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The World’s Largest Cruise Ship: Awe-Inspiring or Anxiety-Inducing?

Earlier this week, the internet was introduced to the “Icon of the Seas,” the world’s largest cruise ship, set to join the Royal Caribbean fleet on October 26. This massive vessel, five times the size and weight of the Titanic, is an impressive feat of engineering. It boasts the largest water park at sea, its own “Central Park,” eight “neighborhoods,” and 20 total decks. With room for 5,610 passengers and 2,350 crew, it’s nearly 1,200 feet long and weighs a projected 250,800 tons.

Public Reactions: Awe and Anxiety

Despite its impressive specifications, the public reaction to the ship has been mixed. Many users expressed unease at the ship’s size on social media platforms like Twitter and TikTok. Comments ranged from humorous to anxious, with some users expressing fear about being aboard such a massive vessel. Compared to the Titanic, the ship’s size was a common concern.

Psychological Perspectives: Fear and Phobias

Elisabeth Morray, a psychologist and VP of clinical operations at Alma, explained that humans are hard-wired to pay attention to safety. The image of the gigantic ship might trigger identifiable threats to our safety. Christopher Paul Jones, a leading phobia specialist in London, added that the image might trigger megalophobia, the fear of large items, or thalassophobia, the fear of deep bodies of water. The ship’s size and enclosed nature could also trigger claustrophobia, the fear of enclosed spaces.

The Human Smallness Factor

The sheer size of the ship can make individuals feel puny and insignificant. Greg Weller, a content creator who frequently posts about phobias on his YouTube channel, noted that cruise ships already feel like a strange combination of being way-too-big and very confined. The rendering of the “Icon of the Seas” seems to amplify both feelings.

Reflections on Excess and Hubris

The ship’s size and theme-park aesthetic may also produce feelings of guilt and shame. Seth D. Norrholm, an associate professor of psychiatry at Wayne State University, pointed out that the cruise ship experience seems like a social experiment in excess. The rendering of the “Icon of the Seas” may beg the question for many, “Do we need this excess and what could have been done differently with these resources?” Furthermore, the collective anxiety around large, opulent liners, fueled by the Titanic’s fate, is likely at play.

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22 Most Expensive Yachts in the World and Who Owns Them

Yachts are luxury items that only the wealthy can afford. But how expensive are the most expensive yachts in the world? $500,000? A million? Well, think hundreds of millions to a whopping $4 billion! And, to match the jaw-dropping price tag, these superyachts have extravagant features and amenities like a helipad and even a submarine.

This guide will explore the most lavish and expensive yachts, their worth, and who currently owns them.

22. Ecstasea 

Yacht Ecstasea 01
Source: Axou | Wikimedia

Owner: Alshair Fiyaz, Pakistani investor and billionaire
Price: $120 million

 Do you feel the need for speed? The Ecstasea is one of the fastest superyachts in existence. Despite its massive 282-foot length, it can blast through the water with 43,000 horsepower or 35 knots. Inside, however, it’s designed for maximum relaxation, offering amenities like massage rooms and cocktail bars with a beach house theme.

21. Lady Moura

Barcelona Spain April 30 2022: Lady Moura Yacht One Of
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Ricardo Salinas Pliego, Mexican business mogul
Price: $125 million

One look at the 24-karat gold-plated name sign, and you’ll know that Lady Moura is special. It boasts a pool, helipad, fitness center, movie theater, and business suite. There’s even a disco floor with a DJ room when the passengers are feeling funky! It was commissioned for a Saudi business mogul but wound up in the hands of a Mexican business leader in later years.

20. Solandge

Marbella Malaga Spain September 1 2019. Mega Yacht Solandge Build
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Price: $150 million

It’s hard to get more luxurious than the Solandge, one of the most expensive yachts in the world. Between the sauna, gym, bar, movie theater, and steam room, passengers can live like royalty… which is right on brand considering its owner, former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Muqrin bin Abdulaziz. Even its pool is designed to the nines with a glass bottom for ocean viewing.

19. Lionheart

Ibiza Spain June 10 2017: The 90 Meter Luxury
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Sir Philip Green, British retail mogul
Price: $150 million

The sleek and stylish Lionhart is a yacht that sits among Sir Philip’s many other yachts in Monaco – he’s made a collection of them! However, the Lionheart stands out as a crown jewel for its opulent luxury and sophisticated technology. You might not expect a huge superyacht to be fast, but the Lionheart can reach a top cruising speed of 15 knots!

18. ARTEFACT

Ai Artefact

Owner: Mike Lazaridis, founder of Blackberry
Price: $150 million

The ARTEFACT is owned by Blackberry founder Mike Lazaridis, and fittingly, it’s decked out with all the latest in superyacht tech. Not only does it boast amenities like surround-sound movie theaters, but it’s also very environmentally conscious. It’s equipped with solar panels, a wastewater recycling unit, and a battery storage system that lessens the strain on its internal combustion engines. Folks in the industry consider the ARTEFACT one of the world’s most innovative and groundbreaking yacht designs.

17. Octopus

Malaga,,spain, ,january,08,,2020:,world,largest,yacht,octopus
Editorial credit: MikhailBerkut / Shutterstock.com

Owner: Unnamed buyer
Price: $200 million

We’re starting off our list of the most expensive yachts in the world with the 126.2m or 414-foot motor yacht known as Octopus. And, as expected from a vessel this size, it boasts out-of-this-world amenities and luxuries, including not one but two helipads!

Jonathan Quinn Barnett, a famous architect, penned the interiors, while Espen Oeino International designed the exteriors. German shipbuilding conglomerate Lürssen built the yacht. In 2019, Blohm+Voss  refitted the superyacht and tweaked the original 2003 design in preparation for the charter market. And, yes, that means you can rent the Octopus for $2,200,000 per week.

The late Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen commissioned and owned the Octopus. A year after Allen’s death, the Octopus went on sale. The new owners are, unfortunately, unknown.

Related: The Top 14 Tourist Places in the World

16. Rising Sun

Big,white,super,ship,in,the,dark,ocean,aerial,view.
Photo by Andrea Berg on Shutterstock

Owner: David Geffen, a media mogul
Price: $200 million

The Rising Sun is also a Lürssen-built yacht. The 138.01m yacht has 82 rooms, over five floors, a wine cellar, a basketball court, and a movie theater. In addition to being one of the most expensive yachts, it is also one of the largest superyachts in the world.

Fun fact: David Geffen and Larry Ellison, a co-founder of Oracle, previously co-owned the Rising Sun. In 2010, Ellison sold his half to Geffen.

15. Aviva

Super Mega Yacht Aviva Owned By British Billionaire Businessman Joe
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Joe Lewis, billionaire investor
Price: $250 million

With a steel hull design and hybrid engine system, the Aviva is a marvel among those who know a thing or two about yachts. It’s renowned for its functionality on the water. It’s also a place of fun: There are game rooms, art rooms, bistros, VIP suites, and a full-size padel tennis court. Joe Lewis actually built the yacht around the padel court, making it the heart of the entire vessel.

14. Al Mirqab

Latest,technology,modern,mega,yacht,called,"al,mirqab",owned,by
Photo by Aerial-motion on Shutterstock

Owner: Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, Qatar’s former prime minister
Price: $250 million

Peterswerft – Kusch built the Al Mirqab in 2008. This superyacht has a 133m length overall (LOA), and as expected from its size, it can accommodate 60 guests and 60 crews. It is famous for its impressively large wellness spa, underwater viewing room, and more.

13. Dilbar

Aerial,photograph,of,dilbar ,biggest,yacht,in,the,world,,taken
Photo by Agent Wolf on Shutterstock

Owner: Alisher Usmanov, a Russian oligarch
Price: $256 million

The Russian-owned superyacht is a design by Lürssen Yachts. Apart from being one of the most expensive yachts in the world, it is one of the largest, with a height of over 50 feet and 360 feet in length. Dilbar can accommodate 48 cabin crew members and 20 guests. It also has several swimming pools and one helipad.

12. Serene

Miami, ,march,25:,photo,of,superyacht,serene,at,downtown
Photo by Felix Mizioznikov on Shutterstock

Owner: Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Price: $330 million

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri built the Serene in 2011. This superyacht boasts eight diesel-electric MTU 2,828hp engines, which propels the vessel to a maximum speed of 25 knots. In terms of amenities, the Serene doesn’t disappoint.

It has an underwater viewing room, two helipads, a submarine, and multiple swimming pools. However, the helipad can be converted into a pool or a dance floor. It can accommodate up to 24 guests and 52 cabin crew. Additionally, it features an outdoor movie hall, a steam room, a Hamman beauty center, a pool with seawater, and a showroom, among many other luxurious facilities.

11. Pelorus 

The Mega Yacht Pelorus Is Moored In The Port Of
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Samuel Tak Lee, Hong Kong property billionaire
Price: $350 million

Pelorus means “vast” in Greek, which is fitting for a 377-foot superyacht decked out with everything from grand pianos to helicopter pads. It’s so large that it requires a full-time, year-round crew of almost 50 people! It also has an impressive pedigree, with many billionaire owners buying and selling it over the years. It’s lived in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, and more. Today, it’s owned by Chinese real estate mogul Samuel Tak Lee. 

10. Al Said

Muttrah,,oman, ,nov,28,,2015:,al,said, ,yacht
Editorial credit: Philip Lange / Shutterstock.com

Owner: A member of the royal family of Oman
Price: $300 million

This is the world’s highest displacement superyacht featuring a displacement of 15,850 tonnes. While Espen Oeino credits the vessel’s exterior design, RWD designed its interior. It was built in 2008 by Lürssen. Though named after Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, the late Sultan of Oman, it is owned by an unnamed Omani royal.

With a colossal 505 feet in length, the luxurious vessel sleeps up to 70 guests and 154 cabin crew. Details of its elegant fixtures and fittings are not known. However, one of its most known and comfortable features is a concert hall big enough to accommodate a 50-piece Orchestra.

Additionally, it has a maximum speed of 25 knots since it is fitted with twin diesel 11,149hp MTU engines.

9. Radiant

Monaco,,monte Carlo,,4,sept,2015:,megayacht,most,expensive,radiant,,the
Photo by Drozdin Vladimir on Shutterstock

Owner: Abdulla Al Futtaim, an Emirati businessman
Price: $320 million

Radiant is another Lürssen-built superyacht. Aside from the standard amenities like spa and helipad, the Radiant is particularly famous for its security features. It has an escape launch, a turbo-powered speedboat, and even sonic guns and military-military grade water cannon!

