With only a few days remaining until we welcome 2019 in the new year, we celebrate a year jam-packed with superyacht news by looking back at the 10 most-read stories on SuperYachtTimes.com over the past 12 months. New yacht launches, used yacht sales and market analyses all made it to the top of the list of your favourite articles of 2018 as we look back at another diverse and exciting year of superyachting.
Just making the top 10 list is the recent launch of Oceanco's new 109-metre Project Bravo, now cruising under the name Bravo Eugenia. An early morning start for the SuperYacht Times media team meant we were on scene in Alblasserdam in time to watch one of the largest yachts ever built in the Netherlands emerge under a beautiful sunrise sky just outside Rotterdam. Photo: Aurélien Herman / SuperYacht Times
In an unexpected twist, one of the most forgotten superyacht projects in recent history also managed to gain some of the most attention on our website over the past year when readers first learned about the sale of the 81-metre explorer yacht known as Project World on SuperYacht Times. Sitting uncompleted in Norway for nearly a decade, this elusive project by Palmer Johnson was acquired by a new owner in February who is now looking to complete the yacht.Photo: Jose A. Martinez Rodeiro
Heavy swell and fierce conditions outside Palma de Mallorca caused the 32-metre sailing yacht Sila Sibiri to wash ashore in October. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident and local aid managed to free the vessel over the following days and is currently being repaired in Mallorca. Photo: Sally-Anne Moore
Tragedy struck Croatian waters this summer when the newly-delivered 40-metre motor yacht Kanga caught fire near Dubrovnik during the yacht’s maiden season. No persons were harmed and all guests and crew managed to escape the yacht safely. The damaged hull was towed to shore over the following days and it is unsure what the current state of the remnants are and the fate of what remains of Kanga. Photo: Dubrovnik Harbour Master
Revealing one of the world’s top superyacht builders’ order book really seemed to pique the interest of our readers as this story quickly climbed one of our most-read articles in January this year. SuperYacht Times revealed that Feadship at the time had 17 superyachts in their order book with an average length of 77.32 metres. Photo: Feadship
The interior of one of the most impressive superyachts launched in 2017 was revealed this year and the impressive padel tennis court inside the 98-metre Aviva was a hot topic when we gave our readers a closer look inside this German masterpiece in January.Photo: Guillaume Plisson
The unveiling of Oceanco’s 90-metre Project Shark (now DAR) was another highlight of the year as we revealed one of the most talked-about yachts of 2018 for the first time right here on SuperYacht Times. Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht Times
With a price tag of €275,000,000 and one of the of the largest yachts on the market this year, the sale of Jubilee was a highly anticipated event in the business and one we covered ahead of the pack here on SuperYacht Times.Photo: Burgess
Some launches are more exciting than others and Hakvoort never ceases to deliver. Set in the tranquil town of Monnickendam, the stark contrast of Dutch history and high-tech superyacht technology is a sight to behold. Not only one of the most-read articles of the year, the launch of Scout also quickly became the top post on our Instagram account, as listed here. Photo: Bruno Buisson / SuperYacht Times
On a lighter note, your favourite story of 2018 was also one of the most fun assignments we had this year. After chasing a tiny blip on the map out over open ocean for what seemed like hours, SuperYacht Times, together with photographer Tom van Oossanen, finally caught up with the 116-metre explorer yacht Ulysses on the North Sea as she made her way south on her maiden voyage. The reputation that comes with the Ulysses name is one of brute force and impressive tenders, and this latest iteration doesn't disappoint.Photo: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times
The SuperYacht Times iQ 2018 Report
Our market report is the most complete in the business and provides in-depth analysis of the fleet by size range, the construction book, the market for new and used yachts for sale and the superyacht builders, as well as a detailed overview of superyacht ownership. It also gives the personal views of Merijn de Waard, company founder and long-term superyacht market analyst, on the state of the market.