including 79-metre M/Y Venus, 83.5-metre M/Y Savannah (pictured), 99-metre M/Y Madame Gu and 101.5-metre M/Y Symphony.
Part of Fincantieri, Fincantieri Yachts specialises in full custom luxury pleasure yachts over 70 metres, with no upper limit to the size or volume that it can produce. The builder currently has a range of concepts and projects ranging from 70 to over 160 metres, including the 134-metre M/Y Serene and 140-metre M/Y Ocean Victory.
Having manufactured in excess of 7,000 vessels in its 200-year history, Fincantieri has a network of 20 shipyards across four continents, three design centres and a research centre, making it one of the largest Western shipyards in the world.
Heesen Yachts is known as one of the world’s luxury yacht builders, specialising in custom superyachts in the 30- to 65-metre range, but with the additional capability of building vessels of 80 metres and above.
With a focus on quality and innovation, Heesen has created many custom yachts with no two yachts the same. Founded in 1978, it was the first Dutch shipyard to employ aluminium for yacht hulls. In its 35 years, it has delivered nearly 170 yachts, with aluminium, steel, displacement, semi-displacement and revolutionary fast displacement yachts making up its fleet. Its most famous vessels include the 65-metre M/Y Galatica Star (pictured), 70-metre Galatica Super Nova and 55-metre Serenity.
Based in Germany, Lürssen is one of the world's leading shipyards for large luxury yacht building, with a focus on excellence in custom-built superyachts. A family-owned shipyard for four generations, it can claim the accolade of building the world’s first motor yacht back in 1886.
Responsible for building more than 13,000 vessels since 1875, Lürssen currently has five shipyard facilities in Northern Germany, with each specialising in a specific size of yacht ranging from 60 to 220 metres in length. Together these facilities offer 1,125,000m2 of space for new builds, as well as refit, repair and maintenance services.
Lürssen builds some of the largest luxury yachts in the world, including M/Y Azzam (pictured) the world’s current largest superyacht at 180 metres LOA, and a further four of the 10 largest yachts in the world today. Few would argue that Lürssen is a true great among the very luxury yacht builders.
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Preparing to celebrate its 115th birthday in 2020, Nobiskrug began shipbuilding long before the term ‘superyacht’ was even coined. Drawing on its extensive experience in seagoing vessels, the shipyard turned to yacht building in 2000 with the completion of its inaugural superyacht project M/Y Tatoosh (92 metres). It has since delivered an impressive portfolio of innovative custom-built superyachts, pledging to work on a single project for a single client to build superyachts ready for the 22nd century. A big statement of intent.
With three facilities in Northern Germany, the shipyard can currently build vessels ranging from 60 to 426 metres in length. Over 900 in-house employees work across the three sites, where they have developed and built numerous award-winning superyachts, including one of the industry’s most talked about vessels, Sailing Yacht A.
Oceanco specialises in building sophistocated custom yachts ranging from 80 to 140 metres in length. Offering a highly personal service to clients, Oceanco is positioned with state of the art yacht-building facilities in the Netherlands and with a design, sales and marketing office in Monaco.
The builder celebrated its first launch in 1992, and over 25 years later its portfolio now includes well-known superyachts such as the 95-metre M/Y Indian Empress, 82-metre Alfa Nero, 88.5-metre Nirvana and 91.5-metre Equanimity (pictured).
The Perini Navi Group is made up of four independent companies that operate in five specific markets: Sailing yachts up to 60 metres, large sailing yachts more than 60 metres, racing sailing yachts, fast cruising sailing yachts and Picchiotti motor yachts.
To date the Group has launched 58 sailing yachts and four motor yachts. Its track record for innovative sailing yachts has seen it set the standard for excellence in the sector, launching more over 50m than any other builder. It's responsible for the iconic 88m three-masted schooner Maltese Falcon (pictured), which currently holds the title of the second largest sailing yacht in the world, and other award-winning sailing yachts, such as the 73m Grace E, 55m Galileo G and 50m Exuma.
Biggest yacht brands in the world
These leading superyacht shipyards and motor yacht manufacturers are among the biggest and most powerful brands in the global yachting industry. Signifiers of quality and opulence, these are the names owners are desperate to align themselves with.
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