How long does it take to build a superyacht? There’s no hard and fast answer. Ordinarily, a 278-foot (85-meter) custom yacht of close to 2,300 gross tons would be in the shipyard for as long as four years. But Victorious took much longer than that. In fact, 14 years passed between the laying of her keel and the official launch in 2021.


Victorious started life in 2006 as a 252-foot (77-meter) project with exterior design by Michael Leach at Marco Yachts, a shipyard in Chile. Rumors that construction had stalled were confirmed when the project was acquired by Kiwi owner Graeme Hart in 2011. He had the unfinished vessel towed across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand for completion. Once again, however, work ground to a halt, and the yacht was eventually acquired by Turkish entrepreneur Vural Ak, who shipped her to Turkey.

The 278-foot yacht illuminated by underwater lights.  

The 278-foot yacht illuminated by underwater lights.  

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