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10 Fantastic facts you didn't know about Superyachts!

Published 28/11/2018

We’ve compiled some fun facts about Superyachts for your amusement. Some are weird, some are hard to believe but all are true! Have a read below:

Fact 1 – Superyacht submarines?

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s superyacht, Octopus, houses 2 submarines! One of them can hold 10 people and travel for eight hours. The other can be controlled remotely.

Fact 2 – Five star service guaranteed!

When you’re on a superyacht you can expect five-star service from specially trained superyacht interior crew. Anything you need, the crew will provide for you. So if you’re miles from land and just fancy some garlic ice cream, it can be flown in especially for you!

Fact 3 – A concert hall and orchestra!

The superyacht Al Said has a concert hall with room for a 50-strong orchestra. It was launched in 2007 and is still one of the most luxurious yachts in the world.

Fact 4 – Sonic guns and water cannons

The superyacht Radiant, originally built for a Russian oligarch, is equipped with sonic guns capable of bursting eardrums and water cannons that can sink ships up to 91 metres away.

Fact 5 – sprinting in at 30 mph!

The fastest superyacht in the world zips along more than twice as fast as Usain Bolt, who can run an astounding 30 mph

Fact 6 – 4 engines, 2 helicopter pads, 1 submarine

Roman Abramovich’s superyacht features four diesel engines, two helicopter pads, a miniature submarine
and missile defence system, an armour-plated master suite and bullet-proof windows.

Fact 7 – Gold coated base

The Stuart Hughes-designed History Supreme cost £3.2bn! The entire base of the yacht is coated in a layer of gold, as are the dining room, deck, rails, staircases and anchor. A feature wall in the master bedroom suite is made of rock from meteorites, and there’s a statue made from real T. Rex bones!

Fact 8 – Thirsty work

 At full throttle a superyacht can guzzle over 1,000 litres of fuel per hour – it can cost around £395,000 each time you refuel!

Fact 9 – Tipping the scales at 1,230 tonnes

Dilbar has a displacement tonnage of 1,230 – the weight of about 186 elephants. The yacht’s living space is spread over 3,800 square metres, equivalent to 104 London apartments.

Fact 10 – the ultimate toy a submersible pod

The latest toys for superyacht owners are submersible pods. Manned by a pilot, they allow guests to go underwater seated in comfort.
The submersibles have an underwater reach of
up to 100, 200 or 300 metres.

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