The world of superyachts offers a diverse range of yachts, including motor yachts, explorer yachts, and sailing yachts. Each one caters to unique preferences and lifestyles, boasting its own unique set of characteristics. Join us in investigating the main features that distinguish these superyachts. Which one is your favourite?

Pink Shadow. Image sourced from: Design Unlimited

Motor Yacht

Motor yachts are probably what first springs to mind when imagining a superyacht.

  • Featuring expansive staterooms, versatile layouts, extensive decks, and generous lounging spaces, investing in a motor yacht proves ideal for sizable guests groups. Additionally, these yachts provide ample space for an array of superyacht toys, allowing guests to maximise their enjoyment at every anchorage.
  • They can offer a much simpler cruising experience. Their ease of handling and stability contribute to a smoother ride at sea, thanks to stabilisers.


Kenshō is a 75m motor yacht which won ‘Motor Yacht of the Year’ at the Superyacht Awards in 2023.


Explorer Yacht

An explorer yacht is a purpose-built or converted vessel designed for long-distance cruising to remote areas. To be classified as a true ‘explorer yacht,’ certain attributes are crucial. These vessels must prioritise high seaworthiness, typically featuring a full displacement hull for stability in rough seas. Compliance with the Polar Code B is essential for those navigating icy waters.

  • Fuel tank capacity is a critical factor, ensuring the yacht can travel at least 5000 nautical miles at 10 knots. Maintenance simplicity is vital for the extensive voyages explorer yachts undertake, with easy repairs and routine maintenance being a priority.
  • Efficiency and reliability are integral to the design, minimising resource wastage and reducing the risk of system failure. Features like twin engines and generators enhance reliability, reflecting the meticulous planning to endure the challenges of long and adventurous journeys.
  • Autonomy and independence distinguish explorer yachts, requiring the ability to stay at sea for extended periods without visiting a port. Adequate provisions, freshwater generation, waste management, spare parts, tools, and workshop capabilities are essential.


Pink Shadow is 58m. She has an ice class hull which makes her ideal for polar exploration.

Pink Shadow. Image sourced from: Powerboat.World

Sailing Yacht

With a sleek narrow hull design for sailing efficiency, sailing yachts are typically more eco-friendly in design, using more wind power as opposed to engine propulsion.

  • They’re designed with sailing performance in mind and have lower profiles, smaller superstructures, and fewer decks than motor yachts.
  • A sailing yacht accommodates the romantic essence of traditional yachting. Sailing can offer a more exhilarating and immersive experience compared to motor yachting, the sometimes slower pace allowing you to savour the journey.


Koru is 127m. She was delivered in 2023 to Jeff Bezos.

Koru. Image sourced from Oceanco

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