There it is on the left: just one of hundreds of big-ass yachts cruising around the world at this very moment. Lawyers, of course, own them all, even the yacht that's pictured, which your editor spotted last week in Ft. Lauderdale. How much did it cost? Your editor isn't sure, but an average big-ass yacht generally runs around $35 million.
For big-firm lawyers, that's just a pittance. So why doesn't every big-firm lawyer own one? I'll tell you why. The problem isn't the yacht, it's all the stuff you need to go with it. For starters, you'll need a giant slip somewhere near an intercoastal waterway. Then you'll need a 4- or 5-story house to go with the slip, preferably with front and back elevators. The house, of course, wouldn't be a house without a secret mistress or two to live inside--and not only are mistresses expensive, but they often want to stay up all night. Plus there's the heavy gold chain you'll need to wear around your neck and the $61,000 Patek Philippe watch you'll need to tell you when it's time for the call from your stockbroker. And don't forget the things you'll need for tanning yourself in the hot sun: a bottle of Hawaiian Tropic, a black Speedo, and a good dermatologist.
And you thought big-ass yachts were inexpensive! If you're still enthralled with them, you'll find more here. Or you can check out some past bling-bling posts: sports cars, watches, MP3 players, and digital cameras. Or wait for the next post in the bling-bling series: Mansions Nestled Along the Coast of Southern California.