Shuffleboard at 36,000 Feet, Anyone?

Skyacht One is equal parts yacht, jet and excess

By The Editors

Shuffleboard at 36,000 Feet, Anyone?
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05 January 2016

Like American Apparel’s solvency, FIFA's integrity and (whatever was left of) Kobe Bryant’s knee cartilage, yachts that travel on water are so 2015.

Because this one flies. And it smells of rich mahogany.

It’s the Skyacht One, a custom version of Embraer Executive Jets' Lineage 1000E — the largest and grandest personal aircraft in their fleet. Drawing inspiration from a 1939 custom yacht design called the Thunderbird, Embraer partnered with SottoDesign Studios to come up with the meticulously appointed jet, and hot damn was it worth it.

Each one of the planes will feature a hull crafted with polished mahogany, metal planks and an interior stocked with navigation-themed luxury items — faucets, clocks, seats, fine China — as well as “intelligent cabin lighting” that changes colors to complement the time of day. The switches, knobs and levers on the Skyacht will be engraved brass, gold, silver and platinum and its main cabin will come loaded with a Chesterfield Sofa and, of course, a top-shelf cocktail bar.

If Howard Hughes had one of these babies instead of the Spruce Goose, perhaps all that unpleasantness could have been avoided.

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