Imagine. You are a Russian industrialist. You've worked hard all of your life, you founded a bank when you were 21, more recently you are the head of several Russian energy companies.
Obviously you are very busy and one of the luckiest people in earth. So, you select a yacht designer, give him a $400,000,000 budget and say design & build me the biggest, coolest boat that money can buy.
A couple of years later, the designers and builders meet you in your office, put a blindfold on you and tell you it's time for the great unveiling. You are finally going to see the yacht of your dreams. One that will make all other yacht owners green with envy.
They drive you to the shipyard, park alongside a huge structure hidden under a giant canvas cover.
You are about to see what you imagine to be the greatest super yacht ever built.
3 – 2 – 1…..tada! Here it's is!!!
What are the first words out of your mouth??
How to make a Swan 90 look small!!
We are still anchored and riding out the current Mistral here in Sardinia.
We ARE in a very nice neighborhood with our closest neighbor being the 66 meter $70 million dollar super yacht Okto.
I encourage you to google "superyacht Okto" where among other things you will learn that, yes indeed,that really is a swimming pool built into the aft deck!
The pool is cool, but the most amazing thing that I've learned is that if you and up to ten of your friends wanted to charter her for a week the cost would be … wait for it … $575,000 plus expenses!!
Is it even possible to have that much fun in a week? I don't think so.
I think I would need to be put on a guest training program for months beforehand so others could teach me how it's done!!
PS. This Mistral is not showing signs of moving on, so we will be here for another day. Perhaps I'll need to pick another neighbor and do some more research.