8. Dubai

Dubai,,uae, ,dec,16:,dubai, ,yacht,of,the
Editorial credit: Philip Lange / Shutterstock.com

Owner: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, United Arab Emirates Prime Minister
Price: $400 million

Dubai is one of the most extravagant yachts globally, featuring sunbathing areas, Jacuzzis, a helipad, and mosaic swimming with elaborate handmade tiling. It also has an exquisite VIP lounge, a large social area, and a split-level owner’s deck. Its glass-made circular staircase also changes color when lit from above. Dubai can accommodate up to 115 crew and guests.

7. Motor Yacht A

Bequia,,st.vincent,and,grenadines,,12 15 2017,,motor,yacht,a,,owner,roman
Editorial credit: Umomos / Shutterstock.com

Owner: Andrey Melnichenko, Russian billionaire and Philanthropist
Price: $440 million

At first glance, Motor Yacht A looks like a stealth warship or military submarine, but this Blohm + Voss-built vessel is a superyacht, believe it or not. As impressive as its exterior, the Motor Yacht A boasts extravagant amenities like its three swimming pools that can change currents.

6. Koru

Palma De Mallorca Spain April 23 2023:sailing Mega Yacht
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Jeff Bezos, ex-Amazon CEO
Price: $500 million

Billed as the world’s largest sailing yacht, Koru is 417 feet long and features three masts that provide plenty of wind power when the wind is blowing as opposed to the typical diesel-powered yachts owned by other billionaires. It’s no secret that Bezos wants to slow climate change, already having advocated for naming the new hockey arena in Seattle the Climate Pledge Arena while at Amazon.

Koru features an on-deck pool and a voluptuous mermaid on the bow, that bears a resemblance to Lauren Sánchez, his current girlfriend. Koru will be trailed by Abeona, a 246-foot support vessel, that will house all of the toys, including ATVs, supercars, seaplanes, motorcycles, smaller boats, scuba gear, personal submarines, and even helicopters (that Ms. Sánchez could fly).

5. A+ 

Jeddah,/,saudi,arabia, ,october,06,,2014.,photo,of
Editorial credit: Ievgenii Bakhvalov / Shutterstock.com

Owner: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE
Price: $527 million

Lürssen built the Topaz or A+ in 2012. It is also one of the largest luxury yachts, with a colossal length of 482 feet. It has a maximum speed of 23 knots thanks to the 7,990 HP engine.

Topaz features underwater lighting, a conference room, air conditioning, and a large Jacuzzi. It also has an aluminum superstructure with eight viewing decks, double helicopter landing pads, a movie theatre, and a modern gymnasium.

4. Azzam

Cadiz,,spain, ,16,january,,2021:,the,united,arab,emirates

Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, Emir of Abu Dhabi
Price: $600 million

The Azzam is the world’s largest megayacht, with a whopping 180.61m LOA. Despite its large size, this 2013 Lürssen-built superyacht manages to be one of the fastest as well. Its four-engine system puts out 35,048 kW of power, propelling the extravagant vessel to a maximum of 30 knots! Other impressive feature of the Azzam is its bulletproof master suite.

Fun fact: The original plan for the Azzam is 145 meters. However, the design grew to optimize the structure and accommodate the yacht’s complex engines.

3. Streets of Monaco

Concept photo of Streets of Monaco
Source: SWNS

Owner: No owner yet
Price: $1 billion

Streets of Monaco is the first billion-dollar yacht on our list, and it’s impressive. This 508 feet yacht manages to feature miniature versions of some of Monaco and Monte Carlos’s most renowned landmarks.

In addition to its Monaco-inspired exteriors, the Street of Monaco also has an extravagant list of amenities and facilities, including a casino, go-kart, a three-floor bedroom, and submarines.

2. Eclipse

Private,white,luxury,superyacht,eclipse,anchored,off,the,beach.,ibiza,
Editorial credit: Pilguj / Shutterstock.com

Owner: Roman Abramovich, a former Chelsea boss, and a billionaire Russian oligarch.
Price: $1.5 billion

This is the world’s most expensive private yacht, designed by Terence Disdale and built by Blohm+Voss. With a length of 533 feet, it is the second-largest yacht in the world. Its unique features are the bulletproof windows in the main bedroom, intruder alarms, missile detection system, and armor plating. Aside from its security features, the Eclipse features multiple hot tubs, a disco hall, a mini-submarine, two helipads, 24 guest bedrooms, and two swimming pools.

1. History Supreme

A,huge,super,mega,yacht,of,gold,color,on,blue
Photo by Andrea Berg on Shutterstock

Owner: Robert Knok, the richest man in Malaysia
Price: $4.8 billion

The most expensive yacht in the world is no other than the History Supreme. This superyacht screams luxury with its 10,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum! If that wasn’t enough, this Stuart Hughes-designed yacht has a meteorite rock wall in the main suite and a 68 kg 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium.

The extravagant vessel also features a statue made of Tyrannosaurus Rex bones and a liquor bottle adorned with a rare 18.5-carat diamond. Other areas plated with gold are the deck, anchor, dining area, railings, and staircases.

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22 Most Expensive Yachts in the World and Who Owns Them

Yachts are luxury items that only the wealthy can afford. But how expensive are the most expensive yachts in the world? $500,000? A million? Well, think hundreds of millions to a whopping $4 billion! And, to match the jaw-dropping price tag, these superyachts have extravagant features and amenities like a helipad and even a submarine.

This guide will explore the most lavish and expensive yachts, their worth, and who currently owns them.

22. Ecstasea 

Yacht Ecstasea 01
Source: Axou | Wikimedia

Owner: Alshair Fiyaz, Pakistani investor and billionaire
Price: $120 million

 Do you feel the need for speed? The Ecstasea is one of the fastest superyachts in existence. Despite its massive 282-foot length, it can blast through the water with 43,000 horsepower or 35 knots. Inside, however, it’s designed for maximum relaxation, offering amenities like massage rooms and cocktail bars with a beach house theme.

21. Lady Moura

Barcelona Spain April 30 2022: Lady Moura Yacht One Of
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Ricardo Salinas Pliego, Mexican business mogul
Price: $125 million

One look at the 24-karat gold-plated name sign, and you’ll know that Lady Moura is special. It boasts a pool, helipad, fitness center, movie theater, and business suite. There’s even a disco floor with a DJ room when the passengers are feeling funky! It was commissioned for a Saudi business mogul but wound up in the hands of a Mexican business leader in later years.

20. Solandge

Marbella Malaga Spain September 1 2019. Mega Yacht Solandge Build
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Price: $150 million

It’s hard to get more luxurious than the Solandge, one of the most expensive yachts in the world. Between the sauna, gym, bar, movie theater, and steam room, passengers can live like royalty… which is right on brand considering its owner, former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Muqrin bin Abdulaziz. Even its pool is designed to the nines with a glass bottom for ocean viewing.

19. Lionheart

Ibiza Spain June 10 2017: The 90 Meter Luxury
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Sir Philip Green, British retail mogul
Price: $150 million

The sleek and stylish Lionhart is a yacht that sits among Sir Philip’s many other yachts in Monaco – he’s made a collection of them! However, the Lionheart stands out as a crown jewel for its opulent luxury and sophisticated technology. You might not expect a huge superyacht to be fast, but the Lionheart can reach a top cruising speed of 15 knots!

18. ARTEFACT

Ai Artefact

Owner: Mike Lazaridis, founder of Blackberry
Price: $150 million

The ARTEFACT is owned by Blackberry founder Mike Lazaridis, and fittingly, it’s decked out with all the latest in superyacht tech. Not only does it boast amenities like surround-sound movie theaters, but it’s also very environmentally conscious. It’s equipped with solar panels, a wastewater recycling unit, and a battery storage system that lessens the strain on its internal combustion engines. Folks in the industry consider the ARTEFACT one of the world’s most innovative and groundbreaking yacht designs.

17. Octopus

Malaga,,spain, ,january,08,,2020:,world,largest,yacht,octopus
Editorial credit: MikhailBerkut / Shutterstock.com

Owner: Unnamed buyer
Price: $200 million

We’re starting off our list of the most expensive yachts in the world with the 126.2m or 414-foot motor yacht known as Octopus. And, as expected from a vessel this size, it boasts out-of-this-world amenities and luxuries, including not one but two helipads!

Jonathan Quinn Barnett, a famous architect, penned the interiors, while Espen Oeino International designed the exteriors. German shipbuilding conglomerate Lürssen built the yacht. In 2019, Blohm+Voss  refitted the superyacht and tweaked the original 2003 design in preparation for the charter market. And, yes, that means you can rent the Octopus for $2,200,000 per week.

The late Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen commissioned and owned the Octopus. A year after Allen’s death, the Octopus went on sale. The new owners are, unfortunately, unknown.

Related: The Top 14 Tourist Places in the World

16. Rising Sun

Big,white,super,ship,in,the,dark,ocean,aerial,view.
Photo by Andrea Berg on Shutterstock

Owner: David Geffen, a media mogul
Price: $200 million

The Rising Sun is also a Lürssen-built yacht. The 138.01m yacht has 82 rooms, over five floors, a wine cellar, a basketball court, and a movie theater. In addition to being one of the most expensive yachts, it is also one of the largest superyachts in the world.

Fun fact: David Geffen and Larry Ellison, a co-founder of Oracle, previously co-owned the Rising Sun. In 2010, Ellison sold his half to Geffen.

15. Aviva

Super Mega Yacht Aviva Owned By British Billionaire Businessman Joe
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Joe Lewis, billionaire investor
Price: $250 million

With a steel hull design and hybrid engine system, the Aviva is a marvel among those who know a thing or two about yachts. It’s renowned for its functionality on the water. It’s also a place of fun: There are game rooms, art rooms, bistros, VIP suites, and a full-size padel tennis court. Joe Lewis actually built the yacht around the padel court, making it the heart of the entire vessel.

14. Al Mirqab

Latest,technology,modern,mega,yacht,called,"al,mirqab",owned,by
Photo by Aerial-motion on Shutterstock

Owner: Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, Qatar’s former prime minister
Price: $250 million

Peterswerft – Kusch built the Al Mirqab in 2008. This superyacht has a 133m length overall (LOA), and as expected from its size, it can accommodate 60 guests and 60 crews. It is famous for its impressively large wellness spa, underwater viewing room, and more.

13. Dilbar

Aerial,photograph,of,dilbar ,biggest,yacht,in,the,world,,taken
Photo by Agent Wolf on Shutterstock

Owner: Alisher Usmanov, a Russian oligarch
Price: $256 million

The Russian-owned superyacht is a design by Lürssen Yachts. Apart from being one of the most expensive yachts in the world, it is one of the largest, with a height of over 50 feet and 360 feet in length. Dilbar can accommodate 48 cabin crew members and 20 guests. It also has several swimming pools and one helipad.

