Elon Musk’s Golden Pocket Rocket in Mykonos is just a superyacht

The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, has been spotted basking in the Greek sunshine aboard Zeus, a golden Leopard Yachts 24. Measuring just over 24 meters in length, the luxury vessel meets the criteria to qualify as a superyacht by less than a meter.

Leopard Yachts 24 | Source: SamBoat

The world was treated to candid topless photos of the billionaire and, in classic Elon Musk style, his response to media attention included an impromptu quip on his favorite social media platform, Twitter.

The exact definition of what distinguishes a superyacht from a regular yacht is often disputed. The largest superyacht in the world is currently the 180-meter Azzam built by Lürssen, but a superyacht can measure between 24 meters and more.

Musk spent the day sunbathing, drinking cocktails and swimming with Ari Emanuel and his fashion designer wife, Sarah Staudinger. Emanuel is the CEO of Endeavour, an entertainment and media agency that owns the UFC.

Let’s take a closer look at Elon’s choice of luxury yacht and see if we can figure out why he opted for the relatively small vessel, in superyacht terms, for his sunny Greek vacation.

Elon Musk enjoyed the Arno Leopard 24 with his pal Ari Emanuel and his fashion designer wife, Sarah Staudinger | Source: Page 6

Musk chartered the superyacht from SamBoat, a charter broker that claims to be able to facilitate the chartering of more than 50,000 boats worldwide to destinations including the Mediterranean, the United States and Australia.

The billionaire enjoyed the yacht in the popular tourist hotspot of Mykonos for just 10 hours, at a rate of around AU$10,200. The price included a skipper and fuel.

Although the vessel is licensed for up to 20 people on board, it can accommodate eight people, which is quite impressive for such a small superyacht.

The Leopard 24 in question, named Zeus, was built in 2007 and is powered by two 12V 2000 M91 engines that produce 3,000 horsepower, allowing it to reach a top speed of over 30 knots.

Showing us that good things come in small packages, Zeus actually has a very impressive list of on-board features.

The interiors of Leopard Yachts 24 | Source: SamBoat

The lower deck of an Arno Leopard 24 is surprisingly well appointed. Other examples of luxury Italian superyachts include coffee tables, sofas and serene views of the crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea through eight large panoramic windows, allowing for wonderfully peaceful mid-charter siestas.

A large sunbathing area on the aft deck folds down into a table and cushioned chairs. Diving, snorkeling and fishing equipment is stored in the transom door.

An onboard massage therapist can be booked with your charter for relaxation at sea, although it’s unclear whether Musk took advantage of this additional service.

Zeus’ striking golden exterior is sure to turn heads and Musk was snapped as he was hosed down by his pal Emanuel after a cool dip in the turquoise waters surrounding Mykonos.

Used Leopard 24s cost between AU$845,000 and around AU$2 million for slightly pre-Zeus models.

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