Saturday, September 14, 2013

Two Yachts

I've been told that the difference between a boat and a yacht is that a yacht can carry other boats.  So if that's true, the following picture is definitely a picture of a what is perhaps a very expensive yacht with some gorgeous lines.

Carrying smaller boats on a yacht makes good sense to me.  It's very similar to towing smaller cars behind large motor homes.  But why stop at just carrying a smaller boat onboard a yacht?  If you really need to get around whether in port or on the high seas, one really needs to carry a helicopter aboard your yacht.

Both pictures were taken in Vineyard Haven, on Martha's Vineyard.  Apparently some very wealthy people keep their yachts there.


  1. Yes, Ed, you found some pretty big tax deductions over there.

  2. The Web is a wonderful source of information. The yacht Vango is 164' x 26' with 7.32' draft. It's two MTU V16 diesel motors produce 3,650 hp each for a total of 7,300 hp total from twin screws giving it a top speed of 20 knots, and a cruise speed of 12 knots. Given the 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel, the range is over 5,000 miles. It's called Vango because it has many reproduction Van Vogh paintings aboard. It's owned by billionaire Cecil van Tuyl, the largest private car dealership owner in the U.S. who has 69 car agencies, mostly in the sunbelt. His son, Larry van Tuyl is CEO of about half the dealerships. That is a Eurocopter on the upper deck and landing it is a tricky bit of flying. The yacht was launched in 2006 and cost about $30 million, if you are in the market for one. Personally I like the sailboat in the foreground better.

    1. I never thought to google that name, Jeff. Thanks for the information. I wonder how much time Mr van Tuyl actually spends on his yacht? CEO's don't have a lot of free time.

    2. I'll bet he spends little time on the yacht, but has a sizable crew to take the ship to vacation spots so he can jet in for a few days before heading back to work. He likely gets picked up at the airport by the Eurocopter. It doesn't look like much fun to me.