12. Serene

Miami, ,march,25:,photo,of,superyacht,serene,at,downtown
Photo by Felix Mizioznikov on Shutterstock

Owner: Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Price: $330 million

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri built the Serene in 2011. This superyacht boasts eight diesel-electric MTU 2,828hp engines, which propels the vessel to a maximum speed of 25 knots. In terms of amenities, the Serene doesn’t disappoint.

It has an underwater viewing room, two helipads, a submarine, and multiple swimming pools. However, the helipad can be converted into a pool or a dance floor. It can accommodate up to 24 guests and 52 cabin crew. Additionally, it features an outdoor movie hall, a steam room, a Hamman beauty center, a pool with seawater, and a showroom, among many other luxurious facilities.

11. Pelorus 

The Mega Yacht Pelorus Is Moored In The Port Of
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Samuel Tak Lee, Hong Kong property billionaire
Price: $350 million

Pelorus means “vast” in Greek, which is fitting for a 377-foot superyacht decked out with everything from grand pianos to helicopter pads. It’s so large that it requires a full-time, year-round crew of almost 50 people! It also has an impressive pedigree, with many billionaire owners buying and selling it over the years. It’s lived in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, and more. Today, it’s owned by Chinese real estate mogul Samuel Tak Lee. 

10. Al Said

Muttrah,,oman, ,nov,28,,2015:,al,said, ,yacht
Editorial credit: Philip Lange / Shutterstock.com

Owner: A member of the royal family of Oman
Price: $300 million

This is the world’s highest displacement superyacht featuring a displacement of 15,850 tonnes. While Espen Oeino credits the vessel’s exterior design, RWD designed its interior. It was built in 2008 by Lürssen. Though named after Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, the late Sultan of Oman, it is owned by an unnamed Omani royal.

With a colossal 505 feet in length, the luxurious vessel sleeps up to 70 guests and 154 cabin crew. Details of its elegant fixtures and fittings are not known. However, one of its most known and comfortable features is a concert hall big enough to accommodate a 50-piece Orchestra.

Additionally, it has a maximum speed of 25 knots since it is fitted with twin diesel 11,149hp MTU engines.

9. Radiant

Monaco,,monte Carlo,,4,sept,2015:,megayacht,most,expensive,radiant,,the
Photo by Drozdin Vladimir on Shutterstock

Owner: Abdulla Al Futtaim, an Emirati businessman
Price: $320 million

Radiant is another Lürssen-built superyacht. Aside from the standard amenities like spa and helipad, the Radiant is particularly famous for its security features. It has an escape launch, a turbo-powered speedboat, and even sonic guns and military-military grade water cannon!

8. Dubai

Dubai,,uae, ,dec,16:,dubai, ,yacht,of,the
Editorial credit: Philip Lange / Shutterstock.com

Owner: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, United Arab Emirates Prime Minister
Price: $400 million

Dubai is one of the most extravagant yachts globally, featuring sunbathing areas, Jacuzzis, a helipad, and mosaic swimming with elaborate handmade tiling. It also has an exquisite VIP lounge, a large social area, and a split-level owner’s deck. Its glass-made circular staircase also changes color when lit from above. Dubai can accommodate up to 115 crew and guests.

7. Motor Yacht A

Bequia,,st.vincent,and,grenadines,,12 15 2017,,motor,yacht,a,,owner,roman
Editorial credit: Umomos / Shutterstock.com

Owner: Andrey Melnichenko, Russian billionaire and Philanthropist
Price: $440 million

At first glance, Motor Yacht A looks like a stealth warship or military submarine, but this Blohm + Voss-built vessel is a superyacht, believe it or not. As impressive as its exterior, the Motor Yacht A boasts extravagant amenities like its three swimming pools that can change currents.

6. Koru

Palma De Mallorca Spain April 23 2023:sailing Mega Yacht
Source: Shutterstock

Owner: Jeff Bezos, ex-Amazon CEO
Price: $500 million

Billed as the world’s largest sailing yacht, Koru is 417 feet long and features three masts that provide plenty of wind power when the wind is blowing as opposed to the typical diesel-powered yachts owned by other billionaires. It’s no secret that Bezos wants to slow climate change, already having advocated for naming the new hockey arena in Seattle the Climate Pledge Arena while at Amazon.

Koru features an on-deck pool and a voluptuous mermaid on the bow, that bears a resemblance to Lauren Sánchez, his current girlfriend. Koru will be trailed by Abeona, a 246-foot support vessel, that will house all of the toys, including ATVs, supercars, seaplanes, motorcycles, smaller boats, scuba gear, personal submarines, and even helicopters (that Ms. Sánchez could fly).

5. A+ 

Jeddah,/,saudi,arabia, ,october,06,,2014.,photo,of
Editorial credit: Ievgenii Bakhvalov / Shutterstock.com

Owner: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE
Price: $527 million

Lürssen built the Topaz or A+ in 2012. It is also one of the largest luxury yachts, with a colossal length of 482 feet. It has a maximum speed of 23 knots thanks to the 7,990 HP engine.

Topaz features underwater lighting, a conference room, air conditioning, and a large Jacuzzi. It also has an aluminum superstructure with eight viewing decks, double helicopter landing pads, a movie theatre, and a modern gymnasium.

4. Azzam

Cadiz,,spain, ,16,january,,2021:,the,united,arab,emirates

Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, Emir of Abu Dhabi
Price: $600 million

The Azzam is the world’s largest megayacht, with a whopping 180.61m LOA. Despite its large size, this 2013 Lürssen-built superyacht manages to be one of the fastest as well. Its four-engine system puts out 35,048 kW of power, propelling the extravagant vessel to a maximum of 30 knots! Other impressive feature of the Azzam is its bulletproof master suite.

Fun fact: The original plan for the Azzam is 145 meters. However, the design grew to optimize the structure and accommodate the yacht’s complex engines.

3. Streets of Monaco

Concept photo of Streets of Monaco
Source: SWNS

Owner: No owner yet
Price: $1 billion

Streets of Monaco is the first billion-dollar yacht on our list, and it’s impressive. This 508 feet yacht manages to feature miniature versions of some of Monaco and Monte Carlos’s most renowned landmarks.

In addition to its Monaco-inspired exteriors, the Street of Monaco also has an extravagant list of amenities and facilities, including a casino, go-kart, a three-floor bedroom, and submarines.

2. Eclipse

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Owner: Roman Abramovich, a former Chelsea boss, and a billionaire Russian oligarch.
Price: $1.5 billion

This is the world’s most expensive private yacht, designed by Terence Disdale and built by Blohm+Voss. With a length of 533 feet, it is the second-largest yacht in the world. Its unique features are the bulletproof windows in the main bedroom, intruder alarms, missile detection system, and armor plating. Aside from its security features, the Eclipse features multiple hot tubs, a disco hall, a mini-submarine, two helipads, 24 guest bedrooms, and two swimming pools.

1. History Supreme

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Owner: Robert Knok, the richest man in Malaysia
Price: $4.8 billion

The most expensive yacht in the world is no other than the History Supreme. This superyacht screams luxury with its 10,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum! If that wasn’t enough, this Stuart Hughes-designed yacht has a meteorite rock wall in the main suite and a 68 kg 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium.

The extravagant vessel also features a statue made of Tyrannosaurus Rex bones and a liquor bottle adorned with a rare 18.5-carat diamond. Other areas plated with gold are the deck, anchor, dining area, railings, and staircases.

Final Thoughts

Judging from this list, owning a luxurious yacht is not just about having money; you need big, solid money before even thinking of it. Most of the owners of these yachts are billionaires and multi-millionaires. Cruising around one of these most expensive yachts is a slice of heaven experience on earth. We hope you enjoyed it!

15 Most Expensive Yachts In the World

Only those with substantial financial resources can purchase yachts. But how much do the priciest boats in the world cost? $500,000? one billion? Think between a few hundred million and $4 billion, then! These superyachts also boast lavish features and facilities like a helipad and even a submarine to match the staggering price tag.

15. Octopus

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Owner: Unnamed buyer
Price: $200 million

We’re starting off our list of the most expensive yachts in the world with the 126.2m or 414-foot motor yacht known as Octopus. And, as expected from a vessel this size, it boasts out-of-this-world amenities and luxuries, including not one but two helipads!

Jonathan Quinn Barnett, a famous architect, penned the interiors, while Espen Oeino International designed the exteriors. German shipbuilding conglomerate Lürssen built the yacht. In 2019, Blohm+Voss  refitted the superyacht and tweaked the original 2003 design in preparation for the charter market. And, yes, that means you can rent the Octopus for $2,200,000 per week.

The late Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen commissioned and owned the Octopus. A year after Allen’s death, the Octopus went on sale. The new owners are, unfortunately, unknown.

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14. Rising Sun

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Owner: David Geffen, a media mogul
Price: $200 million

The Rising Sun is also a Lürssen-built yacht. The 138.01m yacht has 82 rooms, over five floors, a wine cellar, a basketball court, and a movie theater. In addition to being one of the most expensive yachts, it is also one of the largest superyachts in the world.

Fun fact: David Geffen and Larry Ellison, a co-founder of Oracle, previously co-owned the Rising Sun. In 2010, Ellison sold his half to Geffen.

13. Al Mirqab

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Owner: Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, Qatar’s former prime minister
Price: $250 million

Peterswerft – Kusch built the Al Mirqab in 2008. This superyacht has a 133m length overall (LOA), and as expected from its size, it can accommodate 60 guests and 60 crews. It is famous for its impressively large wellness spa, underwater viewing room, and more.

12. Dilbar

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Owner: Alisher Usmanov, a Russian oligarch
Price: $256 million

The Russian-owned superyacht is a design by Lürssen Yachts. Apart from being one of the most expensive yachts in the world, it is one of the largest, with a height of over 50 feet and 360 feet in length. Dilbar can accommodate 48 cabin crew members and 20 guests. It also has several swimming pools and one helipad.

11. Serene

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Owner: Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Price: $330 million

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri built the Serene in 2011. This superyacht boasts eight diesel-electric MTU 2,828hp engines, which propels the vessel to a maximum speed of 25 knots. In terms of amenities, the Serene doesn’t disappoint.

It has an underwater viewing room, two helipads, a submarine, and multiple swimming pools. However, the helipad can be converted into a pool or a dance floor. It can accommodate up to 24 guests and 52 cabin crew. Additionally, it features an outdoor movie hall, a steam room, a Hamman beauty center, a pool with seawater, and a showroom, among many other luxurious facilities.

