When you can’t be on a boat, the next best thing is watching a boat play a leading character in a movie. Hollywood has shown love for the boating life in many films over the years, from Overboard to The Wolf of Wall Street. Join us as we look back on some of the best boat movies of all time—and try to find out where the boats are now.
In this hilarious 1987 romantic comedy directed by Garry Marshall, screen icon Goldie Hawn stars as Joanna Stayton, an entitled and insufferable heiress who basically lives aboard an extravagant, 1980s-tastic yacht with her aloof and self-serving husband, Grant Stayton III (Edward Herrmann). Though the yacht’s spacious and regal living quarters make it look like a palace on the sea, Joanna needs a new closet for her flashy wardrobe. That’s when we meet Dean Proffitt, a carpenter played by Kurt Russell. Joanna is a cruel boss to Dean, and he seeks revenge in an elaborate scheme. Joanna’s nightmare begins when she searches for her wedding ring on deck and accidentally falls overboard in Elk Cove, Oregon, without anyone on the vessel noticing. Suffering from amnesia, Joanna has no idea who she truly is when Dean goes to the hospital and claims she’s his missing wife. Poor Joanna is tasked with taking care of his unruly, hijinks-pulling children in their dumpy home—a far cry from the luxurious life she once led cruising from port to port.
Joanna eventually gets the life she never knew she wanted with Dean, but what about the yacht’s fate? Fittingly named Immaculatta in the movie, the 130-foot YeCats was constructed in 1984 in Hong Kong, making it just a couple years old when the movie was filmed, according to Fast Rewind. It was later purchased by American billionaire Dennis Washington, who owns a collection of yachts named Attessa, Forbes reported in 2016. One of those vessels is the impressive Attessa IV, which he spent an estimated quarter of a billion dollars rebuilding, according to Forbes.
Though the Wolfgang Petersen-directed disaster film was criticized as, well, a disaster by many critics upon its release in 2006, its impressive use of CGI gives audiences a front row to the capsizing of a boat. Poseidon—the third film adaptation of Paul Gallico's 1969 novel The Poseidon Adventure—even earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.
Kurt Russell must have a thing for boat movies, because he stars in the movie as former New York City Mayor and firefighter Robert Ramsey, whose daughter Jennifer (Emmy Rossum) and her boyfriend Christian (Mike Vogel) join him on voyage aboard the RMS Poseidon. Their transatlantic trip goes terribly wrong, however, when a humongous wave capsizes the ship.
The RMS Poseidon doesn’t actually exist—it’s the work of Hollywood magic—but the design of its rooms draws great inspiration from the Queen Mary 2, the regal flagship of the British Cunard Line. At 1,132 feet, it was once the world’s largest ocean liner, and you too can experience its beauty on the seas by booking a trip.
Many an impressive yacht have been featured in the James Bond franchise over the past few decades, and one of the most recent is the 183-foot Regina by Med Yachts. This gorgeous wooden vessel makes an impression as the Chimera in 2012’s Skyfall starring Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to portray the man who prefers his martinis “shaken, not stirred.” Imagine sipping your martini abroad Pruva Yachting’s Regina, which features six guest cabins and a movie-ready sundeck with the seal of approval from the world’s most famous spy. Sure, the yacht transports Bond to a scary island enclave off the coast of Macau in East Asia for villain Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), but his time aboard the boat with Sévérine (Bérénice Lim Marlohe), Raoul’s mistress, is nothing short of breathtaking. And you can recreate that shower scene in real life, as Regina is available for charter in the Mediterranean—think Croatia, France, Greece, Monaco, Montenegro, and Turkey—starting at about $92,000 per week in the low season and $122,500 in the high season.
Like any fun action movie, this 2017 film takes place on both land and sea. Tasked with stopping the detonation of a plutonium bomb, CIA recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) must work with and learn the special ways of black ops veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). Perhaps the most exciting scene comes when Mitch jumps from one boat onto another, specifically the super luxe Itama 62. If Mitch had more time to relax on the boat, he could invite up to six pals to stay in the 62-foot yacht’s three cabins.
Forget about how Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) wants to transition into directing: Just know that the actor and his buddies—Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), and Eric (Kevin Connolly)—are on a boat in the 2015 movie inspired by HBO’s long-running hit. Enter Usher, a 154-foot Delta Marine luxury yacht that charter service Northrop & Johnson offers for a cool $179,500 per week. What will that get you? “Five spacious tech-savvy cabins”; elevator service when the stairs are just too much; “elegant woodwork, which spans the interior and includes African walnut flooring and Bubinga ceiling beams”; and “12 crew members, including a video and photo pro to help create lasting memories of your charter.” Yes, your Instagram is about to go to a whole new level in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Florida, or New England — the four regions where the Usher can be chartered.
No joke— Kurt Russell stars in this boat movie, too! This time he plays the 1992 comedy’s hilarious titular character, a sailor hired to take the family of Martin Harvey (Martin Short) on a trip through the Caribbean. “Isn’t this great? Open ocean, uncharted islands — who knows what’s waiting for us out there,” says Martin before the fun begins. The two men bump heads — “Whoa, dad’s losing it,” says his son Benjamin (Benjamin Salisbury) — but it’s ultimately an exciting and heartfelt love letter to the sailing lifestyle.
Boating forums online are filled with speculation about where the original Wanderer is today, but here’s what we know for sure: The sailboat is a Formosa 51, and you can capture that Harvey family magic with similar models here. You might have to refit it if you want your boat to be in better shape than Captain Ron’s, though.
Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) aren’t spring chicken anymore, but the ladies continue to step up their glamorous if not irresponsible lifestyle in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, the 2016 film based on the beloved British TV show. Spoiler alert: When Edina accidentally pushes Kate Moss off a building — yes, that Kate Moss — the London socialites escape to the South of France. “The fortunes, the estates, the yachts!” says Patsy, who can’t wait to soak up the best of the coast. They get their shot aboard the Thumper, a 131-foot super yacht by Sunseeker that can give the greatest of comforts — a jacuzzi adjacent to the sun deck, al fresco dining — for up to 12 guests staying in the five well-appointed cabins. If the movie makes you jealous of Edina and Patsy, just remember that you can charter the Thumper (which was recently put up for sale) in France and Monaco for $190,000 in the low season.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Iron your crisp white Ralph Lauren polo and channel your inner Leonardo DiCaprio — it’s time to raise a glass on the stunning Lady M. In director Martin Scorcese’s stunning 2013 masterpiece, DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort, the now-disgraced former stockbroker who had the best of the best before pleading guilty to fraud in 1999. Part of his seemingly perfect life was the Naomi super yacht, which was named after his gorgeous wife portrayed by Margot Robbie in the film. But things were far from perfect in the yacht’s scenes. At one point, DiCaprio’s character is visited by FBI agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler). In another, the boat actually capsizes in a storm en route to Monaco. Yikes! Featuring a jacuzzi, enchanting round dining room, and six stunning cabins, the 147-foot vessel by Palmer Johnson was once available for charter.