Missile detection systems. Fifty Navy SEALs and/or Royal SAS servicemen as crewmembers. Escape pods that jettison under water to let their high-profile owners get away from paparazzi or pirates. These are just some of the crazy concepts the mainstream media has about megayachts.
#1: AL SALAMAH—456'10"
When it comes to private yachts, oftentimes a small group of people is paid to keep quiet. But in reference to this nearly 500-footer, a lot of people seem to be getting paid—and apparently pretty well—because few details (well, at least reasonably reliable ones) have come out. We know she spends most of her time
#2: RISING SUN—452'8"
One and a half football fields long. About 140 feet longer than the distance from home plate to the Green Monster in Fenway Park in Boston. And 16 feet longer than the height of the iconic Arch of Wembley Stadium in London. No matter how you measure her, Rising Sun is just huge, and that means it's hard to find docking
Fifty-two and a half feet in beam, graceful Savarona still turns heads more than 75 years after she was launched. She charters in the Med and has hosted everything from vacations for high-profile folks like the designer Valentino to weddings and birthday parties for not-so-high-profile but equally wealthy individuals. A
Built as a cruise ship, Alexander can still handily accommodate more people than most mega-size megayachts: upwards of 80 guests (plus a crew of 60). Imagine what her main dining room looks like when all passengers are seated together—yes, the room can handle it. Perhaps that's why she's long attracted heads of state and
Yes, you read that name right: This debut is simply named A. For the better part of this year, online forums, blogs, and even general news sites have been burning up with postings relating to this launch. When
Six-hundred thirty-thousand euros (about $857,000 at presstime) will allow you to charter this former cruise ship. Intended mostly for corporate charters and huge charter parties (she boasts accommodations for 70 guests), Turama is also kid-friendly: There's a playroom dedicated to them. As for adults, you can dance the night
#8: ATLANTIS II—379'7"
Do a quick Google search for info on this yacht, and you may come across some Google Maps showing her berthed in her usual spot in Monaco. Atlantis II rarely departs the port, which has led some bloggers to wonder whether the Niarchos family, the Greek shipping heirs who own her, would let them take her for a spin.
Pelorus was in Denmark earlier this year, after having spent several months at Blohm + Voss' facility in Germany for some maintenance work. While we don't have details on what was done, we do know about one cool feature she has: a dedicated elevator for taking guests up to the helipad. She then went on to visit Stockholm (an
#10: LE GRAND BLEU—370'0"
Who needs tenders like PWCs and rubber ducks? Le Grand Bleu has a 74-foot sailboat and a 67-foot speedboat, both stowed on her vast aft deck along with a helicopter. Eugene Shvidler, an asset-management and oil billionare from Russia who became an American citizen two decades ago, reportedly received the yacht as a gift in
#11: LADY MOURA —344'0"
Lady Moura caused more of a stir than usual both on shore and on the Internet during last year's Cannes Film Festival when she ran aground on some rocks. Thankfully a tugboat pulled her free, and the damage to her hull didn't penetrate her fuel tanks. After repairs were completed in Gibraltar, Lady Moura went back to
#12: CHRISTINA O—325'3"
The aptly named Onassis Suite on the bridge deck of this yacht, formerly belonging to the famous Greek tycoon, is larger than some cozy homes (and easily half the apartments in New York City): 736 square feet. A handful of the 18 guest cabins are about 200 square feet, making for pleasing stays on charter. Dimensions aside, the