Top 10 superyacht launches of 2018

Written by Vivian Hendriksz

As 2018 comes to an end, we take a moment to look back at some of the largest, most spectacular superyachts launches of the year and share our selection with you below.

Lürssen - 111m TISLürssen superyacht TIS launch in RendsburgPhoto: Klaus Jordan / Lürssen

First up we have the 111-metre Lürssen superyacht TIS. Launched by the German shipyard in Rendsburg in mid-August, not only was this project was one of Lürssen’s first major launches of the year, but TIS was also the largest superyacht to be launched this year. Her timeless design stems from the drawing board of Winch Design and Moran Yacht & Ship, who worked closely alongside the German yard to develop this custom vessel. Offering 4,500 GT spread across six decks, TIS can accommodate up to 18 guests across nine luscious staterooms. She successfully completed her sea trials in early November and is set to be delivered to her new owner early next year. 

Feadship - 110m AnnaFeadship 1007 launchPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times

Previously known as Project 1007, Dutch shipyard Feadship successfully launched the 110-metre Anna this summer in Makkum. Anna is Feadship's largest superyacht launched to date and is the second largest superyacht to have been built in the Netherlands, after the 110.1-metre Oceanco Jubilee. Featuring an exterior and interior design by Michael Leach, this four-deck displacement superyacht offers an impressive amount of interior volume, 4,693 GT. She was delivered to her new owners earlier this year and is currently cruising through the Caribbean.

Oceanco - 109m Bravo EugeniaOceanco Project Bravo Y718 LaunchPhoto: Aurélien Herman / SuperYacht Times

Up next we have the 109-metre Oceanco’s superyacht Bravo Eugenia, who was launched mid-November at the yard’s facility in Albasserdam, the Netherlands under the name project Y718. Listed as one of Oceanco’s most innovative yachts to date, she is the first superyacht to be built to Lateral Naval Architecture new design and build philosophy known as LIFE (Lengthened, Innovative, Fuel-efficient and Eco Friendly). Featuring an exterior design by Italian studio Nuvolari Lenard and interior by Reymond Langton, this 4,500 GT vessel can accommodate up to 14 guests, who are taken care of by a crew of 30. Bravo Eugenia is set to be delivered to her new owners early next year. 

Pride Mega Yachts -  88.5m Illusion PlusIllusion Plus rolled out of the shed at Pride Mega YachtsPhoto: Pride Mega Yachts

The largest superyacht to have ever been built in China, the 88.5-metre Illusion Plus, was officially launched this April, after being started on speculation over ten years ago. Built by Pride Mega Yachts in Yantai, she features an exterior design by Rainsford Saunders Design, interior design from the drawing boards of Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and naval architecture from Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architects. Her impressive volume of 3,603 GT is spread across six decks and can accommodate up to 12 overnight guests in six staterooms. Illusion Plus debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show this September and is currently listed for sale with Y.CO, with an asking price of $145,000,000. 

Golden Yachts - 85m O’PtasiaThe launch of O'Ptasia at Golden YachtsPhoto: Vasilis Demertzis

Greek shipyard Golden Yachts launched their largest superyacht to date this April, the 85-metre O’Ptasia. Stemming from the drawing boards of Studio Vafiadis, with naval architecture by N Hellas, she is the flagship of Golden Yachts’ fleet. O’Ptasia can accommodate up to 12 guests in 11 staterooms, who are taken care of by a crew of 26. Currently available for charter through Atalanta Golden Yachts, she set out on her maiden voyage early July after successfully completing her sea trials. 

Echo Yachts - 84m White RabbitWhite Rabbit launch in Henderson, AustraliaPhoto: Echo Yachts

Australian yard Echo Yachts launched its largest motor yacht to date this August, the 84-metre trimaran White Rabbit. Built for an experienced, repeat client, White Rabbit is the largest private trimaran superyacht in the world, as well as the largest motor yacht to have ever been built in Australia. Featuring an exterior design by Sorgiovanni Design and interiors from ALIA interiors, One2Three Naval Architects created her stable underwater arrangement to ensure comfortable cruising in all weather conditions. At just under 3,000 GT, White Rabbit can accommodate up to 12 guests overnight guests. She was delivered to her owners this November. 

 Turquoise - 77m GoGo launch at Turquoise Yachts in Pendik Photo: Francisco Martinez / Turquoise Yachts

Turkish yard Turquoise Yachts launched its largest project to date as well this year, the 77-metre Go. Previously known as project Victory, Go was launched at the yard’s facility near Istanbul this March. Go features an interior and exterior design by H2 Yacht Design, who worked closely with the owners to bring their vision to life. Her platform is similar to that of Turquoise’s 70m superyacht Vicky but has been modified and enhanced to carry a range of equipment. She is able to accommodate up to 18 guests across eight guest cabins and was delivered to her new owners in June. 

Abeking & Rasmussen - 74m ElandessElandess launched at Abeking & RasmussenPhoto: Abeking & RasmussenGerman shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen has successfully launched the 74.5-metre superyacht Elandess this May.  Previously known as project 6502, Elandess was first revealed to the public in July 2017 when it was in an advanced stage of construction after the steel hull and aluminium superstructure were joined. At 2,065 GT, Elandess plumb ‘Atlantic’ bow is seen as one of her defining features, designed in a collaboration between the shipyard, Burgess and design studio Harrison Eidsgaard from London, who created her exterior lines and interior design. Able to accommodate 12 guests across six cabins, she was delivered to her new owners this summer. 

Admiral - 73m Planet NinePlanet Nine cruisingPhoto: Thierry Ameller

One of the first major superyacht launches of this year, Admiral launched the 73.2-metre explorer yacht Planet Nine in January. Previously known as Project 575, Planet Nine is the 575th vessel launched by the Italian yard, which is part of the Italian Sea Group. This Ice Class yacht features an exterior by Tim Heywood and an interior design from German studio, Fitz Interior. On board, she accommodates 12 guests across five generous cabins on the lower deck, as well as 300 square metre owner’s deck featuring two cabins on the main deck. This 2,100 GT superyacht, delivered to her owners earlier this year is currently for sale with Fraser for €85.000.000,00. 

Hakvoort - 63m ScoutScout yacht launch at HakvoortPhoto: Bruno Buisson / SuperYacht Times

Dutch shipyard Hakvoort launched its largest motor yacht to date earlier this month in Monnickendam, the 63-metre Scout. British studio H2 Yacht Design is the design agency behind Scout’s exterior and interior design, while fellow-Dutch firm Diana Yacht Design created the project’s naval architecture. Scout has undergone several re-stylings during her build after her original owner put her up for sale during the early stages of construction. Able to accommodate eight guests in four cabins, all located on the main deck, Scout is due to be delivered to her new owners in spring 2019. 

BONUS: Benetti - 107m FB 277Benetti FB 277 yacht launch in LivornoPhoto: Benetti

Last on our list we have the bonus entry, the 107-metre Benetti superyacht FB 277. One of the first three 100-metre plus superyachts to be built by the Italian yard, FB 277 was officially launched on December 18 in Livorno.  Completely designed and engineered by the in-house team at Benetti, the FB 277 offers a hefty volume of 3,800 GT and a distinctive vertical bow design. On board, she can welcome up to 16 overnight guests in eight cabins and features a swimming pool next to a helipad. Once delivered to her owners she will be exclusively available for charter for summer 2019. 



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