We Americans love our boats. In fact, 141.6 million Americans go boating each year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. In addition, 12 million boats are registered stateside. The vast majority of these boats, though, are a lot smaller than superyachts. Regardless, regular research in the large-yacht sector does show that Americans own upwards of 40 percent of these craft. It’s the largest single percentage by any nationality as well. So, it probably won’t surprise you to learn some of these very same craft are patriotic-named megayachts, too. Here are four of our favorites, in honor of the 243rd birthday of our nation.
- Freedom. Many megayachts carry this name, further belonging to owners of many different nationalities. However, the one we have in mind is a 151-footer (45.96-meter) from Northern Marine. While she launched in 2008, she wasn’t among patriotic-named megayachts until 2012. That’s when her current owner acquired her. Further patriotic, he helped educate the U.S. Coast Guard about why U.S. flagging rules deserved an update.
- Patriot. Yet another popular name among American yacht owners, Patriot splashed as Tenacity at Burger Boat Company in 2005. The 116-footer (35.38-meter) is as classic-looking inside as she is outside.
- Liberty. A Trinity that has passed through a few hands, Liberty (pictured) is available for charter. LOA: 187 feet (57 meters). Evan K. Marshall designed the interior, rich with Art Deco details and intricate inlays.
- America. What could be a more patriot-named megayacht than America? Dating to 1967, this lady is a 130-foot (39.62-meter) sailing yacht, an all-wood build, too. She emerged from a now-defunct shipyard in Maine, Goudy & Stevens. Equally interesting to note, America belonged to the Schaeffer Beer Company at launch.