A superyacht owner is sailing through the beautiful Pacific waters of Fiji and has a craving for courgettes. What is he to do? Arrange for a refrigerated box of the vegetable to be flown over by private jet and sent to him on his yacht, of course.
Want to make the ultimate superyacht entrance? Why not go by submarine through "James Bond-style" doors? Or if you'd prefer, take a helicopter ride then keep it stowed securely away in your very own on-board hangar.
Every year, thousands of yachts owners head to warmer waters to escape the bitter cold of winter. But it seems that for some adventurous owners and charter guests, the balmy air of the Mediterranean and Caribbean no longer hold the same allure, and they are swapping palm trees for penguins in a quest for the ultimate sailing experience -- ice cruising.
At 44 meters long (145 ft), Hemisphere is the largest sailing catamaran in the world. The makers of Hemisphere believe this is first catamaran superyacht to hit the water and could revolutionize the way people think about sailing.
As China's super rich grow ever richer they need new toys to play with. Now, some are betting that superyachts will be the next big thing for those Chinese millionaires wanting to show off their bling.
The worst storm in the history of modern yacht racing was the monster gale that struck the Fastnet race in the summer of 1979. The Fastnet (named after its turnaround point, Ireland's southernmost spot) is one of racing's most prestigious events, and it had attracted more than 300 competitors, including several of the world's most famous and successful boats. Conditions were fine at the starting gun, and while a storm was predicted, not even the best forecasters had imagined how ferocious it would be. At its worst, waves were 50 feet high and winds were 70 mph, devastating many of the boats and terrifying many skippers. Of the 306 yachts in the race, 69 didn't finish, including some of the most exalted competitors; 23 sank or were abandoned. The winner was the brashest of yachting's young disrupters, 40-year-old Ted Turner. His strategy? "We kept going at full speed during the height of the storm," he told an interviewer. But wasn't he afraid? After all, 15 people died. Yes, he said,
What happens when an owner with bold ideas commissions a 45-meter yacht to venture where few have gone before? The result is "Big Fish," a new yacht that's bringing fresh meaning to go-anywhere yachting.
Need to get your superyacht from the crystal-blue waters of the Caribbean to the glamorous Mediterranean in a hurry? Not a problem when your luxury vessel transforms into a sleek jetplane at the click of a button.
The world of luxury yachts is not typically regarded as the most eco-friendly. Vast, gas-guzzling diesel engines, noisy jet-skis and lavish on-board entertainment systems are often at odds with the delicate marine environments they inhabit.
I had just launched my dream business: With a fellow entrepreneur I'd founded the SeaDream Yacht Club, a small private cruise line with twin mega-yachts. The company was an immediate success. But it was a terrible time, really. I'd left my job after 10 years as president of Cunard Line and moved from California to Florida to start our new business. Quite suddenly, in August 2000, my beloved wife of 21 years died of a rare lung disease.
In 2004, Peter Munk and a handful of Montenegrin government officials took off in a rickety old army helicopter for a flight along the country's coast. There were no seats - just ammunition crates screwed to the floor. When Munk inquired about safety straps, the captain pointed to the iron handles on the sides of the crates and hollered, "Hold on tight!" The flight took them over lush, green hills and jagged outcroppings that tumbled down toward azure seas, till they finally reached their destination: a rusting naval base in a town called Tivat on the Bay of Kotor.
If it's your idea of fun to admire the fabulously wealthy, brilliant, and charismatic person you will never be, you'll want to read "Mine's Bigger: Tom Perkins and the Making of the Greatest Sailing Machine Ever Built," by Newsweek senior editor David A. Kaplan. But if holding up the ludicrously self-involved for public examination makes you whimper with delight, you'll like it just as much.
Even if you can't afford to build your own superyacht - Bill Joy's boat could end up costing $50 million, depending on how many more man-hours he racks up at the Huisman yard in his quest for the best, plus $3 million a year to operate - there's a way to get onboard: Charter.
What more is there to say about megayachts? They are status symbols, objects of luxury that would make Marie Antoinette blush, perfect for hiding from prying paparazzi or niggling underlings for months at a time.
Imagine yourself cruising the high seas in a lavish, super-secret ocean-faring vessel complete with a remote controlled undersea rover, a 12-man submersible and a personal crew of 60, including several former Navy Seals and a recording studio.