Expensive Yachts, Only Billionaires Can Afford
Expensive Yachts, Only Billionaires Can Afford
Owning a luxury yacht means you have unlimited wealth, a status symbol and a comfort that can only be afforded by the richest people in the world. Yachts were started as simple sailing boats with basic arrangements and now they have evolved into luxury boats which have everything essential and more. Below we have mentioned 5 most expensive yachts that only billionaires can buy
- Dubai – $350 Million
The project of this yacht was given to Blohm + Voss and Lürssen shipyards by the Prince of Brunei, Jefri Bolkiah. It was acquired by Platinum Yachts for His Highness Sheik Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum (ruler of Dubai) who designed the decadent interior. The most striking features of this beautiful boat comprise the abundance of sunbathing areas, several Jacuzzis and the swimming pool.
The interior is designed with handmade mosaics and it also has a beautiful circular staircase with glass steps. It is dominated with bold colours and the deck of Dubai has a crew area large enough to carry up to 115 people, a large social area and lounge, a split-level owner’s deck and numerous VIP and guest suites. It also has a helipad that can handle a helicopter of 9.5 tons.
- Topaz – $527 Millions
She was built by Lurssen Yachts in May 2012 in Germany. The exterior was designed by Tim Heywood and the interiors were done up Terrance Disdale Design. This yacht is 482 feet long with a beam length of 70.5 feet and a gross tonnage of 11,589. The twin Pielstick diesel engineering marvel, comes with a power-packed 7990 HP engine to pull at a service speed of 22.9 knots, and can go up to 25.5 knots. The Topaz is equipped with 2 diesel generators to provide power to the stabilizers for all the equipment’s onboard along with the navigation systems. It also comes with an emergency backup diesel generator for emergency.
This beauty features a steel displacement hull and an aluminium mega-structure with 8 gorgeous decks for different exotic viewing experiences. The interior extravagance of Topaz showcases, a large jacuzzi on the deck that beckons indulgence. It has a deck with a built-in swimming pool. The yacht is fully air-conditioned for optimal temperature control. The Topaz comes with fancy underwater lights, double helicopter landing pads, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, cinema hall and a large conference room. Who could the lucky owner be? The Topaz is owned by Shaikh Mansour, the Deputy Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates. He is the minister of presidential affairs and a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi.
- Azzam $650 Million
Azzam was designed by Lürssen Yachts and it was delivered to the President of United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan for around $650 million. Azzam is known to be the most complex boat that has ever been made. However, not only has the Azzam been dominating the headlines for its hefty price tag but also due to its immense size. It is 590 feet long and it is the largest private yacht in the world-beating the Eclipse which is owned by a Russian Billionaire, Roman Abramovich.
In addition, this impressive super yacht is expected to be one of the fastest reaching speeds of more than 30 knots, or 35mph. The luxury interiors were designed by French interior decorator Christophe Leoni which has been described as “sophisticated and luxurious in a turn of the century Empire style”.
- Eclipse – $1.5 Billions
As mentioned in the above paragraph, the owner of Eclipse is a Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and it is also the second most expensive yacht in the world. Rumoured to be worth $800,000 to $1.5 billion, it was built by Blohm and Voss of Hamburg and measures 536 feet long also making it the second-largest in the world.
The size of the boat allows to include many interesting features like disco hall, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, 24 cabins for guests, two helicopter pads, three launch boats and mini-submarine capable of submerging up to 50 metres underwater. For security, the yacht has an in-built intruder detection system, a missile defence system and it also has fitted armour plating and bulletproof windows.
- History Supremee – $4.5 Billion
The most expensive yacht in the world is “History Supremee”. This boat was designed by Stuart Hughes who is a famous designer from the UK. It took him almost 3 years to complete this master piece and this yacht was bought by a Malaysian Businessman for around $4.5 billion.
It 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. One of the most outstanding features of this magnificent super yacht is the master bedroom. It also has a 68 kg 24-carat gold Aqua-vista panoramic wall aquarium graces the master suite and onboard is a liquor bottle ornate with an extremely rare 18.5-carat diamond worth $45 million alone.
Yachts began to appear in the early 20th century when the rich people of Europe were constructing large and private yachts for their pleasure but now they are the symbol of luxury. Only the richest people can afford to have their private yachts.