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Lifestyle | Pleasure

Yachts: The Luxury Float-able Mansions Of The Elite

When it comes to pleasure, craftsmanship, leisure, Yachts are the pinnacle of it. Everyone who loves living or the life of ultimate luxury thrives towards having a luxury yacht of their own.

A yacht is any sail or power vessel purposed for contentment, jaunt or racing. Property can be independent or collective .The salaried team of these vessels calls themselves 'yachties'. Terminology "Luxury yacht" started making an appearance at the beginning of the 20th century when affluent individuals forged massive private yachts for intimate pleasure. This corresponded with it being chalked up by the press as well, and its debut in magazines such as Boat International secured it as an everyday term in the industry.

There are 2 types of Luxury Yachts
Super Yachts
A yacht that is determined to be over 80 feet is called a super Yacht.

Luxury motor yacht AMEVI, superyacht, was one of the most dramatic and enticing yachts. She is constructed with a steel hull & aluminium superstructure with exterior design by Nuvolari & Lenard and interior design by Alberto Pinto. It is capable of hosting 12 guests and 22 crew members and can cruise at speed upto 13.5 knots

2. Bart Roberts
Luxury motor yacht charter boat 'BART ROBERTS' is the receiver of prestigious Show Boats International magazine as the Best Refit of 2002. Bart Roberts offers guest staterooms on 6 deck levels serviced by an 8-person, two-door elevator with the BART ROBERTS' insignia etched into the marble floor.
The six-deck levels are in the following order : 1 - Casino and Gym, 2 – Staterooms numbers 6 to 10, 3 - Main Salon, 4 - Staterooms numbers 1 to 5, 5 - Bridge deck, 6 - Sundeck and Spa Pool.

Mega Yachts
A mega yacht refers to anything that is said to be over 200 feet.

MAUNA KEA is Roberto Curtó's, design exhibits entirely Roberto's signature style which is ingenious yet practical. A distinctive feature of the design includes an external central staircase that allows guests to go directly from the helipad on the bow over the superstructure and round to the aft deck. This piece of art yacht is 330 ft tall and can carry 22 guests and can enjoy a speed of 14 knots.

2. JoyMe
Custom-designed by Philip Zepter Yachts in Croatia, JoyMe is a rare trideck displacement yacht. This yacht has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure and is constructed to Bureau Veritas and Croatian Registered of Shipping class. A fashionable charter yacht, JoyMe’s audacious exterior design is more than paralleled by her spirited interior. This mega yacht is more than capable of carrying 20 guests and 12 crew members

Let’s look at some of the most expensive yachts in the world

1.History Supreme - $4.8 Billion
 Supreme yacht
Contrived out of solid gold, The History Supreme, is the most extravagant yacht on the face of the earth and is disclosed to be owned by Malaysia's richest man, Robert Knok. It took 3 years for the 100 feet tall yacht to get constructed by employing 10,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum and is modeled by the eminent luxury designer from the UK, Stuart Hughes. The gold and platinum embellish the yacht from its support to the dining area, deck, railings, staircase and anchor. The most grandiose aspect of the luxury yacht is its master bedroom, that feature a wall made from meteorite rock and a sculpture made from authentic Tyrannosaurus Rex bones. The master suite is decorated with a 68 kg 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium and a liquor bottle featuring a rare 18.5 carat diamond.

2. Eclipse - $1.5 Billion
Eclipse  yacht
Proud owner of the Eclipse is Russian billionaire Roman Abramovic, the second most expensive yacht in the world. Broadcasted to be worth $800,000 to $1.5 billion, it was built by Blohm and Voss of Hamburg and calibratess 536 feet long likewise making it the second largest in the world. The Eclipse’s colossal dimensions allows space for the boat’s many exorbitant features 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, and a disco hall along with two helicopter pads, three launch boats and mini-submarine efficient for submerging up to 50 metres underwater. Furthermore, for maximum security, the Eclipse is armed with intruder detection systems and a missile defence system at the same time the master bedroom and bridge of the yacht features, fitted armour plating and bulletproof windows. Finally, this unique vessel blusters an anti-paparazzi shield which comprises of lasers sweeping the surrounding areas.

3. Streets of Monaco $1.1 Billion
Streets of Monaco yacht
Featuring miniatures of the acclaimed landmarks of Monaco like Monte Carlo Casino, Hotel de Paris, Ca Rascasse and a beach like swimming pool, Streets of Monaco, is a 500 feet long yacht and can be chronicled as a floating city. The exteriors of it have been designed by Opulent Yacht, whilst the interiors have been done by Filthy Rich Boaters. The luxurious suite that the yacht has is spread over three floors and features a private elevator, an office, a living room, balconies and sundecks with jacuzzis. In addition to this, it also consists of seven guest suites along with reception rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms, and balconies attached to them. The yacht also features barbecue facility, a mini waterfall, a gorgeous cafe-bar that affords an underwater view, helicopters and submarines.

