How does a man measure his wealth? Physical fitness? Inner peace? Career success? All of the above? Wrong. With yachts: giant, ostentatious, luxurious water mansions. For a little inspiration, check out these seven seaworthy vessels sure to strike jealousy into the hearts of lesser men from leagues away. All aboard.
7. El Horriya
478 feet long
Standing (err… floating) at 478 feet long, the El Horriya is absolutely monstrous. Not only is it the oldest ship on this list, having seen its first public appearance for the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal in 1869, but it is also the only steam-powered one.
Today, after enduring several lengthenings, upgrades, and owners, the El Horriya serves as the “Presidential Yacht” for the Egyptian Navy. She ain’t as pretty as she used to be, but at nearly 500 feet long, we’re not about to pass judgment on the old girl.
6. Prince Abdulaziz
483 feet long
This massive mariner, built in 1984 for a cool $184-million, currently belongs to King Abdullah, of Saudi Arabia. The interior was designed by the famous David Hicks, and melds modern colors with classic décor. Aside from a killer interior design scheme (because who really gives a shit about that?), the Prince Abdulaziz comes with its own movie theater, a main deck supposedly modeled after the Titanic (Uhhhh…?) and, get this — its own hospital. It is even rumored to carry surface-to-air missile controls, but these are unconfirmed.
484 feet long
Sliding past the Prince Abdulaziz by a single foot, this behemoth boat, released in May 2012, has everything a man could ever want; a full dining hall, a movie theater, a gym, two helicopter pads, a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and a large conference room, for when business mixes with pleasure. Powered by two 8,000 horsepower diesel motors and with a maximum speed of 25+ knots, this super yacht boogies in style.
4. Al Saïd
509 feet long
Al Saïd, owned by the Sultan Qaboos of Oman, is one of the most secretive super yachts in the world. Built by the famous shipbuilding company Lurssen, it stands at a massive 509 feet long, is comprised of six full decks, has accommodations for up to 65 guests, and plays home to a movie theater, helicopter pad, and a world class concert hall worthy of the goddamn New York Philharmonic! And who manages it all? Well, the 150-person crew, of course.
531 feet long
It’s only fitting that one of the most regal ships on this list is named after one of the world’s most wealthy cities—and, naturally, owned by one of that city’s most wealthy residents.
The Dubai, which clocks in at an astonishing 531 feet long, cost $400 million to build, and currently belongs to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashit Al Maktoum, the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and Prime Minister of the UAE. The massive ship can accommodate 24 guests in its owner’s suite, VIP suites, and guest suites. The buoyant abode’s more ridiculous details include a full movie theater, a club, a helicopter pad (complete with its own Blackhawk Helicopter), AND A SUBMARINE. YES, THIS YACHT COMES WITH ITS OWN SUBMARINE.
536 feet long
Owned by Chelsea Football Club owner and Russian business mogul Roman Abramovich, the Eclipse shares pretty similar accommodations to the Dubai – save for two massive swimming pools and its $522 million price tag. It includes the typical 24 guest cabins, two helicopter pads (with room for a third in an onboard hangar), a slew of hot tubs, several launch boats and, yes, a submarine. Requiring a crew of 70 to run the ship and serve guests, the Eclipse is more of a floating hotel than a private yacht.
590 feet long
Cruising in (ha!) at an astounding 590 feet long, Azzam is, by far, the largest super yacht in the world. The yacht was allegedly commissioned by Khalifa Al Nahyan, but is currently listed for charter (without a price), which is a popular way of avoiding European taxation standarxs. Azzam is powered by two gas turbines and two diesel engines, which top it out an unbelievable 32 knots. This Azzam, too, comes with its own submarine, as well as its own 100% confirmed missile defense system. And with a total estimated cost of over $600 million, it is also the most expensive super yacht ever constructed.
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