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January 3rd 2019. By Diane Byrne.

5 Exciting Mega Yacht Deliveries Expected for 2019

From record-setters to trend-setters, these five superyachts will turn heads in the New Year.

Every year, yachts of all sorts of sizes hit the water, sometimes after years of waiting by their owners. In fact, the bigger the project, the longer the engineering, design, and build processes. As much as their owners anxiously await delivery, so, too, do yachting enthusiasts from around the world. Some are fellow customers of the shipyards, keen to see what like-minded buyers commission. Others, meanwhile, are simply admirers of the builders and designers—members of an unofficial fan club, if you will.

Either way, these five projects are among the most-talked-about deliveries set for 2019. They’re listed in alphabetical order.

Artefact – 262 ft.

1. Artefact

In early 2017, Germany-based Nobiskrug disclosed it was building a 262-footer known as Project 790. While she boasted “unique design features,” including a lot of glass, the yard wouldn’t reveal more, including the designers behind her. A few months ago, that changed, thankfully. The yacht, to bear the name Artefact, has unusual window shapes and sizes. They add up to 70 tons (yes, tons) of glass, too. In addition, Artefact features hybrid-propulsion technology marking a first for yachting. Among other things, it incorporates solar panels.

Benetti FB277 – 351 ft.

2. Benetti FB277

Benetti has built some pretty big yachts over the decades, but FB277 is the biggest by far. LOA: 107 meters, or 351 feet. FB277 is the hull number, since the shipyard isn’t permitted (at least not yet) to reveal the yacht’s name. It’s also not permitted to say much about her, other than her beam being nearly 50 feet. Regardless, Australian media are convinced the owner is fellow countryman James Packer, a casino mogul. Interestingly, Benetti has another, same-size project in build, FB275, along with a third yacht exceeding 100 meters (328 feet). 

Bilgin 263 – 263 ft.

3. Bilgin 263

Under contract for a repeat customer, the Bilgin 263 represents two records. She’s both the shipyard’s biggest build as well as the largest yacht constructed in Turkey. Her owner is working with H2 Yacht Design to outfit interior spaces with Macassar ebony paneling and teak soles, for a warm, sophisticated look. Agate stonework adorns some floors, too. Overall, the yacht contains seven staterooms and relaxing amenities like an infinity pool. Construction started in 2015 on both this project and a sistership, due for completion in 2020.

Feadship Project 814 – 305 ft.

4. Feadship Project 814

If good things come to those who wait, then Project 814 will be good indeed. She’s been five years in the making. Like a lot of large yachts under contract, Project 814 is governed by a confidentiality agreement. Therefore, Feadship can’t reveal her real name. Regardless, we can tell you that this 305-footer bears sleek, modern styling by Michael Leach Design. The interior, from Reymond Langton Design, should be equally contemporary. Stand-out features include a two-deck-high private theater—an IMAX theater, no less.

5. Jasmine

Also known as Oceanco Y716, her hull number, Jasmine is a 295-footer. “Jasmine” may not be her real name, though. It’s common for Oceanco projects, as well as yachts elsewhere, to carry a code name during construction, to preserve some privacy. Whatever her real name is, she’ll have accommodations for an owner’s party of 14. A beam of nearly 47 feet should ensure spaces are comfortable. In keeping with current trends, she’ll also have a big swimming pool on her aft deck. Styling is by Espen Oeino, and photos have yet to have been released as of this writing.

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Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.