Leander G

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Yacht Leander G at Gunwharf Quays.jpg
Leander G at Gunwharf Quays at Portsmouth Harbour UK
NameLeander G
Port of registryHamilton, Bermuda[1]
BuilderPeene-Werft, Wolgast, Germany
General characteristics [2]
TypeLuxury Yacht
Length75 m (246 ft 1 in) o/a
Beam12.9 m (42 ft 4 in)
Draught4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
  • 2 × Deutz 2,649 kW (3,552 hp) 12M 628 diesel engines
  • 1 × Schottel 170 kW (230 hp) bow thruster
  • 1 × Schottel 195 kW (261 hp) pump-jet stern thruster
Speed18.5 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph)
Range8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi) at 14.5 kn (26.9 km/h; 16.7 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried
Sensors and
processing systems
S & X-Band ARPA radar
Aviation facilitiesHelicopter deck

MY Leander G is a luxury yacht built by Peene-Werft at Wolgast in 1992, which is one of the world's largest yachts.[3]


Leander G was designed by Claus Kusch, who had previously designed two yachts named Katalina for the original owner, Brigadier Sir Timothy Landon. Her steel hull has a bulbous bow, a classic canoe stern, together with a helicopter deck and topped by a three deck aluminium superstructure - six decks in total. She has a range of communal guest areas including a Main Saloon and Dining room on her Main Deck, a Boat deck saloon, Jacuzzi Deck, Observation Deck and Study, a Fitness room, a Dive Room and Swim Platform. There are 10 suites in total, consisting of two Master suites with office/study and a forward facing saloon, 3 double guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms and 5 twin guest cabins with bathrooms. In all, she can accommodate 22 guests as well as a crew of 23.[1][4]


The yacht was ordered in October 1990 by Brigadier Sir Timothy Landon from the former East German shipyard Peene-Werft at Wolgast to replace his yacht Katalina, his second of that name. After shipping to a Hamburg shipyard for outfitting, the arrangement of the interior accommodation was undertaken by Pauline Nunns Associates, and interior decorator Heinz Vollers of Hamburg. Part way through outfitting, Landon decided to keep his existing Katalina, reportedly due to ill-health, and sold the yet-unnamed vessel to Sir Donald Gosling, who took over the final stages of the build at what was described as an excellent price. Gosling (who coincidentally had later owned Landon's original yacht Katalina of 1992) named the yacht after the cruiser HMS Leander, the first Royal Navy ship in which he served.[4][5] She was refitted in 1998 and 2001.[4]

Under Gosling's ownership, Leander G habitually flew the British White Ensign as Gosling was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, but the Red Ensign is flown when chartered (see photograph).[6]

Gosling sold the yacht in February 2016 through broker Peter Insull to an unnamed private buyer, who removed the yacht from the charter market.[7]


During her ownership by Gosling the yacht was available for charter, certified with accommodation for up to 12 guests, serviced by 23/28 crew.[8] Leander G remained one of the most expensive British-owned yachts on the charter market, until the launch of the 280-foot Greek-built Annaliesse.[9] Gianni Agnelli of Fiat and the gossip columnist Taki have previously chartered Leander.[10]

Royal charters[edit]

Following the decommissioning of the Royal Yacht Britannia, she was used by members of the British Royal Family. In summer 2007, she was chartered by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall for a holiday in the Mediterranean. In February 2008, she was chartered by Charles, Prince of Wales and the Duchess for their royal tour of islands in the Caribbean.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "LEANDER G". CharterWorld Luxury Yachts. 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Leander Yacht Specifications". myleander.co.uk. 2012. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  3. ^ Byrne, Diane M. (2012). "World's 100 Largest Yachts 2007 #42: Leander". powerandmotoryacht.com. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Leander G". yachtspotter.com. 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  5. ^ Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010, ISBN 978-1-408-11414-8
  6. ^ "Grand yacht sparks Wills and Kate rumours Portsmouth News". Portsmouth News. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Superyacht Leander G sold". Boat International.
  8. ^ "Luxury Yacht Charter: Yacht Leander". Archived from the original on 22 February 2008.
  9. ^ "For green and country". The Scotsman. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  10. ^ Hamilton, Alan (8 February 2008). "It may not be old Britannia, but it will not cost the Earth". The Times. London. Retrieved 8 April 2008.

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