As yet another year draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the largest superyacht launches of 2019. Those curious as to what new developments will characterise the yachts of 2020 should take note at the progress in yacht construction and design seen in these 10 picks. The impressive size of these vessels is matched by their high number of amenities, advanced technology, eco-friendly and radical designs, some of which you can see more closely in our Best of 2019 video.
Topping the list at 140 meters in length and 23.28-metre beam, what was initially dubbed by Lürssen as Project Lightning is not just the largest launch of 2019, but also among the top 20 largest superyachts in the world. In spite of having embarked on her sea trials this fall and currently undergoing preparations for her delivery in early 2020, most details regarding Lighting are still shrouded in secrecy.
Coming in at second place is Benetti’s 108-metre IJE, which was launched in April of 2019 and has been in operation since July. At 3,600 GT, she is capable of entertaining 22 guests within both an interior and exterior design developed by RWD. IJE provides enough space for eight jet-skis, three tenders, and enough fuel to journey 6,500 nautical miles at 14 knots.
Originally contracted by the Italian shipyard in 2014, Zoza was launched by Benetti as their second 100m+ superyacht. Her six decks were put together by Azure Naval Architects, Raymond Langton Design and Zaniz Interiors. The exterior design was refined post-contract with the assistance of Giorgio Cassetta with vast quantities of glass wrapping the main decks and long horizontal strip of glazing on the hull from mid-ship to stern. Performance-wise, the 5,500 GT yacht is fitted with a hybrid propulsion system with diesel-electric engines and two Azipod propulsion units.
Lürssen continues to consolidate its position as the builder of some of the world’s largest yachts and delivered the 95-meter Madsummer in July 2019. Her sleek exterior was designed by Harrison Eidsgaard, and boasts a helipad on its foredeck. Madsummer's interior by Laura Sessa Romboli covers nine staterooms capable of accommodating up to 18 guests, who can also enjoy the 12-metre swimming pool, cinema and spa.
At 93 meters in length, Feadship's Lady S comes in at fifth place and features an exterior by Michael Leach Design. At 2,999 GT, she offers her owner and 11 guests a commercial helicopter landing pad, IMAX cinema, swimming pool, basketball court and an interior designed by Reymond Langton.
Oceanco’s 90-meter DreAMBoat was launched in February 2019 and has been in operation since June of the same year. Designed by Terence Disdale, her interior features lime-stone floors that lead to an outdoor cinema, spa, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and custom-built hydro massage bath. Espen Oeino was responsible for her exterior design, and at 2,939 GT she is capable of accommodating up to 22 guests.
At 85 meters in length, Bold is not just Silver Yachts’ largest build to date, but also the longest superyacht ever to be built in Australia. Her interior is capable of accommodating up to 18 guests and was designed by Andreas Hölnburger of Vain Interiors. Espen Oeino penned Bold’s sturdy explorer yacht exterior, which features a long aft helideck and fuel-efficient design.
Launched in July of 2019, Artefact features five decks and sections of curved glass along her composite superstructure and 80-metre hull. Gregory C. Marshall fashioned Artefact's distinctive exterior configuration and her interior was designed by Reymond Langton. The owner of Artefact enjoys an environmentally conscious yacht that satisfies IMO Tier III emissions requirements. She is capable of temporarily sustaining herself through solar panels and an advanced energy storage system.
Excellence’s submarine-like hull is coated ivory white from stern to her eye-catching reverse bow. She also features protracted panels of glass up and down her superstructure. At 80 metres in length, Abeking & Rasmussen endowed her with a Jacuzzi, swimming pool and limousine tender that is complete with its own garage along the hull's port side. Both her distinctive exterior and interior are the work of Winch Design.
Initially a 65-metre blueprint, Dragon’s design was expanded to span 79.9 metres by Palumbo Superyachts, in concert with naval architect Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec. With a construction timeframe of under 30 months, she was launched in March 2019 and has been in operation since August of 2019. Dragon's interior was devised by Francesco Guida Design, and features a contemporary style, a gym, Turkish bath, sauna, swimming pool and Jacuzzi.