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 Luxury SuperYachts: 13 Crazy! Facts

  1. The World’s Largest SuperYacht (measured by length): Azzam, 180 meter (590 ft) owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi (Azzam is the longest).
  2. The World’s biggest yacht (measured by volume) the new Dilbar.
  3. The World’s Largest Sailing Yacht: Sailing Yacht A, built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko
  4. The World’s Most Expensive Yacht: probably Eclipse, at an estimated US$ 500 million, owned by Roman Abramovich, or maybe the new Dilbar
  5. The World’s Most Voluminous Yacht: it was Al Salamah, with a displacement of 12.250 tons, built for Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia. But nowt his position is taken over by the new Dilbar
  6. The Luxury Yacht with the Most Crew Members: probably also Al Salamah: 94 crew and 40 personal staff, in a total of 60 crew cabins
  7. The World’s Fastest Yacht: World is not Enough reaches 70 knots, powered by gas turbines producing 20.600 hp
  8. The World’s Most Famous Yacht: probably Octopus, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen
  9. The World’s Ugliest Yacht: probably Yas, a converted navy frigate (re)built for Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi
  10. The World’s Richest Yacht Owner: Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle with a net worth of US$ 54 billion
  11. The Man with the Most Yachts (in private use): Paul Allen, with Octopus, Tatoosh and Meduse (he sold Meduse in 2016)   
  12. The Man who ordered the Most New Yachts in his life: probably the late Jim Moran, who ordered 8 new Feadships
  13. The World’s Largest Explorer Yacht: Luna
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What is a SuperYacht?

A superyacht (or super yacht, or mega yacht) is a large and usually, privately-owned yacht, which is professionally crewed and extremely expensive. (A few are owned by state organizations.)


What does a Yacht cost?

A Luxury yachts generally cost more than US$ 10 million, although the most expensive can stretch to several hundred million dollars. Eclipse, owned by Roman Abramovich, is thought to be the most expensive superyacht, and is rumored to have cost more than a billion US dollars. (The actual build price, will probably have been considerably less, around US$ 500 million.)


They are owned by the Richest People on Earth

Most luxury yachts are owned by extremely wealthy individuals. For example someone who purchases a US$ 10 million yacht, will probably have to have a net worth of more than US$ 20 million,  as he will not want to spend all his money on a boat. The larger superyachts (longer than 80 meters or 260 feet) are invariably owned by billionaires. Most billionaires also own or charter a private jet.


The Running cost of a Yacht

The yearly running costs of a luxury yacht (including crew, maintenance, insurance and fuel) roughly account for 10% of the build price, or US$10 million a year on a US$100 million vessel. It seems smarter to charter a yacht….







The Biggest Yachts in the World


Nowadays the largest yachts are owned by Arabs or Russians. The biggest yacht in the world is Azzam (180 meters/590ft) built for the Emir of Abu Dhabi. The second largest is Eclipse (172 metres/564ft) owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Abramovich currently has two yachts: Eclipse and Sussurro (although Sussurro is rumored to be owned by his ex-wife, as part of a divorce settlement). Until 2014 Abramovich also owned the expedition yacht Luna, but he sold her to Azerbaijani billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov.


The largest Yacht by Volume (or gross Tonnage)

The largest yachts are not necessarily the world's longest. One of the largest boats measured by volume is Al Salamah. Built for Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia, it was put up for sale in 2012 (after Prince Sultan died) with an asking price of EUR 250 million (US$350 million). The new Dilbar, built for Alisher Usmanov also seems to be one of the largest yachts in the world. The largest sailing yacht will be ‘Sailing Yacht A’, under construction for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. The longest yacht is Azzam.


Modern SuperYachts

One of the most modern is a yacht called, simply, A that was built for the Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko. Another very modern boat is YAS, a 140-meter yacht which Sheikh Hamdan of the United Arab Emirates converted out of a warship.


Famous yachts

The most famous of them all is probably the yacht Kingdom 5 KR owned by Prince Al Waleed bin Talal (a cousin of the King of Saudi Arabia). It featured in the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again”. The members of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia own dozens of yachts.








Superyacht Owners - UHNWI


Superyachts are often purchased by UHNWI or Ultra High Net Worth Individuals. A UHNW is some one with net assets over US$ 30 million although some experts calculate with an amount of US$ 50 million. It is estimated that the world population of UHNWI is around 200,000 individuals. Around 5% of these UHNWI, or 10,000 individuals, own or frequently use a superyacht. The mean net worth of a superyacht owner is estimated at US$ 680 million, a figure no doubt influenced by the relative high number of billionaire Russian yacht owners. The average age of a super yacht buyer is estimated around 65 years.


