Leaving Ft Lauderdale on the way to Stuart, we passed many mansions and super yachts. As we passed each mansion thinking it must be the biggest; soon another once appeared that was even bigger. The varied architecture and designs are quite the show. Each mansion and even the “small” homes have their own pool, many infinity pools, where the water flows over the edge. Some pools featured large plastic blowup toys. Once in a while you would see a caretaker cleaning the pool. Mostly it was just lonely pools one after another with no one swimming in them. We thought since the pools looked lonely maybe we should stop and pay them a visit, but that might not have worked out well. Instead, we chose to just pass by, dream, and take photos.
Some of the large yachts we saw are available for charter. If you google the name of the yacht, often times a page comes up with the specifications and price for charter.
Here’s information about one of those—a beautiful classic yacht called the Mariner III
“Mariner III is an absolute classic 1920’s yacht that has been superbly maintained over the years by loving owners.
Mariner III was built in 1926 for Captain James Griffiths of Griffiths Steamship Company. This classic 122′ fantail motor yacht, was designed by Ted Geary. Traveling to China to select the lumber for her construction, Captain Griffiths chose 3″ teak planking for the hull and very strong wood, called yacal, for framing. Originally named “SueJa III,” Captain Griffiths used the yacht to travel up and down the West Coast
Her reputation for excellence is known throughout New York, New England, Florida and the Caribbean. She has enjoyed guests on board from Jacques Cousteau, the Rockefellers, Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Robert Deniro, Don Henley, Jimmy Buffett and Madonna, in addition to a long list of corporate giants from across the country. You might recognize her from magazine ads for Ralph Lauren and Maybelline, fashion and travel editorials in The New York Times Magazine and many layouts in Victoria’s Secret catalogs.”
Another one was the LADY KATHRYN V which can be chartered for $450,000 per week.
“Constructed under the supervision of Moran Yacht & Ship and launched in 2011 by the Lurssen Shipyard, the 200 Ft. (61m) LADY KATHRYN V features spacious accommodations for 12 guests in 6 ensuite staterooms as well as comfortable and elegant interior living spaces and ample outdoor dining and deck space.
Due to her impressive and spacious tender garage, LADY KATHRYN V has two sea kayaks, two seabobs, two jet skis, two stand up paddle boards, inflatable tubes, water skis, wakeboards, and two 23 foot tenders. She boasts a full gym. There is a full dive setup complete with a compressor so you will always be ready to go diving. There is even a golf mat and clubs, so you can practice your swing on your own personal driving range.”
- Leo Vecellio – Yacht
- Yacht Name: Lady Kathryn (Named after owners wife)
- Yacht Length: 62 m (203 ft)
- Guests: 12 in 6 cabins
- Crew: 15 in 7 cabins
- Yacht Value: US$ 60 million
- Owners Name: Leo Vecellio
- Leo Vecellio Net Worth: US$ 400 m
Mega Yachts Along The Way
Of Course, The Motors Must Match The Color Of The Boat
Mansions Along The Way
Even mansions in Florida get termites, and when they do the cure is to tent the structure. Once completely tented, poison gas is pumped inside and left for 24 hours. Then the structure is uncovered and ventilated. The gas does not stick to anything or leave residue, so once completely ventilated it is safe to go back inside.
From Stuart we traveled to Vero Beach, which is much more “normal” with regular houses and boats. The marina in Vero is more Old Florida style with a nice park next to it. There is a free bus that will pick you up just in front of the docks to take you to town. We took the bus and enjoyed a St. Patty’s dinner special of a Reuben-sauerkraut sandwich at Kelly’s Irish Pub. While dining, we enjoyed bagpipes (well Teresa did anyway) and an elderly gentleman on the squeezebox singing favorites such as “My Wild Irish Rose” and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” It is a short bike ride to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean. We rode over there and waded in the waves looking for shells and sea glass. Even though we’ve been experiencing cooler weather, the water felt great. I am starting to understand why it is nick named Velcro beach. Once here it sticks, and you do not want to leave.