The truest measure of wealth—obscene, colossal, pornographic wealth—is owning a yacht. According to this handy Forbes article, the average price of a 100-meter superyacht, a luxury private vessel with 50 crew members and a top speed of 25 knots, is $275 million, which might even be a conservative estimate based on some more research I just did, because I am now very curious about superyachts.
But let’s stick with that figure: $275 million is approximately Lady Gaga’s net worth, which means she’d have to spend her entire fortune just to buy one superyacht. In other words, you will never be able to buy a superyacht unless you write a jam like “Bad Romance,” headline the Super Bowl and occasionally wear a meat dress in public. A bummer, I know.
The news isn’t all that bad, though. Because the next best thing to actually owning a fancy-ass yacht is reading a coffee table book about fancy-ass yachts, and that’s where J CLASS comes in. New from publisher Delius Klasing, the book covers the most exclusive J-Class yachts in the world—vintage regatta Racers from the 1930s.
You’ll see stunning images of today’s seven active J-Class yachts courtesy of photographer Franco Pace, as well as historical facts from Wiel Verlinden, who sailed on six of the seven. Thumb through the book to find breathtaking shots of some of the featured yachts, which include the Endeavour 1934 (restored between 1988 and 2011), the Ranger 1937 (built based on original drawings in 2004), and the Rainbow 1934, which is still in restoration.