10. Al Said

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Owner: A member of the royal family of Oman
Price: $300 million

This is the world’s highest displacement superyacht featuring a displacement of 15,850 tonnes. While Espen Oeino credits the vessel’s exterior design, RWD designed its interior. It was built in 2008 by Lürssen. Though named after Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, the late Sultan of Oman, it is owned by an unnamed Omani royal.

With a colossal 505 feet in length, the luxurious vessel sleeps up to 70 guests and 154 cabin crew. Details of its elegant fixtures and fittings are not known. However, one of its most known and comfortable features is a concert hall big enough to accommodate a 50-piece Orchestra.

Additionally, it has a maximum speed of 25 knots since it is fitted with twin diesel 11,149hp MTU engines.

9. Radiant

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Owner: Abdulla Al Futtaim, an Emirati businessman
Price: $320 million

Radiant is another Lürssen-built superyacht. Aside from the standard amenities like spa and helipad, the Radiant is particularly famous for its security features. It has an escape launch, a turbo-powered speedboat, and even sonic guns and military-military grade water cannon!

8. Dubai

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Owner: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, United Arab Emirates Prime Minister
Price: $400 million

Dubai is one of the most extravagant yachts globally, featuring sunbathing areas, Jacuzzis, a helipad, and mosaic swimming with elaborate handmade tiling. It also has an exquisite VIP lounge, a large social area, and a split-level owner’s deck. Its glass-made circular staircase also changes color when lit from above. Dubai can accommodate up to 115 crew and guests.

7. Motor Yacht A

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Owner: Andrey Melnichenko, Russian billionaire and Philanthropist
Price: $440 million

At first glance, Motor Yacht A looks like a stealth warship or military submarine, but this Blohm + Voss-built vessel is a superyacht, believe it or not. As impressive as its exterior, the Motor Yacht A boasts extravagant amenities like its three swimming pools that can change currents.

6. Koru

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Owner: Jeff Bezos, ex-Amazon CEO
Price: $500 million

Billed as the world’s largest sailing yacht, Koru is 417 feet long and features three masts that provide plenty of wind power when the wind is blowing as opposed to the typical diesel-powered yachts owned by other billionaires. It’s no secret that Bezos wants to slow climate change, already having advocated for naming the new hockey arena in Seattle the Climate Pledge Arena while at Amazon.

Koru features an on-deck pool and a voluptuous mermaid on the bow, that bears a resemblance to Lauren Sánchez, his current girlfriend. Koru will be trailed by Abeona, a 246-foot support vessel, that will house all of the toys, including ATVs, supercars, seaplanes, motorcycles, smaller boats, scuba gear, personal submarines, and even helicopters (that Ms. Sánchez could fly).

5. Topaz

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Owner: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE
Price: $527 million

Lürssen built the Topaz or A+ in 2012. It is also one of the largest luxury yachts, with a colossal length of 482 feet. It has a maximum speed of 23 knots thanks to the 7,990 HP engine.

Topaz features underwater lighting, a conference room, air conditioning, and a large Jacuzzi. It also has an aluminum superstructure with eight viewing decks, double helicopter landing pads, a movie theatre, and a modern gymnasium.

4. Azzam

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Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, Emir of Abu Dhabi
Price: $600 million

The Azzam is the world’s largest megayacht, with a whopping 180.61m LOA. Despite its large size, this 2013 Lürssen-built superyacht manages to be one of the fastest as well. Its four-engine system puts out 35,048 kW of power, propelling the extravagant vessel to a maximum of 30 knots! Other impressive feature of the Azzam is its bulletproof master suite.

Fun fact: The original plan for the Azzam is 145 meters. However, the design grew to optimize the structure and accommodate the yacht’s complex engines.

3. Streets of Monaco

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Owner: No owner yet
Price: $1 billion

Streets of Monaco is the first billion-dollar yacht on our list, and it’s impressive. This 508 feet yacht manages to feature miniature versions of some of Monaco and Monte Carlos’s most renowned landmarks.

In addition to its Monaco-inspired exteriors, the Street of Monaco also has an extravagant list of amenities and facilities, including a casino, go-kart, a three-floor bedroom, and submarines.

2. Eclipse

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Owner: Roman Abramovich, a former Chelsea boss, and a billionaire Russian oligarch.
Price: $1.5 billion

This is the world’s most expensive private yacht, designed by Terence Disdale and built by Blohm+Voss. With a length of 533 feet, it is the second-largest yacht in the world. Its unique features are the bulletproof windows in the main bedroom, intruder alarms, missile detection system, and armor plating. Aside from its security features, the Eclipse features multiple hot tubs, a disco hall, a mini-submarine, two helipads, 24 guest bedrooms, and two swimming pools.

1. History Supreme

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Owner: Robert Knok, the richest man in Malaysia
Price: $4.8 billion

The most expensive yacht in the world is no other than the History Supreme. This superyacht screams luxury with its 10,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum! If that wasn’t enough, this Stuart Hughes-designed yacht has a meteorite rock wall in the main suite and a 68 kg 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium.

The extravagant vessel also features a statue made of Tyrannosaurus Rex bones and a liquor bottle adorned with a rare 18.5-carat diamond. Other areas plated with gold are the deck, anchor, dining area,

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Carolina Rig vs. Texas Rig: 8 Differences Explained

Need help choosing between the Carolina rig vs. Texas rig? Although they look similar, each one works in different situations. For example, Carolina rigs are for shallow waters, while Texas rigs are best for deep waters. And the differences don’t stop there. In this article, we’re pitting the Carolina rig vs. Texas rig against each other so you can learn their differences and ultimately decide which is better for you. 

Carolina Rig Vs. Texas Rig: What Are the Differences?

DifferencesCarolina RigTexas Rig
Water DepthDeep WatersShallow Waters
LocationOpen water, heavy currentsArea with plenty of vegetation
Water ConditionsCold waterWarm water
Weather / Season Winter, Spring, Summer, Cloudy, WindySpring, Summer, Sunny days, Cold days
CoverIsolated brush piles, fallen trees in the waterBushes along a flooded river, weed bed
RiggingUse a leader line of up to 24 inches to separate the sinker from the lure.Sinker is placed directly below the hook
LureLizards, creature bait, craws, flukes, stick baits, soft plastic jerkbaits, and crankbaitsCraw worms. Bulky jigs, crawdads, leeches
Hooks & Weights Worm hook, extra-wide gap hook, and heavy fixed weights of up to 2 ouncesStraight shank hook and  a bullet-shaped sinker
SetupBullet weight, glass or plastic bead, leader line, EWG worm hook, and soft plastic bait.Straight shank hook, bullet-shaped sinker, and soft plastic bait.

Location

If you are bass fishing in areas with heavy currents, reach for a Carolina rig. This type of rig uses a heavier sinker that can withstand strong currents. That is not to say that it remains still in the water. It has enough movement to make the soft plastic lure enticing for bass to bite. 

You can also use a Carolina rig in open water areas like big lakes and dams, as it casts longer.

Texas rig is best for areas with thick vegetation. Unlike the Carolina rig, it uses a lighter weight, allowing your bait to move through underwater foilage like weeds without snagging.  

Water Depth

Texas rig works best in calm and shallow waters because it uses a lighter weight. Don’t worry, though. Fish are usually slow in shallow waters and will have enough time to locate your lure and induce a bite.

On the other hand, Carolina rigs work best in deep waters. Remember, these rigs use heavy sinkers to get your lure down without affecting your lure’s swimming speed.

Tip: Avoid using Texas rigs when the fish are actively feeding.

Weather/ Seasons

Deciding which rig to use also depends on the weather and season.

When the weather is cold or sunny, bass takes cover in thick vegetation, making a Texas rig better. But you’ll need to switch to a Carolina rig during winter because bass move to deeper waters. 

If you are bass fishing during spawning season, they move from different depth ranges looking for ideal nesting sites. A Carolina rig will be the best option as it is more versatile to cover large areas with different depths.

Post-spawning period, use a Texas rig because bass moves to shallow waters to protect their young ones. 

Tip: Remember, you can use either of these rigs during summer, as bass feed will be moving and feeding from everywhere. However, since it’s sunny most of the summer, you will use Texas rigs more because bass like hiding in covered, shallow areas.

Cover

The type of cover determines the kind of rig you will use. Texas rigs work best in areas with heavy cover, especially vegetation along a flooded river. 

On the other hand, Carolina rigs work best in deep waters covered with fallen trees and brush piles. As mentioned, this lure uses heavy sinkers that can move 20 feet down without affecting the casting distance.

Fishing Rig Setup

For an untrained eye, the Carolina and Texas rigs may look similar, but there is a distinct difference – the Texas rig’s weight is positioned above the hook.

Texas Rig

diagram showing the a Texas rig setup

To set up a Texas rig, follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Collect your straight shank hook, bullet-shaped sinker, and soft plastic bait.
  • Step 2: Thread your hook by passing the tip into the nose of your worm.
  • Step 3: Poke the hook point and pull it back out of the worm through the new hole.
  • Step 4: Pull your hook through until the nose and the eye are close together.
  • Step 5: Lay the hook into the plastic to cover it.
  • Step 6: You can peg your sinker to the line to prevent it from moving constantly. Ensure the glass bead is placed after the sinker to prevent it from damaging the eye.
  • Step 7: Throw your rig into the water and wait until it touches the bottom. If you don’t get a bite, raise the rod, drop it, and ensure you’re winding the slack.

Carolina Rig

photo showing a typical Carolina rig setup for bass fishing.

To set up a Carolina rig, follow the steps below.

  • Step 1: Gather a bullet weight, glass or plastic bead, leader line, EWG worm hook, and soft plastic bait.
  • Step 2: Pass your line through the bullet weight.
  • Step 3: Insert the bead into the line.
  • Step 4: Tie your swivel onto one end of your line. This prevents your line from twisting.
  • Step 5: Secure the leader line but tie it to the other end of your swivel.
  • Step 6: Attach the hook to the leader line through the Palomar knot.
  • Step 7: Attach your soft, plastic bait to the hook and then gently move it in the water. You can use the 11-3 o’clock motion to entice the fish from taking a bite.

Tip: For a more comprehensive Carolina rig setup tutorial, read our Carola rig guide.

Sinkers

Carolina and Texas rigs use sinkers to help the lure reach the required depth. However, the types of sinkers they use vary in weight. 

Carolina rigs use heavier sinkers of up to two ounces to get your lure deep down without affecting the lure’s swimming speed. Contrastingly, Texas lures use lighter sinkers of up to ¾ ounces.

