Over the past month, Crave has been daydreaming of crushworthy products from blinged-out phones and tablets to overwrought wristwatches, opulent home theater gear, and supersick supercars. This week, we're checking out yachts we wish we could sail away on.
Meet the world's longest privately owned vessel. The Azzam is a whopping 590 feet from end to end, about two football fields long. Designed by Milan-based Nauta Yachts and launched in April 2013 by Germany's Lurssen Yachts, the $609 million superyacht has 94,000 horsepower and can travel at 30 knots (34.5 mph). The identity of its owner, while rumored to be a member of the Saudi royal family, remains a mystery.
The stunning space-age Adastra glides over the water on its sleek hull and twin "wings." This $15 million stunner designed by John Shuttleworth recently won three prizes at the ShowBoats Design Awards in Monaco, including Best Naval Architecture.
Made of lightweight carbon material, the 139-foot Adastra can travel up to 26 mph as only about 20 percent is actually submerged in the water. The interior features plush cabins, a saloon, and aft bar. In a tech twist, it can be remotely controlled by iPad.
Amenities aboard the Quattroelle include large deck areas for sun tanning, a spa, a hair salon, a movie theater, an art gallery, and this relaxing pool to splash about in while drinking up the panoramic views.
She will debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
The 256-foot Venus was conceived by Philippe Starck and Steve Jobs before the Apple mogul's death, and its boxy design continues to turn heads. The $140 million, all-aluminum vessel is mostly controlled by seven iMacs.
In his biography of Jobs, Walter Isaacson wrote: "As at an Apple store, the cabin windows were large panes, almost floor to ceiling, and the main living area was designed to have walls of glass that were 40 feet long and 10 feet high. He had gotten the chief engineer of the Apple stores to design a special glass that was able to provide structural support."