Despite weeks-long (and in some cases months-long) pandemic-related shutdowns, superyacht shipyards around the world still delivered a significant number of projects this year. While every yacht is significant to her owners, some stand out more than others, if for no other reason than sheer size. Listed in order from largest to “smallest,” these are the six largest deliveries of 2021.
Nord: 464’6” (141.6 meters)
Not only is this Lürssen (below) the largest megayacht delivery of 2021, she’s among the top 20 largest yachts currently afloat. Dan Lenard of the design studio Nuvolari-Lenard, responsible for lines, calls her “a warship wearing a tuxedo.” She was never intended to look like a traditional yacht. In fact, he adds, the owner had one idea in mind for her design: “She must cause strong emotions in every observer.” Strong emotions surely flow aboard, too, since she has 20 staterooms for 36 people in the owner’s party
Solaris 458’3” (139.7 meters)
Eight decks high, Solaris has an equally extraordinary volume exceeding 11,000 gross tons. Her rumored owner is to belong to Russian Roman Abramovich, the Russian businessman perhaps best known globally for owning the Chelsea Football Club in England. In yachting, of course, he’s best known for owning Eclipse, a 533-footer (162.5-meter) that turned plenty of heads upon delivery in 2010. Solaris launched from Lloyd Werft in Germany and saw delivery in February. Somewhat rugged in appearance, she has a few notable amenities out on deck, including a heli hanger on the top deck and a pool on her main aft deck.
Ahpo: 377’6” (115.1 meters)
Spotted in England just a few weeks ago, Ahpo (top) went by the name Project Enzo while in build at Lürssen. The owners are repeat customers of the shipyard, having previously commissioned Quattroelle from there and taking delivery of her in 2013. The 60-foot (18.3-meter) beam should make for an extra-comfortable interior, which the shipyard says has a family-oriented ambience.
Bliss: 310’9” (94.75 meters)
Among all the megayacht deliveries of 2021, regardless of size, this one has our favorite name. How could cruising the world’s oceans be anything but bliss, after all? Bliss should be a good word to describe her interior, too, from Remi Tessier and emphasizing elegant entertaining. The yacht totes a pretty impressive fleet of watertoys as well.
Viva: 308’4” (94 meters)
Bearing abundant glass along each deck, which is further structural glass, Viva (above) is her owner’s second Feadship. The New York-based design firm Peter Marino Architect worked hand in hand with the owner to create a beach-house-like feeling throughout the social areas and private staterooms. Furthermore, the owner wanted clean, uninterrupted lines and surfaces. That explains why all doors in the superstructure are sliding doors and therefore don’t have a single hinge.
Boardwalk: 250’10” (76.5 meters)
Among the largest deliveries of 2021, only Boardwalk has been in a boat show. She made her global show premiere at October’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, in fact. Boardwalk’s interior is by Halffman Designs, a studio established by the former chief interior designer at Westport Yachts. Not coincidentally, the owner’s previous yacht was a 164-foot (50-meter) Westport, which he cruised upon for many years. That owner is Tilman Fertitta, the owner of the Golden Nugget casinos and the Kemah Boardwalk in Houston.
Halffman Designs halffmandesigns.com
Lloyd Werft lloydwerft-yachts.com
Peter Marino Architect petermarinoarchitect.com
Remi Tessier Design remi-tessier.com