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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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Rick Hendrick, owner of NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports and the 164′ Trinity motor yacht WHEELS, escaped with only a broken rib and broken clavicle (collarbone) when his small plane lost its brakes and crash landed at Key West International Airport late Monday. Hendrick’s wife, Linda, suffered minor cuts and bruises.
The plane is registered to Jimmie Johnson Racing Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., and co-owned by Hendrick Motorsports and Johnson, the five-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion
The Hendricks were the only two passengers on the Gulfstream 150 jet. Co-pilots, James Klepper and Jay Luckwaldt, also escaped without serious injuries in the Monday night crash. All four were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center shortly after the 7:45 p.m. (19:45) incident, where they were evaluated, treated, and released. All flew home to North Carolina on Tuesday morning.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Klepper announced he had “no brakes,” and when he attempted to brake, he also had no pressure. The jet skidded off the 4,800-foot runway and came to rest about three feet from an airport perimeter fence.
Hendrick, the patriarch of one of NASCAR’s most successful race teams, is also well known in the megayacht community. His Trinity yacht charter vessel, motor yacht WHEELS (whose tenders are appropriately given monikers such as “Hot Wheels” and “Reel Wheels”) is available for hire in the Florida Keys and throughout the Bahamas. The 164 foot (50 meter) yacht offers accommodation for up to ten guests in six suites comprising one owner cabin, two VIP cabins, two double cabins, and one twin cabin.
Recently, the yacht was in the boating news when Hendricks added a 24-meter (80′) superyacht sportfish tender to the megayacht’s already impressive inventory of watertoys.
After Monday’s crash, the runway was closed for about an hour but reopened when authorities determined the wreckage did not impact the landing area. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.
“It was a real big scare, very frightening to hear,” Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. told reporters in Las Vegas while attending an automotive trade show. “I’m very glad that he and everybody appears to be okay.”
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Celebrities enjoy apres-ski private chalets in Vail, to multi-deck behemoth superyacht vessels in the Caribbean. Some take traveling to the extreme. Here are three additional couples racking up frequent flyer miles.
Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca. Ethan spent a grueling 39 days in desert conditions to win the hit reality TV show Survivor Africa. His girlfriend Jenna Morasca took home the million-dollar prize on Survivor Amazon. They have been together for eight years. This adventure-loving couple set out on another extreme travel odyssey after those. They both joined the cast of CBS hit show The Amazing Race. They are obviously not the kind of couple to spend the winter vacation lying in the sun on the deck of a bareboat charter boat.
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OK, we’ll admit it – when Dee Kraley, manager of motor yacht SuRi, first invited us onboard the former oil rig supply boat, we were skeptical. Was it really possible to take an old ship built in 1978 by Halter Marine, cut her in half to extend her overall length from the middle, and transform her into a modern expedition yacht charter vessel?
After two extensive rebuilds and a 2016 refit, the answer is a resounding, “YES!” The “old supply ship” is indeed one of the most luxurious charter yachts available in her size and price category.
Adding 11 meters to her overall length significantly boosted her volume, both indoors and on deck.
Yet more impressive than her transformation is her owner’s commitment to creating the ultimate adventure travel vessel in the charter market.
While most superyachts carry a respectable inventory of watersports gear, this yacht takes it to another level – with multiple tenders, a helicopter, seaplane, jet skis, hoverboard, scuba diving equipment, quadskis, and so much more. Twenty (20) active, athletic crewmembers add to the neverending fun, excitement, and adventure enjoyed by charter guests.
So where do you base a yacht filled-to-the-brim with toys? It must be a destination with endless opportunities for exploration and water-themed adventure. The answer? The South Pacific and the islands of Fiji, French Polynesia, and Indonesia.
A favorite anchorage for yacht SuRi and her charter guests are the islands of Raja Ampat, an archipelago of 1500 islands located off the northwest tip of New Guinea. Marine life thrives here, and the bio-diversity is unlike anywhere else in the world – with hundreds of species of corals and reef fish, along with whales, dolphins, and giant rays.
Check out this amazing action-packed yacht charter video of motoryacht SuRi and her onboard guests enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Raja Ampat:
Come enjoy The Superyacht Experience onboard motor yacht SuRi. Available summer 2018 in French Polynesia and Fiji, and priced at $350,000 per week (plus operating expenses like food and fuel) for up to 12 guests. Click HERE for further information…
WHAT’S IN A NAME? No, she is not owned by Tom Cruise or Katie Holmes or daughter, Suri. Her name, SuRi, is the combination of her owners’ first names. Just in case you were wondering… 😉
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Recently, we told our readers that Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg had put his spectacular Monaco yacht charter vessel up for sale. The Spielberg yacht SEVEN SEAS is scheduled to be replaced with an even larger vessel.
In a, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” kind of way, we thought it would be fun to look at an interesting tie-in between Spielberg and the James Bond movie franchise. After all, it is obvious Spielberg loves yachts, and most of us are familiar with the correlation of James Bond and fast, luxurious yachts. In fact, there are several yachts named in honor of Bond films and currently available for private yacht charter – yachts like OCTOPUSSY and CASINO ROYALE.
