World’s Most Expensive Yachts 2005

In case you haven’t noticed–Big! Boats! are Back! Known variously as “yachts,” “megayachts,” “superyachts,” “gigayachts” and just “mine is the big one in the harbor with the helicopters,” they’re the new must-have playthings of the extraordinarily wealthy, not to mention a great way to stand out among the droves of tourists at summer hot spots such as Cannes, St. Tropez and Nantucket. Nearly 6,000 yachts sized 80-feet or longer currently roam the seas, more than double the number of a decade ago, according to Power & Motoryacht magazine.