The 50 Most Beautiful Superyachts Ever BuiltSuperYacht World
Posted Friday, August 27th, 2010
Over the past four months we’ve been asking scores of the world’s leading yacht designers to list the five most beautiful superyachts ever built.
The only rules were that they couldn’t pick one of their own and they had to be luxury yachts over 30 metres.
With the votes counted, we can now reveal our definitive rundown of the most beautiful yachts in the world. We’ve even enlisted some of those same designers to explain what makes the final ten yachts so special.
Click on one of the images below to read more about each model.
The Austrian supermarket heiress Heidi Horten replaced Carinthia VI (see number 1) with this very secret yacht rumoured to run at 26 knots. Voting her as his most beautiful yacht, Rupert Mann of Rainsford Mann Design said, “97m is a good length for a designer to work with, as it gives an opportunity to design longitudinally not vertically and therefore create an elegant yacht which appears low and sleek. What makes the design of Carinthia VII so successful is the enhancement of this due to the pure and elegant sheer line that draws your eye from the bow to stern so effortlessly. The clever trick of dropping the sheer line one deck down aft, gives it a dynamic and purposeful bow shape forward, as if carving its path with consummate ease. The horizontal lines of the super structure are equally uncomplicated, in this instance resisting the addition of unnecessary detail such as fashion plates that often complicate a design. Ultimately I think the strength of the design manifests through its simplicity. It is the most successful of designs, which can be called a `timeless classic`. A design that will be successful in every genre modern or classic and in every decade, that even 7 years later still is relevant and pleasing to the eye. I would suspect it is this timeless styling and the sheer simplicity, coupled with the poise and balance of the whole composition, that is so appealing to so many of us.”
DATA: Year: 2002 LOA: 97m
Builder: Lürssen Exterior: Tim Heywood Interior: Tim Heywood