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Private Preview 2013: Lürssen

  • Bailey S. Barnard

The title of world’s largest yacht soon will belong to a vessel known by the code name Project Azzam, which, according to reports, German shipbuilder Lürssen expects to complete by the end of 2013. Lürssen is under a confidentiality agreement not to release details about Project Azzam, but various reports estimate its length at approximately 590 feet, which would be nearly 60 feet longer than the Blohm & Voss–built Eclipse, currently the world’s largest yacht. Italian naval architecture firm Nauta Yacht has reportedly confirmed that it is responsible for Project Azzam’s exterior design. Spy photos reveal a possible seven decks, as well as four large tunnels located at the stern waterline, suggesting that jet drives will power the vessel. Reports also say that Project Azzam will reach a top speed of 30 knots, an impressive pace for a yacht nearly as long as two football fields. Lürssen,www.lurssen.com

This article was originally published in the January 2013 issue of Robb Report. Click here to read more articles from this issue.

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