The second edition of famous people and their yachts meets up with Richard Branson and Tiger Woods and discovers what vessels they sail in. Part one saw Billy Joel’s amazing Vendetta that he helped design himself along with tennis superstar Rafael Nadal and his Monte Carlo type yacht called Beethoven.
Richard Branson – Necker Belle
Richard Branson has to be one of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and also a fearless adventurer. His balloon exploration is reaching new heights with every launch and he is preparing himself to become the first commercial astronaut.
Branson also has achieved great things on the ocean with his yachting adventures, and owns 105-foot mega-catamaran called Necker Belle. Branson has always been passionate about sailing and he cites one of his most amazing yachting experiences was cruising around Silver Bank in the Dominican Republic and then swimming with humpback whales.
Necker Belle is one of the few catamarans in the world that can sail faster than 20 knots, and is very much an exclusive seafaring vessel. The yacht is operated by a captain and seven crew, and can accommodate 12 guests and as you will not be surprised has every conceivable amenity on board. Including a cinema, swimming platforms and a 6-foot diving board. The boat has a multitude of water toys on board among which are wakeboards, Hobie Cats, paddleboards, dinghies, snorkeling gear and the Necker Nymph which is a fun submersible. Dinner guests are wowed by the excellent wine cellar on board also.
Tiger Woods – Privacy
Tiger Woods is one of the world’s greatest ever golfers but has had misfortune in his personal life and through injury, and that makes him value his privacy. His yacht Privacy is aptly named and Woods took delivery of his passion in 2004.
Privacy was understood to have cost $20 million and is a 155-foot Trideck motor yacht made by the USA company Christensen and it was the first of their Advanced Production Series. The yacht has an amazing capacity for traveling distance without refueling, at a constant 18 knots it can travel four thousand miles without stopping.
The Advanced Production Series is an initiative of the boat builder to construct 157-foot yacht every four months. The purpose of this is so that the owners can have a base yacht so that they can customize to the exact specifications that they require.
The interior décor is splendid with the cabin decked out in cherry wood with soft white carpets and white silk walls. The yacht boasts a gym and a great selection of water toys such as Seadog and ocean-going kayaks. On top is a luxury Jacuzzi that can accommodate as many as eight people at one time, guests can take advantage of the top of the range BBQ whilst sipping a cocktail from the lavish bar.
The luxury yachts we have featured in our blog are among some of the finest sailing vessels on the oceans today. The cost is of course high, but if you consider the amount of pleasure and luxury they bring it is really all quite worth the expense.