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Shoe shiner turned billionaire Dennis Washington’s $200 million superyacht Attessa IV is a 300 feet long art deco-styled marvel with Gucci chairs, a one-of-a-kind chandelier, a spectacular spa, and a helipad.

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B.C. welcomes high rollers: A peek into the world of superyacht tourism

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Craig Norris walks along the docks at Victoria International Marina on a sunny Friday afternoon, fielding phone calls and making sure everything is flowing well. 

On any given day, the marina welcomes many yachts that choose to stop in B.C.’s capital. Most recently, a US$35-million sailing yacht by the name of Athos docked. On July 14, crew members could be seen getting the 62-metre long vessel ready for its next sailing. 

Athos isn’t the only superyacht to enter B.C. waters; not far away off Cattle Point is a $100-million superyacht called Anawa. The Anawa is owned by a Brazilian billionaire and has been near Victoria since May 2023. 

Over on the mainland, a $200-million vessel called Attessa V (AV) has been drawing attention in North Vancouver . Then there's a 32-metre vessel called the  Snowbored . Its final destination is Galiano Island. 

In a statement to Glacier Media, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority said anyone wishing to view the Attessa V in Vancouver's inner harbour area by boat "is urged to ensure they do so from a safe distance." "We love seeing boaters and paddlers out enjoying the waters that make up the Port of Vancouver," says Jason Krott, manager of marine operations and fleet. "Our focus is working with all users to build the awareness and understanding needed to support a safe shared space for recreational and commercial traffic."

The Snowbored, built by Westport in 2003, has a satin cherry wood interior, and a sundeck sporting a hot tub, wet bar, and lounge pads. It also has a fighting chair and rocket launcher for sport fishing, and can launch a Novurania tender and Yamaha waverunners.

For Norris, the CEO of Victoria International Marina, B.C. is starting to put itself on the map when it comes to attracting superyachts. For a long time, many international travellers would bypass the province altogether and head for Alaska, he says.

“Those yachts down in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Tacoma that used to come up and just bypass us because they didn't know there was anything to do and now they're turning in and stopping and spending some time,” says Norris.

Superyacht owners are spending locally 

As part of his job, Norris spends time arranging for superyacht owners to visit Victoria businesses. That includes connecting them with local jewellers. 

“When they are visiting here, they're looking to spend money on art, and in the community, on all kinds of things: food and real estate and buying from retailers,” explains Norris. “They're just like any one of us: they go into a store, they like something, they buy it. It's just that they might buy a lot more.”

Sometimes superyacht owners will fly their friends in, and will put them up in nearby hotels, he adds. Crew members will often stay in hotels, too.

"They're all spending [money] locally.”

Unfriendly Canadians? 

However, Canadians’ friendly demeanour and politeness appear to not have transferred to the superyacht community, Norris tells Glacier Media.

During his time marketing B.C. internationally, he says that specific boating community has been ‘grumpy’ towards him after learning he’s from Victoria. 

"They basically said B.C. and Victoria, in particular, is one of the most unfriendly boating places in the world that they've seen,” said Norris. "I would say barring pirates."

He questions if the animosity is because the public does not get to interact or be ‘welcomed into the community’ of superyachting. 

“They don't get a chance to meet these people and see them so they don't know who they are,” he says. "It’s this mystery."

The public can come down to the dock and walk around to see the boats, something Norris welcomes. 

‘Exciting way to see the world’

According to Norris, the superyacht industry creates job opportunities for young people.

He tells Glacier Media that the marina has a high staff turnover as employees end up working on the bigger yachts.

“We're open to it. We don't think that that's a bad thing if they come on, and that's their career,” he says. “If they're hard-working, the yachts pick them up. There’s not a lot of them being trained in the region purposefully for that."

Norris adds yachting is an exciting way to see the world.

“You come down, you work here for a little bit and you have a really good chance of getting on one of those boats and just seeing stuff you would never see.”

The marina, he says, is actively hiring and looking for people interested in the marine industry. 

Superyacht repairs being done in B.C. shipyards 

Superyachts need an incredible amount of work to keep them running, and much of that work is being done locally when they arrive, says the CEO. 

"There are well over 100 industries that it touches: everything from fuel, to ship repair to almost anything you would have in a house you would have in a yacht,” says Norris. 

He believes more yachts will start coming to Victoria and having their work done in the shipyard.

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It's set to be one of the largest private residence yachts in the world when it launches in 2024, but what does a luxury apartment on board the 728 foot (221 metres) Somnio actually look like?

Interior renderings of the US$600 million vessel have just been unveiled, offering a glimpse inside what's being described as the world's first "yacht liner."

While all 39 of the floating apartments, which come with a private balcony or terrace, are said to be "fully customizable," some of the options showcased include huge shell-shaped beds, expansive living areas with ocean views, and wall-length mirrors.

FLOATING HOMES

Prices start from around $11 million, with sizes ranging from 1,600 to 6,500 square feet -- the largest condo takes up most of the top deck.

Somnio, which means "to dream '' in Latin, was designed by Winch Design and Tillberg Design of Sweden, and will be built by Norwegian ship designer and builder VARD.

The interior renderings were devised by Winch Design, Tillberg Design of Sweden along with Luttenberger Design.

Those who snap up a condo on "the most exclusive address in the world" will get to work with one of the design teams for up to three months in order to "decide the room configurations and select the materials, furniture, lighting and artwork."

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A gym, a library, inside and outside dining spaces, "distinct" dressing areas and a "vast living room space with 270-degree forward views" are among the options available, although the layout is to be based on the buyer's preferences.

