Writer Rob Peake lists the 10 largest yachts that were launched during the year. He starts off by mentioning last year?s number one, the 180-metre Azzam, that is still the number 1 biggest superyacht in the world, but mentions that the class of 2014 is far from tiny. The past 12 months have seen some spectacular superyachts hitting the water and Boat International, whome Peake writes for, has been first with the news as the champagne cracked across each of their bows.
Listed are the 10 largest superyachts launched in 2014:
1. Fincantieri 140m Ocean Victory
The Fincantieri is the largest superyacht launched in 2014. Signed by Camper & Nicholsons in 2009, construction began the following year. Since then, remarkably little has been known about the colossal project until Ocean Victory was launched and delivery late this year. Even now only a handful of photos of the boat exist, but we?ve no reason to doubt Head of Fincantieri Yachts, Giovanni Romano, when he says Ocean Victory is ?the highest result which shipbuilding and luxury technology have achieved?.
2. L?rssen 104m Quantum Blue
The new yacht was supposed to be 102.6 metres but at Quantum Blue?s launch in July, she came out at 104 metres, making her the second largest superyacht launched this year. The second largest launch this year is an eye-catching design by the UK?s Tim Heywood that mixes strong, masculine lines with four decks of the finest on-board living.
3. Kusch 100.8m V853
The Kusch emerged fully formed in November this year with dramatic lines, an ample beam of 16 metres, room for 22 guests, a crew of 29 and highly economical diesel-electric propulsion, becoming the third largest superyacht launched in 2014.
4. L?rssen 95.2m Kismet
The yacht's main saloon is vast, hosting overstuffed settees, a bar and a high-tech entertainment system. The formal dining room can seat up to 18 guests. She accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms, catered to by 20 crew members. Kismet became fourth on the list of the largest superyachts launched in 2014 ? spanning over 95m ? after her July launch.
5. Feadship 92.5m 1005
Peake mention how details of Feadship hull 1005 are still a closely guarded secret and photos only emerged thanks to the Feadship Fan Club on Facebook in October after her launch. The steel-and-aluminium hull is 92.5m long ? making her the fifth largest superyacht launched this year? and the boat has a gross tonnage exceeding 2,900 GT. Fourteen guests are looked after by 22 crew.
6. Oceanco 88.50m Infinity
This stunning 88.5-metre steel-and-aluminium superyacht features exterior styling by Espen ?ino and naval architecture by Azure Naval Architects.
7. Abeking & Rasmussen 81.8m Kibo
Measuring 81.8m, Kibo is the seventh largest superyacht launched in 2014. Terence Disdale designed this massive displacement boat in collaboration with the German yard?s in-house team and on Kibo?s launch earlier this year, he advised fellow designers to ?shy away from the wow factor? in favour of downright practicality.
8. CRN 73m Yalla
The first yacht built by CRN on its new 12.5m beam platform, Yalla boasts sleek exterior styling from Omega Architects in The Netherlands, in collaboration with the CRN Engineering Department. The five-deck motor yacht is the product of the Ferretti Group?s custom yacht arm. Yalla was launched in May 2014 and is the eighth largest superyacht launched in 2014, with a 73m hull.
9. ISA 66.4m Okto
Okto?s black hull, silver superstructure and unusual lines certainly turned heads on her launch in August, but with a cruising speed of 16.5 knots, this 66.4m full displacement superyacht is a performer as well as a looker. She is the biggest ISA built to date and the ninth largest superyacht launched in 2014.
10. L?rssen 66m Ester III
A distinctive white and grey paint job, as well as angular but handsome lines, were the headlines at Ester III?s launch over the summer, but it?s her 66m hull that earns this luxury yacht a spot in our list of the largest superyachts launched in 2014. Her interior, by Reymond Langton, was installed following sea trials in the autumn.
Thanks to Rob Peake for this interesting list which is such a good read to finish the year off.
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