So you want to buy a superyacht…
A quick online search will give you numerous websites that seem to sell yachts and superyachts. However, click on some of these sites and you will realise that many of them simply list down yachts that are currently on sale. These sites are actually useful for those who are just browsing as you can see each yacht’s build specifications, capabilities and price (either estimated or real cost).
We took a look at Burgess (burgessyachts.com), which has a good list of yachts and even berths that are on sale. The company also has a short list of yachts that are currently under construction. One such yacht is ICE 68m, which will be ready for delivery in 2019. As the name suggests, it is 68m in length; Its current asking price is €50mil or RM236.8mil from builder AES Yachts.
Another interesting website to check out is Superyachts.com. Here, you can filter your search for your dream superyacht by price, builder or size, and whether or not you are looking for something new or used.
German ship builder Nobiskrug has a 68m vessel called Sycara V (2010) that’s on “sale”; It is now €59.5mil (RM281.8mil), down from €71.26mil (RM337.5mil), in case you’re interested.
Don’t forget that you would also need to buy or rent a berth for your superyacht as you can’t just leave it in the middle of the ocean! The docks at your local yacht club may not be able to accommodate your super-sized boat, so you may need to keep her at a port that specialises in superyachts. Sometimes, you may even have to get a berth overseas. You can search for berths on sale or for rent from websites like Burgess and Superyachts.com.
If you want to commission a company to build you a yacht, the top 10 builders in the world are: Lurssen, Yachts, Blohm + Voss, Amels, Nobiskrug, Christensen Shipyards, Feadship, Fincantieri, Perini Navi, Oceanco and Sunseeker. Just look for their official websites to check out what models they have and then contact them for enquiries like delivery time (on average, two years) – these companies almost never publish their price and would only release them to serious buyers.
You can also get a completely new design for your yacht, if the ones listed in their catalogues are not fancy enough for you.
Why buy when you can rent?
Most privately-owned superyachts are not available for commercial charter but you might still be able to rent them – especially if you know the owner. Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich rents out his Eclipse to friends, for almost a million ringgit.
If you don’t have friends who own a superyacht, you can just check out websites like Yacht Charter Fleet and charter a boat anywhere in the world. We discovered that a week in Thailand on the 39.4m yacht Lady Azul would cost RM400,000 (plus other expenses) in the fourth quarter of the year. The yacht has five cabins and can take 10 guests, as well as seven crew members.
There is no pool on deck, or a cinema, though.