Superyachts represent the absolute pinnacle of luxury, so it is no surprise that the industry attracts A-list celebrities, billionaires and royalty. Elite marianas in popular holiday destinations have become a playground for the rich and powerful.
Working on these types of vessels regularly, Safeguard Helideck Certification are an increasingly important member of the superyacht industry. Each year a greater number of superyachts are being made with at least one, if not two, helipads. As we have written before, this is now an essential feature for modern superyachts to have. Our expertise lie in ensuring that helicopter landing areas are safe and fit for purpose.
Keep reading to find out our top 5 fascinating facts about superyachts, that may just surprise you.
5 Fascinating Superyacht Facts
Fact 1) Weekly charter prices for superyachts vary from £20,000 – £4,000,000 per week. This usually includes a crew as well.
Superyacht owners often lead busy lives and therefore cannot be in their superyacht all year round. In fact, some are rarely on them at all, simply owning them as a status symbol rather than for practical use.
It makes sense then for them to offer their lavish vessels out for charter, to help with the very high yearly running costs.
Fact 2) The Middle East has the most superyacht owners.
Thanks to unthinkable amounts oil money, certain individuals in Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have become incredibly rich.
Many of them have chosen to spend their new found riches on the ultimate status symbol of wealth. Out of the worlds 200 largest superyachts, one third are owned by somebody from the Middle East.
Fact 3) A superyacht crew offers around the clock service.
A superyacht crew will offer you the highest level of service, whenever it is required. If you fancy Mcdonalds in the early hours of the morning on your superyacht, your crew will fly out and get it for you. If you need your kids to be entertained while you and your partner fly out to a 5* restaurant, this can also be provided.
Of course for this level of tireless service, generous tips are often given at the end of every trip.
Fact 4) Among billionaires, superyachts are the biggest luxury holding.
This means that more billionaires have invested more money in superyachts than in private jets, expensive arts, luxury cars, jewellery, fashion etc.
Who can blame them? Nothing screams billionaire more than owning your own luxury superyacht.
Fact 5) The annual cost of maintaining a superyacht is around 10% of the original purchase price.
When you consider how much a superyacht costs to buy, you can appreciate how staggering these annual maintenance costs are. Roughly speaking, the average superyacht costs £43,000,000, making the running costs around £4,300,000 per year. This helps to explain why so many superyacht owners charter them out.
These costs take into account fuel (superyachts can guzzle fuel at a rate of 1000 litres per hour), crew members, repairs and upkeep.