In a world where social distancing became the norm, private yachts emerged as the epitome of luxury, offering a haven at sea. As we navigated through another year, superyacht enthusiasts showcased their prized possessions at renowned boat shows in Monaco, Miami, and Palm Beach.
Among them, video game developer Dave Hagewood flaunted the Burning Man-Inspired Galaxy yacht, while entrepreneur Carl Allen used his $27.9 million vessel for treasure hunting adventures.
Unveiling the Future: Yacht Designs Beyond Imagination
Designers unveiled ambitious plans for the future, capturing attention with concepts like the Centerfold, a colossal 663-foot-long yacht that could potentially be the world’s largest.
The year also witnessed a shift towards greener horizons with the unveiling of Domus, a 130-foot-long vessel designed to be one of the eco-friendliest in the deep blue. Utilizing sail, solar, and hydrogen fuel cell power, Domus promises an unlimited range with zero emissions.
Beneath the Surface: Innovations in Yachting Technology
Diving into the depths of innovation, a $25 million superyacht submarine surfaced as a unique creation, offering the ability to cruise below water for up to four days using electric and diesel propulsion. For everyday water enthusiasts, Pure Watercraft introduced an all-electric $45,000 pontoon boat capable of accommodating ten people with a top speed of 23 miles-per-hour.
Meanwhile, designer Sophi Horne gained attention with her groundbreaking all-electric race boats, marking a milestone in the world of boating.
Forbes Exclusive: The Ferrari of the Seas
Launched during the Venice Boat Show, the wallypower58 earned the title “the Ferrari of the seas” with its sleek design, boasting folding bulwark wings for ample sunbathing space. Equipped with an optional automatic awning for shade and an innovative hydraulic platform for a refreshing dip, this superyacht promises an unparalleled experience at sea.
Luxury Afloat: Four Seasons Enters the Superyacht Scene
In a grand entrance to the superyacht scene, Four Seasons announced its first cruise ship in 2022, promising sunnier days ahead. Featuring 95 suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and luxurious amenities such as a Mediterranean restaurant, sushi bar, spa, and salon, this cruise ship embodies the opulence associated with the Four Seasons brand. The Funnel Suite, spanning four levels with over 9,601 square feet of combined indoor-outdoor living space, takes luxury to new heights.
Navigating Choppy Waters: Biden Takes on Russian Billionaires’ Yachts
2022 wasn’t all smooth sailing. Following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian oligarchs faced rough seas when President Biden announced plans to seize their yachts. Forbes uncovered 53 of these vessels, ranging in value from $1.2 million to a staggering $578 million, scattered across the globe from Sri Lanka to St. Martin.
The $21 Million Benetti B.Yond 37M Superyacht
The Benetti B.Yond 37M superyacht, priced at $21 million, may seem ordinary at first glance, but it’s the details that elevate it to extraordinary. Boasting cabins reminiscent of a luxury hotel, unbeatable sea views, and amenities including jet skis, a sauna, and a folding beach deck, this vessel defines extravagance on the open waters.
Paul Allen’s Expedition Yacht Opens its Doors
In a sneak peek into one of the largest and most mysterious yachts, the 414-foot-long Octopus, previously owned by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, became available for charter.
Priced at $325 million, this explorer yacht is set to host Antarctic excursions with multiple helicopter landing pads, a lounge for underwater observations, and 13 lavish cabins—an ultimate escape for billionaires seeking unparalleled luxury.