THE world’s superrich are returning to the high seas and the number of luxury yacht sales has hit its highest level since the financial crisis after a spike in demand from US and Russian tycoons.Superyachts — pleasure boats more than 24m in length — have been slower than other sectors of the luxury goods market to bounce back from the financial meltdown in 2008.However, demand from international billionaires has started to pick up over the past 18 months as sellers become more realistic about price, according to yacht-makers and brokers.The longest vessel to hit the sea so far in 2014 is Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s 140m Victory, the ninth-biggest in the all-time list of mega-yachts.The boat is spread over seven decks and is said to have six pools up to 8m in length as well as a floodable internal garage for its tender — a small boat that takes passengers to shore.“Buyers are more sensible now,” said Chris Cecil-Wright, a yacht broker for 20 years. “There’s a general move towar...

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