- Activities: Overnight Cruising, Day Cruising
- Length Range: Over 100 ft.
- Average price: $5,390,000
- Propulsion: Inboard Engine
Just exactly where one draws the line between yachts, super yachts, and mega yachts is a subject of debate. Some people draw the lines at 75, 100, and 150 feet, while others say that any yacht over 80 feet or so is worthy of being called either a super yacht or a mega yacht. There is no “correct” minimum size, however, mega yachts do have a few undisputable characteristics: pricing is measured by the millions (and sometimes tens of millions); they’re uber-luxurious; are run not by the owner but instead are operated by a professional captain and crew; and they have long-distance cruising capabilities.
Just how luxurious is a mega yacht? They have suites for the owners, multiple private staterooms for guests, and a separate crew’s quarters. They carry their own set of water-toys ranging from PWCs to fishing boats. Gourmet meals are prepped by professional chefs in galleys that put most home kitchens to shame. Fine art decorates common areas, and in fact, art is commonly commissioned specifically for new mega yachts then is integrated into the boat’s construction – everything from sculpture to paintings. Mega yachts are often works of art in their own right, with meticulously carved woodwork, custom-crafted furniture, and unique architectural designs. They also happen to including things like mechanized pop-out balconies, hot tubs, and gigantic “beach club” swim platforms that extend out from the stern.
Another trait of mega yachts is that they’re self-contained for long distance cruising. They often roam from port to port in places like the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and beyond, visiting the owner’s favorite vacation spots seasonally. Many are also available for charter by the week, which some owners offer to help defray the rather enormous costs of owning and operating a mega yacht. Chartering one might cost as much as buying a new car (or in some cases a new house) but if you want a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, few other experiences could compare.