The Top Five Fastest Yachts in the World

By Jenna Mehdi

We took a look at the top five fastest superyachts and luxury yachts on the water today. Ranging from speeds of 62 Knots up to a whopping 70 Knots, these breakneck builds are sure to satisfy the cravings of the most insatiable adrenaline junkies...

1. World Is Not Enough - Millennium Superyachts - 70 Knots
The fastest yacht in the world reaches a record-breaking top speed of around 70 knots. The Milennium 140 World Is Not Enough has retained the title of the world’s fastest yacht since she was delivered in 2004 to one of the most public superyacht owners in the world, John Staluppi. Incredibly for a superyacht of this size, World Is Not Enough is a fully fledged and outfitted superyacht at 42.4m, complete with advanced audio-visual systems and accommodation for 10 guests in 5 luxurious cabins. 

The superyacht achieves her racing speeds by virtue of an all-aluminium build, V-shaped hull, and two 18VP185 Paxman Diesel engines providing 5300 hp each combined with twin Lycoming TF40 turbine jet engines - able to generate a total power of 20.000 HP. The result is an extremely streamlined, exhilarating and comfortable feel as the yacht cuts through the water, offering minimal noise levels and vibration underway.  

2. Foners - Astilleros Bazan - 70 Knots
In joint first place at a similar top speed of roughly 70 knots is the 41.5m Foners (ex Fortuna). Boasting a colourful and intrepid history, Foners was built in 2000 by Spain’s Astilleros Bazan yard for then-Spanish King Juan Carlos I as a gift by businessmen in the Balearic Islands, and has since been renounced by the royal family in a display of austerity. Powered by two 1280 HP MAN engines and three Rolls Royce 6,700 HP gas turbines driving three KaMeWa water jets, Foners was the fastest superyacht in the world upon delivery until World Is Not Enough matched her high-octane abilities in 2004. 

3. Galeocerdo - Wally Yachts - 65 Knots
Galeocerdo (118 Wallypower) is the 36m ultra light carbon fiber boat built for Luca Bassani, founder of Italian shipyard Wally Yachts. The fascinating design of the boat, composed of geometric shapes, extensive use of glass, a simple and clean interior layout and sage colours, gives her an impressively futuristic character despite having been delivered in 2002. But this is not the only appeal of the iconic yacht; at top speeds of 65 knots, Galeocerdo can shift from luxury superyacht to speed boat in a matter of moments, with minimal noise or vibrations. Galeocerdo is powered by three DDC TF50 gas Turbines and two Cummins 370 horsepower engines; a combination quite common on smaller warships but not so on super yachts. She can achieve a range of 380 nautical miles while cruising at a speed of 60 knots or 1,500 nautical miles at nine knots.  

4. Gentry Eagle - Vosper Thornycroft - 63 Knots
Gentry Eagle was delivered in 1988 by Vosper Thornycroft, built for American racer Tom Gentry in an attempt to break the record for fastest Atlantic crossing (held at the time by Virgin’s Richard Branson). The 35.6m yacht was damaged on the first crossing, and returned a year later to steal Branson’s title, making a journey time of just over 62 hours. Revamped in perfume mogul Thierry Mugler’s Couture Collection a few years ago, Gentry Eagle retains a timeless and iconic appeal for its proud history, iconic design and lightning speeds. The speedy superyacht is powered by two Lycoming TF40 Engines reaching a combined horsepower of almost 24,000. 

5. Kereon - AB Yachts - 62.3 Knots
Kereon, the 27m luxury yacht delivered in 2005 by AB Yachts in Italy to industry acclaim. A masterpiece of Italian craftsmanship and performance, Kereon’s streamlined profile is made up of carbon and kevlar allowing for a lightweight and high-speed structure. Not much is known about Kereon, other than that she is powered by twin 20KW Kohler engines and accommodates for six guests comfortably in three staterooms. 

Superyacht aficionados and lovers of fast yachts in 2020 may notice that the heyday for high speed luxury yacht deliveries seemed to reach its peak in the early to mid noughties. Is fast yacht build a thing of the past? And if not, who will be next to break the long-held record?

By Jenna Mehdi
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