Top 10 exceptional superyachts up for grabs

Andrea Divirgilio / April 29, 2008

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Cruising on the blue waters in a lavish, super yacht that includes a helipad, a remote controlled undersea rover and also a 12-man submersible is your idea of opulent holiday? Whether you use your yacht to find safe haven from frantic lifestyle or as a theatre for grand entertaining; nothing equals the lifestyle on board a genuine super-yacht. Just recently, last week to be precise, at the second Antibes Yacht Show, more than 40 yachts measuring over 30 meters were majestically vying for attention of all the billionaires and also millionaires. And few lucky folks from SuperYachtTimes got the pleasure to inspect some of them. And on the basis of their innovative designs, construction and other frills, they have managed to list down the 10 most impressive yachts on display. Tough job guys! So here I go…

10) Friday
Aptly named to set sailing on Friday, the last workday before the weekend, this super yacht adds on to the cause for celebration! The all white interior is alluring over the traditional nautical styling, but it works perfectly well on this fast sportsboat. Friday cruises at a staggering 35 knots, and can do top speeds in access of 40 knots. Roomy enough to accommodate 9 guests in comfortable white cabins, the showers are in these cabins are stark black in contrast. For €9.500.000, this ideal for a put out to sea.

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9) Felicita West

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For €39.900.000, she is out to charm you with its colossal size as well as flawless finish, Felicita West is offered for sale by Camper & Nicholson . And to add one more feather on her hat is the honor of being among the world’s largest sailing yachts. For a sailing yacht, she has an unusually large interior volume, comparable to that on a motor yacht. Able to reach 17 knots under sail, her 1.800 square meters of sail unfurl automatically, and over 500 sensors ensure that she is trimmed to perfection. The size of the owner’s cabin is amazing, utilizing the full beam of the hull (12.5m!), the area includes a seating area, walk-in closet, large bathroom with bath, and also includes a treadmill for those guests wanting to work out whilst onboard. Four more guest cabins are located forward, two doubles and two twins. Although the overall interior style might be slightly too classical for our taste, the detailing that has gone into it is superb, and will surely be appreciated by all that sail her.

8) Fleurtje
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Well the team of SYT (SuperYachtTimes) fell for this baby, perhaps, because it comes with a bathtub in each guest cabin. And also for her unrivaled charm, and for her unusual layout. Built in 1960, and constantly updated by her current owners, who owned her for well over 20 years, she is in excellent condition today. Featuring three wooden masts, a unique forward facing galley and the wooden wheelhouse raised half a deck, the asking price is only € 15.000.000.
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7)La Mascarade

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Though not impressive size wise, La Mascarade is unique in many ways. It’s the only fly bridge or raised pilothouse yacht produced by Feadship in over 20 years. She is the smallest Feadship in recent years, and the owner and crew have kept her in as-new condition. Designed by De Voogt, and styled by Terence Disdale, she will appeal to many. Her warm interior is both inviting, and stylish. Hand-woven wool and silk carpets, fossil inlaid side tables, gold leaf wash-basis pedestals in the bathrooms; all just examples of what one can find aboard La Mascarade. She is offered through Edmiston, at €7.950.000.
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6) Madhuri
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This celeb yacht is here on the list for her beauty in every aspect. Her exterior design is sleek and beautiful, her pearlescent paintwork is pleasant to the eye, and the lack of portholes makes her almost mysterious. It is however the extraordinary interior that makes the 37m Madhuri really stand out. On the main deck, she features a salon and a large open galley, that separates the salon from the pilothouse. Forward and below the pilothouse there is another salon, which is a perfect spot to watch TV, or to enjoy a drink by the fireplace. A large open space, covering the entire beam of the yacht, with a single washbasin to one side. The way the ceiling has been styled in this part of the yacht, the lack of portholes, and the black and white floors in this room almost makes you forget you are on a ship. The owner’s cabin features an open bathroom, that includes a stunning washbasin and shower. Another 3 guest cabins are placed forward of the TV room. Powered by twin 1790 HP MTU Diesels, Madhuri reaches a top speed of 30 knots. Camper and Nicholsons offer Madhuri for a competitive €10.000.000

5) Griff
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Touted to be the best bargain of the Antibes Yacht Show this baby was flaunting a price tag of just $12.500.000. An interesting, even unique, feature on board Griff can be found at the bottom of her spiral staircase, in the guest lobby. A circular glass bottom allows guests to enjoy the underwater life underneath the yacht, a great feature when cruising tropical waters. In recent years the main deck conference room, located all the way forward, was transformed into a beautiful light and airy master cabin, allowing views over the bow of the yacht through sloped forward facing windows. Another similar sized master cabin is located on the bridge deck. With two powerful 2883 HP MTU’s, powering her twin waterjet she is the most popular amongst charterers.
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4) Spirit of the East

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Spirit of the East, until now a relatively unknown yacht, is special in many ways. Designed by her owner, who has a lot of experience with space planning, she has an excellent layout, and offers an owner’s cabin, and four more guest cabins on the lower deck, as well as 3 crew cabins. All of this in a 30.48m yacht. On board the atmosphere is that of a tropical beach house, not of a luxury hotel. One instantly feels at home. Large windows in her deckhouse create an unusually light salon, as well a provide a great view. For € 3.950.000 she is a great buy, with lots of charter potential. She is offered by Julian Calder of Fraser Yachts in London.

3) Dardanella
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A true explorer yacht, Dardanella has taken her first owners around the world and back. This go-anywhere yacht has a comfortable interior, that offers accommodation for 10 guests. Owner- and guest staterooms can all be found on the lower deck, the most comfortable deck to place cabins, where the ship’s motion is the least. Many yachts these days are offered as explorer yachts, but few are as well maintained, and with her high bow, as safe as Dardanella. And that too for €7.950.000

2) Ionian Princess

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Offered by Ocean Independence Cavendish White, at $24.995.000, Ionian Princess is extremely luxurious with high gloss varnished mahogany interior, and her very large sundeck. She can luxuriously accommodatetwelve guests in six elegant cabins, including two master cabins, one on the main deck, and one on the lower deck. Both master cabins have similar bathrooms, one in blue, and one in red marble. For a yacht her size, her sundeck is unrivaled, and includes a Jacuzzi, sun loungers, dining area, barbeque area and even leaves room for a tender.

1) Absinthe

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This darling has a strong ship like shape, huge interior volume, and a young and colorful styling. Her interior volume is such, that one gets the impression of being on board a yacht, even larger than the 61.3 meters she measures. The layout is playful, and functional, a combination rarely seen. Amongst her many features are a media room, a library, a massage room, and conveniently located next to her guest staterooms, an internet corner. The master stateroom is located aft of the bridge, and can be reached via a private circular staircase. The adventurous charter yacht is now offered for sale by Edmiston, at $15.950.000. Still in top condition, with a range of 5700 nautical miles, she is the perfect platform to take you on a world cruise.
Buy any of ’em before they sail away with some one else!

via SuperyachtTimes

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