Boats are simply incredible machines. They range from a bath-tub sized Jon boat all the way up to gargantuan cruise liners capable of carrying the population of a town. This staggering diversity shows not just in the size of the vessels, but in their use, function and, yes, price too. When it comes to leisure boats, superyachts stand on the highest podium for their opulence, innovation and price tags. A superyacht tends to be classified as anything over 24 metres (80 feet) in length, and you can buy a luxurious used superyacht from between £500,000 to £5 million. However, there are some superyachts which have made it into the record books as some of the most expensive ever built, their size, extravagance and state-of-the-art facilities making them the yachts of dreams.
Here we take a look at the most expensive yachts cruising the oceans in 2019 and just what you get for your money.
History Supreme – Stuart Hughes - $4.8 billion / £3.8 billion
The most expensive yacht currently afloat isn’t one you might stop to gaze at if you saw it pass by. She is undoubtedly beautiful, but at 30 metres (100 feet) she is by far the smallest on our list. So what makes her price tag so eye-watering? Over 100,000kg of gold and other precious metals used in the trim and accents make up the bulk of the cost. A thin layer of solid gold can be found throughout its entirety, from the dining area to the deck, rails, staircases, and even the anchor. Then there’s the master suite, where a wall crafted from meteor rock, a statue made from a genuine Tyrannosaurus Rex bones, and 68 kg 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium cost a pretty penny. And History Supreme carries some treasured cargo too – a liquor bottle adorned with a rare 18.5 carat diamond worth $45 million. The yacht took luxury designer Stuart Hughes more than three years to build and was bought by a Malaysian businessman. She remains the most expensive boat in the world. More information here - The History Supreme
Eclipse – Blohm+Voss/Lurssen - $1.5 billion / £1.2 billion
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich commissioned 536 foot-long Eclipse in 2009, and she remains not just the second most expensive yacht in the world but one of the largest. A yacht of this size has much to boast, from the 24 guest cabins to the two helicopter pads, two swimming pools, and a submarine. But it’s the extra security features which really ramp up the price tag of Eclipse including armour plating, bullet proof windows, a missile defence system, and a laser system which destroys Paparazzi photos. Abramovich isn’t taking any chances with his or his guest’s safety when aboard Eclipse.
Azzam - Lurssen $660 - million / £530 million
Unbridled extravagance and jaw-dropping innovation combine to create one of the most astounding yachts to sail the seven seas. Created by Lurssen Yachts for the President of the UAE, this 590-feet long yacht (which pushed Eclipse off the top of the size podium) has pushed the boundaries of design and engineering, and the final product is a sublime superyacht which can reach up to 30knots of speed whilst having an interior draped in sophisticated, turn of the century Empire style. Rumour also has it that Azzam has its own missile defence system.
Rising Sun - Lurssen - $590 million / £470 million
Owned by entertainment mogul David Geffen since 2010, Rising Sun is one of the most famous yachts in the world at an impressive 138 metres (452 feet). And at a cost of $590 million (including an extensive refit in 2011), she is also one of the most expensive ever built. To get some idea of her scale, Rising Sun has 8,000 square metres of living space with 82 rooms across five decks. She has all the luxuries you would expect of a yacht of this size – helipad, swimming pool, spa, sauna, tender garage…the list goes on. Oprah Winfrey has been spotted onboard the luxurious vessel in 2019, celebrating her 65th birthday in style in St Barths.
Topaz/A+ - Lurssen $527 million / £420 million
The Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE owns the next yacht on the list, a 147 metre (482 feet) long beauty built by Lurssen Yachts in 2012 (and whose named changed to A+ in 2019). There are no less than eight decks onboard, where Jacuzzis, two swimming pools, a double landing pad, gymnasium and cinema hall offer staggering views and plenty to keep up to 62 guests entertained. In addition to the 26 guest cabins, she has crew quarters for the 79 crew it takes to keep her functioning in all her glory.
Luna - Lloyd Werft - $500 million / £400 million
When Luna was built in 2010 she was created as a 377.30ft custom expedition motor yacht, equipped to sail some of the world’s most far-flung destinations. It wasn’t until after her extensive refit six years later, however, that Luna shot onto the most expensive yachts list. With a revolutionary hull paint (which took 80 painters eight months to achieve), and a myriad of other luxury features, Luna took on a whole new look. The master cabin features a roof which opens to reveal the starry night sky, and it has a beach club, swimming pool, helipad, spa, lift and even a dance floor. Luna is now ready to explore in style.
Motor Yacht A – Blohm + Voss - $400 million / £320 million
The futuristic Motor Yacht A pushed the boundaries of design when she was built in 2008 for her Russian tycoon owner Andrey Melnichenko. Her distinctive design is reminiscent of a vast submarine, but there is nothing warship about this 119 metre (390 feet) long yacht. While deck space isn’t as big a feature as other multi-decked yachts, Motor Yacht A still manages to fit in not one, not two, but three swimming pools (one of which has a glass floor), as well as two 11 metre tenders housed in hidden garages, and a disco room which has seen performances by artists such as Lenny Kravitz and Snoop Dogg. Melnichenko also owns Sailing Yacht A which cost a staggering $300 million/£240 million to build and, like Motor Yacht A, pushed every boundary when it came to design.
Dubai – Blohm + Voss - $350 million / £280 million
The second-largest superyacht on the planet is the 162 metre (531 feet) long Dubai. From the outside, Dubai is a gleaming white extravaganza of prime yacht, complete with a helipad and swimming pool. Yet take a peek inside and it’s clear to see that she has her very own unique character. Bold colours explode out, with ornate, handmade tiling, a mosaicked swimming pool, and an illuminated circular staircase. There are two 10-metre long tenders to carry guests ashore in comfort, as well as Jacuzzis at every turn. And with nine decks, it’s easy to see how Dubai manages to fit all this luxury in with space for the 115 crew and guest staff on board.
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