AB 100 Spectre – This 100-foot Maxi belonged to the Oatley family and won the Sydney Hobart seven times. Launched in 2005, the boat received upgrades in 2009, including bow centreboard and caudal fin winglets on the torpedo bulb. Despite its size, the AB 100 Spectre is far from the fastest yacht on open water.
The ClubSwan 125 Skorpios – The world’s fastest yacht – is one of the biggest ever built. She’s more than twice as long as any previous yacht, with a 175-foot mast that can carry 11,324 square feet of sail upwind and 21,108 square feet of sail downwind.
Foners – Built by the Allisteros Bazan yard in Spain, the Foners has a top speed of 70.1 knots. It’s propelled by three Rolls Royce 6,700hp gas turbines. It’s also the royal yacht of King Juan Carlos of Spain. It’s a beautiful vessel that measures 41.5 meters and accommodates eight guests.
Azzam – While not originally built to be the fastest yacht, the Azzam is said to be 30 percent faster than other yachts of the same size. The second largest yacht, Eclipse, is 536 feet long and was once owned by Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle. Another mega yacht, the Rising Sun, is 453 feet long and is owned by David Geffen.
Gentry Eagle – The Gentry Eagle is another ultra-fast yacht. It was launched in 1988 and set nearly every powerboat speed record in the process. Designed by Peter Birkett and Grant Robinson, the Gentry Eagle can reach 63 knots. It can accommodate six guests plus four crew members.