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What is a super yacht?

A super yacht (or superyacht, or mega yacht) is a large and usually, privately-owned boat, which is professionally crewed and extremely expensive. (A few are owned by state organizations.) Superyachts (American spelling: Super 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.) Most superyachts 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 metres or 260ft) are invariably owned by billionaires. The yearly running costs (including crew, maintenance, insurance and fuel) roughly account for 10% of the build price, or US$10 million a year on a $100 million vessel.


The history of superyachts

The very first known superyacht was built in 1865. Called Mahroussah she was 145 feet long and was built for the president of Egypt. Superyachts became more and more popular at the beginning of the 20th century when mainly American billionaires started building them for their personal pleasure. Several from this era are still on the water to this day, including:

After the Second World War, Greek billionaires took to building yachts. The best-known of them was Aristotle Onassis. In 1954 he converted a 90-metre long warship into a private yacht which he named Christina O after his daughter. He entertained many famous guests on it –  including John F Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly.
 
In the 1980s many other large yachts were built, mostly by Greek and Arab millionaires. One of them, called Atlantis II, was built for the Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos.  In 1984 the King of Saudi Arabia built a yacht which remains one of the largest in the world. Called Prince Abdul Aziz it is still owned by the Saudi royal family and was recently refitted

                                                                   
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Nowadays the largest yachts are owned by Arabs or Russians. The biggest 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  One of the largest boats measured by volume is Al Salamah. Built for Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia, the brother of the country’s king, it was put up for sale in 2012 (after Prince Sultan died) with an asking price of EUR 250 million (US$350 million). 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-metre yacht which an Arab owner converted out of a warship. 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”.


Superyacht buyers - UHNWI

Superyachts are purchased by UHNWI or Ultra High Networth 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 superyacht buyer is estimated around 65 years. It is expected that the amount spent on superyachts worldwide, is increasing 25% the coming 5 years.


Yacht Charters

Some UHNWI decide not to buy a yacht, although they can afford one. When someone just wants to enjoy a holiday a few weeks a year, chartering a yacht makes much more sense than buying a yacht. First of all the investment is much smaller, as chartering a luxury super yacht will cost around USD 100,000 till USD 500,000 per week for a ‘normal large yacht’. Mega yachts with a length of more than 100 meters will cost much more to charter: USD 1 million till USD 2 million a week. This is a lot of money, but buying a yacht for USD 50 million, with annual costs of USD 5 million is still a lot more.. Also while you charter a yacht, you only have the benefits, and don’t suffer the yachts problems: finding and keeping good crew, paying and arranging maintenance, logistics. Also it is much easier to change your destination with every holiday: just charter a yacht which is already in your dream destination. Famous charter destinations include Croatia, Miami, Newport and the Bahamas.  


Celebrity Superyacht Owners

Celebs are regularly spotted on superyachts. The rich and famous like images of them entertaining on a superyacht. Celebs who own or frequently use a superyacht include:

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Maintenance and annual cost

Yachts are very expensive to maintain. A rough estimate of the annual cost comes to about 10% of the build price. The larger yachts have 30 to 100 crew and staff who live full-time on board. The staff includes not only a captain and an engineer, but also cooks, waitresses, cleaners , technicians , helicopter pilots (the yacht Octopus has two helicopters on board), sometimes a doctor, a hairdresser and security staff. Some yachts employ a master chef, with experience in a multi-Michelin starred restaurant. The captain of such a large yacht often has a lot of experience and training and earns a good deal of money: US$200k – 300k a year is not uncommon. The yacht, its crew, guests and their possessions all need to be properly insured, and insuring a yacht (including third-party liability) can also be very expensive. Third-party liability insurance protects the vessel, and anyone using it, against claims from other people for damage to their yacht or to other property, or for personal injury if the yacht-owner is legally liable due to negligence. It does not cover pure accidents where there is no negligence involved.


Strange yacht names

There are some superyachts around with very strange names. In most cases these names refer to a personal experience of the owner for example:

The most common yacht names are definitely names starting with “Lady”…Lady Britt, Lady Lara, Lady Marina, Lady Moura, Lady Anne Magee, Lady Beatrice, Lady Duvera, Lady Lola, Lady Nag Nag, Lady S…the list is endless.


“Not for sale or charter while in US waters”

This phrase is often seen in advertisements for yachts that are for sale or charter. It means that US duty (1.5% of the value) – which is payable on the yacht’s first formal entry into the US -  has never been paid. So it means that it is either a non-US yacht which has never yet formally entered US waters, or it is a US-built yacht which has been exported and is currently sailing under a foreign flag.






