Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Really Cool Luxury Yacht Sighting...The Skat

Yesterday while taking photos for Veronica employers recognition event I came across this really sharp looking ship.
At first I didn't know what to make of it but after asking around I found out just how cool that this ship actually was.
As it turned out this Luxury Yacht is called Skat:





The yacht Skat was built by Lurssen as project 9906 and delivered to her owner Charles Simonyi in 2001. Skat has a military exterior styling designed by Espen Oeino. Her interior is designed by Marco Zanini, who created a minimalist style, matching the exterior. The yacht features original artworks by Lichtenstein and Vasarely. The yacht is military styled and even has a military like number on the hull: 9906. This number refers to Oeino’s project number: 1999 - project 6.
The Owners First Yacht
Skat was the first yacht for her owner, while normally yacht owners grow into bigger yachts. Skat means treasure in Danish - the story goes that Simonyi used to have a Danish girlfriend who called him Skat. The yacht is styled like Simonyi’s house in Medina, Washington 
Helicopter MD-520N
The yacht is often seen with a McDonnell Douglas MD-520N helicopter with the sign N486CS. (CS for Charles Simonyi). The heli has the same gray colour as the yacht and the even as the owners jet and house.
Charles Simonyi
Microsoft developer
Charles Simonyi is owner of the yacht Skat. Charles Simonyi started working at Microsoft in 1981, as head of Microsoft's application software group and was responsible for the creation of Microsofts Office Suit. He was the chief architect of Microsoft Word, Excel and other widely-used application programs.

Microsoft Billionaire
Simonyi became one of Microsofts highest-ranking developers and built up a stock fortune of more than US$ 1 billion. Charles Simonyi’s net worth is now estimated at US$ 1.6 billion (June 2016) Simonyi left Microsoft in 2002 to co-found company called Intentional Software. Intentional Software Corporation’s mission is to make the world’s knowledge more accessible and useful.  Simonyi is considered to be a close friend of Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

Space Tourist
Simonyi’s passion for science and for space has led him to travel into space twice aboard Soyuz spacecraft, becoming the fifth space tourist and the first ever tourist to fly twice.

Charles Simonyi – Facts
Yacht Name: Skat
Yacht Length: 71 m (232 ft)
Guests: 10 in 5 cabins
Crew: 20 in 10 cabins
Yacht Value: US$ 75 million
Owners Name: Charles Simonyi
Simonyi Net Worth: US$ 1.6 billion


Charles Simonyi is a Microsoft Excel Developer and is also responsible for Word

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