Famous Yacht Owners

The most famous UHNWI yacht owners include Roman Abramovich and Larry Ellison. US Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been owner of the yacht Trump Princess, while the world’s richest man Bill Gates does not own a yacht. He owns a large house though, watch Bill Gates’ house here.


The Yacht Industry

It is expected that the amount spent on superyachts worldwide, is increasing 25% the coming 5 years. There is a trend towards expedition yachts, in stead of (fast) displacement yachts, but also new built yachts seem to grow bigger over the years.


SuperYacht Vocabulary


Displacement -  Displacement or displacement tonnage is the weight of water that a ship displaces when it is floating, which in turn is the weight of a ship (and its contents).


Gross Tonnage - Gross tonnage (often abbreviated as GT, G.T. or gt) is a unitless index related to a ship's overall internal volume


Beam - The beam of a ship is its width at the widest point as measured at the ship's nominal waterline. Beam may also be used to define the maximum width of a ship's hull, or maximum width plus superstructure overhangs.


Draft - The draft (American) or draught (British) of a ship's hull is the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of the hull (keel), with the thickness of the hull included. Draft determines the minimum depth of water a ship or boat can safely navigate.


Sloop - A sloop is a sailing boat with a single mast and a fore-and-aft rig. A sloop has only one head-sail.


Ketch - A ketch is a sailing craft with two masts. The distinguishing characteristic of a ketch is that the forward of the two masts (the "mainmast") is larger than the after mast


Range - The distance a motor yacht can sail without refueling


Nautical Mile - A nautical mile (symbol M, NM or nmi) is a unit of distance, set by international agreement as being exactly 1852 meters (about 6,076 feet), compared with the 5,280 feet in a statute mile.


Knot - The knot is a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile (1.852 km) per hour, approximately 1.151 mph


UHNWI -A UHNW is some one with net assets over US$ 30 million


Yatch -A frequently used type error of the word yacht.