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Palmer Johnson Yachts and Acico Yachts moving to former Jongert facilities?

SuperYachtFan became aware of some rumors that both Palmer Johnson Yachts and Acico Yachts are moving to the former Jongert facilities near Medemblik, The Netherlands.  Palmer Johnson recently reported that it plans to close its Sturgeon Bay yacht building facilities and move production to a shipyard it recently acquired in the Netherlands. The Jongert facilities were put for sale in 2015, as it´s owner VEKA ran into financial troubles. A Veka group company went bankrupt and several activities were put for sale, including the Jongert Yard. We heard that Palmer Johnson acquired the Jongert facilities and will be renting some of the facilities to Acico Yachts…  However, according to the Dutch Land Registry Agency, the facilities are still owned by Veka (September 20th 2015).


Team Led by Paul G. Allen Locates One of the Largest Battleships Ever Constructed


A research team led by Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced battleships. The ship was sunk during World War II and, despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the ship was unknown. Using historical records from four different countries, detailed topographical data and advanced technology aboard his yacht, motor yacht Octopus, Mr. Allen and his team discovered the wreckage in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines on March 1, 2015.  Musashi was sunk by American forces on October 24, 1944 in the lead up to the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The discovery of the ship marks an important milestone in the annals of World War II naval history. The Musashi, and her sister ship Yamato, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed. Commissioned in 1942, Musashi weighs 73,000 tons fully loaded. It featured eighteen-inch armor plating and was armed with nine eighteen-inch guns, the largest ever mounted on a warship. Roughly half of the crew members were killed when the ship sank. M/Y Octopus is one of the world’s largest and most recognizable yachts and reflects Paul Allen's passion for exploring the sea. Launched in 2003, Octopus is regularly used for exploration projects, scientific research initiatives and rescue missions. Octopus was inspired by Mr. Allen's recollections of Jacques Cousteau’s underwater adventures and a curiosity about what lies beneath the ocean’s surface.


Fraser Yachts Announces Strong January Superyacht Sales and New Central Agency Sales Listings


A strong start to 2015 has seen the sale of six superyachts by Fraser Yachts, the world’s leading yacht brokerage, along with the addition of two yachts and six berths to their fleet of superyachts for sale.

The strong sales witnessed throughout 2014 show no sign of slowing down in 2015 for Fraser Yachts. The world’s leading yacht brokerage company is delighted to announce the sale of six superyachts in January: M/Y CALIXE, M/Y FOUR WISHES, M/Y SERENITY J, M/Y LADY ECOSSE, M/Y MR JACK and M/Y DANCING GIRL. Two new yachts have been added to their fleet of superyachts for sale: M/Y MAXIMUS II and M/Y UNO MAS, along with six new berths in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Built in 2005, M/Y MAXIMUS II is a 32.31m custom designed tri-deck yacht from Horizon Yachts. With a huge interior volume, she offers comfort for that discerning owner and is able to accommodate six guests in three extremely large staterooms. The yacht boasts impressive entertaining capabilities, including a top deck dining and lounge area. This semi-displacement yacht has cruising speeds of 14 knots and is on the market for USD $4,995,000.

Also for sale from Horizon Yachts, M/Y UNO MAS was built in 2005 and is a superb cockpit motor yacht. Her stylish interior boasts many upgrades and elegant polished wood-panelling finishes and she can accommodate six guests in three staterooms. The sky lounge is one of the superyacht’s outstanding features and is ideal for entertaining family and friends. M/Y UNO MAS has an asking price of USD $2,050,000.   

In Palma de Mallorca, three berths are for sale inside the Pantalan del Mediterraneo marina. The largest, a 128m berth in the Pantalan del Mediterraneo, is the only available fully exclusive superyacht mooring in a prime, down-town location and is entirely private, complete with its own parking. There is the possibility for the mooring to be sold in two segments, subject to further negotiations. With a lease until 30/11/2026, the berth is for sale for € 9,983,000 VAT PAID.

In addition, two smaller 22m berths in the Pantalan del Mediterraneo are also for sale with Fraser Yachts. The marina was completely rebuilt in 2014 and these berths also have a lease until 30/11/2026. The asking price for each berth is € 714,000 VAT PAID. Also in Palma de Mallorca, a 40m berth in Marina Moll Vell is for sale. The marina was completely rebuilt in 2014 and boasts a fantastic location, only steps away from the historic site of Palma de Mallorca, the heartbeat of the city. With a lease until 22/03/2018, the berth is on the market for € 1,694,000 VAT PAID.

