There’s an article titled “The Floating World: Plutocratic Politics aboard the World’s Superyachts” in the July 25, 2022 issue of The New Yorker by Evan Osnos. The subtitle is “Outrageously Luxurious Yachts are Attracting Political Scrutiny—and Buyers in Record Numbers.”
A particularly notorious dictator allegedly owns a four-hundred superyacht—I say “allegedly” because the true personal ownership of superyachts is hidden by “shell corporations”—that’s why they’re called “white boats.” Many of the dictator’s “oligarchs” own superyachts, too.
Income disparity has increased worldwide. In the United States alone, the number of billionaires has increased from sixty-six to more than seven hundred. Whereas the salary of the “average worker” has remained stagnant for decades.
In decades ago, one measure of a person’s wealth used to be the ownership of a mansion (or mansions) and artwork and sculptures by “blue-chip” artists. Then the measure turned to Fine French Furniture. Then the measure turned to private jet airplanes. “But once it seemed every plutocrat owned a plane, the thrill was gone.”
Hence, the superyacht. A jet airplane was only transportation and a land-bound mansion may have had troublesome neighbors. A superyacht is like “a manse on water.”
Some superyacht owners live on their boats six or more months out of the year. They “play” war games with other owners in the Pacific Ocean. They have helicopter or seaplane platforms on their boats to go and get exotic food and drink—and much else besides.
The article quotes a yachtsman, “If the rest of the world learns it was to live on a superyacht, they’d bring back the guillotine.”
That’s what the article says.
The crew has to be boat professionals who know how to navigate the rough seas, but the servants—they’re called “yachties”—are hired primarily for their physical attractiveness, even they have to cook food, serve the food, clean the toilets, and more. A yachtie went on to star on a TV show. Needless to say, yachties often sleep each other and sexually abused. Several employment agencies specialize in out-placing former yachties. “While they’re aboard the yacht, they don’t have to pay rent or pay for food—it’s a shock to come back the real world.”
Not recommended for those readers who don’t care to read about the superrich. Recommended for those readers who want to learn what the secret world of superyachts is all about and cultural phenomenon.
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