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Superyacht Owner Pays Homage to James Bond

John Staluppi, notably the luxury yacht charter world’s archetypical yacht owner, is at it again. He is driven by imagination and pride. As such, Staluppi takes possession of his 16th megayacht. 

Aerial photograph of the profile of motoryacht, Diamonds Are Forever. Solid white yacht. Heading toward the lower left side of screen. Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is in the backrground.

Diamonds Are Forever Staluppi yacht

Launch took place on 26th November 2011 in Benetti shipyard in Livorno, Italy.  The 60 meter Benetti FB253 is the boat’s official identification.  Like his earlier yachts, the vessel has been christened to honor another James Bond classic novel and film.  Presenting motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.

Profile photo of motoryacht Casino Royale at anchor in the sunset. She is facing the left side of the screen. Big white boat.

Staluppi’s Casino Royale

BENETTI TRADITIONS

The boat is based on the shipyard’s famed naval architecture and engineering.  Elegant external line of the new Benetti FB253 M/Y (Motoryacht) DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER uses compact forms and dynamic slender lines.  She has traditional design elements and modern innovative stylistic solutions.  These features are the benchmark of Benetti’s throughout the world.

 

Photograph of a man in a purple suit sitting behind a desk. His hands are folded in front of him, and he's smiling at the camera. He is Italian. He is John Staluppi, car dealer and superyacht owner.

John Staluppi, Superyacht Owner

STALUPPI YACHTS

As a matter of fact, this man has long been a fan of the James Bond 007 saga.  To emphasize, Staluppi’s earlier creations include:

  • motor yacht OCTOPUSSY
  • motoryacht MOONRAKER
  • superyacht THUNDERBALL
  • M/Y THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
  • mega yacht CASINO ROYALE  (A fixture at Atlantis Resort and Marina on Paradise Island)

 

SINGULAR FOCUS OF BUILDS

CASINO ROYALE and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER are built for true luxury at sea.  Staluppi’s earlier Bond boats had a singular focus – SPEED.   They were setting records as some of the fastest superyachts in the world.  It was the 43.5 meter motor yacht OCTOPUSSY which broke the 50-knot speed barrier 20 years ago. This yacht brought the name of New York-born John Staluppi to the attention of yacht aficionados.

 

YACHT OWNER’S BEGINNINGS

He has a well-known background, but the self-made millionaire left school when he was 16 and worked as a mechanic in Brooklyn.  Due to this, he developed one of the most successful car dealerships in North America. It was a business that enabled him to indulge his passion for racing fast boats. He then started building megayachts for himself.

In conclusion, many charter yacht owners prefer to remain anonymous. Staluppi’s vision and passion bring fervor and excitement to a very conservative industry.  There aren’t many yachts aboard which guests are greeted by frosted-glass panels delicately etched with the silhouettes of Bond girls
The customized, whimsical James Bond boat themes are a refreshing breath of fresh air in an industry of white, cookie-cutter production boats.  It must be remembered. Let’s hope Staluppi doesn’t run out of 007 movie titles, or his passion, any time soon.

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