The identity of the owners will be kept secret, but all residents will have access to full concierge services "for both onboard and land-based needs."

"As the only residential superyacht in the world, we are delighted to work with designers that complement our exacting standards," Captain Erik Bredhe, co-founder of Somnio, said in a statement.

"Our owners will experience only the best, as is befitting of a yacht of this nature."

SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS

According to its designers, sustainability will be a key focus for Somnio, which is to be constructed with the "latest clean engine technology" along with materials and products to "create environmentally responsible interior design with a reduced impact" where possible.

Among the shared on board amenities onboard available include a 10,000-bottle capacity wine cellar and tasting room along with a lounge located in the ship's bow, a spa, a movie theater, restaurants and a beach club.

Residents will be charged an annual fee to cover expenses like maintenance and repairs, along with fuel and food.

A spokesperson for the project tells CNN Travel that Somnio has attracted exceptional interest since it was unveiled earlier this year, with some apartments already sold.

At present, The World, which measures 643 feet, is the largest private residential yacht on the globe, with a combination of studios as well as one to three-bedroom apartments on board.

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Expensive tastes: Business owners helping put wind in B.C.’s luxury boat sales

Nelson Bennett

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Part of BIV’s What big money buys series: Wealthy Vancouverites are lavishing untold amounts of money on big-ticket indulgences, driving a bonanza for the region’s dealers in luxury furnishings, vehicles, yachts and other top-tier toys.

Given Vancouver’s location on the Pacific Ocean, it’s hardly surprising that one of the top-selling toys for Vancouver’s wealthiest residents is a yacht or high-end fishing boat.

While the number of Vancouverites who own superyachts, like billionaire Jim Pattison, appears to be relatively low, there is such a big demand for smaller pleasure craft in the 40-to-60-foot range in B.C. that Tim Charles, principal owner of Platinum Marine, recently launched a new line – Tactical Custom Boats – for that market.

Luxury models are driving yacht and fishing boat sales in B.C.

A new marina in Victoria highlights the growing demand for superyacht moorage in B.C. The 28-slip Victoria International Marina, which opened in May, can accommodate up to 12 superyachts in the 100-to-120-foot range, and one up to 175 feet in length. The first 40-foot yacht being built at Platinum’s shipyard on Mitchell Island will cost $1.5 million and comes with a mini submarine and drone.

“We have a 43-inch-screen television that pops down,” Charles said. “You can sit at the screen and you can explore hundreds of feet underwater. It has a grabber arm on it so you can see and touch and pick up things underwater.”

Tactical is also building a 77-foot US$6.5 million yacht.

“It is military and navy-grade aluminum hull construction,” Charles said of the Tactical series. “So it is a very heavy-duty boat, but it is completely done with yacht finishes.”

Platinum also owns Crescent Custom Yachts, which builds superyachts ranging in size from 100 to 150 feet and with prices that range from US$14 million to US$24 million. Crescent’s customers are almost exclusively international – mostly American – but Charles expects that nearly all buyers for the new Tactical yachts will be from B.C.

“It’s something the market’s been asking for,” Charles said. “I would say 95% of all of our customers are business owners. The amount of business that’s done on people’s yachts and boats is just tremendous. It’s a business sales tool for many people.”

Another growing demand in the Vancouver market is for luxury fishing boats, said Bob Pappajohn, president of M&P Mercury Sales, which sells both yachts and fishing boats.

“The luxury fishing boat segment has been just incredibly strong,” Pappajohn said. “We are seeing a trend toward higher luxury. One of the biggest trends right now that’s really fuelling this is we’re getting people buying who haven’t owned a bunch of boats before and are really new to it.”

One of the more popular models is a 42-foot Boston Whaler fishing boat that sells for $1.8 million.

Pappajohn said yacht and fishing boat sales have been very healthy in the last few years in Vancouver.

“We’ll sell a half a dozen boats a year,” he said. “Back in 2009-10, it was amazing if you sold one.”

Not only is the number of high-net-worth individuals in Vancouver rising, it’s also becoming easier to pilot a yacht or fishing boat, Pappajohn said, thanks to technology like joystick steering that makes docking a modern boat a cinch.

“The biggest reason for the increase in sales is that it’s more accessible, it’s easier to do, and, yes, there’s more wealth,” Pappajohn said. “Even people spending a lot of money for a day boat to go fishing, they want the high-end one.”

As for the bigger, more luxurious yachts – superyachts or megayachts – Vancouver sees its fair share of them, although many are owned by wealthy Americans. The most spectacular yacht to grace local waters might be the Attessa IV, which can sometimes be seen in Coal Harbour.

It’s hard to miss, and not just because of its size  (332 feet). The yacht comes with a small helicopter. It also features a swimming pool, a 12-seat theatre and four guest rooms.

The Attessa IV is owned by Dennis Washingtion, the American billionaire whose Washington Companies is the largest shareholder of Seaspan Corp.  (NYSE:SSW), the world’s biggest independent charter owner and manager of container ships. According to Forbes, the Attessa IV is valued at $300 million.

Pattison’s 150-foot Nova Spirit yacht is valued at $25 million, according to SuperYacht Fan. According to MSN, it costs $72,000 just to fuel the yacht, which has a nine-person crew.

Estimating how many superyachts are owned by British Columbians is difficult, partly because some of them might be registered outside of Canada. But Craig E. Norris, CEO of Victoria International Marina, estimates that anywhere from 50 to 100 yachts in the 65-foot-and-up range are owned by British Columbians.

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