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Top 10 most-read superyacht stories of 2018

Fleet Market
Written by
Charl van Rooy

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. 

10. Oceanco launches 109m superyacht Bravo Eugenia

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. Oceanco Project Bravo Y718 LaunchPhoto: Aurélien Herman / SuperYacht Times

9. 81m PJ explorer project World sold

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.Palmer Johnson World in NorwayPhoto: Jose A. Martinez Rodeiro

8. Sailing yacht Sila Sibiri stranded in Palma de Mallorca

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. Sailing yacht Sila Sibiri stranded in Palma de MallorcaPhoto: Sally-Anne Moore

7. 40m superyacht Kanga on fire near Dubrovnik

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. Kanga on fire in Olipa DisplayPhoto: Dubrovnik Harbour Master

6. Feadship superyacht order revealed

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. New Feadship Makkum construction projectPhoto: Feadship

5. Inside 98m Aviva’s crazy padel tennis court

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.Location of the padel tennis court onboard AvivaPhoto: Guillaume Plisson 

4. Oceanco ready to launch 90m superyacht DAR

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. Oceanco project 717 launch at the Oceanco yardPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht Times

3. Jubilee changes ownership in largest used superyacht sale of 2018

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.Jubilee motor yacht by OceancoPhoto: Burgess

2. Hakvoort launches 63m motor yacht Scout

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. Scout yacht launch at HakvoortPhoto: Bruno Buisson / SuperYacht Times

1. 116m explorer yacht Ulysses delivered

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.Ulysses U116 on the North SeaPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times

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