Superyachts, The Pinnacle of Luxury for Business or Pleasure
Superyachts are the dream of many and a reality for others. A superyacht 100 metres long, with a top speed of 25 knots and a 50 person crew is reported to cost around 275 million USD on average and can cost its owner around 10% of the original purchase price per year to operate it. Consequently, superyachts are purchased by ultra-high net worth individuals. Middle Easterners represent the largest ownership group, followed closely by Americans and Russians, with Asian owners increasing significantly in number over the last few years.
The Eclipse superyacht, constructed by Blohm + Voss, designed by Terence Disdale Design, belongs to the Russian businessman Roman Abramovich. Costing $500 million, the whole vessel is bullet and bomb proofed, and has five possible exits from the vessel. Also equipped with a missile defence system, and a three man leisure submarine, this boat is as safe as they come. Her length is 162.50 metres, and she can hit a top speed of 25 knots. With two helicopter pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs and a disco hall that can be set up from the larger of the pools, her over 70 person crew needs to work hard. She is the largest vessel in the world to employ a rotor-based stabilisation system against roll motion at anchor and low cruise speeds. Rumour has it that the Eclipse is also equipped with an anti-paparazzi shield that is activated by camera flashlights.
Katara is known to be owned by the Emir of Qatar with a value of $300 million. Measuring 124 metres, the Katara can host 28 guests in 14 cabins and has a crew of 60 in 30 cabins. The Katara was built by Lürssen, designed by Espen Oieno and is said to have been decorated by the late Alberto Pinto. She can reach a max speed of 20 knots. The Katara has a two deck main saloon, and is frequently spotted with a Eurocopter. She is a superyacht that manages to stay somewhat mysterious with little detailed information readily available.
Lady Moura measures 105 metres. Built by Blohm + Voss, she is owned by Saudi Arabian businessman, billionaire and adviser to the Royal Family, Nasser Al-Rashid, who is founder of Rashid Engineering. Lady Moura has a steel hull and superstructure, and can achieve over 20 knots at max speed. Lady Moura can host 30 guests in its 15 cabins and 61 crew in 30 cabins. Her value is listed at 250 million USD. Notable features include a 24 metre dining room table made by Viscount Linley, nephew of Queen Elizabeth II, and six deck levels which contribute to her high internal volume for her length and beam. All logos and name plates of the yacht are gold plated with 24 carat gold.
Constructed by Lürssen, the Rising Sun is owned by American business magnate, film producer, music executive and philanthropist David Geffen, and has a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. The engine is comprised of four MTU 20V 8000 M90 engines which can take the boat up to 28 knots. She is said to have cost more than $290 million. She measures 138.40 metres and her crew numbers 45. The Rising Sun has 5 decks, containing 8,000 square metres of living space including a gym, a cinema, an extensive wine cellar, a basketball court and guest accommodation. Katara Lady Moura Rising