18 December 2019

A guide to some of the most searched for and sought-after yachts for sale in the world

The global superyacht fleet now numbers in the thousands, meaning there is more choice than ever before when it comes to yachts for sale. However, some yachts rise above the rest to become icons in the industry – because of their striking design, extraordinary features and amenities, or their cruising capabilities, as seen with the current meteoric rise in the popularity of explorer yachts.
most searched for yachts for sale 2019

While all superyachts are luxurious by definition, certain yachts for sale capture the imagination, making them the most searched and sought-after vessels. It is fascinating to examine the data on which yachts rise to the top of the searches, as this information gives real insight into the trends and desires of the yacht-buying market.

To see what our clients are looking for in 2019, we analysed the most-viewed yachts for sale, to see how to better serve and advise. What the data reveals is that many superyacht buyers currently have a serious thirst for adventure. And that the days of explorer yachts having only the more basic luxuries are well and truly over.

Top 3 most-viewed yachts for sale on Fraser’s website in 2019



With a handsome grey and white exterior by heavyweight designer Tim Heywood and a Tino Zervudachi interior of pure contemporary luxury, this 73.2m explorer yacht for sale was always going to draw more than her fair share of attention. Launched by Admiral Yachts in 2018, PLANET NINE is built to go anywhere, with a rare ice-classed hull, commercial helideck and hangar, and impressive 6,000 nautical mile range.

There was a time when expedition yachts often sacrificed luxury for rugged function, but PLANET NINE dispenses entirely with this notion, showing-off a glamorous list of features including a stunning beach club with gym and fold-out terraces, elevator, observation deck, and sundeck pool. Of particular interest in this yacht’s eight-stateroom, 16 guest configuration is the private owner’s deck, featuring a double-master layout, as well as a spectacular upper-deck VIP which opens up onto a full-beam private deck.

Perhaps the finest achievement of this jaw-dropping yacht for sale is the way the outdoors spills into the refined interior, with seamless indoor-outdoor spaces and expanses of glass flooding the yacht with light and sea air. The main staterooms and salons open up to welcome the elements, while dining tables perch on the verge of an exterior designed with seemingly effortless cool. There are of course cosy, intimate spaces on board too, such as the cinema with its futon-style lounges, and the vast library/office/lounge that makes up part of the master suite.

Currently on the market for €85,000,000, PLANET NINE proves that nothing needs to be sacrificed in the purchase of an explorer yacht, but a very great deal is to be gained.


Another global cruising yacht for sale is the spectacular 88m Oceanco vessel, BARBARA. With an award-winning design by Sam Sorgiovanni Designs, this spectacular superyacht has all the luxuries required for setting off on long-haul adventures, from the wellness spa and beach club on the lower deck right up to the massive gym and large pool on the sundeck, where you’ll also find a touch-and-go helipad for exploring distant lands.

The guests on board BARBARA will never want for a thing, with an impressive 32-strong crew attending to the needs of 16 guests, who are lavishly accommodated in eight staterooms including a VIP suite which can convert to a second master – proving once again that a versatile layout is an increasingly popular option in modern superyacht design. The yacht’s adaptable cabin configuration will prove a real drawcard for long-range cruising, multi-generational family vacations, or charter groups if running commercially.

BARBARA’s interior is an exercise in cool contemporary opulence, with a staircase and elevator shaft wrapped in an exquisite silvered tree root system. This yacht for sale also welcomes the outdoors in, with large glass sliding doors leading out to balconies on the yacht’s side decks and providing endless views of sea and sky from the salons. And with a staggering range of 8,300 nautical miles, the views could be anywhere – from Alaska’s glaciers right down to the blue-green lagoons of French Polynesia and beyond.

M/Y BARBARA offers to open up the world in a whole new way for her owner.


The final yacht in our 2019 lineup, is the majestic adventure yacht OCTOPUS. Built by Lurssen with an Espen Øino design, this 126.6m yacht was originally delivered in 2003. Earlier this year OCTOPUS went through a refit, revitalising her interior designs and amenities. The result is an unbeatable combination of features to make any exploration possible, along with a level of comfort and luxury expected from the modern traveller.

Marrying well with the industry’s newfound desire for exploration vessels, this yacht is built for long-range cruising, featuring two helipads for remote adventures and a 14,250 nautical mile range. She accommodates up to 26 guests in 13 beautifully designed staterooms, in a light and airy interior designed by Jonathan Quin Barnett.

Since entering the market in September, OCTOPUS not only wins a top 3 spot with our clients, but also takes first place as the world’s largest explorer yacht on the market today.
Looking at this selection of frequently searched yachts for sale, certain trends emerge. It is abundantly clear that convertible cabin layouts and indoor/outdoor living are at the forefront of modern yacht design.

Even more tellingly, today’s increasingly intrepid yacht owner wants to be able to use their vessel to travel far outside the traditional cruising grounds to all corners of the earth. As such, large yachts for sale with exploration capabilities are the industry’s hottest trend– as well as all the modern luxuries that mean that none of life’s most decadent pleasures need to be sacrificed, no matter how far off-the-beaten-track the yacht travels.

126m (414ft)
2003 / 2019 (refitted)
26 in 13 cabins
73m (240ft)
2018 / 2024 (refitted)
16 in 8 cabins