We celebrate wealth! It is good to be rich. It is good to have a lot of money and spend a lot of money. Nothing annoys us more than when people complain about the way others spend their money. We love big, opulent homes, audacious yachts, extreme supercars and more. It’s all part of our philosophy of living Abundantly.
Forbes recently had their list of most expensive yachts of 2006.
Following a few years in the doldrums, yacht orders were up 28.4% for 2005, according to Showboats International. While the current year's uptick was a bit less, the 7.9% rise in orders for 2006 is still impressive, especially in the face of rising fuel costs. To put it another way, there are currently 81,852 feet--or 15.5 miles--of yachts either contracted or under construction around the world. That's a lot of boat.This is amazing, amazing and wonderful! These people are living Abundantly. They understand what it takes to be wealthy and to gain even more wealth. They realize that money is meant to be spent, and they are doing just that! They are allowing money to flow through them to others where that flow will continue.
Things are looking especially good at the large-scale end. "Sales have not waned," says Diane Byrne, executive editor at Power & Motoryacht magazine, who compiles the publication's annual and highly anticipated list of the World's 100 Largest Yachts. "The upper end of the mega-yacht market never gets affected by things such as rising fuel costs or faltering economies. In general, the customers who are buying such yachts have already set aside the money."
Meanwhile, some 5,000-6,000 "mega-yachts" -- those leviathans of the sea that start at 80-or-so feet and can reach more than 400 feet in the hands of the right billionaires -- currently crowd the seas. And they're getting bigger all the time. "Top shipyards around the world that were turning out 150-foot yachts just a decade ago are now looking to build yachts of 250 to 300 feet," notes Byrne. "It's astounding."
Just think of the number of people it takes to build one of these yachts! Consider all the furnishings, the wood, the metal, the gadgets and the list goes on. Thousands of people are involved in the process; thousands of people whose lives are blessed and enriched because one wealthy person understands Abundance. Let's take a look for a moment at one of these gorgeous vessels.
Amazing! She is a beautiful vessel. Just think how many people she will employ after the thousands who have already been blessed by her being built! This is an Abundance creating MACHINE!
Launched in 2005, the Alysia is a whole lotta boat--for a whole lotta money. Built by Neorion Shipyard on the Greek island of Syros, the 280-footer sleeps 36 in 18 cabins upstairs, with room for 34 crew members below. The interior, by Alpha Marine Design, is long on luxury; twin 2,750-hp Caterpillar diesels have a range of 7,000 nautical miles and can keep the ship tooling along at 16 knots, or take it up to 18 knots in a pinch.
So what is the point? I'm sure this article might have shocked some. They think of people buying yachts as EVIL. They are WASTING their money. How dare they spend it on such a frivolous item when that kind of money could do so much for the poor. Frankly, we're tired of people thinking like this. It is a scarcity mentality that locks you into your current situation leaving no room for growth. Abundance is really simple. Spending money is good. When you spend money, it goes to enriching others. The money continues to flow and a variety of people benefit. Get rid of that old way of thinking and realize that being rich is good. It is the rich and wealthy that have the ability to change the world for the better. They have the resources to help those in need and the vast majority of wealthy spend a great deal on charity. But charity isn't what is going to make things better. Allowing others to work, earn a fair wage and in turn spend money themselves is what this world needs more of. Buying a yacht is just one of those things as an example. Wrap your mind around that. Spend some time really thinking about all that benefit from just one yacht being purchased. The numbers are truly astounding. Once you can do that, once you can realize just how great a thing this is, then you will begin to live Abundantly.