According to the most common definition, a yacht is a small sailing or motorboat for the purposes of traveling, entertainment, or sports. Usually, yachts are 10 to 30 feet long. However, the billionaires around the world do not want to limit themselves to such simple yachts, so they seek to be better than their competitors with their super-yachts. Here are some examples.
A Star-Shaped Yacht
This new super-yacht – named STAR – looks like a strange iceberg but not like a boat. The reflection of the 132 meters long and almost 61 meters high yacht makes an ideal star in the water. The symmetrical Lobanov ship concept was developed in collaboration with BMT Group and Alex Malybaev. The STAR was designed as a yacht for a person needs, but it could also be used as the most exclusive floating hotel, with a capacity of 200 guests and 36 cabins. The yacht also has a helipad, an underwater view deck, and four elevators giving access to the eight decks of this ship. The STAR has a maximum speed of 18 knots (33 km/ h) and will have almost 3500m² of luxurious interior space. The top deck of the yacht offers a wonderful view. The incredible technical arsenal of this yacht consists of a symmetrical hull shape, fully electric architecture and fully azimuth traction. But this impressive concept will not be cheap. Such a luxury yacht will cost about $500 million.
Yacht With a Waterfall
The 90-meter-long yacht was designed in 2012. Probably, the biggest oddity of this yacht is the volcanic dome, from which the gushing water of the waterfall flows into the pool on the deck. As many other boats of this type, the Tropical Island Paradise yacht has a helipad and a long bar. Guests will not sleep in the cabins, but in the beach huts by the pool. The project was designed and implemented by the British company Yacht Island Design, whose manager Rob McPherson is famous for his other work, the ultra-luxurious yacht Streets of Monaco. Inspired by the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and the Tropical Polynesian Islands, the boat can host up to 10 guests at a time. The maximum speed of the yacht is 15 knots (28 km/ h). The yacht also has a cinema, gym, library, spa, and the main bedroom on two floors.
Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko ordered a record-breaking yacht named Sailing Yacht A. It is the world’s largest sailing super-yacht. The 145 m long vessel with three 90 m high masts has an eight-story deck and an underwater observation room. The yacht propeller blades are driven by a hybrid system of diesel and electric engines. The yacht can accommodate 20 guests and 54 crew members at a time. The sailboat was designed by the Frenchman Philippe Starck and built by the German shipbuilding company Nobiskrug. The ship has one of the largest monolithic glass wedges in the world, weighing 1.8 tons. The body is made of steel, the decks are made of teak wood. The cruising speed of the sailboat is 29 km/ h, the maximum speed is 38.4 km/ h. At the bottom of the ship is a luxurious underwater world observation room.