Roman Abramovich, the maverick Russian billionaire, who has a personal fleet of five luxury yachts, was once cruising from Newcastle to Harwich when an amazing new Giga Yacht, anchored just off the coast, caught his eye. The story goes that within minutes, he anchored his boat, struck a deal with the manufacturers to custom-make an exact look-alike for him (of course, with a few changes, which made it three times more expensive) and the next morning, feeling happy about his new toy, he went ahead and made his second purchase—the Chelsea Football Club. While this story can’t be corroborated, what it does show is the fascination the rich and famous the world over have for yachts.
And India’s very own billionaires are no exception. From romantic getaways to holding board meeting while roaming the high seas—yachts have today become a status symbol for the high and mighty. The Experts: We caught up with Aashim Mongia of West Coast Marine (exclusive dealers for Majesty and Silvercarft yachts), Gautam Dutta of Marine Solutions (exclusive dealers for the Ferretti yachts) and Riyhad Kundanmal of Ocean Crest Marine (dealers in yachts such as Formula, Monterey, Fairline and the luxurious Alibi) to zero in on the best yachts money can buy in India
Sports And Utility Boats Size: Up To 40 Feet
Dolphin Super Deluxe 31
With multi-functionality written all over it, the Dolphin 31 Super Deluxe is a recreational craft that will please fishing enthusiasts and sun-lovers alike. It is an openday cruiser, which is extremely fuel-efficient. It has a walk-through corridor from the cockpit to the front deck, sunbeds and state-of-the-art bathrooms. The Dolphin 31 offers a smooth and exhilarating ride. It is suitable for a large family and has overnight sleeping facilities in the open bow section. A great comfortable boat for fishing or water sports.
Max speed : 40 knots
Max persons on board: Seats 7
Price (INDICATIVE): Rs 45 lakh
Formula Yacht 37 SS
The Formula Yacht 37 SS is hardy and comes with the option of either twin-petrol or Volvo diesel engines. This yacht is a sports cruiser and the main cockpit is located just above the lower deck. It has a bow-seating cabin, a galley, a restroom and a master bedroom.
Max speed : 40 knots
Max persons on board: Seats 15
Price (INDICATIVE): Rs 1.5 crore
Sea Ray 350 Sundancer
The sweeping, aerodynamic lines, extralarge hull windows, seamless fibreglass hardtop—at a dockside glance, it’s the luxury sport style that first draws your attention to the all-new Sea Ray 350 Sundancer.
An island V-berth with elastic foam mattress provides the owner with a sweet retreat after a long day in the sun. It holds another surprise: an electrically-controlled backrest that’s perfect for viewing the 17-inch flip-down TV with built-in DVD player. Cruise-wear and other necessities are stored in the hanging closet, cabinets and shelves.
Max speed: 30 knots
Max persons on board: Seats 6
Price: Rs 1.05 crore
Small Yachts Size: 40-80 Feet
With its striking design concept, the Majesty 66 is a fly-bridge motor yacht with a definite touch of exclusivity. This elegant yacht is truly trend-setting with its innovative exterior styling and interior finish. It boasts of a great bar, a plush seating area and state-of-the-art restrooms.
Max speed : 26-28 knots
Max persons on board: 8 while cruising*
Price (INDICATIVE): Rs 10 crore
This is the leader in the Ferretti fleet of small yachts and stands out for its clean and attractive exterior design. The spacious salon has a U-shaped sofa, with a central table that can be extended to transform the living area into a dining room. Accommodation consists of two central guest cabins and a large master cabin.
Max speed : 25 knots
Max persons on board: 6 while cruising*
Price (INDICATIVE): Rs 4.8 crore
Space is the keynote throughout this luxury boat, from the two comfortable cabins with their own bathrooms to the elegant salon and the galley.
he convertible sofa in the salon provides berths and triple glass sliding doors open on to the large teak-laid cockpit allowing room for al-fresco dining. The flybridge includes a generous entertainment area.
Max speed : 27-29 knots
Max persons on board: 4 while cruising*
Price (INDICATIVE): Rs 3.8 crore
Custom Line 112
The Custom Line 112 by Ferretti is the largest vessel in its fleet. Unlike most large yachts that are made of aluminium, the 112 uses composite materials to take advantage of Ferretti’s design and styling.
The 112 mega yacht is capable of speeds in excess of 32 mph. It has a master bedroom, two large guest suites, a gym, an entertainment centre and a large deck.
Max speed : 27 knots
Max persons on board: 20 while cruising*
Price (INDICATIVE): e14 million (Rs 94 crore)
This 115-footer encapsulates all the elements that distinguish the builder’s line. The 115 comes with two MTU engines, which when combined with the two KaMeWa Rolls-Royce waterjet drives, can achieve a top speed of 41 knots. Of course, it has a huge master bedroom with en-suite bathrooms, three guest rooms, a large entertainment area, jacuzzi, a gym and many other features.
Max speed : 40 knots
Max persons on board: 22 while cruising*
Price (INDICATIVE): e19 million (Rs 127 crore) *Indicates sleeping space/rooms
Super Yachts Size: 100-200 Feet