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Antibes and Juan-les-Pins

Yacht lesson number one - a day dinghy is a vessel under 100 feet. A boat is over 100 feet. A yacht is over 200 feet. The truly rich, ride around in yachts over 200 feet. This is a yacht.

Yachts are kept very clean. Every time one goes out and comes back, it needs to be washed down with fresh water and dried with a soft cloth so that there are no white salt stains. You have enough crew so that there are people working on both sides of the yacht to get the job done more quickly.

The you need to store your launch. The side of the yacht opens and, as seen below, and out comes the launch.

The launch is ready to go. It has TWO water jet engines.

How do you get the money to own one of these yachts. You are the one who figured out people will spend a fortune for filtered tap water so you market the idea. That hand truck has some paper products on the top but the remained consists of various brands of bottled water.

Then this is for the people who truly have money to burn. Note the photo below of the stern of the yacht

The yacht has four engines that power two conventional propellers. Each propeller is operated by two diesel engines. Then in addition to that is a water turbine. The crew said that they power up the conventional propellers to full power. Then they turn on the turbine and the yacht cruises at 35 knots. How much fuel would you imagine that takes?
I just looked up this yacht on the internet and found the following. It is owned by a Russian Billionaire.

Yacht name: Ecstasea
Length: 282 ft 85.95m
Year: 2004
Builder: Feadship Royal Van Lent
Naval architect: De Voogt International
Stylist: Terence Disdale
Engines: 4 x 3,154 hp MTU diesels & 1 x 31,000 hp gas turbine

For those who cannot afford the fuel, they can always sail.

The local market down town


Juan-les-Pins is below.
It is about 5 miles west of Antibes

There is a beautiful sand beach that is lined with restaurants

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