Seven Seas: the full story behind Spielberg's 86m yacht

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BEAM Staff
February 3, 2018

One of the world's most well known film directors, Steven Spielberg now has a net worth valued at $3.6 billion. The idea man behind Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park, Spielberg also made an impact on yachting by building one of the most recognizable yachts on the water, the 86 meter Seven Seas.

Delivered in 2010 by Dutch shipyard, Oceanco, Seven Seas was penned by Italian design studio, Nuvolari and Lenard. Built on the same engineering platform as the 80 meter plus yachts, such as Alfa Nero and Amevi, that made Oceanco famous, Seven Seas was the unquestionable star of the 2010 Monaco Yacht Show where she made her debut.

Boasting an ample interior volume, Seven Seas' most distinctive feature is her large swimming pool aft of the main deck. With a glass panel at its rear that lets light filter in and out of the pool, she makes a strong statement whether at anchor or in a marina. Privately used by Spielberg, the 86 meter has an interior volume of 2,750 gross tons.

Apart from her large swimming pool aft of the main deck, typically surrounded by sun loungers and a series of sofas, Seven Seas is a relatively closed off yacht with a focus on interior volume. Throughout her decks that, from the rear, look as if they were climbing not unlike a wave, most of the space can be closed off to connect it with the interior.

Unusual for an American owned superyacht, such a yacht is often found in the Middle East where vessels are built to both be protected from sandstorms and to be able to relax in complete, climate-controlled privacy. Despite this, exterior relaxation spaces are carefully crafted into Seven Seas' layout, such as, for example, her Jacuzzi on its bow, near its master stateroom.

Photo by Raphael Belly

Whereas the 86 meter yacht's interior were never publicly released, artist's rendering of the yacht during its build show that the circular verandas found on the upper and sun decks boast circular dinning tables. Surrounded by floor to ceiling, tainted windows, these can be opened up to essentially transition the area into an exterior dinning one. 

Photo by Raphael Belly

Designed in a mix of clear colors and wooden finishes, Seven Seas' interior was also done by Nuvolari and Lenard. The master stateroom boasts a separate lounge as well as a clear view of where the superyacht is cruising through tall windows in front of the yacht. The Jacuzzi on the bow can also be accessed through the master stateroom.

Other known amenities on Spielberg's Seven Seas include a large gym, a swimming platform aft of the yacht as well as a foldable one located amidst ship. Accessible through a side door, the 86 meter's tender garage carries a large, limousine style tender as well as three powerful jetskis. Another rescue boat can be launched by another crane from the yacht's bow.

Photo by Ron Raffety

From a technical standpoint, Seven Seas stretches across a beam of over 14 meters and goes as low as 3.96 meters. Reaching a top speed of 20 knots, powered by engines of a total output of 9,360 hp, Seven Seas cruises at a speed of 15 knots. Carrying a crew of 23, Seven Seas can accommodate a total of 12 guest in 6 cabins according to its layout.

In 2015, it was reported that Spielberg would start building a new, larger yacht and sell Seven Seas. "Steven didn't realize how much he'd enjoy cruising the ocean. Now he'd like to spend more time exploring the seas, and bring a few friends along for the ride. So he's upgrading to a bigger yacht." the Daily Mail then quoted an unnamed friend close to the director.

Nearly three years later, it is unclear at this stage if Spielberg has indeed gone through or was even planning to build a 300ft plus yacht as was then reported. Seven Seas was, however, refitted in 2016 at Amico and Co, and Italian shipyard. Several yachts over 300ft were since delivered and more are currently in build at shipyards in Northern Europe.

Photo by Raphael Belly

The 48th largest yacht in the world at the time of her delivery, Seven Seas has since slipped in the rankings to the 94th spot as larger superyachts were delivered to billionaires around the world. Built for a film director, Seven Seas has a 5 meter by 2 meter movie format screen in her main salon. 

Directing films for nearly six decades, these have grossed more than $9.3 billion worldwide, according to Forbes, making the 71 year-old one of the world's 500 richest man. Currently sitting as the 184th richest man in America, Spielberg started his movie career interning at Universal Studios, where he ultimately got a shot at making a short film for theatrical release.

This short film ended up impressing Universal executives that gave him a seven-year contract, making him the youngest director at a Hollywood studio. His long list of box office hits then started growing with movies such as Jaws, which grossed near $470 million worldwide. Spielberg later directed the first Indiana Jones movie together with George Lucas and followed with E.T. His biggest hit then came with Jurassic Park.

In 1994, Spielberg helped co-found the now famous DreamWorks studio together with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. When Comcast acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion in 2016, Spielberg pocketed $187.6 million from the sale of his shares. A slice of the ticket prices from every Universal theme park goes into Spielberg's pocket to this day thanks to IP over E.T. and Jaws.

Photo by Ron Raffety

Currently the chairman and CEO of Amblin Partners, a studio that spun off from DreamWorks, Spielberg is still very much active in the movie making world. In 2017, it was announced that Apple would fund a revamp of Spielberg's 1980s series, Amazing Stories. Spielberg's personal involvement in the project, however, remains unclear at this point.

In addition to his 86 meter yacht, Spielberg owns a Gulfstream G650 private jet. One of the world's longest range private jets, the catalog price for a G650 sits at $66.6 million, though it is common for buyers to negotiate with the manufacturer on the final price. Able to fly for close to 13,000 km, it reaches Mach 0.925.

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