Gold-plated super-yacht worth $4.3 billion!
Hey, want to impress your neighbours at your cottage this summer? Or maybe you're seeking a discreet boat to smuggle things into U.S. waters so you can finance your retirement travel plans?
Well your search is over, my friend, as I’ve found your perfect travel vessel. In this edition of Travel Gear Guide, I’m previewing a ‘gold-plated super-yacht’ worth a reported $4.3 billion CDN. It was supposedly completed in Malaysia two weeks ago for a man known simply as an “anonymous businessman.”
So what makes his new yacht so valuable? Are the bed sheets woven from human skin? Is the galley wallpapered with the Dead Sea Scrolls? Is the ship’s wheel clustered with mint condition 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie cards?
Maybe! But meanwhile here are the boat’s features that we do 'know' about. According to The Australian, this 30-metre History Supreme yacht is “adorned with 100,000 kilograms of gold and platinum.” The yacht’s anchor, rails, base, deck, and dining areas are wrapped in solid gold, while the sleeping areas are decorated in warm, cozy platinum.
But that’s not all. The paper claims there’s a “wall feature” (whatever that is) in the master bedroom made from the stone of a meteor (!), an aquarium constructed from 68 kilograms of 24 carat gold, plus a “luxury liquor bottle” featuring a rare 18.5 carat diamond.
Now, I have no idea what a “luxury liquor bottle” does differently than a “regular get-you-drunk liquor bottle.” I also have no idea how the designer acquired the stone of a meteor, unless he is, in fact, a superhero. Which makes more and more sense when you hear that this multi-billion yacht comes with a statue “made from the bone of a T-Rex dinosaur.” Wait, a dinosaur? Yes, a dinosaur! To construct this amazing travel vessel, the boat's superhero designer went out and killed a dinosaur!
So who is this mystery designer who can smash meteors and kill dinosaurs with his bare fists? Stuart Hughes of Liverpool is his name, and designing luxury travel gadgets is his game. It apparently took him 3 years to complete the super-yacht but if you’re seeking bejewelled travel gadgets (MP3 players or laptops), cars, beds, yachts, mobile phones, or even “the world’s most expensive suit,” then Mr. Hughes can design them for you even faster.
Perhaps his most accessible travel gadget is his precious gold iPad. According to Mr. Hughes website, his gold iPad’s frame is made from the world’s oldest rock, Ammolite. Sourced in Canada, this rock is “over 75 million years old”!!
And, of course, this amazing gadget is also made from a 65 million year old thigh bone from a tyrannosaurus rex that was “splintered and then shaved into the Ammolite,” then finished with a “single cut 8.5 carat flawless diamond inlaid in its own platinum surround with 12 outer flawless diamonds.” I love it!
Why wait till your next payday? I urge you to buy this iPad NOW at a specially marked low low price of 5-million British pounds ($7,726,569.43 CDN). Order it today, and by next weekend, you can use it to navigate the world on your $4.3 billion CDN super-yacht (you’re buying the boat, too, right? Of course you are.).
Picture yourself using your T-rex iPad to post boastful Facebook status updates as you sail your mega-meteor super-yacht into Monaco or St. Tropez.
Because let’s face it: there’s no better way to spend your hard-earned money these days, now that everyone in our big beautiful world is free of poverty, hunger, and despair.
-- Ken Hegan
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Images from Stuart Hughes