Yachts equate to luxury in real life and on the big screen, and they've been featured in a huge list of hit films. Sometimes yachts are used for romantic interludes, other times they're put to work as the ultimate getaway vessel or as the scene of an ostentatious celebration. No matter what the occasion, the main point of inserting any yacht into any film is to elicit some kind of "ooh" or "ahh" from the audience. These movies accomplish that and more.
In no particular order, here are 10 of the most memorable yachts that have been featured in movies.
1. Usher, Entourage (2015)
Usher, also known as Mr. Terrible, is the 47 meter superyacht in the 2015 movie Entourage. On screen, it symbolizes the decadent lifestyle of main character Vincent Chase, played by actor Adrian Grenier. This yacht was fitting for the movie, as it really is as lavish as it looks. It sports an elevator, spacious sundeck, Jacuzzi, five luxurious cabins, and has been used for partying off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean in real life. It accommodates up to 12 guests and was engineered to be a powerful performer.
2. Northern Cross aka Manticore, Goldeneye (1995)
One of Pierce Brosnan's most memorable performances as Bond was in 1995's Goldeneye, in which he saves the world from a global financial terror plot. In the film, the yacht Northern Cross was called Manticore and served as the residence of smooth assassin Xenia and her crew. Northern Cross is actually available for charter in the Baltic Sea, and it costs tens of thousands of dollars to do so. The 43 meter yacht hosts up to 12 passengers and has six fabulous suites. It ranks as one of the favorite yachts in movies among Bond fans.
3. R Rendezvous aka Left Hand, Donnie Brasco (1997)
Few who have seen the crime drama Donnie Brasco will forget the yacht seen in the movie, Left Hand. It was an integral part of the plot, not just a nice showpiece, but its looks alone make it one of the more memorable yachts in movies. Called R Rendezvous off-screen, the 34 meter yacht was produced in 1992 and it still stands today. Those with the cash to charter R Rendezvous get to enjoy its onboard Jacuzzi, big sundeck, and three cabins with plush amenities.
4. Attessa, Overboard (1987)
Attessa was the yacht featured in the 1987 romantic comedy Overboard, starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. The interesting thing is this yacht actually belongs to a super rich man named Dennis R. Washington. He's an industrialist worth several billion dollars who loaned the 144 foot long Attessa to the crew while the movie was in production. Washington also lent the boat to the producers of the 1993 Demi Moore film Indecent Proposal.
5. Kingdom 3KR aka Flying Saucer, Never Say Never Again (1983)
Kingdom 3KR, the yacht seen in the 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again, was special for several reasons. Not only was it in Sean Connery's final movie in the franchise, it was the most expensive yacht in the world at one time. Kingdom 3KR also has an interesting history. Donald Trump bought the 86 meter superyacht for a whopping $29 million, revamped it, and dubbed it the "Trump Princess". He later sold it for $40 million to a Saudi billionaire flush with cash in 1991. The yacht now has its own movie theater onboard, a helipad, dance floor, and can host up to 22 passengers in 11 suites.
6. Lady M aka Naomi, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street is all about excess and its pitfalls, so you know the film had to include a super swanky yacht. In the movie Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Jordan Belfort, gifts the yacht to his wife, played by Margot Robbie. The boat is named after her, Naomi. The vessel was shown prominently onscreen as the site of raucous parties and all types of debauchery.
In actuality, the 44 meter Lady M was built for luxury cruising and has a host of lavish details. A professional grade gourmet kitchen, marble flooring, a baby grand piano, wet bar, Jacuzzi, and five stylish staterooms all combine to make it super impressive and one of the most expensive yachts in movies.
7. Helios 2 aka Anson Bell, Syriana (2005)
Matt Damon and George Clooney gave award winning performances in the 2005 drama Syriana, and the Anson Bell -- real name Helios 2 -- was at the center of the action. The 51 meter custom yacht has an aluminum superstructure and hull, along with a state of the art stabilization system. Engineered by esteemed brand Palmer Johnson, Helios 2 really is the epitome of luxury in all its forms, just as it was in Syriana. It has five gorgeous cabins and can be enjoyed by up to 12 guests.
8. M3 aka Soufriere, Casino Royale (2006)
Daniel Craig made his first appearance as 007 in 2006's Casino Royale, and he did so while looking suave on the M3. It was called Soufriere in the film, and was custom made for the movie in 2005 by none other than British company Spirit Yachts. When it carried Bond and Vesper Lynd on a romantic trip through Venice, it became the first yacht to travel the Grand Canal in three centuries. The 32 meter sailing yacht can reach a top speed of 43 knots and has four cabins onboard. It also has advanced media systems, a spa pool, and enough water toys to keep anyone entertained for hours.
9. Wallpower 188 aka Renovatio, The Island (2005)
Ewan McGregor starred in the 2005 Michael Bay film The Island, in which he notably sketches the look of a yacht that's imprinted in his psyche. A modern sci-fi flick about a utopia needs an awesome boat, right? That role was filled by Renovatio, which is really called the Wallpower 188 and was built in 2002. This particular yacht oozes class and its angular profile makes it stand out. The 36 meter vessel reaches a top speed of 60 knots, has a Rolls-Royce Kamewa water jet onboard, and dons a color shifting exterior. The Wallpower 188 has won many yacht and design awards, and is renowned around the world for its innovative features and style. It was put on the market after the movie's production for $33 million.
10. White Knight, The Bourne Identity (2002)
The White Knight yacht was shown in 2002 in the first installment of the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Identity. Jason Bourne, played brilliantly by Matt Damon, goes onto the boat to attack one of his targets. Bourne ultimately doesn't carry out the mission, but White Knight looks spectacular nonetheless.
People can actually charter it in the Mediterranean, and it was built in 1985. The yacht underwent renovation in 2010 to make it better than ever. It now has 8 large cabins, an outdoor dining area, and a wealth of amenities and entertainment options.
Written by Garrett Parker
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