While the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show may have ended, the high life lives on with some interesting nuggets of info that officials posted on the website concerning what super yacht owners wanted on their vessels.
When yacht builders were asked “What is the weirdest/craziest request you have had from a client during the building of his yacht?” by journalists Frances and Michael Howorth, here are some of the more interesting quotes (via Monaco Yacht Show’s website):
Jonathan Beckett, CEO of Burgess
The weirdest and craziest request was from a lovely client who suddenly decided it was essential to install an English Garden on deck complete with a real grass lawn. The reason? To make the family dog feel at home! We even had to buy a lawn mower and employ a gardener!
Roland Kruger, CEO Newcruise
… one of the most amusing requests we had was from someone very serious. He needed to have his yacht so well equipped from potential threats that we even went as far as designing a stylish vehicle to keep on board for use by him and his family to escape in, should they ever be attacked. The brief called for a high speed, had to have Kevlar armour plating craft capable of surviving chemical, biological, nuclear and rocket attacks. Even a mounting position for an anti aircraft gun system on the upper deck had to be investigated. …
Maurizio Magri, CEO Kaiserwerft
One owner had to explain to me why, despite adoring his wife they had to have separate ensuite cabins on opposite sides of a corridor. “She walks in her sleep,”, he told me “and although she cannot ever remember doing so in the morning, she can wake me up by hitting me during her walk. If we put her cabin on the other side of a wooden floored alleyway I will hear her coming and prepare myself.”
Read more crazy requests on the website — including a request from a man who wanted to raise the saloon ceiling so he could wear his cowboy hat.