Skat (yacht)

Skat is a luxury yacht built by Lürssen of Bremen, Germany as project 9906, a number prominently displayed on the hull in a typeface matching that of military vessels. The project started in November 1999 and the yacht launched in 2002. The owner is Charles Simonyi, a former Software Engineer from Microsoft and the fifth space tourist. The yacht is 71 metres (233 ft) long.

Y Skat berthed at the North Mole, Port of Gibraltar.jpg
Skat docked at North Mole, Gibraltar Harbour in 2013.
Port of registry Cayman Islands
BuilderLürssen Werft
Launched10 March 2002
General characteristics
Displacement1636 tonnes
Length71 m (233 ft)
Beam13.5 m (44 ft)
Draft3.7 m (12 ft)
Installed power2 × 2,000 kW (2,700 hp) MTU
  • 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) cruise
  • 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph) max
  • 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) one engine
Capacity10 guests
Skat in Pitons Bay, St Lucia, 21 April 2011
Skat in Pitons Bay, St Lucia, 21 April 2011

Simonyi once had a Danish girlfriend who called him skat, literally "treasure", a common term of endearment similar to "honey" in English.

General specificationsEdit

  • Hull: Steel hull, aluminum superstructure
  • Fuel: 240,000 litres (53,000 imp gal; 63,000 US gal)
  • Water: 62,000 litres (14,000 imp gal; 16,000 US gal)
  • Designer: Espen Oeino
  • Interior designer: Marco Zanini
  • Stylist: Espen Oeino


The yacht can achieve a speed of 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) on just one engine. A cooling pump integrated into the gearboxes assures safe operation on one engine by pumping oil through the idle gearbox. The shaft of the idle engine can be disengaged, leaving the idle propeller and shaft to freewheel.

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

  • "Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co.KG, Bremen".
  • "Skat". Superyacht Society. Archived from the original on 13 August 2009.
  • "Skat (yacht)". Ship Spotting World. 18 July 2010.