Yacht’s iPad app lets you do everything but steer

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If you have an extra $1 million lying around, you can charter a yacht that comes with its own iPad app, giving passengers control of everything but the steering wheel.

Custom-made software from German luxury yacht firm Lurssen gives passengers on Solemates, the first pleasure yacht to carry this technology, control of all shipboard entertainment and climate systems, light and blinds, and even allows them to have their drinks topped off with the tap of an icon, CNN reported.

Solemates is currently playing host to Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, girlfriend Kim Porter and their daughters.

"You won't find this app for download in the Apple store anytime soon," Rupert Connor, central agent from chartering firm the Luxury Yacht Group, told CNN. "The captain hands each guest their own iPad when they board, which they get to keep for the entirety of their trip."

Connor, whose company is responsible for leasing Solemates on behalf of its owner, says guests are given the option of customizing the app's home page to suit their preferences.

"For instance, if we have a client who we know is a music industry bigwig, then we'll program the app's homepage to have a prominent shortcut to our high-speed media server's music library and we'll do our research to make sure we have all the music they'd want to listen to," he said.

At $690,000 a week, plus expenses (which Connor conservatively puts at a further $150,000), the super-rich certainly get more than a glorified remote control when they step on board.

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