World’s Largest Super Yachts for 2015

World’s Largest Super Yachts for 2015

lurssen-rising-sun2Rising Sun

Rising Sun Everyone loves a good rivalry story. In the case of the 452-foot Rising Sun, launched in 2004, her story is about Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. These guys have been competing for years. When Allen ordered the 416-foot superyacht Octopus from the Lürsson yard in Germany, Ellison then placed an order for the 452-foot Rising Sun, which became the second-largest private yacht when he extended the hull from 387 feet during construction.

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Al Salamah
Coming in at number 9 is another Lürssen build, the 457-foot Al Salamah. Al Salamah was delivered in 1999 and then returned to Lürssen in 2007 for a refit. She is reportedly owned by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia.

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Yaz
Yaz was launched by the shipyard Abu Dhabi MAR in 2011 and measures 462 feet, 7 inches. Yaz is a complete rebuild of a 1978 steel-hulled navy frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

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El Horriya
The oldest yacht in our top 10 list by far, the 478-foot El Horriya was originally built in 1865 as a royal yacht for the Khedive of Egypt. In her many years El Horriya has had a number of refits, including two extensions. She is now under the care of the Egyptian Navy but seldom sailed in her role as Presidential Yacht.

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Prince Abdulaziz
Danish yard Helsingør Værft built Prince Abdulaziz in 1984 for the Saudi royal family. At 482 feet 4 inches, Prince Abdulaziz comes in as the 6th largest luxury yacht in the world and reportedly includes a mosque, movie theater and a fully equipped hospital.