World’s biggest yacht has a ridiculous escape pod

Written by Staff Writer Andrew MacGregor Smith, CNN Written by When the huge catamaran MV MEYER and her 69-meter-long superstructure sail into picture-postcard Green Island, Australia, at the end of this month, they will…

World's biggest yacht has a ridiculous escape pod

Written by Staff Writer

Andrew MacGregor Smith, CNN Written by

When the huge catamaran MV MEYER and her 69-meter-long superstructure sail into picture-postcard Green Island, Australia, at the end of this month, they will become the world’s biggest yacht, to the tune of around 7.2 million euro ($8.2 million).

That’s still fairly modest by the standards of superyachts and small boats, and yachtbuilding is only part of the story. In fact, MEYER is being built by the Canadian heavyweight Ronny de Bie Inc., and will include some rather unique features.

For starters, they’re actually going to build a third hull. The third one is going to have an upraised blue hull, while the two masts will actually be sturdier than the two-masted “stock” hull of the main vessel.

According to the Dutch construction firm Vard , the new hull will have a deep bow designed to allow a helideck with seat for 16, live-aboard accommodation, and a leisure deck. There will also be a huge vertical spa, with over-water swimming pool, sauna and steam room for relaxing.

Even the remaining crew compartment on board won’t be standard. According to de Bie, they will each be able to fill their own “optimum cabin”, each with its own shower, towel rack, cabin table and “well-equipped kitchen and a private bathroom,” with 2.5 full-time staff.

All this will set you back $600 million, or around A$1.2 billion.

Still, Vard Managing Director Ian Thompson says that the motorized megayacht will definitely be “conventionally outfitted” on board. That means a range of automated technologies like night vision cameras, auto pilot systems, mini-golf and a small casino.

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