Skat docked at North Mole, Gibraltar Harbour in 2013.
|Port of registry:||Cayman Islands|
|Length:||71 m (233 ft)|
|Beam:||13.5 m (44 ft)|
|Draft:||3.7 m (12 ft)|
|Installed power:||2 × 2,000 kW (2,700 hp) MTU|
Skat is a luxury yacht built by Lürssen of Bremen, Germany as project 9906, a number prominently displayed on the hull in a typeface matching that of military vessels. The project started in November 1999 and the yacht launched in 2001. The owner is Charles Simonyi, a former Software Engineer from Microsoft and the fifth space tourist. The yacht is 71 metres (233 ft) long.
Simonyi once had a Danish girlfriend who called him skat, literally "treasure" (or "tax"), a common term of endearment similar to "honey" in English.
- Hull: Steel hull, aluminum superstructure
- Fuel: 210,000 litres (46,000 imp gal; 55,000 US gal)
- Water: 56,000 litres (12,000 imp gal; 15,000 US gal)
- Designer: Espen Oeino
- Interior designer: Marco Zanini
- Stylist: Espen Oeino
- Elevator serving all four decks
- Leisure platform with Jacuzzi
- A gymnasium located centrally under the mast
- Helipad on the upper aft deck servicing a helicopter painted in colors matching the yacht.
- Observation platform with helm control halfway up the central mast.
- Two tenders
- Two Jet Skis
- Motorcycles and accompanying lift
The yacht can achieve a speed of 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) on just one engine. A cooling pump integrated into the gearboxes assures safe operation on one engine by pumping oil through the idle gearbox. The shaft of the idle engine can be disengaged, leaving the idle propeller and shaft to freewheel.
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