Super-Size Superyacht Topaz Taking Shape at Lürssen


One hundred forty-seven meters. Put another way, that’s 482 feet… which is the LOA of Topaz, one of the most secretive superyacht projects under construction.

Given her movement from one build shed to another at Lürssen last week, Topaz is a bit less of a secret, at least in terms of what she should look like when completed. The photo here was taken during the transfer, revealing a long, lovely curve flowing aft along her hull. (The handiwork of stylist Tim Heywood, perhaps?) The owner is restricting publicity for the project, so no details can be provided on the interior accommodations or design, nor the anticipated performance.

Regardless, given her LOA, a few things are certain:

  • she’s not much smaller than the largest Lürssen to date, the 155-meter (508-foot) Al Said, delivered in 2008
  • if stood upon her transom, Topaz would stretch the original height of the Great Pyramid in Egypt, which has since shrunken due to erosion
  • her length is the same average depth of Lake Superior, which straddles the USA and Canada
  • upon delivery, Topaz will be the fifth-largest yacht in the world.

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