Ownership of a luxury yacht is synonymous of unrivaled wealth, a status symbol and floating extravagance that only the world’s richest can possibly afford. They first began to appear at the beginning of the 20th century when wealthy individuals started to commission the construction of large private yachts for their own personal pleasure. Some of the earliest examples include the Christina O and the Savarona with a massive growth in popularity of luxury yachts taking place between 1997 and 2008. So, what originally started out as a fairly simple vessel with basic accommodation has quickly evolved into specimens incorporating features comprising the height of sophistication and luxury.
1.Streets of Monaco
As the name indicates this luxury yacht comprises a floating replica of the city of Monaco. To be more precise, the Streets of Monaco is modelled on a section of Monte Carlo and expected to cost over $1.1 billion. The reason for such a hefty price tag is that, unlike your more traditional luxury liner, this extraordinary 500-foot superyacht by Yacht Island Design of Derbyshire County in England, features scaled-down reproductions of landmarks from the billionaire playground of Monaco. They include the famous Monte Carlo Casino and racetrack, as well as Hotel de Paris. Cafe de Paris, La Rascasse and the Loews Hotel. Streets of Monaco also boasts swimming pools and tennis courts in addition to sumptuous living quarters imitating those featuring in Monaco’s finest hotels.
Finally, boasting the world’s most expensive yacht is the History Supreme. This pricey 100-foot vessel was designed by world-renowned UK luxury designer Stuart Hughes, took over 3 years to complete and was purchased by an anonymous Malaysian businessman for a whopping $4.5 billion dollars! This staggering sum is owed to the solid gold and platinum used to assembly this luxury liner which features no less than 100,000 kg (220,000 Ibs) of these precious metals. They adorn the entirety of the boat right from the base of the vessel, coated in a thin layer of solid gold, to the dining area, deck, rails, staircases and anchor.
Just by sheer size,Annaliese can easily be categorised as a megayacht, with an impressive LOA of 80 metres and a 13.5 metre beam. She was built entirely at the shipyard’s Ancona facilities, which can accommodate vessels of up to 90 metres LOA, and was launched from there during a festive ceremony on January 12th. The five deck pinnacle of elegance, excluding the sub-lower deck for technical areas, boasts an impressive array of spacious guest areas, lavish accommodations and some surprising features that, all combined, assure every guest a magnificent stay onboard.
The DynaRig owes its origin to work done in the sixties by Wilhelm Prölss , at the time he believed the system could provide additional propulsion for ships. The DynaRig is effectively a square rig, the mast is freestanding and the yards are connected rigidly to the mast, in this case each mast supports six yards. The yards, unlike a conventional square rigger, have built in camber of 12%. The sails set between the yards in such a way that when deployed there are no gaps to the sail plan enabling each spar’s sail plan to work as a single sail. The sails, when not deployed, furl into the mast. The sail is trimmed to the wind direction by rotating the mast. As there is no rigging the yards have no restriction on rotation and this taken together with the curved (shaped) yards, low windage and effective single piece sail combine to give the rig improved aerodynamic efficiency compared to a traditional square rigger.
The project was originally created for an owner who had a change of heart during the development process, only for the reigns to be picked up by Fincantieri who continued the design process.
She currently sits at the Fincantieri yard as a fully-engineered and specified superyacht ready for plate cutting at any time, offering potential owners a considerably shorter space of time between construction and hitting the water.
The main design and safety elements of Project Mars have already been analysed and approved by Lloyds and the Cayman Islands registry.
Glass is set to be a defining feature of the yacht’s design with 300-square-metres having been specified for the build while outside living spaces are maximized with 980-square-metres of open deck space.
Al Mirqab is one of the largest motor yachts ever built. The yacht belongs to former Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. The yacht was built at Peters Schiffbau Wewelsfleth yard in Germany. The yacht’s architect was Tim Heywood, while the interior design was done by Andrew Winch Designs. During construction, the yacht was known as Project May.
The Al Mirqab was finished in 2008. The yacht has a length of 133 meters and a beam of 18 meters. The summer deadweight of the yacht is 1,440 DWT, while the gross tonnage is 9,518 GRT. She is built of steel and can cruise at 18.7 knots with a maximum speed of 20.3 knots. The yacht is situated during most part of the year at the Faliro coastal area of Athens, Greece.
The yacht can accommodate 24 guests in 10 guest suites with two VIP suites for the yacht owner. The suites are large; each with their own bathroom, living room and double bedroom. The yacht has a crew of 55, who have their own good-sized rooms. Some of the amenities on board include: a cinema, outside bars, inside swimming pool and outside jacuzzi, sunbathing places, and a helicopter pad.
The world’s largest superyacht is Project Azzam, completed by Lurssen Yachts for unidentified owner in 2013 and 590 feet in length.
Mr Melnichenko is not the only Russian with a taste for over-the-top superyachts. Earlier this year, Moscow-born Monaco resident Vasily Klyukin, the co-founder of Russia’s Sovcombank, proposed the Monaco 2050 superyacht (pictured below), which would include its own helipad and helicopter.
8.Sailing Yacht A
With three masts all taller than the Statue of Liberty and as long as one-and-a-half American football fields, the latest boat from Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko looks set to make waves.
Ranked just outside the world’s top 100 richest men by Forbes magazine with an estimated fortune of $9.2 billion, the 43-year-old Melnichenko is a Russian industrialist with businesses in the fields of coal and fertilizers and has used a reported $450 million to fund the building of “Sailing Yacht A.”
The A helpfully ensures the vessel is first alphabetically in boating registers.
Yas was launched by the shipyard Abu Dhabi MAR in 2011 and measures 462 feet, 7 inches. Yaz is a complete rebuild of a 1978 steel-hulled navy frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy.
The 141m superyacht Swift141, christened ‘Yas’, was successfully launched by ADMShipyards in November 2011; entering the record books as both the largest launch of 2011 and most significant superyacht in recent history.
Yas’s distinctive narrow profile was built on the steel hull of a former Royal Dutch Navy Frigate built in 1978. Her frigate hull and lightweight composite superstructure help to enable the enormous vessel to reach impressive speeds of up to 26 knots.
Yas was styled inside and out by Pierrejean Design in Paris, with a strikingly graceful exterior of fluid curves and volumes, and a spectacular structural covering of glass. She can comfortably accommodate up to 60 guests while modern diesel power and variable-pitch propellers assure a top speed of 26 knots, cruising speed of 20 knots, transoceanic range, and “green” fuel economy. In anticipation of her unusual speed for a yacht of this size, the project was first appropriately named “Swift141.”
Engineer Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi directed the construction of Azzam, with technical engineering by Lürssen including design by Nauta Yachts and interior design by Christophe Leoni. Following a year of engineering, the yacht was built in three years, which is a record building time according to Superyacht Times. Azzam possesses the ability to travel at high speed in warm and shallow waters while providing luxurious and sophisticated accommodations.
Among many other features, the yacht has a main salon with a length of 29 m and a beam of 18 m with an open plan and no pillars. Carrying a submarine and her own missile defense system, it will still travel in excess of 32 knots powered by a combination of two gas turbines and two diesel engines with a total power output of 70 MW (94,000 hp)through four pump-jets, two of which are non-movable round water outlets in the middle of the stern, and two with thrust vectoring capabilities using moveable duct water outlets positioned on either side of the non-movable ones. The yacht was delivered on 9 September 2013.