A further two berths are also for sale in the Marina Moll Vell. The 30m berth Moll Vell has a lease until 22/03/2018 and has an asking price of € 1,150,000 VAT PAID, whilst a 25m berth Moll Vell has a lease which runs until the same date and is on the market for € 714,000 VAT PAID.


The best yachts of 2015


Those who have a passion for sports cars as well as yachts will doubtless have heard of the latest release from Lamborghini.


The Hedonist, as designed by the luxury sports car manufacturer, is everything its name says: powered by Rolls Royce water jets, this nippy gem can reach speeds of up to 40 knots. Serbian entrepreneur Boris Ivanovic designed the yacht, calling it the “ultimate boy toy.” He said: “Every little piece is a work of arts and requires hundreds, sometimes thousands of hours to create.

“The idea is to make the best and most beautiful boat in the world.” Indeed, that last claim sounds like an ambitious one, but The Hedonist's design is not over the top – its African mahogany hull gives it a sleek, sophisticated look.

With standard 30 foot models starting at half a million dollars in price, this is one yacht for the flashier sailor. But it's not the only yacht that's catching the attentions of the folks at SuperYachtFan. For the James Bond fans out there, the Casino Royale is quite simply once of the most decadent yachts around. Boasting 6,900 square feet of interior space, the latest Millennium edition of the boat sets the scene for all Bond fands, making them feel like 007 himself.

The mahogany décor is juxtaposed with images of Bond girls emblazoned on frosted glass windows, while the ship also boasts 22 HD televisions, perfect for creating one's very own James Bond marathon. While some visitors may be getting in the Casino Royale spirit by playing online at Spinpalace.com, others can simply admire the roulette wheel carvings as designed by Jeff Homchick. Of course, for something completely different, there is one yacht that was making headlines for all the wrong reasons recently. The History Supreme was said to cost approximately $4.8 billion, and made the top of many 'best yacht' lists, largely thanks to its shameless opulence.With 100,000 kg of gold and platinum used to make its exterior, it almost sounded too good to be true – and that's because it was! It later surfaced that the yacht was completely fictional and simply released onto the internet as part of a hoax.Then again, one of the rumors about said yacht was that its exterior was also adorned with bones of dinosaurs and tiny meteorites, so it's no wonder it was later revealed as a fake...


Latest Yacht Owner News

06/02/2015 US singer and actor Marco Anthony is the owner of the yacht Gorgeous Gal

02/10/2015 Greek shipping tycoon Paris Dragnis owns more than 10 superyachts

02/07/2015 Motor yacht Elsea is owned by Russian billionaire Iksander Makhmudov, who also ows Predator

01/29/2015  - Mining tycoon Lukas Lundin is the owner of the new Feadship yacht Savannah

01/17/2015 - Lebanese billionaires Taha and Najib Makati are the owners of the yacht Chopi Chopi

12/25/2014 - Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is the owner of the yacht Oasis

12/15/2014 - Australian billionaire Kerry Stokes is the owner of the yacht Antipodean

12/13/2014 - Austrian real estate developer René Benko is the owner of the yacht Magna Grecia

12/10/2014 - Galen Weston, Chairman at the George Weston Group, seems to be the owner of the yacht Bread

12/08/2014 Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil is the owner of the sailing yacht Tiara

12/07/2014 Gregg Ostrander is the owner of the motor yacht SnowbirD

11/28/2014 - New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart owns a 56 meter yacht and has two large yachts in order

11/27/2014 - Russian billionaire Sergey Galitsky is the owner of the Lurssen yacht Quantum Blue

11/22/2014  - The McGuirk family of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan own the yacht Sassy

11/16/2014  - Australian mining tycoon Michael O’Keeffe is the owner of the yacht Paramour

11/15/2014  -  NY real estate investor Michael Hirstenstein is the owner of the yacht Il Sole

11/13/2014  - Famous opera star Andrea Bocelli is the owner of the motor yacht Libertas

11/08/2014 - UkrSibbank founder Oleksandr Yaroslavsky is the owner of the motor yacht Kaiser

10/21/2014 The new 94 meter (312ft) yacht Kismet, built for US billionaire Shahid Khan

10/20/2014 - Ukrainian billionaire Konstyantin Zhevago is the owner of the Amels yacht Z

10/17/2014 - Energy entrepreneur Mark Silver is the owner of the Mangusta yacht Moonraker

10/11/2014 - Noven Pharmaceuticals founder Steven Sablotsky is the owner of the yacht Copasetic

10/6/2014 - The Mangusta 165 yacht Al Asmakh (built as Sharq) is owned by Ibrahim Hassan Al Asmakh

10/5/2014  - The Van Tuyl family, who sold their Van Tuyl automotive group to Warren Buffet, are the owners of the yacht Vango