Rods

Texas rigs work well with a heavy to medium rod with enough length to cover a reasonable casting distance. However, that depends on the type of weights and lure you’re using. For example, if you’re fishing using soft plastics in an area with thick vegetation, you need a heavy rod.

Ideally, you should use a 7-foot rod paired with a baitcaster for heavy soft plastics. Pairing your rod with a braided line is also advisable to increase sensitivity when a fish takes a bite.

Since Carolina rigs use heavier weights, you need a rod to withstand the weight. A fast-action, heavy-medium rod works best because it is easier to make long casts. 

Lure

Carolina rigs are versatile and can work with live bait and plastic lures. Some popular lures include lizards, creature bait, craws, flukes, stick baits, soft plastic jerkbaits and crankbaits, and ribbon-tail worms. On the other hand, Texas rigs work best with craw worms: bulky jigs, crawdads, and leeches.

Tip: It’s advisable to use plastic lizards for inactive fish because they swim slowly, and a fish can see them better. If fishing for active fish, use worms because they move a lot, thus enticing the predators swimming nearby.

Carolina Rig Vs. Texas Rig: Which Is Better?

Both rigs are essential and work best under certain circumstances.

Carolina rigs work in deeper water with heavy currents, while Texas rigs work in shallow water with heavy cover. However, Carolina rigs are more versatile, and you will use them more than Texas rigs.

The 15 States That Love McDonald’s the Most

McDonald’s is an American staple, but some Americans love it more than others. We analyzed Google Trends data for the search query “McDonald’s near me” to see which states had the biggest McDonald’s obsessions.

15 – Tennessee

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Tennessee ranks 17th in the United States for the number of McDonald’s restaurants per capita, with 5.01 restaurants per 100,000 people. However, they rank 15th for finding McDonald’s near them.

14 – West Virginia

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McDonald’s is a popular fast-food chain in West Virginia, with multiple locations spread throughout the state. The first McDonald’s restaurant in West Virginia was opened in 1964 in Kanawha City, and since then, the chain has continued to expand its presence in the state. McDonald’s restaurants in West Virginia typically offer a menu that includes burgers, fries, chicken sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items. Many locations also have drive-thru service for added convenience.

In addition, some McDonald’s restaurants in West Virginia have introduced modern features such as mobile ordering and delivery services to cater to the evolving needs of customers. With its affordable prices and quick service, McDonald’s remains a popular choice for a quick meal or snack for residents and visitors alike in West Virginia.

13 – New Mexico

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The first McDonald’s restaurant in New Mexico was opened in Albuquerque in 1959, and since then, the chain has continued to expand its presence in the state. The city of Roswell, which is known for its UFO sightings, is home to the world’s only space-themed McDonald’s restaurant.

In addition, some McDonald’s restaurants in New Mexico have introduced modern features such as mobile ordering and delivery services to cater to the evolving needs of customers. With its affordable prices and quick service, McDonald’s remains a popular choice for a quick meal or snack for residents and visitors alike in New Mexico. Additionally, McDonald’s in New Mexico have incorporated some regional flavors into their menu items, such as the green chile burger and breakfast burritos.

12 – Wisconsin

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The first McDonald’s restaurant in Wisconsin was opened in 1957 in Wausau, and since then, the chain has continued to expand its presence in the state. In addition, some McDonald’s restaurants in Wisconsin have introduced modern features such as mobile ordering and delivery services to cater to the evolving needs of customers. With its affordable prices and quick service, McDonald’s remains a popular choice for a quick meal or snack for residents and visitors alike in Wisconsin.

11 – Oklahoma

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The first McDonald’s restaurant in Oklahoma was opened in 1958 in Tulsa, and since then, the chain has continued to expand its presence in the state. With its affordable prices and quick service, McDonald’s remains a popular choice for a quick meal or snack for residents and visitors alike in Oklahoma.

10 – South Carolina

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The first McDonald’s restaurant in the state was opened in 1968 in Columbia, and since then, the chain has continued to expand its presence in South Carolina.

9 – Ohio

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In Ohio, McDonald’s has a strong presence, with numerous locations spread across the state in cities and towns, as well as along highways and interstates.

While the menu offerings at Ohio McDonald’s locations are generally consistent with the standard McDonald’s menu found throughout the United States, there may be some regional differences or promotions. For example, some locations might offer special menu items or deals based on local preferences or seasonal ingredients.

Ohio is also home to the “World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s,” which is located in Warren, Ohio. This unique McDonald’s location features not only a restaurant but also a play area, arcade, and a variety of entertainment options for the whole family.

8 – Florida

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Despite having the 3rd highest number of stores for a state and a whopping 24.74K population per store, Florida only ranks 8th in terms of “McDonald’s near me” searches. The first McDonald’s restaurant in Florida was opened in 1959 in Miami, and since then, the chain has continued to expand its presence in the state. McDonald’s restaurants in Florida offer a menu that includes popular items such as burgers, fries, chicken sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items.

7 – Arkansas

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Arkansas McDonald’s locations often feature drive-thru service, indoor seating, and free Wi-Fi, making them an ideal stop for a quick meal or a break during a road trip.

6 – Missouri

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While Missouri is the 19th most populous state, it ranks 6th in its love for McDonald’s.

5 – Louisiana

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Louisiana is home to over 600 McDonald’s restaurants, making it the 12th state with the most McDonald’s locations. The first McDonald’s in Louisiana opened in 1962 in Shreveport. Since then, the chain has become one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the state.

McDonald’s is a major employer in Louisiana. The chain employs over 20,000 people in the state. McDonald’s is also a major contributor to the state’s economy. The chain generates over $1 billion in sales in Louisiana each year.

4 – Kentucky

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Known as the birthplace of KFC, Kentuckians also have a healthy appetite for McDonald’s. While the menu at McDonald’s in Kentucky largely adheres to the standard offerings found nationwide, customers may occasionally encounter regional promotions or special deals that reflect the tastes and preferences of the local community.

3 – Illinois

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Illinois ranks 4th among the 50 states for the number of stores and 3rd for popularity.

2 – Michigan

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Michigan is home to over 900 McDonald’s restaurants, making it the 10th state with the most McDonald’s locations. The first McDonald’s in Michigan opened in 1955 in Flint. Since then, the chain has become one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the state.

The most popular McDonald’s dessert in Michigan is the McFlurry.

1 – Indiana

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People in Indiana love McDonald’s. Indiana is home to over 500 McDonald’s restaurants, making it the 15th state with the most McDonald’s locations. The first McDonald’s in Indiana opened in 1955 in Indianapolis. Since then, the chain has become one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the state. The chain employs over 25,000 people in the state. McDonald’s is also a major contributor to the state’s economy. The chain generates over $1.5 billion in sales in Indiana each year.

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Top 10 Places to See Cherry Blossoms This Year

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Cherry blossoms, known as sakura in Japanese, are the ephemeral harbingers of spring, captivating the hearts and minds of people worldwide with their delicate beauty. These transient blossoms, in shades of pink and white, symbolize the fleeting nature of life, as their peak bloom lasts for only a short period before the petals gracefully fall to the ground.

Top 10 Places to See Cherry Blossoms

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Top 10 Places to See Cherry Blossoms This Year

Cherry blossoms, known as sakura in Japanese, are the ephemeral harbingers of spring, captivating the hearts and minds of people worldwide with their delicate beauty. These transient blossoms, in shades of pink and white, symbolize the fleeting nature of life, as their peak bloom lasts for only a short period before the petals gracefully fall to the ground.

This fleeting quality has inspired countless poets, artists, and philosophers to contemplate the impermanence of existence and the importance of cherishing each moment. Cherry blossoms have become an integral part of cultural celebrations and traditions, particularly in Japan, where the custom of hanami, or flower viewing, brings friends and families together for picnics under the sakura trees. The allure of cherry blossoms transcends geographical boundaries. Their enchanting presence in various parts of the globe evokes a sense of wonder, serenity, and appreciation for the transient beauty inherent in the world around us.

Tokyo, Japan

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In Tokyo, the arrival of spring is marked by the enchanting display of cherry blossoms, or sakura, that transforms the bustling metropolis into a whimsical, pastel-hued dreamscape. The city’s numerous parks, gardens, and riverbanks become the stage for this mesmerizing spectacle, with Shinjuku Gyoen, Ueno Park, and Meguro River being popular hanami, or flower-viewing, spots. As the delicate pink and white petals blanket the landscape, locals and tourists alike revel in the centuries-old tradition of picnicking under the cherry blossom trees, sharing laughter, food, and the fleeting beauty of the season. The contrast between Tokyo’s towering skyscrapers and the ethereal blossoms creates a surreal and captivating scene, where the ephemeral nature of the sakura serves as a poignant reminder of the transient nature of life. To witness cherry blossoms in Tokyo is to experience a blend of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and urban charm that leaves an indelible impression on the hearts of all who visit.

Kyoto, Japan

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In Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, cherry blossoms lend an air of timeless elegance and enchantment to the city’s storied temples, shrines, and gardens. As spring unfolds, the sakura trees burst into a symphony of pink and white hues, harmonizing with the city’s rich cultural tapestry. The Philosopher’s Path, a tranquil stone-paved walkway lined with cherry trees, offers a meditative journey amidst the blossoms.

At the same time, the iconic Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, perched on a hillside, provides a stunning backdrop for delicate flowers. The gently arched bridges over the Kamogawa River frame the blossoms, creating picture-perfect scenes that evoke a sense of wistful nostalgia. The fleeting beauty of the cherry blossoms in Kyoto reminds of the impermanence of life, inspiring contemplation and reverence in those who stroll under the sakura-laden branches. To experience the cherry blossoms in Kyoto is to glimpse into the soul of Japan, where the sublime interplay between nature and culture reaches its zenith.

Paris, France

Romantic Couple In Paris Near The Eiffel Tower
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In Paris, the City of Light, the arrival of cherry blossoms adds a touch of whimsy and romance to the already enchanting urban landscape. As spring awakens, the iconic boulevards and gardens of Paris are adorned with delicate pink and white petals, creating a dreamy, impressionist-like setting that captivates both locals and visitors alike. The Jardin des Plantes, Parc du Champ de Mars, and the Square Jean XXIII near Notre Dame Cathedral are just a few spots to witness these ethereal blossoms.

As the cherry trees along the Seine River burst into bloom, their branches seem to reach out and embrace the city’s historic bridges and monuments like a tender, fleeting caress. The sight of cherry blossoms in Paris melds the city’s timeless elegance with the transient beauty of nature, offering a serene respite from the bustling streets and inviting all who stroll under the sakura-laden branches to pause and appreciate the ephemeral magic that spring brings.

