LENGTH: 344ft. 6in. (105m)
SHIPYARD: Blohm + Voss, Germany
Lady Moura was, at the time of her 1990 launch, one of—if not the most—expensive yachts ever built. She also has the distinct honor of keeping the same owner, Saudi billionaire Nasser Al-Rashid, since her launch. Her build required four years of collaboration between Italian designer and architect Luigi Sturchio and German shipyard Blohm + Voss. The hull and towering superstructure are made of steel yet, despite the weight, twin 6,858hp diesel engines and controllable pitch propellers are said to move the yacht to a 20-knot speed. The yacht seldom strays far from the Southern coast of France where she is most often moored either in Antibes or Monaco. Unique features include a permanent helideck to accommodate a Sikorsky S76B helicopter, well-concealed lateral garages for storage of a small fleet of watercraft, a large pool with a retractable roof and a massive custom-made dining table by Viscount Linley, 13th in the line of succession to the British throne. Dr. Al-Rashid, of Rashid Engineering, is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and a recipient of France’s Legion of Honor. His company Rashid Engineering, based in Riyadh, has designed some of the largest structures in Saudi Arabia, where he was an engineering consultant to King Khaled and his successor, King Fahd.
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