The average boater might be counting his pennies, but in the land of the super-rich, money is no object.
Yacht builders say the demands of super-rich customers are becoming increasingly eccentric. Clients demanded two helipads on one yacht, a room-size freezer compartment so guests can have snowball fights in the Bahamas, and even recording studios.
One of the latest luxury yacht fads is "RainSky" shower units. They have massive shower heads, consume 10 gallons of water a minute and cost $25,000. One builder said his latest order was from an unnamed Russian client who wanted a RainSky shower on his yacht that was capable of spraying water or champagne on demand.
"We'll manage that," the builder said. "The only unresolved question is whether the champagne should be warm or cold."