The Most Expensive Yachts In The World: 5 Contenders In 2021

The Most Expensive Yachts In The World: 5 Contenders In 2021

So you want to be a millionaire? To make this list, try Billionaire, with a capital “B”. And remember, the operating cost of vessels this size is generally considered to be 20 percent of the purchase price, annually. So don’t be fooled if you think that some of these superyachts are more affordable than you initially thought (which of course, let’s face it, they aren’t).

While there are many proposed custom builds available for order on the market, for the purposes of this list, we are going to take a look at actual vessels that are already built and available for purchase today on YachtWorld. Oh, and by the way, you can browse, save and share a whole slew of superyachts for sale over 130 feet (which is generally considered the agreed upon, current definition of a superyacht)  right now on YachtWorld. And if you’re really in the market for one of these amazing machines, you can use our Search Alerts tool to stay on top of the fast-moving luxury market.

1 – KISMET by Lürssen: $201,143,800 USD

Update: Price Drop To 198,913,000!

Kismet Superyacht by Lürssen

Above: The KISMET Superyacht by Lürssen. Photo by Moran Yacht and Ship.

What’s better than having 100 million dollars to spend on your dream megayacht? Having 200 million of course! At just shy of the $200M mark (with a recent drop in price in 2021, noted above) KISMET still tops our list as the most expensive yacht in the world for sale on YachtWorld currently. This award-winning superyacht features a gorgeous exterior design by Espen Espen Oeino and a decadent interior by the world-renowned Reymond Langton Design.

Built under the supervision of the Moran yacht construction team, the 312-foot KISMET yacht was delivered by luxury yacht builders Lürssen in 2014. Currently for sale with Moran Yacht and Ship, she can accommodate 16 guests in 8 opulent staterooms, with the master stateroom featuring a private deck complete with a Jacuzzi and access to the yacht’s helipad. If luxury is your thing, check out her other features including a spacious sundeck complete with a swimming pool, full-service spa, and a one-of-a-kind retractable outdoor fireplace. A highly successful charter yacht, KISMET represents the highest quality superyacht available for sale in the world today.

View the KISMET superyacht for sale on YachtWorld now.


Length (LOA): 312 ft. 3 in.
Waterline Length: (LWL): 247 ft. 8 in.
Beam: 45 ft. 3 in.
Maximum Draft: 12 ft. 3 in.
Hull Material: Steel
Total Power: 5,364 HP
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Maximum Speed: 17 knots
Fresh Water Tanks: (39500 Liters)
Fuel Tanks: (183800 Liters)
Number of twin berths: 1
Number of double berths: 7
Number of heads: 30

2 – SUNRAYS by Oceanco: $153,535,800 USD

SUNRAYS Superyacht. Photo: Alex Busher/Edmiston.

Above: SUNRAYS Superyacht by Lürssen. Photo: Alex Busher/Edmiston.

Second on our list is the spectacular 280 foot superyacht SUNRAYS. She is the 5th hull from Oceanco’s impressive Y700 series and was designed by Bjorn Johansson Design with interior styling by the renowned designer Terence Disdale. Built in 2010, every inch of this giagantic boat exudes luxury. With six decks her mult-functional interior layout has been carefully considered for entertaining in comfort. She features a spacious main salon, formal dining area, lavish spa, onboard cinema, central elevator, nine suites (including a master with its own private terrace and jacuzzi) and of course – an air-conditioned gym. SUNRAYS offers a new owner an opportunity like no other.

If you’re on the fence about pulling the trigger on purchasing the SUNRAYS superyacht, you may want to consider becoming a lunar explorer as an alternative. For around the same price ($150 million) aerospace engineer Eric C. Anderson’s company Space Adventures is currently offering trips to the moon, billed as “Circumlunar Mission Experiences”. But don’t be too disappointed when you get there since you won’t be able to get off and shop at the outlet stores yet – it is just a “passby”. When you arrive in the moon’s orbit, you’ll actually be slingshotted back around and head home again. Although we do imagine the views can’t be beat.

View the SUNRAYS superyacht for sale on YachtWorld now.

