If you are looking for the most outrageous, most expensive yachts in the world, look no farther. Forbes has compiled the most extravagant water toys!
Maltese Falcon – One of the world’s largest private sailboats—built for venture capitalist Tom Perkins but now owned by hedge-fund superstar Elena Ambrosiadou—the 289-foot beauty is best known for its revolutionary DynaRig sailing system: a square rig with three self-standing and rotating masts hosting 15 computer-operated sails totaling 25,791 square feet. That means extreme aerodynamic efficiency and speed; the Falcon can cross the Atlantic in ten days. And its quarters, naturally, ooze opulence.
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Guilty – Greek billionaire Dakis Joannou, one of the biggest collectors of contemporary art in the world, is the man behind this hard-to-miss 114-foot vessel by Italian yacht builder Ivana Porfiri. Its flashy exterior—a WWI-inspired camouflage pattern in bold yellow, purple, black, white and blue—was designed by superstar Jeff Koons.
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Mr. Terrible – There are certainly bigger, flashier yachts in the seas. But the 154-foot Mr. Terrible, available for private charter, boasts a particularly sumptuous luxury: an interior crafted from no less than a dozen types of rare woods.
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Solemates – This 197-foot pleasure cruiser—which Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and his family recently chartered for $850,000 a week through the Luxury Yacht Group firm—is chock full of regal amenities. But its coolest draw is technological: It’s got a custom-made (and customizable) iPad app that allows passengers to control everything from the entertainment and climate systems to blinds and lights in their cabins through a mere tap on their touch-screens (14 iPads are available onboard).
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Octopus – Microsoft-cofounder Paul Allen’s 414-foot, blue-and-white megayacht, built for $200 million (and with an estimated annual operating budget of $20 million), is seriously tricked out. The behemoth is equipped with a recording studio, jet-ski dock, full-size basketball court, seven boats, a 63-foot tender, room for a crew of 60, two helipads (each with its own helicopter), and two submarines—one remote-control operated for studying the ocean’s floor, the other with the capacity to sleep eight guests and spend up to two weeks underwater.
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Dubai – The royal yacht of Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum makes the list for sheer audacity: At 524 feet, it is the second-largest private yacht in the world. And, built at a cost of $300 million, it was the most expensive upon its completion in 2006. Its decks are served by three elevators as well as an open glass staircase, and they’re host to a variety of pools, hot tubs, sunbathing areas and one large swimming platform—most of which are enclosed to ensconce Dubai-based revelers in vital air-conditioning. There’s also a small submarine onboard, as well as a squash room, spa, cinema, disco, gym and Blackhawk helipad.
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Seven Seas – Though there’s been no official announcement yet, this new 282-foot, $200-million superyacht built by Dutch shipyard Oceanco purportedly belongs to Steven Spielberg. And that would make sense, as her piece de resistance is an infinity pool whose 15-foot glass wall doubles as a movie screen, allowing folks to enjoy a film without leaving the water. Other hints that you’re in the lap of luxury are said to include an interior of walnut, teak and rosewood; accommodations for 12 guests and a crew of 26; a large master stateroom with a private deck and Jacuzzi; helipad; full gym; spa; massage room; and, of course, an indoor professional screening room with raked seating.
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Ice – Ice, owned by Russian billionaire investor Suleiman Kerimov makes the list for being unexpectedly progressive: She is the first “green” megayacht on the open seas. In addition to being stocked with plenty of over-the-top amenities—large swimming pool, gymnasium, sundeck with Jacuzzi, sushi bar, baths carved from limestone blocks, minimalist design by Terence Disdale, exposed-oak floors, major art collection, helipad—this 295-footer has reduced noise, vibration and pollution thanks to an alternative propulsion technology called Azipod.
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