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#90 - Sailing

#90 - Sailing

Sailing
Price: Chapped Lips & Wind Blown Hair

If you think a sloop is a rapper, feel ketch is played with a baseball and glove and believe that yawl is a greeting in the southern American states you are likely not rubbing shoulders with the Rockefellers. If however, you are unfamiliar with rap music, believe that ballpark franks are uncivilized and refuse to associate with Confederate sympathizers, you already know that standing topside in Chesapeake Bay is the perfect summer pastime. If you lean more to the latter than the former you are aware that sailing is among the stuff that rich people love

While port, starboard, stern and bow make the average person’s head spin, these are among the first words out of a trust fund baby’s mouth once the proverbial silver spoon is removed. Rich people that do not learn to sail are as out of place as an Amish couple at a swinger’s party or a West Virginian at a wedding where the bride and groom are not related, it’s awkward for everybody. That said these social anomalies are few and far between. Just as every working class American should have a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage, the rich will continue to have a blue water cruiser in every bay and a mooring ball in every harbor. More important, to the rich, than actually sailing their luxury yacht is ensuring that they have the most conspicuous slip at the marina. There is hardly any point in commissioning an 89 foot Oyster yacht if nobody knows it is yours. While size is important, sailing ships are one of the few places that a sense of humor is acceptable in wealthy circles. Witty monikers like Alimony, TARP, and Golden Parachute all convey a playfulness that only money can buy.

The question, as always, is how can sailing help you to befriend the fabulously wealthy without becoming their indentured servant dishing up caviar on the high seas while the aforementioned Alimony is heeling in 45 knot winds. While anyone with a PhD in English literature can land a crew job on a yacht off St. Maarten, it takes a special type of sycophant to ingratiate themselves and secure an aft berth on a month long cruise of the Mediterranean.  To start, learn a few key words like regatta, Maxi class and Top-Sider boat shoes. Next, learn how to tie a bowline, a cleat hitch and a reef knot and know when to use them. Finally, purchase a vintage copy of Slocum’s Sailing Alone Around The World. To bring it all together, plant yourself at the most Jimmy Buffettesque pub in the port reading this month’s copy of Yacht World circling classifieds larger than 45 feet. In no time, you’ll be talking about ports of call in the BVIs with an overweight boat owner wearing the latest Tommy Bahama linen pants and Helly Hansen waterproofs. Word of advice there’s no such thing as a starport jigpole!

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#6 - Luxury Private Yacht Charters

#6 - Luxury Private Yacht Charters

Princess Mariana
$916,370 per week

If you are engaging a rich person in conversation, luxury yacht charters are an excellent ice breaker; rich people love to charter but hate to rent. Fraser Yachts provide a bevy of options that will satisfy even the most discriminating blue blood. To really hit it off with a rich person, know two or three builders like Royal Denship, Feadship or Oceanco; their names will suffice and key nautical terms like beam, draft, hull, cabin and range…remember to always speak in nautical miles and refer to ships in the feminine form!

The Princess Mariana is a perfect example of a luxury private yacht charter. This majesty of the Mediterranean is a full 257’10” in length, cruises at 15.5 knots (about 18 mph), sleeps 12 guests in 6 staterooms with 26 crew and features a Jacuzzi, a bridge that rivals the USS Enterprise, retractable ocean-side terrace, salon with a grand piano and glass dance floor, full bar, theatre, exercise room, laundry facilities, helipad, driving range and pool. The photo gallery is incredible and will give you more than enough to jaw about with your wealthy compatriot. 

Do you feel the Princess Mariana is excessive? Consider this…she is ranked #43 on the World’s 100 Largest Yachts List (2008). If you rub shoulders with the right crowd perhaps your nautical knowledge will garner an invitation aboard the Al Salamah owned by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz.

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