Biggest superyacht? It’s the 590-foot Azzam … for now

Author:
Updated:
Original:

When it comes to boat envy, billionaires are in a different realm as they vie to own the largest superyacht in the world.

The launch of the 590-foot Azzam — and its mystery owner — have bumped Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's Eclipse, at a mere 533 feet, from the top perch.

Prior to Eclipse, the 482-foot Prince Abdulaziz, owned by the Saudi royal family, held the record for 22 years. And before it, American billionaire Larry Ellison’s Rising Sun was the record holder at 454 feet and a $200 million price tag.

Azzam is not only the world’s largest superyacht, but it’s also the fastest, according to a report by CNN, with a top speed of more than 30 knots.

Building the yacht cost $605 million, which does not begin to consider the annual upkeep. In his book on the 187-foot Lady Linda, “Grand Ambition,” author G. Bruce Knecht writes that "operating and maintaining a yacht is at least 10 percent of what the thing cost."

By that estimation, just keeping Azzam on the water could cost as much as $60 million a year.

Click here for the CNN report, which includes a slide show of Azzam’s launch.

Related

NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.