We have spoken about superyachts belonging to Russian oligarchs for the longest time. It is time to look at something different but equally glamorous as its Russian counterparts. Austria’s richest person, billionaire Heidi Horten’s iconic 318-feet Lürssen Carinthia VII, is the vessel in question. The steel and aluminum beauty constructed in 2002 has avoided the spotlight for nearly two decades. At last, one of the world’s most stunning megayachts has been listed for sale by Antoine Larricq and Stuart Larsen at Fraser. Let’s learn more about the details, fascinating features, and luxurious elements of Carinthia VII below:
The charming Carinthia VII:
A boat like Carinthia VII really doesn’t sail by every day. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Yacht connoisseurs to own the stunning ship of the billionaire widow of one of Germany’s most outstanding post-war personalities. As mentioned above, Heidi commissioned Carinthia VII in 2002, which got two stalwarts together- acclaimed designer Tim Heywood and the revered Lurssen brand. As expected, the partnership created magic that first reflected itself on the ship’s hull. It became so famous that its color was dubbed “Carinthia blue” for other yacht enthusiasts to emulate.
This 318-footer is impressive as it flaunts a size that is rare for the times when it was made. Add to its largeness, tall windows made of bulletproof glass. The two elegant decks are divided among eight staterooms, six more cabins on her main deck, and crew quarters for a team of 40 splits across. As expected from a luxurious schooner, the primary suite is placed on a separate owner’s deck alongside an office and additional stateroom.
The charming Carinthia VII boasts several luxe amenities such as a helipad at the bow for the wealthy owners and their guests, a Jacuzzi on the sundeck, and several comfortable sun loungers offering stunning vistas. A peek inside gives away displays the elegant tastes of the owner.
This space looks grand and inviting with settees and bespoke wooden furniture. Stately saloon on the main deck is the perfect spot for conversations around coffee tables. Adjacent lays a formal dining area for 12 guests. Book lovers should first head to the upper deck saloon do dive deep into hoards of books in the library.
Carinthia VII’s deck is occupied by luxuries, including a gym, sauna, and al fresco dining on the main deck aft. When it comes to performance, it is noteworthy that it can cruise at impressive speeds despite Carinthia VII’s large size. Four MTU diesel engines provide a top speed of 26 knots and a cruising speed of 22 knots.
About Heidi Horten:
The beauty of the high seas Carinthia VII may well have been Heidi’s prized possession, but the Viennese billionaire boasts an art collection many in the art world envy. A total of 170 works of the Heidi Horten Collection garnered immense appreciation and spotlight at the Leopold Museum in Vienna. The animal lover owns it all from Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gustav Klimt, and Pablo Picasso. Horten’s time is divided between the board of Helmut Horten Stiftung, a charitable foundation supporting medical research and health care institutions, and her upcoming private museum. This 155-year-old, 22,000-square-foot mansion in Vienna will display artworks from her massive collection of 500 paintings featuring the likes of Bacon, Picasso, and Warhol.
The superyacht is listed on sale at Fraser yachts for $130 million.