Prince Abdulaziz (yacht)

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Prince Abdulaziz in Malta in Sep 2006.

Prince Abdulaziz is one of the Royal Yachts of the Saudi Royal family and is one of the largest motor yachts in the world.[1]

History

With a length of 147 meters (482 ft 3 in) at delivery, the yacht was the longest and tallest motor yacht in the world, retaining this status for 22 years.[2] Designed by Maierform and built in 1984 by Helsingør Værft in Helsingor, Denmark, the first owner was King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. After his death in 2005, ownership passed to his son Abdul Aziz bin Fahd.

The 147-meter-long ship has a beam of 18.3 meters and a draught of 4,9 meters. It is propelled by two 5,816 kW Pielstick diesel generator sets. Cruising speed is set at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph), but it can be raised to 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph).[3] At full capacity, the yacht requires a 60-65 man crew.[3][4] It can also hold up to 64 guests onboard.[5] The interior designer was David Nightingale Hicks.[3]

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