Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Superyacht Samsara

 I don't pay too much attention in these posts to yachts, particularly "super yachts" but the recent Halifax visitor Samsara is worth a mention simply because of the mind boggling dollars involved in such a ship.

There is no doubt that the Samsara is an impressive and even elegant looking ship, and so it should be for a 2914 gt vessel of 88m length (290'-4"). Built in 2015 by Oceanco of Alblasserdam, Netherlands, it is now on its third owner.

From what I can determine, its first owner was the billionaire Eric L. Smidt the founder of Harbor Freight Tools, a US bargain hardware chain. He took delivery in 2015 and named the vessel Infinity, but decided to upgrade and ordered a new yacht of the same name for a price tag of $239 mn. The Australian billionaire Brett Bundy purchased the ship in 2022, renaming it Cloud 9. He put it up for sale in January 2023 asking €155 mn. but let it go for €150 mn. [US dollars and Euros assumed to be at par.]

Current owner is reported to be J.K.Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter series, who chose the name Samsara*. The author was not reported in the area during the ship's stay in port (It arrived June 22). As with most mega yachts, the Samsara is available for charter . This one sets a rate of $1,100,000 per week. There is accommodation for up to fourteen guests and up to twenty-eight crew.

 It's departure this morning (July 9) was scheduled well in advance, and was not hastened by emanations from its neighbour the herring seiner Morning Star which arrived this morning. There is a real scarcity of the fish this year and a quota cut has been introduced, so the boat may not be aromatic. (Another seiner, the Fundy Monarch, arrived later and was the only one with catch to unload.)


 * from definitions found on the internet Samsara means:

            Hinduism: the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. 

            Buddhism: the transmigration or rebirth of a person.


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