Largest Superyacht Launches: SYCOM's 2021 Predictions

By Jenna Mehdi

2021 looks set to be one of the most fruitful years yet for the Top 100 world’s largest yachts. We take a look at the largest yachts set to launch over the next 12 months, with exciting entries from the world’s best known names in large yachting.

Vard - 182.6m REV
The highly anticipated ‘research and explorer vessel’ REV is set to complete next year after some delays. The world’s most advanced research vessel, REV is a different breed of superyacht to our typical Top 100 predictions. Set to topple Azzam from her long-held throne as the largest superyacht in the world at 182.6m, REV is also committed to research and scientific missions as well as exploring the world’s most remote and adventurous regions. We spoke with REV Ocean CEO Nina Jensen to learn more about REV’s sustainability initiatives, some of which are already well underway.  

Lloyd Werft - 140m Project Solaris
One of the largest and most highly anticipated launches of 2021 is the 140m+ explorer yacht Project Solaris taking shape in Lloyd Werft’s Bremerhaven shed. Rumoured to be built for an experienced superyacht owner, Project Solaris was originally expected to depart Lloyd Werft’s 170m shed this year. The yard issued an update on the project in December, confirming that filling and fairing work of hull and superstructure had been completed, and the exterior outfitting was being finalised. 

Oceanco - 127m Y721 
Y721 is a highly anticipated project in-build at the esteemed yard of the Dutch shipbuilders Oceanco.  At 127m, Y721 is not only set to rank highly in the world’s Top 100 largest mega yachts, but in the Top 10 of the world’s largest sailing yachts also. Little else is known about this highly secretive project except that she is expected to launch sometime next year. 

Oceanco - 109m Y720  
Also in the shed at Oceanco, the world caught a glimpse of the 109m in-build superyacht Y720 earlier this year as she prepared for outfitting. Featuring Sinot exterior design and Lateral naval architecture, Y720 is expected to appear as a marvel of stylistic prowess and engineering. She is set to feature an ‘astonishing’ amount of glass around the deckhouses on the main, bridge, and upper decks, affording guests fantastic panoramic views as well as a technologically advanced propulsion system by Lateral. 

Lurssen - 107m Project Icecap 
Sold in 2018 by Moran Yacht & Ship, Project Icecap is a 107m+ motor yacht who is said to be equipped with state-of-the-art technology in particular reference to energy saving and diesel electric propulsion. Icecap boasts a rugged explorer profile, a far cry from Lurssen’s typically streamlined recent launches and suggesting a new venture for the yard in design and build. Icecap will weigh in at over 6500 GRT and come with extra energy efficiency, power storage and heating systems throughout in line with an advanced sustainable ethos from the German yard. 

Feadship - 95m Project 1009 
We last caught a glimpse of Feadship’s 96m Project 1009 in September 2019 as the superyacht left Feadship’s construction yard to undergo outfitting in Makkum. Expected for 2021 completion and delivery, Project 1009’s sophisticated silhouette can be seen as having largely taken shape on her last sighting complete with a large swimming pool on the main deck aft. 

Feadship - 94m Project 817 will be closely monitoring the progress of Feadship’s 94m megayacht Project 817, who we had originally estimated to be launched this year. Last spotted in 2018 heading to Aalsmeer for outfitting, we estimate Project 817 may be one of Feadship’s earliest launches of 2021 and by the looks of her unique superstructure outline certainly one of the most impressive.

Lurssen - 90m Project 1601
After her technical launch earlier this year, we expect to see Project 1601 officially launched and showing off her brand new Espen Oino exterior at some point in 2021. Featuring an intriguingly geometric exterior including an angular hull and striking silhouette, this 90m superyacht certainly promises to provide much design inspiration upon completion - that is not to mention her Dölker + Voges bespoke interiors. 

By Jenna Mehdi
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