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World’s Best Luxury Superyacht Builders, 2020

To begin with, those buying a new superyacht will, therefore, have many questions to ask themselves before settling on a suitable yacht builder and shipyard facility to carry out the build. Thankfully for them, there are a number of luxury superyacht brands that have the ability to turn the biggest megayacht dreams into reality: Elite shipyards with a reputation for excellence.

From Germany to the Netherlands, Italy, and the United States, the superyacht industry employs highly skilled craftsmen and women at shipyards around the globe. The handcrafted vessels can be seen in bodies of water from the Mediterranean to the Bahamas, providing enjoyment for those on board. Here we highlight the best superyacht shipyards in the world.

  1. Feadship, Netherlands.
    The First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders or Feadship happens to be among the elite group of shipyards around the world that produces custom yachts. They work alongside superyacht owners for ensuring that their unique motor yachts are up to the standards of luxury set by the owners. Feadship is widely considered to rank first on the list of the top yacht companies and superyacht builders in the world. M/Y Faith(97m) is one of the most beautiful creations.
    New entries 2020: M/Y Arrow(75m), M/Y Moonrise (99.95m)
  2. Amels, Netherlands.
    1982 Amels turn into a globally-renowned brand leader and expert in the production of luxurious yachts. It is now acknowledged amongst the top superyacht builders and operates out of Vlissingen, Holland. Amels has delivered more than 60 superyachts and offers a full custom and Limited Editions range of yachts, which includes six models ranging from 55 to 83 meters LOA. M/Y PLVS Vltra (74m) is one of the most beautiful yachts. New entries 2020: Amels and Damen Yachts have announced a busy start to the New Year at Vlissingen city in the Netherlands, with 26 luxury yacht projects currently in production including the 78m/255.9ft Amels Full Custom superyacht, which will become the shipyard’s largest vessel by volume on completion in 2021.
  3. Heesen, Netherlands.
    Started in 1978, this company builds and designs luxurious modern superyachts with the latest tech along with a dedicated commitment to innovation and quality. They are known for building top-notch luxury superyachts made out of aluminum. In its 35 years, it has delivered nearly 170 yachts, with aluminum, steel, displacement, semi-displacement and revolutionary fast displacement yachts making up its fleet. Its most famous vessels include M/Y Galatica Star (65m), Galatica Super Nova(70m) and Serenity(55m).
    New entries 2020: With no less than 13 yachts under construction at a total of 731 linear meters and more impressively at a total gross tonnage of 10,114 GT, with deliveries that span through to 2023, the shipyard will be busy with the launch and delivery of four new yachts in the 50-55-meter range. COSMOS is an 80.07m luxury yacht, currently being built by Heesen Yachts and to be delivered in 2022.
  4. Lurssen, Germany.
    Lurssen was started in 1875 and is a family-run shipyard. This shipyard happens to be among the world’s best luxury yacht builders with an impressive record of having produced over 13000 vessels. It also specializes in developing customized superyachts that range between 60 – 220 meters in length. M/Y Dilbar is one our our favorites Lurseen’s superyachts built. New entries 2020: M/Y Hawai(87m), M/Y Lightning(140m).
  5. Oceanco, Netherlands.
    Oceanco specializes in manufacturing custom superyachts up to 140 meters/459ft in length and have developed a number of famous luxury superyachts that are in service around the world. Oceanco has been regularly featured on the list of the top 10 best superyacht builders in the world due to their unparalleled expertise in developing exquisite superyachts. Names like the 90m/295 foot DAR are great examples, but the yard has also built technically advanced vessels like the 109m/357ft Bravo Eugenia, the first Oceanco to utilize its LIFE Design and the 106.7m/ 350-foot sailing superyacht, Black Pearl with some of the most advanced sails ever designed. Its other award winners like Jubilee, Tranquility and Infinity, retain their own uniqueness. M/Y Alfa Nero 82m/269ft is one of Oceanco’s icons. New entries: Concept ESQUEL DP153 (105m/345ft), Concept TUHURA DP118 (115m/377ft).
  6. Benetti, Italy.
    Benetti is not only the world’s largest superyacht builder, it is also one of the oldest. Started in 1875, the Italian builder always has a parade of custom and semicustom builds. The Azimut Benetti Group now has 97 yachts under build over 78 feet. In the last year, Benetti has launched a range of yachts, including Ironman, its sixth Fast 140, 207-foot custom Metis and 226-foot Spectre. New entries 2020: M/Y Happy Me (40.24m).
  7. CRN Yacht, Italy.
    The 262-foot Chopi Chopi was a landmark yacht for CRN when it launched in 2013, showing that the Italian yard could go toe-to-toe with the yards in Northern Europe. Chopi Chopi is still CRN’s largest build to date, but the Ancona facility has launched a succession of custom yachts that have established CRN’s place as the crown jewel of the Ferretti Group. The military exterior of 180-foot Atlante sleek hull of 239-foot Yalla, or stunning, high-tech interior of its most recent launch, Cloud 9 show the range of the custom builder.  CRN IS THE FIRST ITALIAN SHIPYARD TO ACHIEVE IMO TIER III CERTIFICATION FOR A MEGAYACHT.
  8. Nobiskrug, Germany.
    This mission of this firm is to traverse unchartered territories in superyacht design, thus completely redefining the process of superyacht building. With a steady commitment to bringing their clients nothing but the best, they have developed many iconic yachts like the Mogambo, the Tatoosh (a motor yacht), and even the Sailing Yacht A, which is the biggest privately-owned Sail Yacht that has ever been built, still hard to believe this concept looking superyacht has been delivered, showing exceptional build standards and processes in this Superyacht Shipyard. S/Y A is one of the favorites creations of this shipyard.  New entries 2020: M/Y Artefact (80m).
  9. Sanlorenzo, Italy.
    With headquarters in Ameglia and other yards in Viareggio, Massa, and La Spezia, Sanlorenzo is ranked among the top three builders of yachts over 80 feet. In the last two years it has introduced a 118-foot planing yacht, a 210-foot 64Steel (due out this year), the 171-foot custom Seven Sins—not to mention the flagship of its explorer line, the 164 foot 500 EXP Ocean Dreamwalker III, which it launched at the last Monaco Yacht Show. The light-blue steel hull shows the style that Sanlorenzo gives to each new launch.
  10. Fincantieri, Italy.
    This firm specializes in the development and building of fully customized luxury megayachts. Fincantieri has an array of projects and concepts for yachts that range between 70 to 1650 meters in length. They have a reputation of being the biggest Western shipyard operating in the entire world due to their vast network of twenty shipyards and history of having built over 7000 vessels. M/Y Serene is the top build by this manufacturer.  New entries 2021: PLATINUM X 70M

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