From April 22nd to 24th this year, some of Australia’s top notch racing yachts would take part of the 62nd Brisbane to Gladstone Race which is Queenland’s premier offshore passage race. Peter Harburg’s RP 66 “Black Jack”, Grant Wharington’s yacht “Skandia” and Bruce Absolon’s Volvo 60 “Spirit of the Maid” are among the most well-known strong participants of this annual event.
As dictated by the competition’s tradition, this race would start at Brisbane which boasts of its gorgeous river and proximity to the east coast, which provides a greater yachting experience for those who would like to de-stress themselves after being burned out by work. Of course, this relaxing time would be best served with a very elegant and luxurious yacht.
Yachting, for the new generation, is no longer about where to sail but it’s all about how lavish the one that you are sailing in. The more classy and costly your yacht is, the higher the prestige you get. Hmmm… The feeling must be exactly what it is for these owners of the most expensive yachts in the world:
Worth: $ 200 million
This world’s eighth largest yacht is owned by Microsoft co-founder and America’s 3rd richest man and the world’s 7th, Paul Allen, which stretches for 414 feet. Launched in 2003, this yacht boasts of 2 helicopters, 7 boats and a submarine with room that can accommodate 10 men. It requires an annual budget of $20 million in order to keep the yacht in good working condition and to cover the crew salaries.
Build : 2003
Length overall: 413.4 ft / 126 m
Beam : 68.9 ft / 21 m
Draught : 19.2 ft / 5.85 m
Owner : Paul Allen
Captain : Glenn Dalby
Crew : 50
Charter : Private
Guests : 24
Builder : Lurssen / HDW
Refit : 2008
Hull/Structure : Steel/Aluminum
Engine : 8X 1790KW Mercedes Benz diesels + 2X 6MW ABB electric motors
Range : 8001 – 9000
Max speed : 20 kts / 23.02 miles/h
Cruise speed: 17 kts / 19.56 miles/h
Tonnage : 9932 gross tons
Fuel : 849446 liters / 224399.89 gallons
Water : 174886 liters / 46199.99 gallons
4. The Rising Sun
Worth: $ 200 million
This 453-foot pricey yacht is co-owned by Larry Ellison and David Geffen. This luxurious was built for the purpose of beating out Paul Allen’s Octopus in terms of size and interiors. Indeed, this fabulous sea vessel has a colossal swimming pool, cinema, wine cellar, 16 suites, basketball court and a helicopter pad to name a few of its amenities. Its exteriors were designed by the late Jon Bannenberg and its interiors by Laura Seccombe.
Length: 452.75ft (138 m) long
Cruising speed: 28 knots
Four diesels giving an output of 48 000 horsepower.
Production cost: US$200+ (In fact, it’s for sale.)
Total living space: 8 000 square meters.
Huge inside swimming pool
Extensive wine cellar
Basketball court that doubles as a helicopter pad
Suites for 16 guests
82 rooms on five storeys
Space for private submarine
3. Lady Moura
Worth: $210 million
Owned by Saudi Arabian multi-millionaire, Nasser al-Rashid, is 344 feet long which houses a 75-foot dining table to start with its amazing interior. It even has a pool with a retractable roof and a beach resort that slides out on one side of the boat, which has sand, deck chairs and palm trees to give a very authentic beach resort experience.
Length overall: 105.8 m (344 ft)
Breadth: 18.5 m
Draught: 5.5 m
Speed: 20 kn
Yacht name: Lady Moura
Owner: Nasser Al-Rashid (ex-wife owns Phocea)
Builder: Blohm + Voss, Germany
Naval architect: Luigi Sturchio - Diana Yacht Design
Engines: 2 x 6,868 hp Deutz-MWM
Tender: On board helicopter
10th largest "private yacht" in 2005
Photo date: June 15, 2005 19:11:07
Locations: Monaco, Palma de Mallorca, Porto Cervo
Worth: $350 million
This second largest yacht in the world is owned by the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. This yacht was first commissioned to Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei but, because of lack of funds, the former took over it and named it Golden Star. This 531-foot lavishly adorned yacht boasts of impressive interiors that include 3 elevators, a variety of pools, hot tubs, sunbathing areas, open-glass staircase, formal dining area and VIP suites. It has air conditioning system that is utilized to combat the very hot climate in Dubai. To add more to the expensive details of this yacht is a mega yacht helicopter pad.
Former Names: Panhandle; Golden Star; Platinum
Dubai's Shipyard: Platinum Yachts FZCO. Dubai hull and superstructure built by Blohm & Voss with Platinum Yachts.
Type: Motor Yacht
Designer: Andrew Winch
Interior Designer: Andrew Winch Designs Ltd.
Dubai Hull Material: Steel
Length Overall: 531.50 feet (162 meters)
Beam: 72.18 feet (22 meters)
Draught Max: 16.40 feet (5 meters)
Gross Tonnage: 13470
Dubai's Max Guests: 72
Crew: Cabins available for 88 crew, including Captain, Chief Engineer & Doctor. A total of 115 persons including crew and guest staff.
Mega Yacht Engine Manufacturer: MTU
Dubai Engine Type: Diesel
Number of Engines: 4
Engine HP: 8,450 Total HP: 33,800
Model: 20V 1163 TB93
KW: 6,301 Total KW: 25,205
Propulsion: Dual-shaft propulsion system each consisting of 2 MTU 20V1163TB93 (6323 kW each) via reduction gears MAAG (twin input single output configuration) connected to a controllable pitch propeller.
Dubai's Max Speed: 26
Yacht Cruise Speed: 25
Yacht Range: 8,500 at 25
Fuel Capacity: 277,410 Gallons (1,050,000 Liters)
Water Capacity: 105,680 Gallons (400,000 Liters)
Fresh Watermakers: Reverse Osmosis plant with 2x 50m3/24hrs capacity
Worth: $1.2 billion
Owned by Roman Abramovich, Russian billionaire and Chelsea football club owner, this must be the most expensive oceangoing luxury that has gone over $1 billion that features a missile detection system, bullet-proof windows, 2 helicopter pads and three launches just to describe how well-protected and secured it is. To add more to its high-priced features, this yacht has a 5,000 square foot master bedroom, 11 guest cabins, 2 swimming pools, hot tubs , sports complex and dance floor.
Owner: Roman Abramovich
Estimated Length: 557 feet
Built: Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany
Interior Designer: Terence Disdale
Cruise Speed: 22 knots
Maximum Speed: 25 knots
Approx. Weight: 13,000 gross tons