50 Most Eye-Catching US-Made Yachts

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Europe yacht builders have been known as the makers of the best and the most glamorous yachts in the world. Yacht builders from the United States of America are catching up to them though. Over the years, US-based yacht builders have started building world-class yachts for years now.

Here are some of the best yachts made from the United States.

Evviva

Evviva can accommodate up to 12 guests.

Built: 2007
Builder: Westport
Naval Architecture: William Garden
Exterior & Interior Design: Donald Starkey

Vango

Vango has an innovative arrangement in this series that includes a top-deck VIP suite with its own sun deck and a large formal dining room adjacent to the galley.

Built: 2006
Builder: Westport
Naval Architecture: William Garden
Exterior & Interior Design: Donald Starkey

Amarula Sun

The yacht has a superb deck areas for dining, sunbathing, and lounging by her spa pool.

Built: 2007
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Patrick Knowles

Norwegian Queen

Norwegian Queen‘s tenders and toys are carried on the aft portion of the sun deck.

Built: 2008
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall

Wheels

Owned by NASCAR’s Rick Hendrick.

Built: 2009
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Scott Carpenter

Sapphire

Reportedly, Sapphire was acquired by a member of the UAE royal family.

Built: 2009
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: James McFarlane

Imagine

Imagine accommodates her guests in her 5 staterooms.

Built: 2010
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Sylvie Charest

Mia Elise

Mia Elise accommodates 12 guests thanks to an extra sixth stateroom on the bridge deck.

Built: 2010
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Patrick Knowles

Falcon

The yacht has an interior styled by Karen Lynn Interiors.

Built: 2011
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Karen Lynn Interiors

Tsumat

Tsumat has a top speed of 22.5 knots and a range of 3,700 nautical miles at 10 knots.

Built: 2012
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: JC Espinosa/Ramon Alonso

Lady Sura

Lady Sura has an interior styled by Patrick Knowles, rich in anigre, mahogany, and varied burl finishes.

Built: 2012
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Patrick Knowles

Victoria Del Mar II

Built: 2006
Builder: Delta Marine
Exterior Design: Delta Design Group
Interior Design: Delta Design Group

Arianna

The boat’s interior design is a Polynesian style with Balinese touches.

Built: 2012
Builder: Delta Marine
Exterior Design: Delta Design Group
Interior Design: Delta Design Group
Naval Architecture: Delta Design Group

D’Natalin IV

The yacht’s interior is formal and classical with fluted walnut columns and raised panel joinery in a high-gloss finish.

Built: 2014
Builder: Christensen
Naval Architecture: Christensen
Exterior Design: Christensen
Interior Design: VARO Interior Design

Yanbu

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Yanbu is no longer for charter, and she is now based in Greece.

Built: 1931
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Naval Architecture: Henry J Gielow
Exterior Design: Henry J Gielow
Interior Design:

Potomac

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential yacht.


Built: 1934
Builder: Manitowoc Shipbuilding
Naval Architecture: Manitowoc Shipbuilding/US Coastguard

Reem I

She is a 50.9 metre all-aluminium motor yacht.

Built: 2013
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Karen Lynn Interiors

Haida

Considered to be one of the finest yachts of the immediate post-WWII period.

Built: 1947
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Naval Architecture: John H. Wells
Exterior Design: John H. Wells

Helios 2

The yacht’s most stunning feature is a dramatic centrally positioned circular stairwell, rising the full height of the boat.

Built: 2002
Builder: Palmer Johnson
Naval Architecture: Vripak
Exterior Design: Sparkman & Stephens
Interior Design: Ramsey Engler/ Patrick Knowles

DB9

The yacht can accommodate 10 guests in 5 staterooms.

Built: 2010
Builder: Palmer Johnson
Exterior Design: Nuvolari-Lenard
Interior Design: Nuvolari-Lenard

Bliss

Bliss is the second hull in the Palmer Johnson 170 superyacht series.

Built: 2014
Builder: Palmer Johnson
Exterior Design: Nuvolari-Lenard
Interior Design: Nuvolari-Lenard

Keri-Lee III

She can accommodate twelve guests in a master, two kings, two twins, and one VIP.

Built: 2001
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Claudette Bonville/Marie Meiko

Tacanuya

At 29ft 6in during a complete refit at Lusben Shipyard, Tacanuya is currently under refit again.

Built: 1992
Builder: Swiftships
Exterior Design: Grant Robinson/Studio Scanu
Interior Design: Alberto Pinto/Jean-Louis Mainguy

Stargazer

Stargazer has 7 staterooms.

Built: 1964
Builder: Zigler
Naval Architecture: Zigler (1964)/ Kirilloff & Associates (2006)
Exterior Design: Zigler (1964)/ Joseph Artese (2006)
Interior Design: Joseph Artese

Mustique

Mustique can entertain up to twelve guests in five king-size staterooms and one twin.

Built: 2005
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Dee Robinson

Silver Shalis

The yacht has a cruise speed of 15 knots and a maximum speed of 18.5 knots.


Built: 2010
Builder: Delta Marine
Naval Architecture: Delta Marine
Exterior Design: Langan Design Associates
Interior Design: Jonathan Quinn Barnett

Sovereign

She has an infinity pool on the split-level sundeck, a raised veranda on the main aft deck, and an expansive built-in seating area.

Built: 2010
Builder: Newcastle Marine
Naval Architecture: Newcastle Marine
Exterior Design: Murray & Associates
Interior Design: Claudette Bonville

Lady D

Lady D was once used by Discovery Channel for the making of a series of feature films on new animal and plant species.

Built: 1976
Builder: Quality Shipbuilders
Naval Architecture: Quality Shipbuilders
Exterior Design: Halter Marine
Interior Design: Halter Marine – Interior Design

Red Sapphire Shadow

She can accommodate 10 guests and has 12 crew.

