Under a Maxi yacht refers to a large, athletic designed sailing yacht with a boat length overall of 70 feet (about 21 m).

Maxi yachts are usually individual individual buildings / custom made and tailored by yacht designer to the wishes of the owner; well-known designers are Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens design office, Bruce Farr, German Frers, and Ron Holland. A Maxi yacht is either sporty design for racing purposes or for longer cruises with passengers. Not to be confused are Maxi Yachts Maxi Yachts, a Swedish manufacturer of cruising yachts.

The watch manufacturer and sponsor Rolex organized a regatta series for Maxi yachts, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

A special sailing class is located above the maxi - yachts, the Super - Maxi class. These yachts have a length overall (LOA ) of over 100 feet.

Selection of known maxi - yachts

  • Boomerang
  • Kialoa I to V ( owner: Jim Kilroy, USA )
  • Ondine VIII
  • Matador
  • PK Boo II (ex CHRISMI II)
  • Il Moro di Venezia I, II and III
  • Rebecca
  • Morning Glory ( owner: Hasso Plattner, SAP)
  • Drum
  • Black Dragon ( owner Otto Happel, Hamburg)
  • Y3K (Wally Yachts ) ( owner: Claus Peter Offen, Hamburg)
  • Alexia
  • Favonius
  • Skandia
  • All Smoke ( owner: Günter Herz, Hamburg)
  • UCA ( owner: Klaus Murmann, Kiel )
  • Zephyrus
  • Rambler ( owner: George David, United States)
  • Magic Carpet 2

Known super-maxi yachts

  • Alfa Romeo (LOA: 100 ft ) ( owner: Neville Crichton, NZL)
  • Wild Oats XI (LOA: 100 ft ) ( owner Bob Oatley, AUS ) almost identical to Alfa Romeo
  • Eleonora (LOA: 161 ft) (replica of Big Class yacht Westward
  • Mirabella V (LOA: 247 feet, 75.3 m)
  • Morning Glory, (LOA: 26.2 m)
  • Phocea, ex Club Méditerranée (LOA: 247 feet, 75.3 m)