Two yachts from New Zealand’s first fortune anchor in the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer

Two yachts from New Zealand’s first fortune anchor in the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer

For years we have been used to seeing private 100- or 150-meter superyachts moored for days or weeks around Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

For very wealthy enthusiasts of equipment of this type, the trend now seems to be towards purchasing two large units, rather than one very large unit. If something isn’t necessarily useful from a carbon footprint point of view, it makes it easier to find places in the ports, because places over 100m are rare there.

This is the case for the two yachts of 80 and 89 metres, which were christened respectively U-81 And Here comes the sunthe title of a song by The Beatles, who are currently in the Bay of Villefranche.

its owner? Graeme Hart, New Zealand’s largest fortune, founder of Reynolds Group Holding Company, mainly specializing in packaging.

U-81 for logistics

The first boat, “U-81” was originally a former supply ship converted into a “support ship”, support or support yacht in French, luxuriously refurbished and supposed to be a storage vessel allowing bulky equipment to be unloaded from the lead yacht.

It has four guest cabins for eight people and eight crew cabins for sixteen people. Its crane, which can lift a load of 12 tons, can easily launch the tenders of 15 and 8 meters in length. The helipad is located on the upper deck and accommodates an eight-seater Bell 429. The boat also includes the usual sporting equipment such as jet skis, kayaks, surfboards, watercraft and submarines. But also, less commonly, a basketball court where the kids can relax when the ship is parked.

U-81 and Here Comes the Sun in Villefranche Bay (photo DJ).

Ten sequels to “Here Comes the Sun”

flagship yacht Here comes the sun, with 89 meters long, is more classic. It includes, in addition to the owner’s private deck, ten suites for twenty people, a swimming pool and beach club Which unfolds and forms a wide artificial terrace located on the sea.

She has a cruising speed of 12 knots, and her engines give her a range that allows her to cover more than 10,000 nautical miles at once.

However, it is rumored that Here comes the sun It is now for sale for $195 million, because its owner has already ordered a new boat from a Dutch shipyard.

Teenagers play basketball on the U-81 deck. photo DG.

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