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This 400-Foot Megayacht Has a Bonkers Underwater Lounge, and It’s About to Debut in Monaco


The latest Kismet will make its public debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in late September. For now, it’s chartering in the Med, either with owner Shahid Khan or with guests willing to pay about $3.25 million per week.

Khan’s previous Kismet was a stunner, a 312-footer with a basketball court, video walls, a removable silver jaguar on the bowsprit and one of the most electric interiors on the water. It sold before last year’s Monaco Yacht Show for about $160 million by brokerage and charter firm Cecil Wright, which is handling charters now.

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400-foot Kismet superyacht is on display at the Monaco Yacht Show.

The formal dining area for 18, with a video back wall.

The current 400-foot Kismet is a supersized, more refined version of the last vessel, with the same features and even more extravagance, including an underwater Nemo lounge (a bubble in the bottom of the hull for seeing marine life) beneath the cinema, a duplex owner’s suite, a Balinese-inspired spa, and a retro, neon dance floor. Oh, and the jaguar on the bow is permanent this time.

The boat, which accommodates up to 12 guests in 8 staterooms, has a crew of 37. But for social events, it can hold dozens of people, including dining options for 24 on the upper deck, 18 on the main deck and 14 on both the top and pool decks.

Superyacht Kismet Balinese spa.

This Balinese spa sets it apart from other charter yachts.

It’s the third boat for Khan by Lürssen, which builds the world’s largest superyachts. “The yacht has exceeded all expectations of the client,” noted Peter Lürssen, the firm’s managing partner.

Beyond the amenities, including a DJ station, a custom Boganyi grand piano, a teppanyaki cooking station, and many others, it has a hybrid diesel-electric power train. That hybrid system makes it one of the world’s largest vessels that can go into full-electric mode in eco-sensitive areas, while also having features like a heat-recovery system for heating the pools.

Kismet's forward helipad converts into a basketball court.

The forward helipad converts into a basketball court.

Last year, Khan was supposed to meet with journalists at Monaco to discuss Kismet and his career as a yacht owner, but the then-Kismet (renamed Whisper) sold just before the show, so that never happened.

Who knows? Maybe this year, Monaco showgoers might catch a glimpse of the famously mustachioed Jaguars’ owner aboard his new pride and joy.

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