Miss T. and I were walking near Schoonmaker Beach Thursday morning and caught a glimpse of a really large yacht going by the mouth of the harbor.
With some big sailboats anchored in the foreground it was hard to tell its relative size, but then I realized it was different. It wasn’t just long, it had an extra deck with picture windows between the pilothouse deck and the Main Deck. Another visiting super yacht, one of two this last week.
I looked it up and it’s the Harmony, a 50-meter (164-foot) yacht built in 2010 in Westport Shipyard. You can order one for yourself: just select the Westport 164 on your menu.
Harmony is actually not the first Westport 164 to visit Sausalito in recent years. Vango, owned by a midwestern car dealer magnate, visited here back in 2011. It did have a modification for a helicopter landing deck, and watching the videos of the landings with so little clearance makes me very nervous. No wonder Harmony decided to skip the helicopter option!
Although I think Just Cause has nicer lines to it, Harmony does look like a wonderful place to hang out on the Bay or anchor in a cove off Angel Island, There’s been chatter around town about the loud partying on board, which I suppose is one of the benefits of buying such a yacht: it’s a lot harder for the cops to come knock on the front door if you get loud and irritate the neighbors.
Still, this yacht had recently listed for $33.75 million, and for a lot less money than that you can invite all your neighbors to the party and make all the noise you want.
Harmony can handle up to 12 guests in 6 private cabins, and since ships are dictatorships, not democracies, it supports a 13-member crew. The VIP Suite is on the top deck (where else?) and has its own sun deck
A large formal dining room is served by a restaurant-scale galley, and there is storage in the rear for a zodiac, jet ski and/or a very large rubber ducky. The main living room features a wet bar and opens onto a deck.
Harmony’s top speed is 24 knots / 28 mph (in case the neighbors get really irritated) and routine cruising speed is 20 knots / 24 mph. The ship has a draft of under 7’5″ in case you decide to show off your skillz near a rocky harbor.
Here’s a video of Harmony as it left a dock in Quebec, Canada:
Photo Credit: Jim Griffin, Copyright (c) 2014. Used by permission.