Sunday, September 13, 2009

Shark yacht (updated)

[Update: I am aware that this post is very snarky and smells of "sour grapes", but what the hell, I'm less PC these days, if I feel snarky I write snarky. As for sour grapes... well, okay so I'd like to be that rich, sure. But I really feel that 1: this boat is not in good taste. It is wildly over-decorated. It is "good taste" so over-done that it becomes bad taste. and 2: the only reason to get something this much over the top is to impress and overwhelm other people and get admiration.]

[Update 2: Thanks to Rick Archer for hosting the images and information. He has two other pages with his "retirement fantasies". (For some reason a big RV speaks more to me than a yacht. I find landscapes and cities more interesting than the sea, I guess.)]

Few people except Donald Trump would have this kind of taste.
330 feet! Three smaller boats on board! Russian-emperor-type furniture all over!
And so show that none of it is an accident, the name is not "Elanora" or "Princess Donna", but "Aussie Rules". Very subtle. :-)

(I wonder how that spindly furniture would look if the boat (ship?) comes across a serious storm.)

I admit I like the seats in the home theatre ("boat theatre"?). Now those look comfy! They only lack a foot rest.

Funny enough, on Greg's on site, modestly named (I wonder what he paid for that domain?), there's no hint about the boat anymore. I wonder if he have sold it? We are in crisis times, after all, and even after you have paid for a thing like this, it's not cheap to maintain, not to mention to use.


Timo Lehtinen said...

I see you haven't read Show Boats magazine. This kind of decoration is pretty standard on top of the line luxury yachts.

When the construction of the yacht itself costs (tens of) millions, why on earth would the shipyard use Ikea for the furnishings?

Donald Trump's yacht would be all gold and marble, like his plane.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yes it is, at least according to Doonesbury. Which admittedly puts this one in perspective.

Super quality and comfort, sure, I'm all for that. But something about the *opulence* of this just rubs me the wrong way, and I don't think it's attractive design (I like simple and modern).
Maybe I *am* just envious, what the fuck do I know.

Kent McManigal said...

I have to admit, I like it. It makes me think of elegance from an era that didn't furnish with disposable crap. To each his own.

Anonymous said...

The gross thing is that someone can get rich playing golf whereas the people who actually add to civilization usually don't make very much.

The boat is not that bad. Trump's bad taste is in a class by itself and would easily trump this boat.

I don't know if Norman came from money. Usually old money people have better taste than this, able to have that elegance Kent talked about without the crass vulgarity seen here.

What says it all is that private screening room. Rows of La-z-boys? Come on.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Trump... yes. There's a theory that people's name guides their life...

Ray said...

"(I wonder how that spindly furniture would look if the boat (ship?) comes across a serious storm.)"

It probably never leaves the dock...

Timo Lehtinen said...

During a storm the crew will tie things up.

Same for cutlery, dishware, etc. You obviously can't keep those loose.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

But the more "livingroom-like" the furniture is, the more work for them before a storm.
But then of course, the crew is "the help", so who cares. :-)

Monsieur Beep! said...

Aww, can the ship help it that it's beautiful? It just looks good inside and outside.

Anonymous said...

But then of course, the crew is "the help", so who cares. :-)

Yeah, but they're not exactly slaves! :-)

Did you look at some of those other "Retirement Fantasies"? I thought that RV was far worse in terms of excess than this boat. Yachts, really, are in some ways supposed to be like that although there is a way to do it tastefully.