Nara, Japan

Castle In Nara Japan
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In Nara, Japan’s ancient capital, the allure of cherry blossoms is heightened by the city’s rich history and serene natural beauty. As spring breathes life into the landscape, the delicate sakura flowers unveil their pastel hues, gracing the many temples, gardens, and parks with their ephemeral charm. Nara Park, home to the sacred deer and the majestic Tōdai-ji Temple, becomes a haven for hanami, or flower viewing, as families and friends gather under the blossoming trees to share meals and revel in the transient beauty of the sakura.

The Heijo Palace, a testament to Nara’s imperial past, provides a striking backdrop for the cherry blossoms. At the same time, the serpentine paths of Yoshino-yama offer a tranquil, immersive experience amidst a sea of pink and white. Witnessing cherry blossoms in Nara is akin to stepping into a time capsule. The harmony between nature, history, and spirituality creates an unforgettable ambiance that lingers in the hearts of all who visit.

Washington, D.C., USA

Washington Dc In Spring
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In Washington, D.C., the annual blooming of the cherry blossoms heralds the arrival of spring, infusing the city with a sense of renewal and vibrant beauty. The delicate pink and white petals of the sakura trees, gifted to the United States by Japan in 1912 as a symbol of friendship, adorn the Tidal Basin and surrounding areas, creating a breathtaking panorama that attracts visitors from around the world.

The Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial serve as striking backdrops for these ethereal blossoms, juxtaposing the city’s historical significance with the ephemeral beauty of nature. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, held annually to celebrate this spectacular event, brings the city to life with many cultural activities, performances, and parades. Witnessing the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., is a captivating experience that highlights the delicate splendor of the sakura and serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring friendship and cultural exchange between nations.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spring Flowers In Holland Park
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The Netherlands, known for its vibrant tulip fields and picturesque windmills, offers a unique experience for cherry blossoms. Every spring, the country comes alive as delicate sakura flowers adorn the Dutch landscape, painting a serene, pastel-colored canvas. These ephemeral blossoms in cities like Amsterdam and Utrecht create an enchanting atmosphere as they arch over historic canals and cobblestone streets. Meanwhile, in parks like the Keukenhof Gardens and the Amsterdamse Bos, visitors can immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossom tunnels, their pink and white petals gently swaying in the breeze. The sight of these cherry blossoms in the Netherlands, juxtaposed against the backdrop of traditional Dutch architecture and lush greenery, is a rare and unforgettable spectacle that evokes a sense of wonder and tranquility in all who behold it.

Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Mt. Fuji, Japan From Shizuoka Prefecture In Spring
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In Shizuoka Prefecture, nestled along the eastern coast of Japan and blessed with diverse topography, the captivating beauty of cherry blossoms is magnified by the region’s breathtaking natural surroundings. As spring unfolds, Shizuoka’s gentle slopes and valleys come alive with delicate pink and white sakura flowers, creating a mesmerizing tapestry that seamlessly weaves through the landscape. The Miho no Matsubara, a scenic pine grove along the coast, offers a stunning vantage point to witness the cherry blossoms framing the iconic silhouette of Mount Fuji, Japan’s most revered and sacred peak.

In the city of Shizuoka, Sumpu Castle Park and Sunpu Park are idyllic spots for hanami, or flower viewing, where families and friends gather to appreciate the fleeting beauty of the blossoms under the watchful gaze of historic castle walls. Experiencing cherry blossoms in Shizuoka Prefecture is an enchanting journey that brings the awe-inspiring harmony of nature, culture, and history to the forefront, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who partake in this seasonal delight.

Seattle, Washington

Aerial View Of The Cherry Blossoms Of The University Of Washington In Seattle During Sunrise
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In Seattle, the Pacific Northwest’s emerald city, the arrival of cherry blossoms signals the rejuvenation of spring, adding a burst of color to the verdant landscape. The University of Washington’s picturesque campus, particularly the Quad, becomes a haven for cherry blossom enthusiasts, as the rows of Yoshino cherry trees envelop the historic collegiate buildings in a delicate, pink, and white canopy. Local parks, such as the Seattle Japanese Garden and Seward Park, offer serene settings for strolls under the sakura-laden branches, where the transient beauty of the blossoms encourages moments of reflection and gratitude.

The city’s blend of urban architecture and lush green spaces, further accentuated by the majestic Mount Rainier in the distance, creates a captivating backdrop for the cherry blossoms. To experience the cherry blossoms in Seattle is to embrace the fleeting beauty of nature amidst the city’s dynamic skyline, fostering a sense of wonder, tranquility, and interconnectedness between the urban and natural worlds.

Vancouver, B.C.

Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver, BC
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In Vancouver, a vibrant coastal city nestled between mountains and the ocean, cherry blossoms’ arrival adds enchantment and whimsy to the urban landscape. As spring emerges, the city’s streets, parks, and neighborhoods are adorned with the delicate pink and white blossoms of the sakura trees, creating a captivating contrast against the backdrop of Vancouver’s modern skyline and lush green spaces.

The VanDusen Botanical Garden and Queen Elizabeth Park are popular destinations for locals and visitors alike to revel in the transient beauty of the cherry blossoms while enjoying panoramic views of the city. The annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates this ethereal display with various cultural events, community gatherings, and art installations, fostering a sense of unity and appreciation for the natural world. Experiencing the cherry blossoms in Vancouver is a testament to the harmonious coexistence of urban and natural elements, inspiring a sense of wonder and gratitude for the fleeting, unforgettable beauty gracing the city each spring.

Portland, Oregon

Cherry Blossom Trees In Waterfront Park
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Concluding our list is another Pacific Northwest city. In Portland, a city renowned for its verdant landscapes and eco-conscious ethos, the arrival of cherry blossoms infuses the urban environment with an added layer of charm and beauty. As spring breathes life into the city, the delicate pink and white petals of the sakura trees grace the streets and parks of Portland, creating a tranquil, dreamlike atmosphere that locals and visitors cherish. The Tom McCall Waterfront Park, with its picturesque views of the Willamette River and the city’s skyline, has become a popular destination for strolling under the cherry blossom-laden branches and capturing the season’s essence.

The Japanese American Historical Plaza, with its stone sculptures and inscriptions, provides a poignant setting for contemplation and reflection amidst the ephemeral beauty of the blossoms. Experiencing the cherry blossoms in Portland is a celebration of nature’s fleeting splendor and the city’s commitment to preserving its green spaces, fostering a sense of wonder, serenity, and connectedness to the world around us.

 

Pike Fishing Guide for Beginners

Pike are highly territorial and will quickly become vicious when under attack. But beginners can still catch them! In fact, they are one of the easiest freshwater predators to land. If you’re a pike fishing beginner, knowing where and how to catch this powerful fish and what is the right gear to use is the first step to becoming an expert. We’ve also included some basic tips for better chances of reeling this big fish! 

What Is Pike Fishing?

Pike fishing is the process of catching pike for recreational or commercial purposes. Pike anglers explore rivers, lakes, and bays for these incredible freshwater predators. Usually, you can fish for pike all year long, but the best time is during fall, winter, and early spring.

Tip: For better pike numbers and to increase your luck, you should fish during the pre-spawn period or after spawning (April), as hungry pike will more viciously. You should also hunt this game fish during the daytime, preferably in the morning, as pike are daylight hunters. 

Where Do You Fish For Pike?    

Since pike are highly territorial and solitary species, you can fish for them typically around bays, drop-offs, inlets, or areas with submerged logs and undercut banks. They also like to hang out in shallow waters with thick vegetation like weeds and reed stems. 

However, you’ll need a basic pike fishing tackle in spring, fall, and winter because pike will move 8 to 14 feet deeper. In summer, pike will go to deep lake waters, reaching 30 feet because they’re temperature sensitive. In addition, pike can’t handle low oxygen levels due to the summer heat hence the move to cooler lakes and rivers.

Tip: Luring the pike out at this depth is easier, but you must be prepared for a fight because they’re pretty strong.

Pike Fishing Set Up

Pike fishing for beginners is more exciting if you use the correct tackle. Your setup will consist of a fishing rod, line, hooks, lures, and the best bait for pike. Below is a detailed description of everything you’ll need for a robust pike fishing setup.

Leader

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Normally, pike will bite through your fishing line, so you need a wire leader to handle their razor-sharp teeth. 

Titanium and stainless leaders (15-30 pound test) will present great results for smaller lures. However, you’ll need a fluorocarbon wire trace (50-80 pound test) for bigger lures. Fluorocarbon has more abrasion resistance, and it’s less visible underwater.

Fishing Line

A braided fishing line (15-pound test) is better for bottom fishing, whereas a monofilament line (8-pound) is better for trolling. Experienced anglers prefer the braided fishing line because it casts farther and is durable. However, the monofilament line holds knots better and will cast smaller baits through the undercut banks and logs.  

Rod

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The best northern pike fishing rod has medium to medium-heavy power and fast action. This rod type will give you more control because, as mentioned earlier, these suckers are aggressive, especially the big ones! In addition, choose a rod length ranging from 6-10ft for better casting and hook setting.

Hooks 

Treble hooks are the best for pike fishing because they can withstand a pike’s attack from any angle. Unlike other types of hooks, it has three separate hooks for better clawing power and a firm grip even when a big pike is pulling. 

The size of your treble hook should match the lure or bait type. The best treble hooks range from size 2 to 6. What’s more, wide gap hooks with a shorter shank work better for lures, but you’ll need a longer shank for dead baits.

We suggest reading our treble hook size chart guide to better understand what treble hook size is best. 

Reel

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The baitcaster reel is superior for northern pike fishing because it presents better casting control and is easier to spool once you adjust the reel. However, pike fishing beginners will appreciate the spinning reel thanks to its ease of use and versatility. 

Lure

The best lure for northern pike includes lipless crankbaits, spoons, spinnerbaits, inline spinners, soft plastic lures, jerk baits, and top-water lures. 

The size of your lures will determine the size of the pike you catch. So, for bigger pike, you must use bigger lures—usually, a great lure size range between 12 and 16cm. You should also choose highly visible colors like chartreuse because pikes are more attracted to them, more so if it resembles their natural prey. 

Using a lure that creates vibration or sound in shallow water is also highly recommended. 

Bait 

Experienced anglers use either live or dead bait for pike fishing. But the best bait for pike fishing beginners is dead bait, as it stays in place longer, especially during ice fishing. It also has a more pungent scent that will attract pike. However, you should use fresh and shiny dead baits for better results. Popular dead baits include trout, roach, and sardine.