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A - Andrey Melnichenko

Ace - Samvel Karapetyan

Aiglon - Abel Matutes

Akula - Jonathan Faiman

Al - Asmakh  -  Ibrahim Al Asmakh

Alejandra  -  Ferruccio Fiorucci

Alfa Nero  - Andrey Guryev

Al Mirqab - Al Thani Family of Qatar

Al Salamah - Crown Prince of Bahrain

Alwaeli - King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa

Amadeus - Bernard Arnault

Amevi - Lakshmi Mittal

Amore Mio II - Evangelos Marinakis

Anastasia - Vladimir Potanin

Anna - Dmitry Rybolovlev

AnnaEva - Roustam Tariko

Aquarius  -  Steve Wynn

Archimedes - James Simons

Arctic P - James Packer

Athena - James Clark

Atlantis II - Stavros Niarchos

Attessa IV  -  Dennis Washington

Aurora - Charles Wang

Aviva - Joe Lewis

Axioma - Dmitry Pumpyansky

Azzam - Sheikh bin Zayed al Nahyan

Baton Rouge - Martin Bouygues

Battered Bull - Donald Flynn

Blue Moon - Richard Duchossois

Boardwalk - Tilman J. Fertitta

C2  -  Ronald Perelman

Cakewalk - Charles Gallagher

Capri - John Caudwell

Carinthia VII - Heidi Horten

Chopi Chopi -  Taha and Najib Mikati

Como  -  Neville Crichton

Coral Island - Sheikh Abdul Mohsen

Crazy Me - Rattan Chadha

Dilbar - Alisher Usmanov

Eclipse - Roman Abramovich

Ecstasea - Alshair Fiyaz

Elixir - Rob Thielen

Enigma - Aidan Barclay

Equanimity - (not?) Jho Low

Ester III - Georgy Bedzhamov

Event -Hui Ka Yan

Faith - Lawrence Stroll

Falcon Lair - Michael Rogerson

Force Blue - Flavio Briatore

Forever One - Bruce Grossman

Galaxy - Hans Thomas Gross

GIVI - Gabriele Volti

Golden Odyssey - Khaled bin Sultan

Graceful  -  President Putin

Grand Rusalina - Rustem Teregulov

Hampshire II - Jim Ratcliffe

Happy Days - David C. Copley

Harbour Island - Steve Hudson

Harle  -  Michael J. Saylor

Hayken - Isabel dos Santos

Helios - Dennis Mehiel

Here Comes The Sun - Alexander Djaparidze

Hermitage  -  Anatoly Sedykh

Ice - Suleiman Kerimov

I Dynasty - Alijan Ibragimov

Indian Empress  -  Vijay Mallya

Indigo Star -  Robert Geiss

Intuition - Patrick E Malloy

JeMaSa - Richard Kayne

Katara - Emir of Qatar

Kibo - Alexander Mamut

Kingdom 5KR - Prince al Waleed bin Talal

Kismet - Shahid Khan

Kogo - Mansour Ojjeh

Kolaha - Al Juffali family

Lady A - Lord Alan Sugar

Lady Ann Magee - Michael Smurfit

Lady Beatrice - The Barclay Brothers

Lady Britt  - Sten Warborn

Lady India - Laurens Last

Lady Kathryn V - Leo Vecellio

Lady Lara - Alexander Machkevitch

Lady Lola - Duane Hagadone

Lady M  - Alexei Mordashov

Lady Marina - Sergio Mantegazza

Lady Moura - Dr. Nasser Al Rashid

Lady Petra  -  Frans Heesen

Lady Sheridan - John Eddie Williams

Lammouche - Ayman Asfari

Limitless - Leslie Wexner

Lionheart  -  Philip Greene

Luna - Farkhad Akhmedov

M5- Rodney Lewis

Madame Gu - not Andrei Skoch

Madame Kate - Alexandre Grendene

Majestic - Bruce Sherman

Mariu  -  Giorgio Armani

Martha Ann - Warren E Halle

Mayan Queen - Alberto Bailleres

Melek - Turgay Ciner

Monaco Wolf - Christian Candy

Montkaj - Prince Mohammed al Saud

Moon Sand - Charles Ho

Musashi - Larry Ellison

Mylin IV - Micky Arison

Nafisa  - Sheikh Abdul Latif Jameel

Natita - William Kallop

Norge - King Harald of Norway

Nourah of Riyad - Prince Turki al Saud

Oasis  -  Eric Schmidt

Octopus - Paul Allen - with interior photos!

Odessa - Len Blavatnik

Pacific - Leonid Mikhelson

Paloma - Vincent Bollore

Param Jamuna IV - Prakash Hinduja

Paramour - Michael O’Keeffe


Party Girl - Charles West

Pegasus VIII - Prince Mohammad bin Salman

Pelorus - David Geffen

Plan B - Ted Waitt

Phoenix 2 - Jan Kulczyk

Predator - Iksander Makhmudov

Privacy - Tiger Woods

Quantum Blue - Sergey Galitskiy

Quattroelle - Majid al Futtaim

Radiant - Abdullah al Futtaim

Rhino - Roy E Carroll

Rising Sun - David Geffen

ROCK.IT - Jimmy John Liautaud

Royal Romance - Viktor Medvedchuk

Samadhi - Daniel Loeb

Samar  -  Kutayba Alghanim

Sapphire  -  Filaret Galchev

Sarafsa - Prince Fahad bin Sultan al Saud

Satori - Eric Benson

Savannah - Lukas Lundin

Sea Force One - Raffaele Costa

Seahawk - Jurgen Friedrich

Sealyon - Anthony Lyons

Sea Owl - Robert Mercer

Secret - Nancy Walton

Serene -  Yuri Shefler

Shahnaz  - Waleed bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim

Siran - Bob Manoukian

Sirona - Micky Arison

Skat  - Charles Simonyi

Slipstream - Jack Cowin

Solemar - Mikhail Prokhorov

Stargate - Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani

Step One - Nicholas Woodman

St. Princess Olga - Igor Sechin

Sunrays - Ravi Ruia

Sussurro - Roman Abramovich

Tango - Viktor Vekselberg

Tatoosh - Paul Allen

Tueq - King Salman al Saud

Trump Princess - Donald Trump

Twizzle - Michael Bradfield

Ulysses - Graeme Hart

Ulysses - Johnny Ronan

Utopia - Bill Miller

Valerie  -  Yuriy Kosiuk

Vanish - Larry van Tuyl

Vava - Ernesto Bertarelli

Venus - Steve Jobs

Vertigo - Rupert Murdoch

Vive La Vie - Willy Michel

Wedge Too - Issam M. Fares

White Cloud - Craig McCaw

White Rose of Drachs - Michael Evans

Yalla  - Naquib Sawiris

Yas - Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan

Yersin - Francois Fiat

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