3 – ILLUSIONS PLUS by Pride Mega Yachts: $145,000,000 USD

ILLUSIONS PLUS superyacht by Pride Mega Yachts. Photo by Ocean Independence.

ILLUSIONS PLUS superyacht by Pride Mega Yachts. Photo by Ocean Independence.

If you’re on a bit of a budget and need to keep it below the $150 million mark, don’t worry, you can still secure the largest gigayacht ever to be produced in Asia, powered by an innovative, Rolls-Royce diesel-electric propulsion system. (Oh, and if you don’t know what a gigayacht is, read our article on what exactly defines a gigayacht, megayacht and superyacht).

ILLUSIONS PLUS is, quite simply, no joke. Designed by Rainsford Saunders and built by Pride Mega Yachts in 2018, she combines performance and comfort while offering the long-range cruising capabilities of 5000 nautical miles at 15 knots. This 290 foot, 6-deck masterpiece features an innovative vertical bow and an abundance of interior volume measuring in at 3,642 gross tons coupled with her unique propulsion system make her a truly unique gigayacht. Pride worked closely with Rolls-Royce to create the aforementioned diesel-electric system along with Azipull thruster pods – so she is ultra-efficient and quiet, without compromising her speed in any way.

View the ILLUSIONS PLUS superyacht for sale on YachtWorld now.

4 – VALERIE by Lürssen: $142,824,000 USD

Valerie Superyacht By Lurssen.

VALERIE superyacht by Lürssen. Photo: Dynamiq Sales & Charter.

The phenomenal 280 foot superyacht VALERIE was built by Lürssen in 2011 and underwent an extensive refit in 2019. With an impressive volume of 2,755 GT spread over six decks, she combines exterior styling by the renowned Espen Øino with stunning interior design by Reymond Langton. Accommodation is for 17 guests in nine well-appointed cabins (with an additional nursery and staff cabin on the upper and lower decks) served by 27 crew.

On the VALERIE, there is no shortage of amenities, from a fully equipped spa with hammam to the heli-deck and expansive private sundeck with a 20-foot swimming pool. Moreover, an elevator serves all deck levels with additional waterline guest boarding access on the portside. Lürssen’s legendary build quality is evident in every element of Valerie’s design. She is a pedigree product and a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most impressive and impeccably maintained superyachts on the market today without waiting years for a new construction.

View the VALERIE superyacht for sale on YachtWorld now.

5 – ACE by Lürssen: $141,633,800 USD

ACE superyacht by Lurssen

ACE superyacht by Lürssen. Photo: Burgess/Dominic Millman.

Ranked among the most elite megayachts afloat, the 280-foot ACE was built at the Lürssen shipyard in Germany and has been maintained in excellent condition since her launch in 2012. Her striking exterior lines and classically styled interior showcase the talents of renowned designer Andrew Winch. With a substantial volume of 2,732GT she has an impressive array of lifestyle spaces and features. ACE was built to Lloyd’s 100A1, its highest class, and features a displacement steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Her twin MTU 16V 4000 M61 engines give her to a top speed of 16.5 knots, with a range of 6,000nm when cruising at 12 knots and a 4,000nm range when cruising at 14 knots.

ACE also features a helipad suitable for the take-off and landing of large helicopters, and is equipped with Quantum XT zero speed stabilisers, making her a stable platform whatever the weather. Leisure facilities include a cinema room, gym, beauty salon, large pool on the top deck and a stunning beach club area on the lower deck, with jacuzzi and plunge pool located adjacent to a large spa with sauna and hammam. ACE has a full line of tenders and toys including a Hinckley Talaria tender, scuba diving equipment, SeaBobs, jetskis and inflatables.

If you think that ACE – sitting in last place on our list of the top 5 most expensive yachts in the world right now – is something to scoff at, consider that the most expensive car in the world – i.e. the most expensive car ever sold – is a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $70 million (in June of 2018). And that was a museum quality showpiece, the value of which was due in large part to the fact the car had won the prestigious 1964 Tour de France Automobile race, and had been driven by famous race car drivers Luciano Bianchi, Jacques Swaters and the renown racing team Ecurie Francorchamps. For the price of ACE you could actually buy two of those record-breaking cars, and still have about 25K left to spare (or should we say, spend on gas). So even in last place here, don’t worry, you’ll still be amongst some fine company.