Other Must-Have Pike Fishing Gear

The pike fishing setup above includes the main requirements for a beginner. However, there are additional must-haves that will make your work easier and complete the entire pike fishing tackle. They include:

Jaw Spreader

Pike has razor-sharp teeth, which makes hook removal challenging, especially for a beginner. The jaw spreader comes in handy by holding the pike’s jaws wide apart while you remove the treble hooks. 

Pliers

While the jaw spreader holds the jaws apart, you’ll use the pike pliers to unhook all the hooks safely. The best pliers for fishing should have a line cutter and a longer nose to avoid contact with the pike’s sharp teeth.

Net

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Your pike fishing tackle is incomplete without a net, especially if it’s your first time fishing for a pike. A landing net helps you safely carry the fish out of the water. The nets come in different sizes and types, but the best net for pike fishing has rubber mesh to prevent pike from biting through.

Unhooking Mat 

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These mats provide a protective layer for the fish on land while you unhook its jaws. They’re spongy with soft foam or safe polyester material, and they’re available in a range of sizes and designs.

Bank Sticks

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A bank stick will hold your rods while waiting for a pike to take a bite! They’re ideal for shoreline or bank fishing. Some models can accommodate a bite alarm, butt griper, and buzzbar to enhance your fishing experience. 

What Rigs Are Best for Pike?

The best rigs to use for pike fishing includes a ledger rig, float rig, and a deadbait rig. Here’s a closer look at each rig and why they’re so effective:

Ledger Rig

The ledger rig is the most popular rig in pike fishing, especially in deep and fast-slowing waters. This rig presents two bait options, increasing the tackle’s resistance when the pike struggle to unhook. Lastly, you can detach and replace parts of this rig without disassembling the entire rig.

Float Rig

Diagram of a float rig, one of the best rigs when fishing from a boat.

Float rigs are great for pike fishing because they provide a wider depth range. You can cast it to the bottom of the waterbed or let it float above the surface without missing your target.

What’s more, your lure or dead bait moves gently within your vicinity without being washed away. These movements produce vibrations that attract the pike.

Deadbait Rig

Deadbait rigs will work for a beginner because they’re static, and if deployed accurately, they’ll produce positive results. It also covers a wider surface area, saving you time. The setup includes a run ring, swivel, buffer bead, wire trace, and an unweighted pencil float. You’ll launch the rig to the bottom of the water and use the pencil float to determine if the pike is hooked.

How to Catch Pike

Luring and hooking a pike is easy, but you must be prepared for an intense struggle because they don’t go down without a fight. However, as a beginner, knowing what to do helps. Below are a few tips to help you catch a pike.

  1. Locate a potential spot for pikes. Remember, this fish likes to hang around shallow waters with plenty of vegetation, like weeds. Bays, rivers, and lakes also provide excellent homes for pike.
  2. Choose a sturdy medium-heavy power rod with fast action and pair it with a baitcaster or spinning reel.
  3. Combine a strong braided line with a fluorocarbon wire leader to increase your chances of hook settings. Remember, a pike has sharp teeth that will bite through your wire leader. Also, a 50-80 pound test is ideal, especially if you want to land a bigger pike.
  4. Hook your gear with treble hooks and add brightly-colored lures or dead baits to attract the pike from a distance.
  5. Finally, cast your tackle and wait for the pike to move toward your bait. If there are no signs of hooking, gently troll your lures in a swimming pattern to trigger the predator.
  6. Once it’s hooked, lift it out of the water, use a net, and lay it across the unhooking mat for hook removal. Don’t use your hands. Instead, utilize your jaw spreader and pliers for safe hook removal.
  7. That’s it! If you don’t intend to take it with you, return the pike into the water immediately.

Is Pike Fishing Worth It for Beginners?

The answer is yes! Pike fishing for beginners is enjoyable despite the pulling power of the fish. As a matter of fact, you’ll enjoy chasing this powerful freshwater predator, especially if you have the proper pike fishing gear. 

7 Best Kayak Motor Mounts: Attach a Motor to Your Kayak!

Kayaking is fun, relaxing, and adventurous. But sometimes, paddling across vast water bodies or maneuvering your way upstream takes a lot of energy. Here’s where kayak motor mounts comes into play.

Motorizing your recreational or fishing kayak allows you to get from points A to B without much effort and cover a wider area faster. The only caveat is you need to use durable, reliable, and compatible kayak motor mounts. Lucky for you, we have put various mounts to the test and compiled a list of the best kayak motor mounts based on our first-hand experience.

What Are the Best Kayak Motor Mounts?

The best kayak motor mounts include the Brocraft, Brooklyn Kayak Company UH-TM315, and Newport Vessels NK180 trolling motor mounts. Based on our research, these kayak motor mounts are compatible with various kayak hull designs and are generally easy to install.

Some also have the necessary tools like t bolts and motor mount inserts out of the box and can be positioned comfortably for both left and right-handed anglers.

We also found and tested some options you can attach to the back of the kayak and mounts made from corrosion-resistant or high-density plastic materials.

So, whether you are looking for the best stern mount, need a replacement that uses less space, or a tougher but lightweight composition material, we have found the right mount for you.

1. Best Trolling Motor Mount Overall: Brocraft Kayak Track Trolling Motor Mount

After testing it, we concluded that the Brocraft Kayak Track trolling motor mount is the top kayak trolling motor mount.

Brocraft’s trolling motor mount ticks all the crucial boxes, including universal compatibility, no-drill installation, and adjustable hull widths and angles. It’s also made with marine-grade aluminum alloy and nylon, known to be rust-resistant and robust.

The kayak motor mount fits perfectly on the side of your kayak without modifications or extra hardware. Moreover, the double-sided clamp makes it stronger despite the no-drill feature.

Another great feature we love is that comes with dual rod holders to attach to your kayak before you slide and clamp the motor mount onto it.

This Brocraft fishing mount is also phenomenal because the mount’s maximum thrust limit is 35 pounds. The only downside of this kayak is that it doesn’t perform well at the bow or stern. The kayak motor mount cost is also higher, but based on our experience with this mount, it is worth the price.

Best Trolling Motor Mount Overall: Brocraft Kayak Track Trolling Motor Mount

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2. Best for No-Drill Installation: Brooklyn Kayak Company Uh-TM315 Kayak Trolling Motor Mount

If you prefer the no-drill installation but can’t afford Brocraft’s trolling motor mount, the Brooklyn Kayak Company’s motor mount is a great alternative. 

If you prefer the no-drill installation but can’t afford Brocraft’s trolling motor mount, the Brooklyn Kayak Company’s motor mount is a great alternative.

It is sturdy and holds the motor really well. What’s more, the company produces motor mounts with the end users in mind, meaning no elbow grease is necessary during installation.

It is primarily for the bow mount, but our team had a smooth experience using it on the side of the kayak. The kayak trolling motor mount is made with high-quality metal, plastics, and fade materials that are durable yet lightweight.

You’ll notice that the mount attaches to a hollow tubing system, reducing the mount’s weight. But don’t worry; this motor mount supports 23-30 lbs of thrust, which is impressive for a lightweight mount.

Overall, the motor mount offers great performance but tends to get wobbly when you’re in motion. The easiest fix is using rubber sheets or clamps to secure the tubing system.

Best for No-Drill Installation: Brooklyn Kayak Company UH-TM315 Kayak Trolling Motor Mount

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3. Best for Price: Pro Controll Ez Mount Trolling Motor Bow Mount Bracket

If you’re looking for an affordable kayak motor mount that performs well in the water, look no further than the Pro Controll EZ mount. 

The mount is cheaper than most trolling motor mounts on the list, but the durable stainless steel and fiberglass nylon material enhances its quality and performance.

The mount fits perfectly at the bow of your yak, but the results varied after we tested it on the stern and gunwales of various yaks. 

For example, if you want it as a stern mount, your kayak should have a thinner handle at the stern. For side mounting, your kayak rails must be at least 3 inches thick, and you’ll need clamps, bolts, or sturdy knobs to secure the mount in place.

Pro Controll’s trolling motor mount is light, weighing 4.5 lbs, so you don’t have to worry about overloading your kayak. Additional pros include easy installation, minimal hardware requirements, and support for up to 50 lbs of motor thrust.

It is an excellent mount for its price range but takes up space, which isn’t ideal for smaller yaks. Furthermore, contrary to the manufacturer’s information, our team made minor modifications to fit the mount in larger kayaks. Luckily, the additional clamps and aluminum angles are readily available.

Best for Price: Pro Controll EZ Mount Trolling Motor Bow Mount Bracket

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4. Best Motor Mount Combo: Newport Vessels NK180 Kayak Trolling Motor Kit

If you need a kayak motor mount and a trolling motor, the NK180 Motor Kit from the Newport Vessels brand offers the best value.  

But that’s not all; despite the combo feature, this product provides efficient power for broad coverage and excellent performance in fresh and salt water. The kayak trolling motor mount is lightweight and fits comfortably on your kayak’s stern. The mount supports an impressive motor thrust of 60lb, and you’ll have fun switching between different steering configurations and operating systems.

Overall, through our practical knowledge, we recommend this motor mount combo for anglers who prefer lightweight mounts and motors that produce low noise. However, you can only power your motor with a lithium deep-cycle or a lead-acid battery.

Additionally, the throttle controller can be a bit hard to press. Good thing Newport offers a 2-year warranty.

Best Motor Mount Combo: Newport Vessels NK180 Kayak Trolling Motor Kit

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5. Best for Transom Mount: Wilderness Systems Universal Transom

The Wilderness Systems Universal Transom is the best for stern trolling motors because it is compatible with most, if not all, kayak sterns.

Its rectangular design can easily attach to kayaks with a flat spot on the stern, and you’ll reinforce it with four bolts and clamps. The mount is made with heavy-duty stainless steel material and has a marine-board backing plate for stabilizing your trolling motor.

Our team also discovered through using this product that it supports trolling motors with up to 70 pounds of thrust. That’s commendable for a transom mount on a flat kayak surface. However, we needed additional clamps and mounting screws to secure the motor mount on specific kayaks like the 2.5 Mercury Outboard.

Best for Transom Mount: Wilderness Systems Universal Transom

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6. Best for Small Motors: Watersnake Kayak Motor Bracket

Finding a good kayak motor mount for small trolling motors is challenging, so it’s no surprise that anglers love the Watersnake kayak motor bracket. This motor mount has an adjustable universal-fitting design bracket, which can, as we’ve expected, accommodate trolling motors with 24lb thrust capacity and below.

