ARTHUR BLANK helped create the American home improvement store chain, Home Depot, and it seems that now, his new fl oating home is getting the full treatment.
His new 90-metre superyacht, DreAMBoat, is exactly what the name implies; the Owner’s dream yacht. The rather peculiar display of the boats name refl ects the fact that Arthur M Plank owns the AMB Group. He also owns the baseball team, Atlanta Falcons, and the Major League Soccer team, Atlanta United FC.
Arthur Blank started Home Depot in 1978 with Bernie Marcus after both had been fi red from their jobs at a local hardware store. Blank stepped down as co-chairman of Home Depot in 2001. So, when it came to building his ultimate dreamboat, he stepped into the project at precisely the right time. With hull and superstructure already completed, he was able to save build and engineering time and still make the yacht his own.
The Dutch based, Omani owned shipyard, Oceanco, had already begun the yacht known then as Project Y716, hoping to fi nd a client interested in her before completion. The project they offered combined the novelty of a fi rst-time collaboration between two of the most sought after yacht designers in the superyacht world; with Espen Øino designing the exterior and Terence Disdale creating the interior.
Blank, whose net worth has been estimated at US$ 4.7 billion by Forbes magazine, was taken with the classic elegant and engaging exterior lines that would sustain a timeless appeal and found that the interior layout was perfectly suited to his intended use. The generous overhangs from the superstructure and cut outs in the bulwarks, lend a traditional, yet, strong appearance. DreAMBoat has been constructed with a full carbon canopy mast house and mast, which forms an integral part of the overall design.
The exterior deck areas fl ow seamlessly into the interior spaces, maintaining continuity and consistency. The external decks offer a variety of (Marquis Palmer) Superyacht News 34 Sea Breezes / September 2019 www.seabreezes.co.im living spaces and experiences, with the sun deck probably being the biggest in its class with ample space for entertainment and lounging, both in the shade and in the sun. The fi xed and loose furniture, as well as the upholstery and cushions, all provide an inviting and harmonious ensemble which complement the external design of the yacht very well.
At 2950gt, the volume allows accommodation for up to 23 guests and a well-thought-out crew’s quarters, for a maximum of 33 crewmembers. The design emphasis is on large windows that fl ood the interior with daylight and offer unspoiled views from the inside out. Outside spaces feature a large swimming pool, 6m long x 3.1m wide x 1.44m deep, on the main aft deck, an enormous partially enclosed sundeck, an area where the Owner and his family will most spend their time with Jacuzzi and copious options for seating / entertaining with an outdoor open cinema. There is also a private jacuzzi on the Owner’s deck, a spa on the bridge deck aft, with a custom-built hydro/massage bath and a large selection of water toys, including a custom-built dive board. The interior incorporates bespoke surfaces, natural wood, limestone fl oors, semi-precious stone vanities, parchment, leather and mother of pearl. The effect is elegant, without being overdone.