I’m creating the world of The Illustrious Client in which many of the characters are wealthy. They drive luxury cars, have their own jets, and in at least one case have a huge yacht. So, I’ve been shopping for luxury vehicles. Their is some great disparity that is shocking to me. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that a Lamborghini sports car will run you more than $1 million, a tricked out one closer to $3 mil. But you can get a really great business jet for less than $3 million. John Travolta has 5. Of course with the plane you have to have a place to keep it and so on, that’s gonna cost extra, no surprise. Here’s the shocker: the yacht. For $1 million, you might think you could get a decent yacht. You’d be wrong. You can get a power boat about 16 feet long fitted up like an RV on the inside. Some are kind of crappy. The one I have pictured here is the best one I’ve seen. It’s more like a small studio apt. that you can drive on the water. To get the kind of thing I had in mind: huge, ocean-going, lots of bedrooms, baths, heliport, swimming pool, ballroom, and so on, you have to pay at least $100 million, more likely 200-300 million. The one I model my character’s yacht on is Paul Allen’s Octopus, and he paid close to $300 million for it. Is this fair? What’s the deal? There’s no land. A person could have 100 planes for this cost. Or a huge estate. Who set these outrageous prices and got other people to pony up? If you know, please tell!