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Gorgeous Superyacht AK Royalty Boasts New 24K Gold Livery, Most Opulent Interior

Not all that glitters is gold, but some things are. The AK Royalty superyacht is one of them, thanks to an extensive and expensive refit that saw it reborn with a new livery, new interiors, and an entirely different, decidedly more decadent vibe.
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This striking superyacht is also back as a charter platform, and it's asking precisely the kind of cash you probably think it can charge: €112,000 per week, not including fuel and other expenses. That's approximately $122,000 at the current exchange rate, but the good news is that looking doesn't cost anything.

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.

AK Royalty proudly wears a new 24K gold dust livery after 2023 refit
Photo: Burgess
Perhaps the most famous Palmer Johnson build is the iconic Khalilah, the 160-foot (49-meter) SuperSport superyacht with a glimmering livery that turned it into a viral sensation after erroneous reports said it was made of solid gold and was consequently worth about $1.4 billion.

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.

AK Royalty proudly wears a new 24K gold dust livery after 2023 refit
Photo: Burgess
The rather unusual choice of livery was the owner's personal preference, and it extends to the accompanying watertoys, the jetskis, and SeaBobs. The new coat of paint was applied during a 6-month refit that was recently completed in Dubai, where owner Aaron Fidler, the multi-millionaire founder and CEO of Furrion, resides.

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 proudly wears a new 24K gold dust livery after 2023 refit
Photo: Burgess
The gold dust livery was a personal choice, but it proved a technical challenge. “It took time, money, and energy getting the mix of 24-karat-gold dust and marine paint just right so that it glints under the sun’s reflection,” Fidler tells one media outlet.

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.

AK Royalty proudly wears a new 24K gold dust livery after 2023 refit
Photo: Burgess
Fidler says for the same media outlet that most original interiors were stripped to the bare bones before the new ones were added. In the process, the boat was converted into a floating party palace, down to the professional DJ booth and audio system on the main deck, AV systems throughout with iPad control, and an impromptu outdoor movie theater at the foredeck, where a generous lounge area is found during the day.

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."

AK Royalty proudly wears a new 24K gold dust livery after 2023 refit
Photo: Burgess
Extra-powerful zero-speed stabilizers offer a smooth experience on AK Royalty both underway and at anchor. But the highlight of the onboard experience is, without a doubt, the Fendi-inspired luxe interior, brimming over with surprise elements and a decadent, look-at-me style you couldn't find anywhere else. And that shimmering, real gold (dust) custom paintjob.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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