“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it “
(David Lee Roth)
What do you do if you are an enormously wealthy businessperson with some spare change in your wallet, a penchant for opulence and want to show the 'commoners' what being truly rich means? You get yourself a fabulously lavish floating home and shout, ‘Titanic’ style, off the bow; “I have the biggest d...inghy,” most likely in Monaco’s famous harbour. More often than not the word ‘excessive’ springs to my mind, however there is no doubt that if you have the cash to splash there are very few more extravagant ways to spend your hard earned income, be it inheritance, drug money, and or, oil money... So drop anchor, get comfortable in your captains chair, set your course for the’ Isle of Envy’ and take a look at some of the most luxurious and technologically advanced yachts the seas have ever seen.
Hedonist ( price: 3 mil. €)
The Art of Kinetiks Hedonist is a 20 metre (63 foot) motor yacht that can cruise at speeds of up to 40 knots, doing so in nearly unparalleled style all for a very low price. The exterior is cloaked in fine mahogany, with glass and metal accents, while the interior is as refined and detailed as a luxury hotel. Hedonist is powered by a set of Rolls Royce water jets. The yacht is designed to be seamless and pure. No screws or plastic are visible at any point.
Ocean Emerald (price: 1.8 mil. €)
This spectacular and contemporary 41 metre (135 feet) masterpiece is the first of four identically designed super yachts and has been designed with a strong emphasis on space and light. The guests are looked after by a permanent, highly trained crew of seven to cater for their every need. The internal planning of the yacht offers total flexibility to respond to the most discerning requirements of the owners and their guests. All furnishings and fittings are provided by the Italian manufacturer Cassina.
Wally 118 (price: 15.5 mil. €)
Nearly every man wants to be James Bond. And if James was not fictional and happened to be an exceptionally wealthy man he would no doubt choose the Wally 118. If any dictators or their heenchmen think they can him, they would be dead wrong, Wally 118 is a superfast yacht with a maximum speed of 60 knots (70 mph, 110 km/h) from three gas turbine engines. Not only is Wally fast, it is also ideal for entertaining a few of the lady friends, you would, no doubt, invite on board.
Leopard 43 m (price: 17 mil. €)
he leopard is a 43m motor yacht launched from the Leopard Shipyard in 2010 and won the World Yachts Trophy 2010 for the best lay out. If speed is what you need from your yacht then Leopard has it covered with three 2400 horse powered engines. In addition to its super sleek design, upper deck jacuzzi, art galley and phenomenal speed, Leopard, is also technologically above and beyond nearly everything else in its category. Possibly the best thing about this particular yacht is the relatively low price. Buy it, but don’t tell your posh friends for how much.
Strand Craft SC122 or 166 (price: 17 mil. €)
The highlight of either model is the outstanding design and technical features in creating these fully usable and fast mega yachts. So what do you get for your millions? Art Deco interiors, four big staterooms, a reception and salon areas for entertaining, 52-inch LED TVs and Bang & Olufsen sound systems in every room, as well as some serious wave making power (14,000 horsepower) and a high top speed (both boats can hit 50 knots).Oh and don't forget the 800-horsepower twin turbo V12 supercar that the company is throwing in for free. It even has its own parking parking spot inside the yacht.
JoyMe (price: 50 mil. €)
The unique and eye-catching 50 metre (164 feet) yacht JoyMe launched earlier this summer by Philip Zepter Yachts, has an impressive tri-deck displacement. JoyMe features a distinctive and highly personalised exterior and interior design by the Milan based studio Standby/Marijana Radovic. The unsual yacht has a cruising speed of 14 knots, max speed of 15.00 knots and a range of 4000 nm from her 65000-litre fuel tanks. If you get the urge for a very expensive holiday, JoyMe is available for charter.
Maltese Falcon (price: 100 mil. €)
The Maltese Falcon is currently owned by Elena Ambrosiadou founder of IKOS Asset Management, a London-based hedge fund. Originally commissioned by venture capitalist Tom Perkins and built by Perini Navi - Italy, the 88 metre (289 feet) sailing yacht is one of the largest in the world. Most likely to the annoyance of Elena there is now a new and improved Maltese Falcon sailing yacht design. The new 110 metre Falcon yacht design is faster, better and larger according to Perini.
Superyacht ‘A’ (price: 140 mil. €)
The extraordinary shape, courtesy of designer Philippe Starck, has been likened to both a First World War battleship and a submarine. Launched by the same German company that built the Bismarck - the Second World War battleship - the 119 metre (390ft) steel yacht is like a modern-day dreadnought. The razor-sharp bow will cut through Arctic ice. Clamshell doors, at the rear, open upwards to release two 30ft speedboats, ideal tenders for the Mediterranean.
Pelorus (price: 206 mil. €)
From the Greek word ‘pelrios’ meaning ‘vast’, Pelorus is the nineteenth largest yacht in the world. Built in 2003 in Bremen, Germany, it was originally owned by a Saudi businessman who then sold it onto Roman Ambramovich, owner of Chelsea F.C. Perolus is 115 metres (377 feet) in length and was upgraded by Ambramovich, who had modifications made to the exhaust, stern and mast, plus the minor addition of a second helicopter pad. Perolus is now owned by Hollywood tycoon & yacht ownerDavid Geffen. Why have one when you can have two?
Dubai (price: 245 mil. €)
Owned by Shiek Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the UAE, Dubai is one of the most lavishly furnished yachts on earth. There is a glass spiral staircase
connecting the VIP suites, and the, no doubt, cheap additions of a landing pad for a Blackhawk helicopter, and a garage for the submarine. Dubai, which was first completed in 2006, has had numerous additions and enhancements since its first build; anchoring is position amongst the world’s elite yachts.
Eclipse (price: 900 mil. €)
Eclipse, as her name suggests, is the biggest private yacht in existence and comes with a missile-detection system, two helipads, a luxury spa, swimming pool and a miniature submarine. One of the most advanced pieces of technology on board are giant stabilisers – effectively motorised paddles. The stabilisers are believed to be a first in yacht technology and extend from the vessel’s sides when at anchor, to prevent the yacht from rocking. They move in response to the waves to keep the vessel level at all times, ensuring no champagne is spilt on the beautiful decks. Onboard computers even monitor and memorise the wave patterns to predict pressures on the hull, so ensuring the stabilisers react before a wave hits the vessel. Eclipse is the ultimate mega yachtski - As Roman would probably tell you.