Forget Airbnb: you can now rent an exclusive NYC property — with water views — for just $55,000-a-week. The catch? It happens to be a boat — a 1926 yacht called the Mariner III, to be exact.
With six cabins and three bathrooms, this boat can accommodate up to ten people with separate quarters for a crew of seven. While the boat is not fashioned with televisions or phones, it does have Wi-Fi so you can still Netflix and chill, snap selfies and text your besties humblebrags.
According to the WSJ, the boat’s owner, Sean Kennedy, acquired the yacht from his father who bought it for a cool million in 1979. Restoring it to its original luster had been a goal of Kennedy’s for a while so he finally took the plunge, enlisting Mitchell Turnbough, a New York-based interior designer, to do a complete overhaul over the course of four months. Extensive renovations, to the tune of $750,000, have entailed exposing beams and planks, polishing brass portholes and mother of pearl light sconces as well as upgrading equipment (like adding A/C) while staying true to the ship’s roots. While there still isn’t much storage space, the Caption quips, “New Yorkers have told me the galley is larger than their studio apartment.”
The craft was originally designed by naval architect Leslie Geary for Capt. James Griffiths, who used it to travel the West Coast for pleasure. Later during WWII it was used for service, patrolling the Aleutian Islands. It has had its share of celebs aboard, including Harrison Ford who lived aboard during the filming of “The Mosquito Coast” in 1986. And now it can be available for Rich Kids of Instagram who want to hop aboard to pop bottles and tag #onaboat.
These days the wooden craft it is docked in Sag Harbor and Chelsea Piers between mega yachts. In addition to chartered trips, it is available for private parties of up to 70 people, with prices starting at $10,000. With prices like those, surely the renovation costs will end up paying for themselves. [WSJ]