Vancouver International Boat Show

If it floats, its here

There are some humongous private yachts out there, mostly being built by Italian and German builders. We are talking football fields here, as long as 613 feet!!!!!!

The Eclipse at 613 ft (187 meter) is the longest yacht, going in service december 2008.
Owner is Roman Abramovich, one of he worlds 50 wealthiest persons. Owner of a TV station and a hockey team he now has purchased the Chelsea Football club. I quote a BBC reporter: ""

The man behind the biggest takeover in British football history, Abramovich grew up many miles away from the glamour of West London. An orphan by the age of four, he was raised by his Jewish family in the harsh environs of the Arctic Circle. He began his business career selling plastic ducks from a grim Moscow apartment but, within a few years, Abramovich's vast wealth spread from oil conglomerates to pig farms, and secured his place within Yeltsin's inner circle. However, even today, his task force of bodyguards and armoured Mercedes testify to the high-risk nature of capitalism in post-Soviet Russia.When Putin came to power, Abramovich entered politics himself, becoming the governor of a remote, but resource-rich, Siberian region. After winning the election by 92% of the vote, he pumped millions of pounds into the area, building houses and sending thousands of schoolchildren on holiday. Some observers considered this political platform a dry run for the mayorship of Moscow, but Abramovich claimed his actions were "just to see whether I like it"".


  The Dubai at 524 ft (160 meters) comes in second. Owner is the sheik of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, net worth $18 billion. He likes boats, horses and women.
   He is the third of Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum's four sons (members of Dubai's ruling family Al Maktoum and descendants of the House of Al-Falasi, of which he is the tribal  leader.  
   From the age of four, Sheikh Mohammed was privately tutored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. In 1955, he began his formal education at Al Ahmedia School. At the age of 10, he moved
   to Al Shaab School, and two years later, he went to Dubai Secondary School. In August 1966, he and his cousin, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Maktoum, attended the Bell Educational Trust's English Language School in the United Kingdom.
   His senior wife is Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, his first cousin, whom he married in 1979. His junior wife is HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and half-sister of current King Abdullah II of Jordan, whom he married on April 10, 2004, and has one child, a daughter, AlJalila, born December 2, 2007.
   Sheikh Mohammed has 19 children: eight sons and eleven daughters.   

 The New Kingdom 5KR at 518 ft (157 meters) is a close third. Not in service yet, but scheduled for 2010 it is the property of HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia. He beats the owner of the longest yacht in net worth.
I quote Wikipeda: ""
Prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Arabic: الوليد بن طلال بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎) (born 7 March 1955) is a member of the Saudi Royal Family, and an entrepreneur and international investor. He has amassed his fortune through investments in real estate and the stock market. As of 2007, his net worth is estimated at US$29.5 billion, according to the Arabian Business rich list published December 2, 2007. He is ranked by Forbes as the 20th richest person in the world, and is the second richest man in royalty next to the Sultan of Brunei. He has been nicknamed by Time magazine as the Arabian Warren Buffett.""



The name is al Said and the lenght is about 508 ft (155 meters). Its owner is Sultan Qaboos of Oman and he is an avid fan and promoter of classical music. His 120-member orchestra has a high reputation in the Middle East. Although initially trained by British professionals (who  were paid much more than Omanis, whence most were recruited), the orchestra consists entirely of young Omanis who, since 1986, audition as children and grow up as members of the symphonic ensemble. They play locally and travel abroad with the sultan (although not to Salafi Saudi Arabia, because the orchestra mixes male and female musicians).
Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin was commissioned to compose a work entitled Symphonic Impressions of Oman and is particularly enthusiastic about the pipe organ. Such cultural innovations by the sultan have, however, been criticised as "just wasted money" because, as an Omani professional observed in 2001, "music diverts us from being serious about religion.


Wow, she is a beauty, the 482 ft (146 meter) Prince Abdulaziz, as its called, owned by King and also Prime Minister Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of  the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
King Abdullah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud was born in Riyadh to Ibn Saud's eighth wife, Fahda bint Asi Al Shuraim of the Abde section of the Shammar tribe. She had earlier been married to the 10th Rashidi Emir, Saud, who was killed in 1920. One of Abdullah's wives is a Syrian woman who is related to President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria.
He was given the position of Commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard in August 1962, the position of Second Deputy Prime Minister in March 1975 and the position of First Deputy Prime Minister in June 1982. Abdullah has had over 30 wives[ during his lifetime, among them Tardi Al-Jorba, Hessa Al Shaalan, Aida, Anud, Malika, and al-Jauhara. He has at least 15 sons and 20 daughters.
Al Salamah yacht is 465 ft (142 meter) long, with lots of natural wood.
Owned by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. He is alo the first deputy prime minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His son, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, is the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, while another son, Prince Khalid bin Sultan, was a key Saudi general in the 1991 Gulf War. Both Bandar and Khalid are implicated in corruption scandals surrounding weapons contracts signed by their father.