Built: 1981
Builder: Halter Marine
Naval Architecture: Halter Marine
Exterior Design: Halter Marine
Interior Design: Shadow Marine

Al Shoua

Al Shoua being refitted in Gibraltar. No details have emerged about the yacht at the present time.

Built: 1980
Builder: Rockport Yacht & Supply Co.
Naval Architecture: Rockport Yacht & Supply Co.
Exterior Design: Lay, Pitman & Associates
Interior Design: Shadow Marine

Lady Linda

She is powered by twin 3,384hp Caterpillar engines giving a top speed of 20 knots.

Built: 2012
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall

Mi Sueño

Mi Sueno is currently for charter. She has five guest staterooms on the lower deck and a full-beam master with panoramic windows on the main deck.

Built: 2010
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Patrick Knowles

Unbridled

This beautiful yacht features an enviable complement of water toys and a huge skylounge, among other globe-charting amenities.

Built: 2009
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Patrick Knowles

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem can accommodate 10 or 12 guests in a Master, a VIP, three doubles, and a convertible fourth one.

Built: 2011
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Carol Williamson

Hasabi II

Hasabi II underwent a major refit in 2006 and was renamed Chrysalis by its new owner.

Built: 1950
Builder: Welding
Naval Architecture: John H. Wells
Exterior Design: John H. Wells
Interior Design: Reymond Langton Design

Pangaea

The yacht is an expedition yacht.

Built: 1999

Builder: Halter Marine (1999)/ Bay Ship & Yacht Co. (2008)
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Trinity Yachts
Interior Design: Owner/ Samantha Staats

Shubra II

Palmer Johnson’s largest yacht so far.

Built: 1998
Builder: Palmer Johnson
Naval Architecture: Sparkman & Stephens
Exterior Design: Nuvolari – Lenard
Interior Design: Nuvolari – Lenard

Grand Rusalina

The ex-Ulysses-named yacht is an explorer-type yacht capable of traversing the world’s oceans with ease and in the greatest of comfort.

Built: 2003
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Owner/ Ricky Smith/ FMCA

Bacarella

She has four very large guest staterooms on her lower deck. A full-beam main-deck master with a large his-and-hers suite forward.

Built: 2009
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Bannenberg & Rowell

Areti

Areti has a skylounge, an office, a VIP stateroom, and the master suite forward with a private foredeck.

Built: 2012
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Geoff Van Aller
Interior Design: Patrick Knowles

SuRi

SuRi can accommodate not only 12 guests but 6 guests’ staff in the guest cabins, along with 14 crew.


Built: 1978
Builder: Halter Marine
Naval Architecture: Halter Marine/ Boris Kiriloff
Exterior Design: Stan Antrim
Interior Design: Jeffrey Botwin

Lady M

Lady M features large open decks that flow into a beach house interiors.

Built: 2013
Builder: Palmer Johnson
Naval Architecture: Palmer Johnson
Exterior Design: Nuvolari – Lenard
Interior Design: Nuvolari – Lenard

Invictus

She features a pool on the sundeck, a theatre, and a gymnasium. This boat has the capability of keeping her guests entertained for long trips.

Built: 2013
Builder: Delta Marine
Naval Architecture: Delta Design
Exterior Design: Delta Design
Interior Design: Diane Johnson

Golden Shadow

She is a part of the “Golden Fleet,” which acts as the overflow accommodation and support vessel for Golden Odyssey, whose Saudi Arabian owner, HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan, a keen oceanographer.

Built: 1994
Builder: Campbell Industries
Naval Architecture: Campbell Industries/ Francis & Francis
Exterior Design: Francis & Francis
Interior Design: Francis & Francis

Danah Explorer

Danah Explorer has an owner’s stateroom, private lounge, gym, and spa. She also has a movie theater.

Built: 1981
Builder: Candies Shipbuilding
Naval Architecture: Candies Shipbuilding/ Boris Kiriloff
Exterior Design: Boris Kiriloff
Interior Design: Joseph Artese

Global

A half-yacht and half-toy carrier. It features six double guest cabins with balconies, a saloon, a sky lounge, an 8m-long freshwater swimming pool, cinema, games-room/library, and a full gym with spa.

Built: 1982
Builder: Bender Shipbuilding & Repair (1982)/ Shadow Marine (2007)
Naval Architecture: Lay, Pittman & Associates
Exterior Design: Lay, Pittman & Associates
Interior Design: Shadow Marine/ Kimberley Gonzales

Laurel

Laurel’s sun deck extends fore and aft of a central observation room, the forward part being a belvedere terrace, and the aft offering a gym, spa pool and sunbathing.

Built: 2006
Builder: Delta Marine
Naval Architecture: Delta Marine
Exterior Design: Donald Starkey
Interior Design: Donald Starkey

Cocoa Bean

Built in ABS class steel and aluminium, Cocoa Bean has 6 staterooms and can accommodate 12 guests.

Built: 2013
Builder: Trinity Yachts
Naval Architecture: Trinity Yachts
Exterior Design: Trinity Yachts

Interior Design: Evan K Marshall

Delphine

Delphine is the only surviving steam-powered superyacht.

Built: 1921
Builder: Great Lakes Engineering Works
Naval Architecture: Great Lakes Engineering Works
Exterior Design: Henry J Gielow
Interior Design: Henry J Gielow

Aquila

By volume, Aquila is the largest yacht built in the United States.

Built: 2010
Builder: Derecktor Shipyards
Naval Architecture: Derecktor/ Azure Naval Architects
Exterior Design: Tim Heywood
Interior Design: Liz Dalton

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