Seeing a superyacht on the horizon or at a dock with our own eyes is certainly impressive. But photographers have a gift for capturing them in a particular moment in time or just one feature of them from an unusual angle, eliciting awe. Year after year we look at and search through hundreds of images to help you better understand what makes certain projects special. These superyacht photos are tops among the shots that stopped us in our tracks this year.
My Song’s Master Stateroom
Nautor’s Swan created its ClubSwan 80 series for speed and style. Specifically, it’s a fast maxi series for racing enthusiasts, simultaneously being a sailing superyacht with a “second life” as a pleasure boat. My Song, the first ClubSwan 80, belongs to an experienced owner who definitely relishes both experiences. Her interior, including her master stateroom, make look radical, even futuristic. But, it’s actually incredibly practical. The bed, like all the furnishings onboard, can remove when the yacht vies for a trophy on the racecourse. Thin mahogany paneling, exposed carbon fiber, and LEDs set a contemporary ambience while keeping weight low when the owner wants to cruise, preserving her performance characteristics.
ATHOS SAYS SUNSET ADIEU
We’re suckers for sunset superyacht photos. Fresh from a rebuild, the 12-year-old, 203-foot (62-meter) schooner Athos departed Royal Huisman’s Huisfit department in November under brilliant skies. The owner took the yacht to the shipyard in September 2021 with a work list nearly as long as the yacht. She gained an elongated stern overhang, for example, which in turn created space for a 6’6” (2-meter) sunning area aft of the owner’s cockpit. The guest cockpit grew, too. Athos additionally gained a third deckhouse forward for the crew. These and other modifications make the sailing superyacht even more classically appealing whether up close or on the horizon.
Galactica’s Tight Fit
If this picture of Heesen’s Galactica squeezing through the narrow locks in the Dutch countryside doesn’t make you hold your breath, maybe nothing will. The 263-footer (80.07-meter) is among the largest launches from the shipyard, which knew she could pass through the locks and beneath bridges. Still, though, her journey just days into 2022 was much like threading a needle. Even the Dutch citizens who are accustomed to seeing superyachts pass through their villages came out in droves to watch. For a more eye-popping spectacle, check out the video of Galactica passing beneath a bridge on this trip. Mere inches of clearance!
Feadship Launches Juice
A repeat customer of Feadship enjoyed seeing his 233-footer (71.1-meter) launch days into the New Year. While the cursive-writing design of her nameboard is playful and eye-catching, what really caught our attention was the shot you see at the top of this page. Taking superyacht photos inside shipyard build sheds can be a challenge, since the lighting isn’t always conducive. And, let’s face it, construction areas can be pretty drab. But this perspective of Juice still tied up in the flooded dock, looking up her docklines, is just plain cool. It’s artistic, which surely the owner appreciates. An avid art collector, he named his yacht Juice after a work by the renowned artist Ed Ruscha and a term used at art auctions.