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Superyacht Scale – Inside and Out

Denison Yachting | May 25, 2023

Have you ever tried to wrap your mind around the sheer size of the world’s most iconic superyachts? Or, better still, have you ever wondered what they are really like on the inside? Well, thanks to this collection of images from some of the world’s leading superyacht photographers, you’ll see they’re probably bigger and even more opulent than you imagined.

This photo essay was curated by Bill Springer.

01 Nord

Superyacht Nord
Photo Credit: Tom Van Oossanen

One of the many things I love about writing about superyachts is my eternal quest to find the right words to describe just how awesome, excessive, massive, and over-the-top the newest and largest superyachts in the world actually are. But even I can’t top how NORD’s designer Dan Lenard of the Italian design studio Nuvolari-Lenard describes the 464-foot-long superyacht that was built by Lürssen in Germany.

“NORD is a serious ship first and foremost, but she also transcends the traditional language of yacht design. She is a warship wearing a tuxedo, an explorer with the elegance of a gentleman’s yacht.”
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02 Excellence

Superyacht Excellence
Photo Credit: Blue Iprod

I was hardly surprised when the 263-foot-long Excellence was named winner of the Best Exterior Design and Finest New Superyacht awards at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show. It’s a revolutionary design from the innovative team at Winch Design, a London-based firm that specializes in designing some of the world’s most iconic superyachts, private planes and palatial residences. And as you can see, the interior is as striking as the exterior.

03 Cloud 9

Superyacht Cloud 9
Photo Credit: Guillaume Plisson

The overall design features symmetrical linear patterns, tactile textures, and bleached woodwork that’s carried throughout all the yacht’s interior spaces. In the main saloon, bleached oak cladding is used with the wood’s grain converging precisely in an uninterrupted continuum of lines. And custom-made lintels and columns give an aristocratic appearance to the space.

04 Phoenix II

Superyacht Phoenix II
Photo Credit: Breed Media

Phoenix II was commissioned by an owner who loves Art Deco design. In fact, Phoenix II is the logical progression the owner made from the original Phoenix—measuring under 200-feet and inspired by French Art Deco style—up to a much larger yacht. But unlike her smaller sister, Phoenix II was created to embrace the unique Art Deco Style of New York, as seen in the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, Broadway, etc. and measures nearly 300 feet long. That, my friends, is pretty much as long as an American football field!

As you can see, the entire interior celebrates New York Art Deco design, while paying homage to the owner’s passion for art and music as well. There’s a Steinway grand piano in the formal saloon in addition to silk sunray-pattered carpets and a ceiling adorned with hand-gilded phoenix birds. The dining room is brilliantly lit from above like a Broadway stage. The forward bulkhead is emblazoned with a six-paneled relief sculpture of musicians. And, of course, the foyer is inspired by Radio City Music Hall.

05 Come Together

Superyacht Come Together
Photo Credit: Tom Van Oossanen/Damen Yachting

Come Together is first of a new generation of Limited Edition Amels 60 built by Dutch superyacht powerhouse Damen Yachting, which was a massive success almost as soon as the project was announced. And it’s easy to see why. Its modern exterior features distinctive lines and geometric shapes designed by one of the most prolific superyacht designers in the world—Espen Øino. Her unique custom color scheme with a metallic Pebble Grey hull with Matterhorn White and Super Jet Black superstructure is distinctive. And her Winch Design interior is timeless and warm.

06 Skyscraper Scale

Superyacht LaDatacha
Photo Credit: Tom Van Oossanen

People ask me all the time: “What’s the difference between a yacht and a superyacht?” And this photo pretty much sums it up. A 70-foot yacht could be as big as one building. But, a 300-foot-long superyacht can be longer and taller than a city block!

They look like ants!

The people (all the tiny white dots) on the bottom of this aerial shot of the initial launch of the 236-foot-long SeaXplorer La Datacha may be the best illustration of just how big a superyacht is. They all look like ants compared to the massive hull that was just launched!

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