SKAT Yacht – Charles Simonyi’s $60 Million Superyacht

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The SKAT yacht is the $60 million superrich owned by the billionaire software designer Charles Simonyi. The Hungary native worked at Microsoft for over two decades, leaving in 2002 to start his own company.

The yacht was designed as a home away from home for Simonyi, with minimalist features penned by design house Espen Øino International. The design house also contributed to the interior design and Marco Zanini. Lurssen built the ship in their Bremen shipyard, delivering her in 2002.

Name:Skat
Length:71 metres
Guests:10
Crew:20
Builder:Lurssen
Designer:Espen Oeino
Interior Designer:Marco Zanini
Year:2002
Speed:18 knots
Engines:MTU
Volume:1,998 ton

SKAT yacht interior

Marco Zanini and Espen Øino International penned the interior of SKAT. Minimalism defines the interior, and although she forgoes the lavish luxury of the average superyacht, she has many beautiful features that make her a comfortable home away from home for the owner.

The impressive interior of SKAT features an elevator that serves all four decks, a leisure platform with a Jacuzzi, and a gymnasium that is located centrally on the yacht. A helipad serves a McDonnell Douglas 500N Helicopter on the upper aft deck.

The 70m yacht can accommodate 12 guests across one master suite, four doubles, and two twins. There is accommodation for 18 crew members on board. She was built as a home and not as a charter yacht for the software engineer owner.

The interior design is focused on a clean and uncluttered look. The ship has a near-frameless bridge deck that is enclosed and offers panoramic views of the water.

The ‘capsule’ is protected as the boat spends a lot of time in Scandinavia and has to let in as much light as possible.

The beach club opens to allow guests to enjoy a swim platform and houses several water toys in the full-beam garage. The crew areas were designed with crew satisfaction in mind.

The owner uses SKAT as a home away from home, so crew satisfaction was influential in the design process.

Exterior

Lurssen shipbuilders built SKAT at their Bremen shipyard in Germany. Espen Øino International executed the exterior design for the vessel. The SKAT was delivered in 2002, and she was last refitted in 2021.

Her exterior is undoubtedly striking with its grey color, imposing lines, and multiple windows. The owner is a software engineer, and the yacht was designed to reflect his vocation.

Specifications

The 70.7m yacht has a beam of 14.02m and a draft of 3.76m. The SKAT’s volume measures 1998 gross tons and is powered by 2 MTU engines.

SKAT has a cruising speed of 14.3 knots and a top speed of 18.1 knots. She has a range of 4600 nautical miles. SKAT has an annual running cost of $3 – $6 million.

Owner – (Ex) Charles Simonyi

The owner of the SKAT was Charles Simonyi, a native of Hungary. He was one of the early employees of Microsoft and developed some of the company’s most successful software, including Word and Excel.

He has a Ph.D. in computer sciences from Stanford and left Microsoft after two-decade in 2002. He began his own company, Intentional Software, which Microsoft acquired in 2017 for an undisclosed amount.

He has a net worth of $6 billion, according to Forbes. He commissioned SKAT to be a home away from home, which continues to serve him 20 years later.

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