Balmain's proud maritime history as a shipbuilding suburb is well documented but I doubt that the old labourers at Mort's Dock would have dreamt anything like this 155metre super yacht was possible!
Estimated to be the most expensive yacht in the world once it is completed, the "Streets of Monaco" will come with a price tag of $1.1 billion dollars and is modelled after the street scape of Monte Carlo.
So what does $1.1 billion dollars buy you? For starters, how about a beach? That's right, a beach will be built on the deck surrounded by a go-kart track replicating the F1 Monaco circuit. A tennis court and a cinema will also be included and there is room to park your helicopter on a special platform at the rear. The main accommodation contains 7 luxury suites that are built over 3 levels and can house 16 guests and 70 crew.
Do you want to go snorkeling? Sure but you don't need a snorkel, we'll take the submarine! Not one but two submarines will also be housed within the yacht's hull.
"It is basically a floating city," Yacht Island Design CEO Rob McPherson, whose company designed the super yacht, stated. "We want to create a truly unique environment that could take the Principality of Monaco to the ocean."
I just can't help imaging what would happen if this yacht pulled into the real Monte Carlo during the annual Monaco F1 race. "Don't worry about watching that race, we'll hold our own race on the boat!"