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The Greek coast guard rescued eight people from a 197-foot French-registered superyacht as it sank last week in the Aegean Sea because of what is being called a “mechanical failure.”

The incident happened in gale-force winds off the island of Skyros. The captain of Yogi, which has a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, sent out a distress signal Feb. 17, prompting the dispatch of two coast guard vessels, two Hellenic Air Force helicopters and a navy frigate.

A video shows the yacht, built last year by the Turkish firm Proteksan Turquoise Yachts, listing to starboard with people standing on the port weather deck, waiting to be rescued. The eight were transported to Skyros, and then to Athens. Proteksan Turquoise, in a statement, thanked the coast guard and said the cause of the sinking was unclear.

Click play for footage of the rescue.

Soundings technical writer Eric Sorensen, a consultant to boat- and shipbuilders, said the ordeal serves as a reminder of the importance of proper engineering and construction, especially the incorporation of watertight compartments in the hull. Click here for his analysis.

Powered with twin 1,911-hp Caterpillar diesels, Yogi reaches 16 knots and cruises at 12, according to Yachts International, which, like Soundings, is part of Active Interest Media’s Marine Group. She was acquired by Burgess Yachts last year for chartering and is the largest yacht to fly the French flag.

"The shipyard has a well-earned reputation for building well-specified yachts of good quality, incorporating all the latest safety features," Burgess said in a statement. "To date, Proteksan Turquoise yachts have always enjoyed a flawless record of safety and reliability."

Drawing 10 feet, Yogi can accommodate as many as 12 guests in six staterooms and has more than 2,624 square feet of living space and 1,640 square feet of deck space, including a glass-bottom, 13-by-16-foot pool and Jacuzzi.

Proteksan Turquoise was born of the merger of two experienced builders, Hayati Kamhi and Mehmet Karabeyoglu, according to Yachts International. The shipyard, a member of the Superyacht Builders Association since 2010, builds all-aluminum or aluminum/steel yachts and has forged a reputation that has attracted high-profile owners, including the Russian government, according to the publication.
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Good points. Does not look like it would take much of a wave to smack and break one on those water line rectangular ports.
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How can something this size only accommodate as many people as a 60 footer? This thing is bigger than a Philippines ferry where sinkings routinely kill hundreds.
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How can something this size only accommodate as many people as a 60 footer? This thing is bigger than a Philippines ferry where sinkings routinely kill hundreds.
If they accept more than 12 paying guests, then the boat has to comply with the SOLAS regulations. Under that number, its a private yacht; over, its a cruise ship. I don't know the SOLAS regulations by heart, but the design criteria are very stringent. And its not just the obvious stuff like fireproofing, fire fighting and other safety equipment; SOLAS compliant ships have to carry their butt-ugly-safety-orange lifeboats in a prominent location (which really can ruin a bazillionaire's view). And the crew quarters have to be much, much bigger. There are much bigger yachts than this that have accomodations for only 12 passengers.
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And that's why you don't own a mega yacht...or a chopper...or a jet...or an island (at least I think you don't )
Well, let's just say, I'm not doing too badly. I own one of the things on your list and considered partnering on another.

I don't misunderstand the practical reasons for chartering your mega yacht,or begrudge the tax deductions.

But I know many who own their own private jets. Some charter them out when they aren't using them, others don't. The chartering never pays for the plane, but it does marginally reduce the total cost. As I think through those examples, the difference is definitely between who can afford it and who can't. Those renting out their stuff are doing it so they can afford more plane than they could without.

So I return to my original premise, it makes it look like you can't afford it. I'm not saying they shouldn't do it.
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The only reason I would care whether it "looks like I can afford" something is if I cared what other people think about what I can afford. Many (most?) people do own boats and cars (and sometimes houses and people) merely to impress others. Some don't.
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The only reason I would care whether it "looks like I can afford" something is if I cared what other people think about what I can afford. Many (most?) people do own boats and cars (and sometimes houses and people) merely to impress others. Some don't.
It amazes me that people attempt to judge what others do. To put it blunt it's non of anyone's business what the owners do with their money.
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The only reason I would care whether it "looks like I can afford" something is if I cared what other people think about what I can afford. Many (most?) people do own boats and cars (and sometimes houses and people) merely to impress others. Some don't.
In the general population, I think most don't intend to impress anyone, but some do.

However, what's impressive in one circle is not necessarily impressive in another. Folks that own mega yachts know that. It's their fellow mega yacht owners that will be most likely to judge whether they look like the can afford it. We are not on their radar.
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In the general population, I think most don't intend to impress anyone, but some do.

However, what's impressive in one circle is not necessarily impressive in another. Folks that own mega yachts know that. It's their fellow mega yacht owners that will be most likely to judge whether they look like the can afford it. We are not on their radar.
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