KATARA Yacht – The Extravagant $400 Million Superyacht

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Name:Katara
Length:124 metres (408ft)
Guests:28
Crew:60
Builder:Lurssen
Designer:Espen Oeino
Interior Designer:Alberto Pinto
Year:2010
Speed:20 knots
Engines:MTU
Volume:7,922 ton
Price:US $400 million
Annual Running Cost:US $25 – 40 million
Owner:Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

At a length of 124 metres (408 ft) KATARA is currently considered the 23rd biggest yacht in the world. However, if measured by volume she would rank even higher with space for somewhere between 28 to 35 guests as well as 60 to 90 crew members.

This stunning vessel represents one of the big mysteries of the yachting world as not much is known about her interior and exact specifications. However, with the size of a small cruise ship the interior of this mega yacht is most likely filled with lavish luxuries.

Katara yacht interior

The exact setup and interior remain unknown to the public. However, she is rumoured to have a large beach club, multiple gyms, a beauty salon, elevators and several pools onboard.

Her main saloon appears to stretch across two floors and is thought to be the largest room on the vessel. Fourteen cabins for an estimate of 28 to 35 guests are available on board although the exact layout and setup of the yacht remain unknown.

The small number of photos depicting the interior suggest it has a traditional design with classic charm. High-end marble with golden accents is complemented by beige furnishings and warm wooden tones throughout the vessel.

The interior was composed by the Parisian interior designer Alberto Pinto who passed away only two years after the yacht set sail for the first time. His work specialised in motor yachts, jets and luxury hotels and KATARA became one of his most well-known projects.

Yacht specifications

KATARA has a length of 124 metres (408 ft) and an impressive 19 metre (62.5 ft) beam making her one of the largest superyachts in the world. She is built from steel and aluminium and her name is thought to either stand for festivities or the Arabic name for water droplet.

She sails under the Qatari flag and her home port lies in the capital Doha although she was built in Hamburg, Germany.

At 7922 gross tons, she is a very large vessel that would normally pass for a smaller cruise ship. However, with space for only an estimate of 28 to 35 guests there is a plethora of space on board for luxury facilities.

The four radar domes are arguably her most recognisable feature and she has been spotted in ports around the world including the United Kingdom, Montenegro, the Caribbean as well as the United States.

With speeds of up to 20 knots, she is by no means as slow as her impressive size might suggest. Powered by dynamic MTU engines she can reach a range of up to 5,000 nautical miles.

She has an estimated price tag of US $400 million with an additional $25 to 40 million in annual running costs.

Yacht exterior

The exterior of KATARA was designed by Espen Øino one of the most well-known naval architects and superyacht designers of all time. Although she wasn’t his largest vessel when considering length, she was one of the largest in volume at 7922 gross tons.

Despite her size she has a distinct lack of outdoor space with most of her decks being covered, possibly for privacy reasons. The bow is one of the few spaces on her with an open-air deck which includes seating and dining areas but no pool.

While rumoured to have several pools and jacuzzis on board all of them appear to be located either inside or in covered areas. Only on the upper deck a small jacuzzi can be seen which is located under a large awning.

On the stern of the vessel a large helipad is located which is serviced by a Eurocopter with the registration A7-HMD. Depending on the configuration this aircraft can carry up to 13 passengers plus crew. This version of the Eurocopter 155 was especially modified for performance in hot climates and high altitudes.

This gorgeous vessel is equipped with a high-end underwater lighting system making her an even more impressive sight at night.

Toys and equipment

As is the case with the interior not much is known about the exact equipment and toys that this yacht carries. She is said to have at least five jet skis as well as several water bobs.

She carries at least four small tenders as well as being accompanied by a larger chase boat named KATARA II. This vessel is estimated to have a length of 20 m with three guest cabins which are able to host a further six guests plus two crew. Her top speed is 40 knots.

She is equipped with a modern stabiliser system which provides her guests with high levels of comfort when at anchor or at sea. Due to the large helipad on board her owners are able to board with complete privacy which appears to be one of her most appreciated features.

Katara yacht owner

The current owner is Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former Emir of Qatar. In 2013 he abdicated from his role as head of state and transferred power to his fourth son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani who coincidentally also owns a similar yacht built by Lurssen, the AL LUSAIL.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani bought her from Lurssen Yachts Hamburg, Germany in 2010 who constructed this impressive superyacht.

She is valued at a price of US $400 million although the yacht is currently not for sale by the owner.

Yacht additional information

When she was launched in 2010 she was one of the largest superyachts in the world. During her construction with Lurssen Yachts in Hamburg, she was known under the secretive name Project Crystal.

Over the course of the past eleven years she has slipped in the rankings but remains one of the 65 yachts in the world over 100 metres in length that are in operation today.

In 2016 there was a small fire in the engine room while she was in port in Montenegro. While the fire was minor and could be extinguished in less than 15 minutes she was still sent to Lurssen Yachts in Hamburg for renovation works on the interior.

This vessel is currently in private ownership and is therefore not available for sale or charter.

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