View the ACE superyacht for sale on YachtWorld now.

Don’t Forget The Cost Of Ownership!

When you look at these prices, remember our earlier point – that a vessel’s cost of ownership is generally around 20 percent of its purchase price, annually. That means the price tag of these stunning vessels doesn’t represent the full picture. In fact, even the ACE, at the deceiving “bottom” of our impressive list here, costs an estimated $28,326,760 per year to own, operate and maintain. Yes, you read that right: $28 million dollars per year just to call her yours. Talk about an expensive date. This is one truly high-maintenance, albeit classy, gal!

Most Expensive Yachts Ever

While we’re mentioning the most expensive yachts in the world for sale today, in 2021, let’s take a moment to pause and reflect on some of the most expensive yachts ever sold in the history of the marine industry. The most expensive private yacht ever sold (by far) was the unbelievable gold and platinum-coated HISTORY SUPREME that sold for $4.8 billion USD. No, that isn’t a typo. $4.8 billion dollars!

Built with a whopping 220,462 pounds of precious metals encasing virtually every square inch of the yacht from stern to bow, this gold-encrusted vessel was the brainchild of Stuart Hughes and incorporated such out-of-this world features as an onboard meteor on display, along with an actual T-Rex dinosaur bone (who needs the American Museum of Natural History when you can just bring it aboard). Needless to say if this vessel were to ever sink (knock on wood – er, gold), there will be some serious treasure hunting to ensue. 

Second place on the most expensive boats ever sold, by our count, is Roman Abramovich’s 533-foot ECLIPSE that was reportedly purchased for a cool $590 million back in 2010. She is currently estimated to be valued somewhere around 1.5 billion in 2021. With nine decks and multiple helicopter helipads plus a submarine docking station, extensive water toy storage areas and tenders in her onboard “garage” that blur the line with yachts in their own right, this is one behemoth on the water. Her art deco interior and innovative technological environment features swimming pools, a massive sundeck, atrium and even her own disco club.

Putting It Into Perspective

Finally, how does all this stack up against the list of the most expensive items on our planet? Well, if you had even a single gram of antimatter, you could ostensibly buy about 118 KISMET superyachts. Although your local marina might have some issues accommodating your new fleet. Estimated at $23.6 billion per gram, this is the most expensive substance known to humans and may someday even be used to power space ships of the future.

According to CERN, antimatter is so expensive because it requires millions of dollars just to create one-billionth of a gram. Turns out even though theoretic intergalactic space travel is becoming more en vogue these days, it’s not quite economical (yet).

Lastly, the iconic B-2 Spirit flying wing – aka the “Stealth Bomber” – by Northrop Grumman, that is legendary for being able to avoid radar detection while carrying up to eighty 500-pound thermonuclear weapons onboard at speeds of up to 628 miles per hour (forget running with scissors in your hands), is estimated to cost about 2 billion per aircraft. So, for the price of the HISTORY SUPREME yacht (above), you could actually have two of your very own stealth bombers and still have $800 million left over for a rainy day.

In Conclusion

In summary, these are some of the most outstanding, elegant yachts in the world that represent the culmination of decades of naval architecture, marine engineering and superyacht design plus the collaborative teamwork of literally thousands of industry experts, artists, designers and technicians. While it’s fun to crack a few jokes about the sheer size and eye-popping cost of these vessels, it’s important to keep in mind these are amazing feats of human achievement. No one built or operates these boats by themselves.

Each one of these yachts shows us, in its own unique way, what we can accomplish together as a species when we use our imaginations and work in sync on a team towards a common end goal. And while the lap of luxury may not be the first place you’d think to look for sustainability, some of the most extravagant vessels afloat today are surprisingly responsible citizens that are helping to power entire industries and fuel amazing technological innovations for the benefit of our entire species.

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