Lady Moura is one of the largest and most expensive yachts in the world. It boasts a spa, private casino, entertainment areas, fully equipped operating room and a heliport.
By Federico Tibytt
Lady Moura is one of the largest and most expensive private yachts in the world and considered one of the most luxurious in its class. This distinguished "lady" is internationally famous for its impeccable white color on which are printed the towering letters of its name and a distinctive coat of arms, both made of 24K gold.
The spectacular four-level vessel, 344 feet long by 62 feet wide, boasts a state-of-the-arts leveling system to avoid lateral tilts as it turns or accelerates. Its hull was built with a combination of steel and high-strength aluminum, and is powered by two 6,868 horsepower diesel engines, which allows it to reach a top speed of 20 knots.
This jewel of naval engineering was created by the German shipyard Blohm + Voss, in collaboration with the renowned Italian architect Luigi Sturchio, who was in charge of the interior design. It has a capacity for 30 passengers and comes with a crew of 61. The Lady Moura was released, for the first time, in 1990, but in 2007, it underwent a mechanical modernization and a renovation of all its facilities, thus maintaining its position among the select group of the most luxurious yachts in the world.
One of the main features on the yacht are the completely automated hydraulic locks and gates. From a distance, one can see how the gates are raised or lowered from the side, the bow and stern to allow, for example, the lowering of its recreational boats and walking access to the owners and crew.
When it comes to amenities, the Lady Moura has a small spa, casino, nightclub and even a fully equipped operating room in case of an emergency at sea, in addition to a helipad, very luxurious cabins and spacious dining and living rooms.
This beauty of the sea belongs to the Saudi magnate Dr. Nasser Al Rashid, owner of the multinational engineering consultancy firm Rasheed Engineering, which builds infrastructure projects for the Saudi government. Al Rashid is an alumnus and a regular donor to the University of Texas, where there is a complex named in his honor: Dr. Nasser Al Rashid Strength and Training Center. The Saudi billionaire's fortune is estimated at around 20 billion dollars, more than enough to keep up with the $210 million market price of the Lady Moura and its costly maintenance.
Although the superyacht sails under the Bahamian flag, its main jetty is registered in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and this is why we often see this stunning vessel along the waters of the Mediterranean. Unlike many of her peers, the Lady Moura is not available for charter, but just seeing it sailing, or docked at port, is a treat for those who love luxury yachts. ■
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