I'll tell you how big. Bigger than big, that's how big. Yes, my recent blog mentioned Steven Spielberg's ginormous yacht, Seven Seas, calling it a "mini-cruise ship." True enough. But let me give you a better notion about the scale of these super-yachts.
They can be huge enough to carry a small helicopter on deck. How's that for big? Huge enough to carry a cabin cruiser on board as a runabout when in port. No dinghies for these super-yachts. Nope. They can have a backup boat that you and I would consider more than roomy for an outing at sea with an entire family. Astounding, really, when you look over these super-yachts in person. To give you another perspective on the super-boats, consider this. I looked at a lovely yacht yesterday docked across the water from me. I counted at least four decks. And there were 13 portholes on the side facing me. Think about that - a big yacht indeed. But behind it was a mega-yacht so mega that it dwarfed the 13 porthole vessel in front. The bow extended well beyond the boat in the foreground, and the top deck towered above. Mega indeed. Officially, a super-yacht is longer than 79 feet. Apparently a mega-yacht exceeds 164 feet under official definition. Most of us non-nautical types use the terms more or less interchangeably, though, to carry a simple meaning: One darned monstrous private boat. Just imagine any boat so large that it can haul around a helicopter, for Pete's sake. The aft sundeck I saw on Spielberg's yacht probably offers as much square footage as my entire, fairly big, apartment. That's the kind of watercrafts I'm talking about here. Huger than huge. The boat show gives us a chance to really admire these yachts for ourselves, to notice details we couldn't see as they sit tied to a distant dock or as they sail out toward the ocean. But wherever you spot the super-yachts, one thing is for sure. They are hard to miss.