There is nothing more expensive than a megayacht - private jets and exclusive holiday villas are small luxuries by comparison - and owning one is the ultimate status symbol.
In the 1950s and 60s, yachts such as Aristotle Onassis' 325ft yacht Christina were an exclusive indulgence - playgrounds for the rich, famous, heads of state and royalty.
Today, fabulous yachts continue to be the definitive way for owners (tycoons, royalty and superstars) to display their wealth, power and good taste - and they just keep getting bigger! They are truly outrageous.
This stunning book showcases 19 of these yachts, touring each of the magnificent vessels from stem to stern, and providing information on their builders and designers. Ranging in size from a relatively modest 138 feet to an incredible 424 feet, the yachts covered include the newly built Christina O, Larry Ellison's 424ft Rising Sun, Roman Abramovich's Pelorus, Tom Perkins' Maltese Falcon, and Predator, Hyperion and Sea Force One.
There is even a chapter on chartering cruising megayachts in the Grenadines, French Polynesia and Antarctica - a tantalising glimpse at an amazing alternative kind of holiday.
This lavish volume will be irresistible to anyone who owns a yacht of any size, or who one day dreams of owning one.
Author Biography: Jill Bobrow is Editor in Chief of ShowBoats International, the world's premiere luxury yacht publication. She was previously Editor of Boat International USA and founder, Publisher, and Editorial Director of Concepts Publishing Inc., a publisher of photographic books on yachting and the Caribbean.
Promotional Information: Gives readers an exclusive peep inside some of the most expensive and mouthwatering boats in the world. In the last 15 years, the number of yachts over 100 feet has increased dramatically - today, there are approximately 6,000 of them around the world.
Features 20 of the fastest, most innovative, most technologically advanced and sumptuous yachts in existence today. A wonderful indulgent coffee table book - the stuff of which dreams are made.
'The lavish volume looks as if it will be irresistible to anyone who [is] interested in superyachts...' Super Yacht News (August 2009) 'Coffee-table glamour...' Yachts & Yachting (December 2009) 'If you have a yen to flash your cash, this book can help you to research the market. For the rest of us, it is another opportunity to dream.' Good Book Guide (November 2009) 'A fine looking edition with a great deal of information lurking within its glossy pages. It is worth more than just a passing glance.' Nautical Magazine (April 2010) 'An appropriate title for a "coffee table" picture book describing some of the largest, most ostentatious yachts of recent years along with Onassis' unbelievably extravagant 'Christina'.' Work Boat Worl (April 2011)
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st September 2009
Dimensions (cm): 31.0 x 23.0 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 1.867