So here's a (free) look at one of the boldest vessels out there – a feat on its own, considering AK Royalty is neither the biggest nor the most expensive superyacht on the market. But it's gunning for the most impressive in terms of styling, with decadent, party-ready interiors and a livery that will immediately get it noticed.
AK Royalty is a Palmer Johnson superyacht, and if you're not new to superyacht watching, you already have an explanation for its bold exterior. The U.S.-based shipyard is famous for its SportYacht and SuperSport Series, which offer record-breaking performance with very distinctive styling. Palmer Johnson vessels aren't just fancy superyachts: they're speed demons disguised as fancy boats.
Khalilah isn't made of or painted in gold, and it has a very special, custom shade of Cordova Gold to thank for its reputation. The last time it was offered for sale, it was asking a hair under $27 million, so it's nowhere near $1.4 billion. But it is an outstanding vessel in terms of luxury amenities and impressive speed.
And then there's AK Royalty, a Palmer Johnson that, unlike Khalilah, is painted in 24-karat gold. It's gold dust only, and it's been mixed with paint, but it's gold nonetheless. And it glitters beautifully, depending on how the sunlight hits it.
The refit was his idea after purchasing the vessel, which was launched in 2009 as Plus Too. It's a PJ 135 model from the SportYacht Series, originally with a Nuvolary Lenard exterior and interiors, an aluminum hull and superstructure, and 136 feet (41.4 meters) in total length.
Plus Too was undeniably beautiful, but AK Royalty aims for more than just conventional beauty. A single look at its exterior will tell you that: this is a boat for those who want to be the center of attention in the most unabashed, downright shameless ways.
AK Royalty is already up for charter with one of the leading premium companies on the market, which is hardly surprising given its description as a superyacht that lives up to the regal name. There's no word yet on who did the interiors, but they're far more flamboyant and striking than the original Nuvolari Lenard ones.
Turquoises and blues have been replaced by stark black and whites, with chrome and diamanté accents and the occasional neutral beige for contrast. Endless mirrors and exquisite veined marbles mix with wildlife silver sculptures – pouncing tigers in the formal dining room! – to create almost surreal spaces for day- and nighttime entertaining.
Amenities include a six-person jacuzzi, a fully-equipped gym and wellness area on the sun deck, several bars, and several oversize lounge areas, both enclosed and outdoors. The packed garage turns AK Royalty into a potentially popular charter platform, especially the aforementioned gold-dust-painted jetskis and an entire park of inflatables: a giant waterslide, a 12-person trampoline, and an inflatable pool.
The interior volume of 305 GT offers sleeping for 12 guests across five cabins. Plus Too in the original layout drew power from MTU 12V 4000 M93L engines that delivered a top speed of 30 knots, but Fidler mentions that AK Royalty can hit 38 knots at full tilt. This sounds like the engine room has also been upgraded to offer enhanced performance because Fidler "doesn't like to go slow."