Any near-50-metre superyacht is guaranteed to turn heads when it docks, but the Khalilah is likely to cause whiplash to passers-by thanks to its golden exterior and dynamic design. The imposing precious-metal-tone vessel was built in the United States of America by Palmer Johnson, and was the largest superyacht ever constructed in carbon-composite when it was launched.
Completed in 2014, the Khalilah was the star of the event at the Miami International Boat Show the following year, dwarfing all others in the immensity of its visual impression, looking like the ocean cruiser of King Midas. Designs of the 49-metre SuperSport vessel originally began in 2011 in close consultation with its owner, according to the Palmer Johnson CEO, Timur Mohamed, in an interview with Boat International.
“We wanted to tick all the boxes of what owners want. The design intent had a clear and bold goal from the start: to create superyachts that did not compromise speed, efficiency, comfort and space. Once we had exterior elements we liked, along with the new hull form, the next [goal] was that design, technology and performance had to be woven seamlessly into the essence of the yacht.”
With a top speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 28 knots, the Khalilah certainly has some power behind its golden carbon exterior. Powered by two MTU diesel engines that offer a range of 1,500 nautical miles, the innovative design of the displacement yacht allows it to move extremely quickly through the waves.
In addition to its striking design and speed, the Khalilah superyacht also offers some of the largest deck space of any vessel in its class. With a 110-square-meter aft deck space executed in teak, it also has a large bow deck that presents the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon in the sun.
The Khalilah has space for no less than eight guests, as well as quarters for an additional nine crew members, it’s easily one of the better superyachts to cruise the Mediterranean on. It is also available for charter via Fraser Yachts, with a weekly price in the summer of around €255,000 (AU$368,707).