Billionaire Space Tourist Sells Massive Luxury Yacht Skat After Twenty Years

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Billionaire Space Tourist Sells Massive Luxury Yacht Skat After Twenty Years

Skat is a Danish word translated as “treasure,” and apparently, this was a term of endearment used by a former girlfriend of Charles Simonyi. The billionaire is not only one of the first software engineers at Microsoft, but also the fifth space tourist and the second Hungarian to go to space – in 2007, he traveled aboard Soyuz TMA-10.

The interior by Marco Zanini complements the stunning architecture with a modern, clean design. Six double staterooms, plus a children’s cabin, welcome up to 12 guests. The four decks are connected by an elevator, and the generous garage has more than enough room for large tenders and water toys. A separate gym and a main salon that doubles as a cinema add more fun to the yachting trips.

Once a billionaire space tourist’s superyacht, with a name inspired by a romantic memory, the unique Skat is now ready for new adventures.

Skat is also a powerful ship, perfectly suited for global cruising, with a maximum speed of 18 knots (20.7 mph/33 kph) and a 4,600-nautical mile range. Despite its age, the superyacht is also described as being in exceptional shape due to the regular refitting and maintenance.

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  • Indeed, the superyacht was just snatched up for an undisclosed amount – certainly a considerable one, since the last known asking price was over $50 million (€49.5 million).

  • The most striking thing about Skat is the military-inspired appearance, in cool grey tones. Known as one of the masterpieces of famous naval architect Espen Oeino, this ship was built with reflective materials, mainly steel, aluminum, and glass, which give it a distinctive, mirror-like look. It’s also known for having an impressive number of windows that allow natural light to illuminate its wide spaces.