Top 10: largest yacht sales of 2016

Written by Charl van Rooy

It has been an active past 12 months on the brokerage scene, with a number of high profile yachts being listed for sale and various 60+ metre sales having had taken place.Here we take a look at just some of most notable transactions that have occurred in 2016.

Leander G

Constructed by the German shipyard Peene-Werft in 1992, the popular charter superyacht Leander G found a new owner in February this year. Her original owner was Vice Admiral Sir Donald Gosling KCVO RNR, a member of Britain’s Royal Yacht Squadron, and was often used by the British Royal Family, notably Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip on a tour of Britain, as well as Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall in the Caribbean.

Leander G features naval architecture and exterior design by Kusch Yachts, whilst her interior was undertaken in a joint venture by Pauline Nunns Associates, Katalin Landon and Heinz Vollers.


After having only been listed for sale for two months earlier this year, the 60-metre Elandess was sold in April after having been listed for €52,500,000 through Burgess. She was sold by broker Glynn Smith at Denison Yacht Sales in the company’s largest deal to date.

Built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2010, Elandess is styled by Donald Starkey and features a stunning interior by Bannenberg & Rowell Design. The yacht has subsequently been renamed Elysian following the change of hands.

RM Elegant

72 metre superyacht RM Elegant was announced sold by Camper & Nicholsons in April this year with Adam-Michael Papadakis having had represented the buyer and the seller.

Complying with passenger vessel regulations, the 2005-built vessel is capable of accommodating 30 guests across 15 staterooms, with an impressive master suite spanning an entire deck.

Ester III

In certainly one of the most unique and controversial brokerage deals of the year, the 66-metre Ester III found a new owner after having been ordered to sell following the ruling of a Gibraltar court.

Sold by Fraser Yachts with Burgess representing the buyer in the deal, the Lürssen built superyacht was renamed Iroquois shortly after the sale and has since made her way to Barcelona.

Positive Carry

Moran Yacht & Ship announced the sale of the 62 metre Feadship Positive Carry in June this year. The sale of the 2005-launched yacht was handled together with Cecil Wright & Partners.

Originally launched as Rasselas, she features expansive outdoor areas including a touch-and-go helicopter capability and superbly designed interiors. The superyacht offers accommodation for 12 in six cabins.


The 58.6-metre Lürssen superyacht Capri changed hands in November after having been listed for sale by Burgess and Y.CO. Parsifal Yachting represented the buyer in a deal reportedly valued at €24,950,000.

Built by Lürssen in 2003, Capri features naval architecture by Lürssen whilst Glade Johnson Design undertook both her interior and exterior design. Constructed out of steel and aluminium, she has a Gross Tonnage of 1,226 and is Lloyd registered.


Now named Party Girl, the 62-5-metre Icon superyacht Meridian was sold in July after having been listed through Rob Newton at Superyacht Sales and Charter at an asking price of €57,500,000.

Completed in 2012 by Icon Yachts and marking the third superyacht to come out of the Dutch shipyard, Party Girl delivered in 2013 as Maidelle. She features a timeless exterior design by the British studio Redman Whiteley Dixon Ltd., while her interior comes from the drawing board of Cristiano Gatto Design.


Another 60+ metre sale in April was Solemar – the 61.5-metre Amels superyacht built in 2003. Solemar was listed for sale by Matt Albert at Yachting Partners International, with Curtis Stokes of Curtis Stokes & Associates representing the buyer in the deal.

With a stellar record as a successful charter yacht, Solemar has been kept in good condition since her launch. She accommodates up to 12 guests over six luxurious cabins, consisting of a VIP cabin in the bridge deck, four double cabins on the lower deck, and an expansive split level main deck master suite.

Lady Lara

Y.CO announced in March this year that the 59.3-metre Benetti superyacht Lady Lara had been sold. At the time of sale, she was listed at an asking price of €35,000,000.

Lady Luck as she is now known, features naval architecture by the in-house team at Benetti and exterior design by Stefano Natucci. Studio Massari Interior Architecture and Design were responsible for her opulent interiors, with all interior furnishings hailing from the Fendi Fashion House.


A year after her launch in Ancona, Italy, and two months since she made her international show debut in Monaco, Wider Yachts has announced today that their Wider 150 superyacht Genesi has been sold. Golan Levi from Swell Yachting represented the Canadian buyer.

The super silent diesel-electric yacht, now known as Bartali, is the Italian shipyard’s first superyacht. The 50-metre Cecilia is currently under construction with construction on the new Wider 125 to commence early next year.



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