|Designer:||Maierform Maritime Technology GmbH|
|Interior Designer:||David Hicks|
|Price:||US $100 million|
|Annual Running Cost:||US $5 – 10 million|
|Owner:||Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd|
Prince Abdulaziz Yacht
One of the largest yachts built in the twentieth first century, the Prince Abdulaziz yacht is, and has been, an impressive build ever since it was first brought into the world in 1984. In fact, this yacht was considered the world’s largest yacht until 2006.
The original interior of the Prince Abdulaziz yacht took fifteen months to complete, but she has since been refitted for a new interior in 2007. The late English designer David Hicks is featured as a designer for the interior, who’s style contained bold colours and lightning. He also mixed traditional design with modern design. Her interior has lavish fabrics and regal looking furniture and interior design details. Mixing old fashioned styles with the modern, her interior gives off a luxurious feeling.
The Prince Abdulaziz yacht was named after the owner Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd. He is the son of the late king of Saudi Arabia, and he and his family own many other yachts as well. He is an investor, along with his uncle, in the Middle eastern Broadcasting Company. He also owns many real estate investments, and is worth more than 5 billion US dollars.
The Prince Abdulaziz yacht is 147 metres long (482 ft), and has a beam of 18,3 metres (60 ft). The draft is 4,88 metres (16 ft), and the yacht can reach a maximum speed of 22 knots. The cruising speed is 18 knots. She is powered by two Semt Pielstick diesel engines, and is propelled by two 5,816 kW Pielstick diesel generator sets.
She has a capacity to keep up to 64 guests and a crew of 65, and was built in Denmark by the Helsingør Værft.
With a steel hull and teak deck, designer Maieform Maritime has created a luxurious exterior. There was also a refitting in 2005. With her white and blue exterior, she gives off a regal look to say the least. Her hull and superstructure are both made from steel, and the decks are teak.
She is rumoured to have surface to air missiles and an underwater surveillance system, but it is not something that has been confirmed.