The iconic superyacht is back on the market in time for boat show season.

Enigma is a yacht nobody forgets seeing for the first time. One of the world’s most famous superyachts, she has come back on the market on her 25th birthday after years of private use. She is for sale through Edmiston and will be a unique opportunity for someone to own a piece of yachting history.

Enigma was launched in 1991 as Eco for an owner who knew he wanted to turn heads. Built by German yard Blohm+Voss, the 74.5-metre yacht was designed by Martin Francis.


Espen Øino, who was project manager and working for Martin Francis at the time, says: “It was a very interesting project to work on, pretty extreme at the time, and I still think she’s pretty extreme today. She was a unique project for a unique client. He knew he wanted something really special and he did what he had to do to get it! He said, ‘I don’t go to port very often, because I cruise when I’m on my yachts. I cruise, I cruise, I cruise. But when I do go into port, I want my presence to be felt through my boat!’ She’s got a really timeless design, it’s hard to tell that she was designed in 1988 because she’s still so unique, and that’s kind of cool.”

The yacht was also built with a propulsion system that at the time had only taken off in commercial shipping. “We had the two diesel engines, the gas turbines and the waterjet,” explains Øino. “The owner insisted on using waterjets, which at that time was new to yachting, even though it had been used on fast ferries. He was really keen on using those, so he was very involved in that respect. Also unique was that it had an amphibious seaplane on board. Even today there are not many yachts that have had that.”


Adding to the already-long list of innovations, she was built in high-tensile steel (rather than aluminium) to get the right mix of weight saving and strength, and the superstructure was built in glassfibre, which was also unique for the time.

In our milestone 50th issue we awarded Enigma a spot in the top ten of our 50 favourite superyachts, earning her a place in our brand new Hall of Fame.

Industry chatter suggests Enigma may be at the Monaco Yacht Show, which takes place in late September.

Photos by Guillaume Plisson