Saturday, January 11, 2014

World’s Most Expensive Yachts

Nothing quite says luxury like a yacht does, since these massive floating homes are usually packed with so many high-end amenities and comforts that they rival even the most luxurious palaces. Consequently, these spectacular vessels are also some of the most expensive in the world, most of them carrying price tags of hundreds of millions of dollars. Would you like to know which are the 5 most expensive yachts in the world? Just have a look at our following list!

 5. Motor Yacht Dubai 219.619.300 Euro ($300 million)
 Before becoming a reality, the Motor Yacht Dubai went by many names, including Golden Star, Panhandle and Platinum. Currently owned by the famous Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, this 524-foot long vessel is the third largest one of its kind in the world, and it cost no less than $300 million. Massive in size, the Dubai Yacht flaunts a total of 44 cabins, which means that it can easily accommodate a great deal of esteemed guests. Moreover, this thing can house a very large helicopter as well as two 32-foot long tenders, while its massive social areas ensure ample opportunities for entertainment and relaxation.
In terms of power, the Motor Yacht Dubai is able to reach a top speed of 26 knots, while its range is an impressive 8,500 miles at 25 knots.

 4. Motor Yacht ‘A’ 237.188.800 Euro ($324 million)
Flaunting a staggering worth of $324 million, the Motor Yacht “A” was delivered to its owners, Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko, in 2008 – just 4 years after it was commissioned. The impressive, modern design of the vessel is the work of 2 talented designers named Martin Francis and Philippe Starck, while the shipyard responsible for making it a reality is called Blohm + Voss.
The unique design of the vessel has stirred controversy since it was launched, which is why the “A” yacht has a reputation of being either loved or hated. Nonetheless, whether you’re a fan of its looks or not, you’ll definitely appreciate its highly luxurious interior and immense size, not to mention its outstanding performance capabilities. Accommodations include 7 lavish cabins that can house up to 14 guests. The yacht’s power comes from 2 MAN RK280 Diesel engines, which can propel it to impressive speeds of up to 23 knots.

 3. Serene Yacht 241.581.300 Euro ($330 million)
This $330 million jewel of the seas was fittingly named Serene, and it is undoubtedly one of the largest and most expensive superyachts in the world. Boasting a length of 494 feet, the Serene is owned by none other than Yuri Scheffler, and it was launched by Fincantieri Yachts in 2011. One of the most impressive aspects regarding the Serene is its enormous size, which means that it can effortlessly accommodate a generous number of guests (24) as well as several “toys” such as helicopters.
The interior aspects of the vessel were sketched out by Reymond Langton Design, while the exterior was shaped by Espen Oeino. Last but not least, for a touch of originality, the Serene flaunts a series of turquoise-colored neon runners that make it stand out among its peers.

 2. Superyacht Eclipse 355.051.200 Euro ($485 million)
The Eclipse was built in Germany by Blohm + Voss, and it is owned by the famed Russian businessman Roman Abramovich. With a length of 536 feet and a price tag of $485 million, this stunning vessel is the second most expensive superyacht in the world and one of the largest ones as well. However, what makes this superyacht really stand out is the fact that it is probably equipped with a special anti-paparazzi system, which definitely improves the owner’s privacy and that of his guests.
The system works by overexposing photographs taken with a digital camera, which makes them quite useless. However, aside from its state-of-the-art privacy enhancing system, the Eclipse also impresses with exquisite entertainment facilities, spacious living areas and a highly efficient missile defense system.

 1. Azzam 459.004.400 Euro ($627 million)
The Azzam is definitely the world’s largest and also the most expensive privately own yacht, boasting a length of 590 feet as well as an enormous price tag of $627 million. Naturally, only a very wealthy individual could afford to own such a magnificent vessel, but the actual name of said owner is not currently known. However, rumors abound that the proprietor of the Azzam is none other than the Emir of Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which would make sense since he is known as one of the richest men on earth at the moment.
The vessel was launched in 2013 after just 3 years of development and construction, and it flaunts exceptional accommodations, amenities and entertainment facilities. Moreover, the Azzam is also one of the most powerful vessels to roam the seas at the moment, since it was equipped with a mixed powertrain involving 2 diesel engines and 2 gas turbines, all working in unison in order to deliver a staggering amount of 94,000 horsepower.
Furthermore, this stunning superyacht boasts its own missile defense system as well as an armored master suite, while 2 swimming pools and a home theater ensure ample entertainment opportunities for all on board. Other goodies include 2 helipads, but the Azzam is so large that it can actually carry its own mini submarine.

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