From the Boathouse: Welcome huge yachts — they're good for harbor

September 03, 2013|By Mike Whitehead
  • The Invictus, a 216-foot mega-yacht, enters Newport Harbor on Aug. 30.
The Invictus, a 216-foot mega-yacht, enters Newport… (John Holllenbeck )


I would like to welcome the super-yacht, Invictus, to Newport Harbor.

How nice it is to see the yacht moored in the turning basin located off the west tip of Lido Isle. It was here over the weekend and will return at different times during the next several weeks.

This beautiful yacht is 216-feet in length and has a full displacement steel hull built by Delta Marine. The boat can accommodate guests in six staterooms plus the owner's quarters, and is capable of housing a 22-person crew in 10 staterooms plus the captain's quarters.

Now, if you feel like taking the yacht for a cruise, then your fuel card might max out since the boat holds 51,300 gallons of diesel for a range of 5,000 nautical miles at a speed of 12 knots. If you need to get to your next port faster, then the top speed is 16.8 knots, but I will not tell you the gallons of fuel consumption — ouch.


However, at any speed you will cruise in comfort and style with a huge dining room that seats 20, a theater for entertainment, spa to relax in after working out in the gym, and other grand luxuries of a yachting lifestyle.

The boat was built under the project name "Invader" in the Seattle yard, and the owner's name was not revealed until the end of construction. Developer Rick Caruso took delivery of the yacht and brought her south from the Seattle waterways where the yacht underwent numerous sea trials.

I am pleased to see that the City Council and the Harbor Commission supported the yacht's stay in the harbor and, furthermore, allowed suitable mooring accommodations for this super-yacht. I have stated in countless columns that Newport Harbor — any harbor — benefits from visiting mega- and super-yachts.

Keep in mind that a yacht is a recreational boat, and a boat of almost any size can qualify for the title, but then we enter the nautical world of mega, super, mega-mega, and giga proportions. A mega-yacht is loosely defined as a pleasure boat over 70 or 80 feet in length, and the length is still being debated in the inner circles of yacht owners.

A super-yacht is a boat greater than 175 or 200 feet in length over all of the hull and up to 300 feet in length. When a yacht crosses over the 300-foot threshold, then you enter the world of the super rich, the giga-yacht. However, I digress.

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