For a company that is facing two existential crises the likes of which they have never dealt with before, keeping a 151-foot superyacht isn’t the best look. Likely with this in mind, Boeing has reportedly sold-off Daedalus, the plane maker’s blue and white corporate yacht that was built by Seattle’s Delta Marine in 1999.
Yachtharbour.com describes Daedelus superyacht as such:
Daedalus is a 46.03 m / 151′1″ luxury motor yacht. She was built by Delta Marine in 1999. With a beam of 9.57 m and a draft of 2.2 m, she has a GRP hull and GRP superstructure. She is powered by Caterpillar engines of 1000 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 16.5 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. The motor yacht can accommodate 10 guests in cabins with an interior design by Jonathan Quinn Barnett and an exterior design by Ron Holland.
You can see some photos of the vessel’s interior here, although we don’t know how current they are. It was refitted in 2006.
At the time of Dadealus’s delivery, Boeing was in a very different place. Air travel was expanding, especially in Asia, and the dot-com boom was nearing its peak. It was the same year that the Boeing Business Jet was officially introduced into service—private 737s specially outfitted for the swankiest of clientele. So yeah, a corporate Boeing superyacht? Why not!?
Boeing’s fortunes are sitting firmly at the bottom of the trough today. The 737 MAX scandal upended the storied planemaker before the COVID-19 global epidemic ravaged the airline industry unlike any time in history. To say that Boeing currently has its share of problems is a vast understatement. As such, when times get tough, the family boat is usually the first thing to go.
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