Basketball courts, recording studios, deep-sea submarines, helipad party decks our writer gets a taste of the latest must-have accessories in superyacht design
A 30,000 bottle of limited-edition Hennessy cognac stands in a corner of the Saatchi Gallery, guarded by a pair of burly bouncers, while guests admire leather-clad bicycles, models of personal submarines, and undulating wall features carved from gigantic blocks of marble, according to the designs of Zaha Hadid.
At times, it was hard to tell if the SuperYacht Gallery a jamboree of fancy boats and luxury lifestyle paraphernalia, with tickets starting at 50 was actually an elaborate piece of performance art. It felt as if Charles Saatchi might be hiding inside the faceted shell of one of the mirrored sculptures on show, cackling at his latest ruse.
We have a very strict door policy, said the event organiser, handing me a glass of champagne at the VIP preview. Weve only targeted ultra high net worth individuals: yacht owners, their advisers and captains. The people in this room are some of the wealthiest in the world.
The guests strolled the galleries, their well-fed cheeks glowing a fluorescent orange as they admired models of the worlds most expensive boats and their bespoke accessories. Many gathered around the glistening champagne-hued model of the 465m Dilbar, the worlds largest yacht by internal volume, providing 3,800 square metres of living space for Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, along with not one but two helipads.
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