Sunseeker is one of the most prestigious luxury yacht builders in the world, based in Poole, in the UK. They hand deliver expensive big boys toys all over the world and last night one such owner watched as his dream vessel went up in flames.
The £9 million pound floating palace measures a staggering 34 metres and is capable of housing 10 guests and five crew members over three luxury decks. In fact the five man crew and the new owner were in Poole to acquaint them with the yacht before taking delivery later this month. The fire started at 11PM on a relatively quiet evening which soon drew vast crowds and even prompted a few amateur videos which are now firmly seated in today’s YouTube most watched videos.
The chief operating officer of Sunseeker says that the insurers have already been informed and a surveyor has been appointed to assess the damage and cause of the fire. The Yacht would have included a fully stocked bar, entertainment/cinema area and no less than ten bespoke rooms including a fully functioning galley. Gadgets would have included flat screen TV’s, surround sound, high end bathroom and cutting edge navigation equipment which has now all been reduced to ash – you have to feel for the guys who put blood, sweat and tears into building this behemoth.
Despite the ‘100% damage’ other yachts in the area where saved by the local coastguard who towed them away from the 40 foot flames, much to the relief of owners who had likely already taken delivery of their yachts. The owner of the destroyed yacht will just have to wait until a new one has been built – oh, the trials of the rich and famous:-). Watch the short video below to get an idea of what £9 million going up in smoke looks like.
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On a separate note the growing trend of niche news stories being broken on YouTube continues to grow, this story was first seen on the site as was the riots in Bristol two weeks ago. Thanks to filepalex who shot the video on their phone.