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#1 – YSV Fulk Al Salamah

At 538 feet in length (164 metres), the Yacht Support Vessel “Fulk Al Salamah” is bigger than most superyachts.

The Fulk (as we’ll call it here for brevity’s sake) is one of two YSVs that support the mothership Al Said. Why two support vessels? Because that’s the way its owner likes to roll. The kids these days would call him a “baller”.

Al Said is a luxury yacht owned by the Sultan Qaboos of Oman. The Sultan is the 14th-generation descendant of the founder of the House of Al Said. He is also the longest-serving leader in the Middle East and Arab world, having held the office since 1970. And as it turns out, he loves to party.

The Sultan of Qaboos (on right) impressing lesser mortals with his magic tricks (spoiler: the rabbit is in the hat)

Al Said was launched by the Lürssen shipyard in September 2007 and at the time of her launch, she was the world’s second longest yacht.

Fun fact

As far as royalty goes, The Sultan of Qaboos is broke. Barely a billionaire by some measures. Wikipedia lists his net worth at just $700 million dollars. That may sound like a lot of money because it is. But it’s not ” a lot of money” when it comes to superyachts and YSVs.

Obviously the Sultan’s real wealth is not reported. He is a political figure from an oil/LNG rich gas country that still let’s old farts like him get away with these types of shenanigans.

Watch the Fulk arrive in Mombassa

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