Dave Ritchie, co-founder of Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, held an auction to sell his beloved luxury mega-yacht recently. The boat, Apoise, sold in just 15 minutes to an unknown buyer from the United Kingdom. The price? $46 million dollars. That’s a lot of all-you-can-eat lobster buffets.
Apoise is the 89th-largest luxury yacht in the world, with five guest suites, two Jacuzzis, six decks and a staff of 19 — and is the only such vessel that has ever been put up for auction without a reserve bid. The vessel was bought in 2006 as “a wonderful business tool,” with plans to sail the world, visiting friends, clients and family for a couple of years. Although there has been a significant dip in the pleasure-boat market since 2008, it seems that things have picked up steam and are recovering. Yes!