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7 superyachts given as gifts

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Roman Abramovich gifts Vladimir Putin Olympia

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Finding the perfect gifts for the hard to buy for is no mean feat and, if you're buying for a superyacht owner, there's no denying the bar is set pretty high. So what to get for the person who has everything - including an amazing superyacht? Why one that's even bigger and better of course. Here are six stories that prove superyachts really do make the ultimate gift...

Roman Abramovich gifts Vladimir Putin Olympia

While gifting a yacht to a loved one may be the ultimate act of generosity, buying a beautiful Feadship for the new leader of your country suggests a rather different goal. This week rumours have circulated that Roman Abramovich, who famously owns the second largest yacht in the worldEclipse, gave Russian president Vladimir Putin the 57 metre Olympia when he was elected in 2002 - the same year the yacht delivered.

The claims come among accusations of corruption and embezzlement against Putin, which include reports he gave large sums of state money to friends and used government funds to run and maintain the yacht. While Putin has strongly refuted the claims, Ambramovich's representatives have said only that the claims are 'unsubstantiated' but have not denied the transaction took place.

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Johnny Depp renames yacht after new wife Amber Heard

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In February 2015 rumours circulated that Johnny Depp had renamed his 46 metre superyacht Vajoliroja to Amphitrite as a present for new bride Amber Heard. The yacht’s former tongue-twister of a name was an abbreviation for the names of his former partner Vanessa, himself and their children Lily-Rose and Jack.

However, Boat International believes that Vajoliroja was actually sold long before Johnny Depp’s wedding – we ran a story about Vajoliroja being listed for sale in February 2013 – and it was her new owner that chose to rename her.

The rumours began due to the belief that new name is a nod to Amber, with Amphitrite being the ancient Greek goddess of the sea, the wife of King Poseidon. Regardless of the truth behind the story, it's hard to deny that this is a highly romantic gesture - even if renaming a boat does go against some of the strangest sailor superstitions.

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Buster Keaton gives wife yacht Canim to save marriage

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Buster Keaton gives wife yacht Canim to save marriage

Some people resort to bearing children to save a marriage, for the case of silent screen star Buster Keaton, he tried giving his wife a yacht to keep his marriage afloat. It’s claimed that actor Buster Keaton gave the yacht Canim to his wife Natalie Talmadge, the daughter of a prominent LA family and the sister of actress Norma Talmadge. He reportedly bought the yacht in an effort to make Natalie happy and save the marriage, but sadly, it didn’t work and she took both the yacht and his fortune in 1932.

Canim wasn’t built for Buster Keaton originally – the 1930 33 metre Ted Geary-designed Canim was commissioned for the publisher of the Seattle Times. Happily, Canim still sails today with an owner who has a passion for classic yachts.

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