What’s more American than baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie? With apologies to the old Chevrolet commercial jingle writer, we say: American-themed megayachts. It’s fitting, considering that Americans comprise the largest population of megayacht owners. In addition, some of those same owners christen their yachts in honor of their home state. Still others choose U.S. locations holding special meaning for the name.
Here, in alphabetical order, are four American-themed megayachts, in honor of America’s favorite holiday.
- Aspen Alternative. The ocean is a great alternative to the mountains. The owner of this 164-footer (49.99-meter), launched by Trinity Yachts seems to agree, too. Fun fact: You can catch Aspen Alternative in the Overboard movie remake. Check out the movie trailer below, which reveals scenes shot in her staterooms, saloon, and on deck. That should whet your appetite for chartering her, for $185,000 per week.
- Janice of Wyoming. Complete with sails depicting a cowboy on a bucking bronco (top), Janice of Wyoming is a tribute to the owner’s home state of Wyoming. That tribute is more than just in name only. In fact, some of the stone surfaces aboard this 130-footer (39.72-meter) utilize fossils from Wyoming. Janice of Wyoming is a regular racer in the annual Millennium Cup in New Zealand. This American-themed megayacht spends most of her cruising time in New Zealand, too. That just so happens to be where she saw construction, at the now-defunct Alloy Yachts.
- Texas. There’s a popular saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” While the superyacht Texas isn’t located there, she is decidedly bigger than much of what floats along the state’s shores. LOA: 146 feet (44.6 meters). That also makes her bigger than much of what was floating at her time of launch, regardless of region. Texas splashed in 1984 from Turquoise Yachts, named Proteksan Turquoise at the time.
- Virginian. This 203-footer (62.23-meter) retains the name she’s carried since delivery in 1990. This, despite changing hands over the years. The original owner of this American-themed megayacht was the late John Kluge, who founded the communications conglomerate Metromedia. Kluge also had an estate in Charlottesville, Virginia.