Prince Sultan is one of the Sudairi Seven, seven close-knit sons of King Abdul Aziz "ibn Saud" by Hassa bint Ahmad Sudairi. Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, the Interior Minister, and Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz the Governor of Riyadh, are among the others.

Elegantly docked in Stockholm, Sweden is the Rising Sun. 452 ft (138 meter).
Owner is Larry Ellison, CEO of the Oracle Corporation and David Geffen, a record executive who created Asylum records and later started Geffen records. Geffen founded Asylum Records in 1970, which signed artists such as Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Linda Ronstadt and J.D. Souther. Through the Geffen Film Company, David Geffen produced dark-tinged comedies such as (the 1986 version of) Little Shop of Horrors, Risky Business and Beetlejuice. Geffen was the Broadway backer for the musicals Dreamgirls and Cats. In 1994, Geffen co-founded the DreamWorks SKG studio with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Geffen has an estimated net worth of $6 billion, making him one of the richest people in the entertainment industry
During the 1970s, Ellison worked for Ampex Corporation. One of his projects was a database for the CIA which he named "Oracle". Forbes listed Ellison's 2005 net worth as $18.4 billion, making him one of the richest people in America, and the ninth richest man in the world. For a short period in 2000, Ellison was the richest man in the world. In 2006, Forbes ranked Ellison as the richest Californian.
Ellison also owns large stakes in both Salesforce.com and NetSuiteEllison is the second largest financier of BMW Oracle Racing, which unsuccessfully competed to be selected as the challenger for the 2007 America's Cup on behalf of the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco. BMW Oracle Racing was the Challenger of Record for the 2007 America's Cup in Valencia, Spain until eliminated from the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series in the semi-finals. Oracle Corporation does not provide any financial support to BMW Oracle Racing but grants permission for use of its logo and branding.
Savarona, at 446 ft (135 meter) was built in 1932 and is available for charters.
She is owned by the government of Turkey and leased by Turkish businessman Kahraman Sadıkoğlu.

Throughout World War II, the ship lay idle in Kanlıca Bay on the Bosporus. In 1951, she was converted to the training ship Güneş Dil (English: Sun Language). In October 1979, the ship was gutted by fire at the Turkish Naval Academy off Heybeliada Island in the Sea of Marmara. She lay virtually abandoned for ten years.

In 1989, she was chartered for 49 years by Turkish businessman Kahraman Sadıkoğlu. Over three years, his firm completely refurbished her for about $25 million, removing the original steam turbine engines and installing modern diesel engines. The ship was rebuilt at Tuzla Shipyards in Tuzla, a suburb of Istanbul. Now the ship serves to famous and important guests and helps to keep the memory of Atatürk alive.
Savarona features a swimming pool, a turkish bath, a 282-foot (86 m) gold-trimmed grand staircase that survived from her original construction, a movie theater, and a library suite dedicated to Atatürk, which is furnished with many of his personal artifacts.
 Another Sheikh owns Al Mirqab, a 437 ft (133 meter) tub made in Germany in 2008.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (Arabic: الشيخ حمد بن خليفة آلثاني‎) became the Emir of the State of Qatar on June 26, 1995 after deposing his father, who was vacationing in Switzerland at the time.

A keen sportsman and an accomplished diver, Sheikh Hamad has played an active role in promoting and developing athletics in Qatar. His activism has enhanced the country's involvement and performance in a number of international competitions, including: winning an Olympic medal in track and field; hosting a wide variety of international sporting events such as the 15th Asian Games, GCC, Asian and World Youth soccer championships; and initiating the Qatar Open Tennis Championship which has grown to become one of two premier tennis competitions in the Middle East.

Another "white guy" owns the Octopus. At 413 ft (126 meter) we are still in the top 10.
Paul Allen, born in Seattle, Washington is the co-founder of Microsoft corporation together with Bill Gates. Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 1983. His cancer was successfully treated by several months of radiation therapy and a bone marrow transplant. However, he did not return to Microsoft and began distancing himself from the company. Allen officially resigned from his position on the Microsoft board in November 2000 but was asked to consult as a senior strategy advisor to the company's executives. He sold 68 million shares of Microsoft stock that year,  but still owns a reported 138 million shares.
Allen has made several investments since becoming a billionaire. He confirmed that he was the sole investor behind Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne suborbital commercial spacecraft on October 4, 2004. SpaceShipOne climbed to an altitude of 377,591 feet (115,090 m) and was the first privately funded effort to successfully put a civilian in suborbital space. It won the Ansari X PRIZE competition and received the $10 million prize.




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