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The superstar boats turning heads in the harbor

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Yachts were originally luxury vessels used to transport princes and ambassadors
  • Today, although the style of boat has changed, the stature of their owners is still as grand
  • In a special interactive, we take a look at head-turning superyacht designs
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(CNN) -- Once upon a time, vessels of state, employed to transport princes, ambassadors and other dignitaries abroad, today, superyachts are the playthings of choice for the world's super-rich.

The billion-dollar industry that has sprung up to furnish their needs has pushed design forward in interesting ways over the years.

From the first eco-friendly crafts to the vessels that set the defining style; from the first luxury yacht with sails to the most technologically advanced pleasure boats on the seas, we take a look at some memorable superyacht designs.

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