4. Azzam - $600 Million
Azzam yacht
Lürssen Yachts is the company behind this luxury liner which was recently delivered to prosperous Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi for a breathtaking amount of $650 million. This makes it the world’s fourth most expensive luxury yacht, with the makers aggrandizing that the Azzam is “the most complex and challenging yacht that has ever been built”. Not only has the Azzam been domineering the headlines for its hefty price tag but also due to its enormous size. Measuring in at 590 feet long. In addition, this impressive superyacht is expected to be one of the fastest reaching speeds of more than 30 knots, or 35mph.

5. Motor Yacht A - $440 Million
moter yacht
Reportedly owned by Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko, this luxury yacht is evocative of a furtive warship or submarine and has been built by Architect Martin Francis and designed by Philippe Stark. It has been constructed by Blohm and Voss shipyard in Kiel and can entertain 14 guests and 42 crew members. The interiors of the 400 feet long yacht expand over 24,000 sqft and feature a 2,500 sqft master bedroom and disco, besides six guest suites, that have moving walls in order to modify them into four large staterooms. Mirrored surfaces spruce up the interiors and furniture, glassware and tableware produced of French crystal, add to the luxury aspect of the yacht. It also features a helicopter hanger, one 30 feet speedboat along with 3 swimming pool, one of them being glass bottomed and situated on the head of the disco which the yacht has to offer.

6. Dubai - $400 Million
Dubaio yacht
Another luxurious yacht which is also rumoured to be in the possession of a member of the royal family of the UAE, Dubai, is 531 feet in size. It has been built by Blohm and Voss. The exteriors of it have been designed by Andrew Winch, while its interiors have been produced by Platinum Yachts. Featuring a mosaic swimming pool, circular staircase, helipad, sunbathing areas and a number of jacuzzis, the superyacht can hold 155 guests, including the crew members. The interiors of the floating beast are dominated by bold colours, while its deck features a split-level owner's deck, a large communal area and a lounge, a wide number of VIP areas and guests suites.

7. Al Said - $300 Million
Al said yacht
Al Said is reported to be owned by a member of the royal family of Oman and happens to be the world's highest displacement superyacht with a displacement of 15850 tons and a length of 508.53 feet. The yacht can sustain upto 70 guests along with 154 crew members and features a concert hall that can hold e a 50-piece orchestra. It runs at a speed of 47 kmph.

8. Dilbar - $260 Million
dilbar yacht
Known to have been constructed for Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, Dilbar, is produced at the German Lurssen Shipyard and can mainatain a speed of 42 kmph. Bearing a displacement steel hull with an aluminum superstructure, the yacht can hold 40 guests and more than 80 crew members. One of most exclusive aspect about Dilbar is the swimming pool that it has to offer, as is acknowledged to be the biggest superyacht pool. Along with the pool, the yacht features two helipads and its living area stretches across 3,800 square metres.

9. Al Mirqab - $250 Million
al mirqab yacht
It is owned by Qatar's former Prime Minister, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Al Mirqab was the medalist of the Motor Yacht of the Year award in 2009. Assembled in Germany by Peters Schiffban Wewelsfleth. The artist behind this luxury creation is Tim Heywood and it has been devised by Andrew Winch. The yacht is finished of steel and has a length of 436.35 feet. Relishing a speed of 37.6 kmph, the yacht offers 10 large suites for guests, that comes with a bathroom, a living room, and a double bedroom. Besides this, Al Mirqab also features a cinema, an indoor swimming pool, outdoor bars, jacuzzis, area to have a sunbath, a helipad besides a wide option of watersports equipment. It can regale upto 25 guests and 55 crew members.

10. Lady Moura - $210 Million
Lady moura yacht
Lady Moura is gossiped to be owned by Nasser Al Rashid, a billionaire businessman of Saudi Arabia. Fabricated by Blohm and Voss in Germany, the yacht is gold plated and can invite upto 30 guests and 60 crew members. The name of the yacht on its peripheral is also made of 24-carat gold lettering, making it exceptional in its own way. The other delight which which Lady Moura has to offer include a swimming pool with retractable roof, a helicopter and a Viscount Linley feast counter of 75 feet. Adding to the oneness of the yacht, it features an exceptional sand-covered hydraulic platform, sliding out of one side, and can be adjusted to sit at the waterline.