So, back to the tie-in between Spielberg and Bond:
Did you know that Steven Spielberg Was Twice Rejected to Direct a James Bond Film??!!!
Yep, it’s true.
Spielberg has made no secret of his affinity for the Bond film franchise, and his desire to direct a Bond movie.
It turns out that he had two opportunities to pitch longtime Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli. On both occasions, Broccoli said NO.
According to Broccoli’s daughter, Barbara (who took over the production reigns after her father’s death), a young, relatively unknown Spielberg made his first directorial pitch to her father early in his career. Broccoli was impressed by the young director’s passion, but felt he lack the experience to helm a major title like Bond.
Barbara said her father told Spielberg, “Kid, ya gotta get some more films under your belt.”
After Spielberg released one of his best-reviewed films, ‘Schindler’s List,’ he sent a letter to Broccoli asking again if he could direct a Bond movie. Barbara says her father once again turned down Spielberg, this time saying, “Now I can’t afford you!”
It’s safe to say things turned out ok for Mr. Spielberg. He’s directed over a dozen blockbuster films, and when not in use by Academy Award-winning director and his family, his yacht SEVEN SEAS is available for hire in the Mediterranean at a price of $1.2 million per week…
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After a few months of exclusive use, the 140 foot IGA Yachts motor yacht KING BABY was entered into the charter market by her owner, and prominent yacht maven Jana Sheeder wasted no time in securing the very first charter.
Just days after the yacht’s manager publicly announced the yacht would be available for the upcoming Caribbean yacht charter season, Sheeder delivered a 10-night contract to hire the vessel during the year-end holidays.
Tall and beamy, the 140 foot yacht KING BABY, IGA Yachts (China’s) largest vessel built to date, is named after King Baby Studio, the iconic Los Angeles jewelry design business owned by Mitchell Binder. Binder has been the darling of the LA-based music industry for more than three decades, with celebrity clients including members of the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. King Baby Studio has made custom jewelry for celebrities like Howard Stern, Liz Taylor, and Taylor Swift.
Binder and the yacht’s owner are close friends, and the owner wanted his new toy to reflect the confidence, charisma and maverick attitude of provocative jewelry line.
Luxury with a rebel spirit sums up both the jewelry and the look of the yacht. From chrome-plated guitars, to vintage rock photos framed in black alligator leather, to the ondeck Jacuzzi tub with a three tiered waterfall, to custom drain covers, the yacht is truly unique and unlike any charter vessel in the world. The rock décor is a collaborative effort between famed yacht designer Evan K Marshall, King Baby Studio, and Slick+Design.
Accommodations for up to 10 guests are available in a full beam master stateroom on the man deck, and 4 guests cabins below.
Of course, you can’t have a music-inspired yacht without a great entertainment system. 24 televisions (yep, 24, not a typo), including an 84-inch 4k screen in the skylounge are integrated with an Apple TV / music system. Surround sound pumps the beat throughout the interior & exterior – from bow to stern. Music can be played from a personal device or from the yacht’s music library.
Sheeder, the President of Miami-based 1-800 Yacht Charters is known for her boutique operation that provides superyacht vacations to entertainment industry artists and executives.
King Baby is available from $160,000 per week in low season, to $175,000 per week for peak holiday dates. She will be based in the Caribbean through spring 2017, then relocate to New England for the summer.
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Her celebrity owner used the yacht all summer. On-again/off-again Mediterranean yacht charter superyacht SEVEN SEAS heads to the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show. The show is September 21 through 24.
The spectacular 86 meter (280 ft) Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS has been in the news throughout the summer. Steven Speilberg owned yacht hosted family and celebrity friends, for instance, Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Contemporary styling and modern lines define this elegant yacht. To illustrate, she boasts extraordinary interior volume. Her beam is 14.20 meters. Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS features accommodations for twelve guests. Accommodations include four large guest suites and two luxurious VIP suites.
Oceanco’s signature infinity swimming pool is on the aft deck. It can be conveniently transformed into a helipad. A favorite innovative highlight of 1-800 Yacht Charters’ President, Jana Sheeder on Seven Seas, is a projector. This throws an image up onto the aft glass wall of the pool. It allows guests to watch movies while swimming or on the quay.
The owner has an iconic role in American cinema. He highlights in through his yacht. For example, the main salon has a professional projection system and a 5 x 2 meter screen. These are coupled with two rows of raked seating. The seating can transform into a screening theater. Next to the main salon is a 250m² area. To illustrate, it can host everything from casual al fresco dining to a black-tie Cannes Film Festival gala.
The yacht has an extensive list of amenities. For instance, a custom enclosed 10.5 meter limo tender and custom 9.2 meter open sport boat are watertoys.
Oceanco is proud to present this magnificent yacht. Her presence at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show is welcome. Her berth number is slip R01. Above all, visits on board will be by invitation only.
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