Do you know that meme with “I won’t tell anyone that I won the lottery, but there will be signs?” Well, what if the opposite is true? What if signs that everything isn’t okay start with millionaires selling off their toys?
Now, Victoria Del Mar (VDM), as it’s been dubbed, is going for a whopping $24,750,000 (€23,200 at current exchange rates), reduced from nearly $28 million, and while that’s already more money than I can even imagine, this ship is so dang prepared for its future owners, that Northrop & Johnson, the broker for this machine, even took the time to create an entire video for it, showing us the benefits of buying this ship, and may I say, there are plenty.
I mean what I say about there being plenty aboard VDM because as I explored the ship’s catalog, I encountered 19 sections of information underlining, with pages of text, each deck and all it has to offer, the sort of amenities guests can find, floor plans, toys, and even safety equipment; let’s hope you never use the latter. In short, I’ll just stick to a few main attractions you need to be aware of if you’re in the market for this ravishing dream.
You may not be able to figure this out from some of the images in the gallery, but what you’re looking at is a 164 ft (50 m) boat with over a 33 ft (10 m) beam and a 10 ft (3 m) draft. In short, it’s massive! But, because it’s crafted with a composite hull, once we take into consideration the 21K gals (79,485 l) of fuel and a 12-knot (13.8 mph) cruising speed, VDM can reach a range of 4,000 nautical mi (4,603 mi). At lower speeds, even more is possible. We can thank Caterpillar and two 3512B engines for these numbers.
For the remainder of this article, I want you to picture that you’re a guest on this ship and stepping upon it for the first time. As you take a big step off your tender, you’ll find yourself at the rear of the ship, in the same space that later transforms into a beach club, ready with a toy garage, too.
From here, access to the main deck is made via two lateral stairways, and once your sight begins to break the deck line, you’ll witness an alfresco dining and lounge space and, beyond that, an enclosed main salon that’s optimized with the right temperature, waiting on you with drinks and foods, and styled with tones of wood, carpeting, and tons of natural light. This deck is also home to two VIP staterooms found toward the bow and a gym facing port.
As we continue our exploration into the VDM, the next deck up continues with wooden tones and soft and inviting colors but now breaks the guests into smaller groups, made possible by all the little lounges and sofas found in yet another saloon. Countless nooks and crannies exist, so be sure to check out the video below.
However, this is also the owner’s deck, and as such, he, she, or they will be spending most of their sleeping hours here, among a massive beam-to-beam room, fit with a bed that’s beyond kind-size and his and her bathroom. Walk-in closets are also part of the benefits of owning this beauty.
The last deck, or sundeck, is accessible by a spiral staircase and/or elevator, as are all other decks, and is the place you want to be when you’re seen rolling into port or out of it. Not only is this deck fitted with countless lounging options, but an 8-person jacuzzi and 18-guest dining table are also found here.
Beyond all that, toys! First, there’s that tender that picked you up and brought you to the ship in the first place, a 14 ft (4.3 m) Nouverania, but that’s only good for cruising around and seeing the sights. If you want a tad of adrenaline, two Yamaha jet skis, two sea bobs, and a couple of kayaks can be accessed. Oh, three paddle boards are available as well, but for everything else, your no-limit credit card will do.
From here, I want you to take a few minutes out of your Sunday to watch the video below, scroll through the image gallery, and then place yourself in the middle of all the action. Take the time to stroll through VDM’s halls, sit on its beds, try out the gym gear, or just soak up some sun. Why not take the wheel and be the captain for a while? Make sure you have proper training for that last one or are at least supervised.
In the end, there could be countless reasons why Mr. Miller would ever want to sell his superyacht, and a looming housing market crash doesn’t have to be one of them; maybe he just wants a new jet or something like that. I don’t know what millionaires do with their money.
Luckily for future owners of Victoria Del Mar, ships like these, and in the state this one is in, can easily be transformed into a source of revenue. Heck, you don’t even need to go far; Northrop & Johnson can take your purchase and out up your jewel for charter. Talk about a side hustle and quite an expensive one at that. Hey, you need money to make money.