By Fred Garth
I’ve already blogged a bit about the ridiculously awesome megayacht, Diamonds Are Forever
but now I have the video footage to prove that I was actually there. Not that my readers would ever doubt a guy who tells “mostly true” fishing stories, right? At the Miami Boat Show I was able to interview famed yacht builder John Staluppi who created the 200-foot palace on the water. Included in the video interview was Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, who is the President of Show Management, the company that started the Miami Boat Show and many other boat shows as well. Of course, to those of us in the half-century age range, we remember Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the actor and star of hit TV show The FBI
in the 1960s and 70s. Skip set me up with Mr. Staluppi and we toured the amazing ship with its six-story round elevator, chandeliers, water toys and opulence oozing from everywhere. It’s only $400,000 a week to charter the ship so I sold my 10-year-old kayak and put a down payment on a charter just for fun. Then Staluppi reminded me that the charter price did NOT include fuel and food. Really? I could buy a lot of KFC for that kind of dough. I’m now in the market for a used kayak.
The day after we toured Diamonds Are Forever, Staluppi sold her for somewhere in the neighborhood of a chilling $70 million. I figured I should get a commission on the deal so I’m hoping for a check in the mail. But I’m not holding my breath.