Photo: Screenshot of Seven Seas
A sweet home-away-from-home, but be forewarned – you’ll need a crew of 28 people to make this work.
17 May 2021 | Mark David| Dirt Photo : via Chamberlain Yachts
Rich people have multimillion-dollar mansions, maybe even a couple of them. Some even have airplanes. But really rich people, the kind with rivers of money to burn on unnecessary high-maintenance luxuries, have boats.
And we’re not talking about boats to skitter around the local lake, but rather multi-deck vessels as long as a football field that are able to cross the oceans with handfuls of staterooms as finely appointed as a five-star boutique hotel and on-board garages full of smaller boats and other watercraft.
Johnny Depp sold his 156-footer in 2015 to JK Rowling, who kept it only about a year or two before selling it on with an asking price of about $20 million; Giorgio Armani’s 213-foot yacht Main is ominously painted entirely black; Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg ply international waters in their three-mast sailing vessel Eos; and David Geffen somewhat infamously self-isolated in the Grenadines on his titanic 454-footer Rising Sun last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It typically takes several years to commission, design and build a mansion-sized yacht, and Hollywood heavy hitter Steven Spielberg took delivery of his custom-crafted 282-foot-long Seven Seas in 2010. Now, after a decade of ownership, not to mention reports dating to 2015 that he’d commissioned an even bigger boat, Spielberg’s Seven Seas is available with a breathtaking asking price of €131 million, about US$160 million at today’s rates.
According to online marketing materials, Seven Seas was built to the owner’s exacting specifications by the Dutch shipyard Oceanco with interior design and décor by Nuvolari & Lenard and Molly Isaksen. The standard set up for the four-deck, Beverly Hills mansion-sized behemoth accommodates 15-20 people in seven (and potentially nine) cabins over four decks. Specifications indicate the navy-blue-hulled boat, which is nearly 47-feet wide, has a maximum speed of 19.5 knots (about 22 mph) and a crew of 28, carries 45,000 gallons of fresh water and 77,000 gallons of fuel that at a cruising speed of 15 knots allow it a range of 5,200 miles, more than enough for a transatlantic crossing.
On-board amenities include a swimming pool, two spas, a total of 17 televisions (plus a screening room), a camera-quipped security system that includes a pirate protection unit and comprehensive smart home technology that controls the audio-visual systems, lighting, climate and window treatments via an iPad.
Five guest cabins are fitted with ample wardrobes, desk space and a private bathroom, while a full-beam VIP guest cabin, which can be divided into two separate cabins, offers a private sitting room, three closets and two bathrooms.
The owner’s suite occupies a wing of its own on an upper deck with a private office/study, a full-beam stateroom with multiple seating areas, an extensive dressing room lined with built-in wardrobes, and a bathroom that all by itself is larger than a typical Manhattan studio apartment.
The owner’s suite also includes a private deck and spa tub nested into the boat’s long prow.
Unsurprisingly given its owner, Seven Seas incorporates a state-of-the-art screening room with tiered seating on plush sofas, a full bar and, for impromptu sing-alongs, a baby grand piano.
The three-time Oscar winner, who named Seven Seas after not only the seven seas of the world but also his seven children, and his wife, former actress Kate Capshaw, sold their sprawling ocean-front compound in Malibu in 2015 for $26 million to real estate tycoon Steve Gozini, who unsuccessfully tried to sell it the following year for $35 million.
Still, they maintain an impressive roster of terra firma residences. In addition to their 20,000-square-foot Mediterranean villa in L.A.’s posh Pacific Palisades — the house was previously owned by Dougles Fairbanks, Jr., David O. Selznick, Cary Grant and Barbara Hutton and Bobby Vinton, there’s a nearby equestrian facility tucked into a quiet canyon. And, on the other coast, they preside over a pond-front multi-residence estate in one of the more coveted areas in the Hamptons that includes a barn-style main house and a guest house designed by famed architect Charles Gwathmey.