The bracket supports various electric motors, but drawing from our experience, it works better with Watersnake trolling motors like T24 and T18. We also noticed that the assembly is challenging for beginners, and parts can break during installation.

Best for Small Motors: Watersnake Kayak Motor Bracket

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7. Best for Compatibility: Railblaza Kayak Motor Mount

The RAILBLAZA kayak motor mount is the best for compatibility because it is customizable to fit different kayaks and custom-mounting positions. Plus, you can pair it with a wide range of trolling motors with a 36 lb thrust capacity or lower.

Even better, the mount is compatible with RAILBLAZA’s RailMount 32-41s accessories that enhance kayak customization, including lights, camera mounts, or rod holders. It is easy to install and allows quick, seamless transitions from paddling to motor-ready controls.

Moreover, the different parts are made with stainless steel, anodized and heavy gauge aluminum, and fiberglass-reinforced polymers for stability.

It is an impressive kayak trolling motor mount and a top choice for many kayak users. However, after trying out this product, we found that there are long-term durability concerns.

Best for Compatibility: RAILBLAZA Kayak Motor Mount

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FAQ

Do You Need to Register a Motorized Kayak

Yes. Once you’ve motorized a kayak, you will need to register it. The requirements and registration fees may vary from state to state. We suggest reading our article on kayak registration, which explains the requirements across seven significant kayaking states in-depth.

What Kind of Motor Can You Put on a Kayak

You’ll need a trolling motor for your kayak. This type of motor features a propeller, a power head for steering controls, and an electric motor that propels your kayak. However, the trolling engine should match your kayak’s size and mount location.

Tip: You must pair the motor with a good trolling motor battery that has a compatible amp-hour rating. 

Where Is the Best Place to Mount a Trolling Motor on a Kayak

The best mounting position of a trolling motor will depend on your kayak’s shape and type, as well as the weight of the motor. But in general, you have three options: 

  • Bow: Bow-mounted trolling motors work well for anglers who want to control their movement during fishing. You can use hand-, remote-, or foot-controlled bow mounts. The only downside is that they’re expensive and take up more space than stern and side-mounted trolling motors.
  • Side: The side-mounted motor offers better direction and speed control because you can easily stretch your hand to steer the motor. One of its drawbacks is it takes a lot of energy compared to the stern and bow mounts, and you’ll need to perfect your thrust control. 
  • Stern/Transom: The stern or transom refers to the rear part of the kayak. This mount location is excellent for smaller boats and cast fishing.

Can You Mount a Trolling Motor to Any Kayak

Technically, you can mount a trolling motor to any kayak. However, you’ll need to consider if the kayak trolling motor mount is compatible. You should also be mindful of how much weight it will add to the kayak. Remember, regardless of brand and type, kayaks have a weight limit. If you add a mount, motor, and battery, the kayak can become unstable and even capsize if pushed to its weight limit. 

The Best Kayak Trolling Motor Mounts Are Convenient

The best kayak trolling motor mounts improve your kayaking experience by letting you motorize your vessel and spend less time paddling! Make sure that whatever kayak motor mount you get is compatible and easy to install, whether it’s DIY or custom mount or ready to use.

Jerkbait vs. Crankbait: 7 Differences Explained

Jerkbait vs crankbait? Some of the most popular fishing lures anglers uses are crankbaits and jerkbaits. They may sound similar, but we can assure you these baits are different. For instance, crankbaits are used to reach greater depths, while jerkbaits have a much longer and thinner design. Let’s find out more about what differentiates jerkbaits vs. crankbaits! And why you should have both in your tackle box.

Jerkbait vs. Crankbait Quick Comparison Table

JerkbaitCrankbait

Shape
Long and thinShort, stout bodies

Number of hooks
32

Water conditions
Calm, cold water at a temperature between 37-50 degreesShallower waters at a temperature range between 53-55 degrees

Retrieval depth
2-14 feet16-28 feet

Available bill sizes/ lips
Floating, sinking, and suspended jerkbaits All jerkbaits have lipsLipless: 10-40 feet
Small lip: 2-5 feet
Square lip: 2-5 feet
Big lip: 15-30 feet

Ideal rod length and action
6’10” rod length and medium actionMedium power to medium-fast action and 7’ or 7’6” rod length

Ideal gear ratio
6.3:15.5:1

Casting mechanism
Cast and then jerk the rod while you retrieve to mimic an injured fishSimply cast and reel until it reaches the preferred depth

Body Types and Style

The body shapes of jerkbaits vs. crankbaits are vastly different. Jerkbaits are long and thin to mimic the shape of a minnow. This body style is what gives the jerkbait its’ action. On the other hand, crankbait has a short, deep body type. This more rounded form mimics specific baitfish or crayfish. The shape also contributes to the action of this lure.

Crankbaits

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A crankbait is a double treble hook-lipped lure designed to dive to various depths. They can dive to depths from 5 to 40 feet depending on the lip’s angle, size, and shape. Crankbaits wiggle back and forth on retrieval, mimicking a swimming baitfish or crayfish. There are mainly three types of crankbaits, which differ depending on their diving capabilities. Let’s take a look.

Shallow Diving Crankbaits

Shallow crankbaits are perfect for the early spring and summer during the spawning seasons. These crankbaits typically only dive between 2 and 5 feet, so you should use them close to shore. The lip on them is normally short and square.

Tip: Shallow water with a gradual slope and structures like rocks, weed edges, and sunken logs are great places to use these lures. They’ll entice aggressive bass from their beds with ease.

Medium Diving Crankbaits

This type of crankbait sports a larger, more rounded lip to dive to depths between 5 and 15 feet. They perform best in the early spring and fall when the water is still cool. At this time, bass and walleye will occupy the edges of drop-offs and weed edges. 

Deep Diving Crankbaits

Deep divers have the largest bills of all the other crankbaits. The bill is often as long as the actual body of the lure itself. Deep divers can dive 10 to 20 feet or even 15 to 30 feet. They are best used in summer to reach the deeper, cooler waters where fish like walleye and lake trout reside. Deep divers are effective when trolling or casting. 

Jerkbaits

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The counterpart to crankbaits, jerkbaits are long and thin-lipped lures that sport three treble hooks. They don’t dive as deep as some crankbaits, but they can reach a modest depth range of 1 to 15 feet. Their name, jerkbait, refers to the action of these lures. 

When reeling the fishing line, you are supposed to twitch or “jerk” your pole, which gives this lure the action of an injured fish. Just like with crankbaits, there are three main types of jerkbaits that you can find.

Hard Jerkbaits

Hard jerkbaits are the most common kind of jerkbait anglers use and are split into three styles: 

  • Floating jerkbait: This style floats on top of the water just as they are named – until you provide the action of twitching or “jerking” as you reel it in. They don’t dive deep, but they create ripples and movement like prey struggling at the surface. They are great for fishing over submerged vegetation.
  • Sinking jerkbait: This style sinks at different rates, always read the lure description and specs to learn how slowly or quickly the jerkbait will sink. They’re also called the “countdown model” because they are measured by feet per second. So, you count in your head until it reaches the depth you want. On the retrieval, you twitch the rod and let it sink for the best action. 
  • Suspending jerkbait: This unique type of jerkbait has a neutral buoyancy composition that allows it to stop or remain suspended at a certain depth. They don’t dive beneath the surface until you reel or jerk the lure. 

Soft Jerkbaits

There are also soft plastic jerkbaits that you’ll find to be highly popular among bass anglers. They differ from hard jerkbaits because you’ll have to get the lure and hooks separately. Everyone sets these up a little differently by using different kinds and weighted hooks. 

Soft plastic jerkbaits are highly effective and can be made weedless. Bass loves these lures because of their action, and their texture replicates a real fish so they hang on to it longer. 

Swimming Action

Crankbaits and jerkbaits have very distinct swimming actions. Crankbaits don’t require anything special other than reeling or trolling. They wiggle back and forth like a swimming baitfish or crayfish, and some even rattle as they do so. 

Jerkbaits, however, require the action of jerking or twitching your rod. They won’t have the desired action or movement without doing so. The purpose is for the lure to look like an injured minnow and easy prey for a larger fish.

Retrieval Depth

If you’re fishing deep lakes and rivers, then crankbaits will work the best. This is because crankbaits dive much deeper than jerkbaits can. However, crankbaits do cover a wide range since they can come in shallow diving forms, which could be used in ponds as well.

Jerkbaits don’t dive nearly as deep and can be perfect in shallower ponds and streams. They can still be productive in large bodies of water, but remember they won’t dive deeper than 15 feet. They will be best used in shallow water over structure. 

Number of Hooks

Jerkbaits being much longer than crankbaits, have more room for hooks. They have three treble hooks located under the head, in the middle, and on the tail. Crankbaits have just two treble hooks, one located beneath the head and the other on the tail as well.

Casting

For crankbaits, you’ll want to be casting them in areas of the structure that bass like to occupy. This includes rocky ledges, gradual drop-offs, sunken logs, and brush or weed edges. Jerkbaits should be cast in shallow water and around structures like docks, submerged vegetation, sand or grass flats, and rocky drop-offs. 

Water Clarity

Every lure has certain conditions that work perfectly for it. Water clarity is one of the most important to keep in mind. When fishing with a jerkbait, you want approximately 18 inches of visibility to get the most effectiveness. 

Crankbaits are a bit different. You’ll most often be using them in a depth range of 5 to 10 feet, where bass are usually located. Water clarity isn’t as much of an issue since they can be used in murky waters as effectively as in clearer waters. If fishing in murky water with a crankbait, reel it at a medium to slow speed. 

Bill Sizes/ Lips

All jerkbaits, aside from soft plastic ones, have lips on them. They are all virtually the same in shape and might vary slightly in size. However, crankbaits have a much larger variety of bill sizes and shapes. Let’s take a closer look.

  • Lipless crankbaits: Also known as rattle traps, because of the rattling sound they produce underwater, they are quite diverse. They are heavier lures but can be used in both shallow and deep water. If allowed, they can sink quickly to a considerable depth between 8 and 20 feet.
  • Square lip crankbaits: A small square lip protrudes from the front of the lure. They typically come in a pattern that looks like a crayfish and only dive to a depth of 2 to 8 feet.
  • Round lip crankbaits: These are what make up shallow, medium, and deep diving crankbaits. Depending on the size and angle of the rounded lip are what determine the depth they can dive to. Typically can range from 5 to 30 feet.

Diving to the End of the Line

As you can see, it’s somewhat of an even match with jerkbaits vs. crankbaits. Both are extremely popular lures used by all kinds of anglers. The best thing you can do is to ensure you carry a couple of different types of both in your tackle box!

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