The super- and megayachts of yesterday’s billionaires have been left in the wake of today’s aquatic toys. The gigayacht is hard to define, but those who track these things generally consider it to be a boat over 200 feet long that’s tricked out with the latest technology and fanciest customizations. Google founder Larry Page bought one this year that features a helicopter pad and interiors by star designer Philippe Starck. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s massive Octopus includes two submarines and a dock specifically for jet skis. Reinhold Würth, the German manufacturing magnate, finally took possession of his $100-million vessel this year. Named Vibrant Curiosity, it doesn’t, strictly speaking, have giga status, but has received plenty of attention since he ordered it at the same time he instituted staff paycuts at his company. The world’s current largest yacht is owned by Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich: it has two pools and a home theatre. This year, when he tried to dock at the French port of Antibes, Abramovich found the only spot big enough to park the 530-foot boat was already being used by a Saudi Prince’s yacht. He was forced to
leave his ship offshore.