Everything you wanted to know about the best boats on the planet

On a scale of one to 100, what’s a mega-yacht? According to at least one expert, the very largest ships of all represent an upped level of luxury. Instead of entering the shipping business for the money, one team at mega-yacht builder Lurssen said on average, “mega ships are … super-high-end leisure enterprises, of which only a few thousand are built each year.”

Those super-class vessels range in size from 400-cubic-meter mega yachts—those longer than the Eiffel Tower—to nearly 30,000-cubic-meter monohull vessels—which reach out from their bows.

As of today, about 75 of these giant yachts exist:

HOMES

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The Sanya Island Legend (Shanghai), 4,832-square-meter yacht

Designed by:

Maserati Group

ABB (Switzerland), 4,372-square-meter yacht

Designed by:

Aker Yards

ABP

ABB

Smedberg Norden

Sunbright Estates (Norway), 5,817-square-meter yacht

Designed by:

ABB

SHT

St.adler (Germany), 4,697-square-meter yacht

Designed by:

Kaimo Marine Design

ABB

Plante Quirk

Brocade Yachts (UK), 5,369-square-meter yacht

Designed by:

ABB

ABP

ABB

Tordara (Sweden), 5,236-square-meter yacht

Designed by:

ABB

ABP

ABB

Zeebrugge Rockbund (Belgium), 4,977-square-meter yacht

Designed by:

ABB

ABP

ABB

After working on the biggest vessels of all, a part of Doris Staudinger, design director at Lurssen Yachts, is attracted to smaller vessels. Not that everyone needs a boat of that size to enjoy life.

Here are some of the boats they’ve built—to date. These aren’t the 50,000-square-meter superyachts you read about or the ones formerly known as Lyfts. But they certainly are more luxurious and big.

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