Other Woman costs a boat-load

March 26, 1992|By Ava Van de Water | Ava Van de Water,Cox News Service

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- She's been turning heads for weeks, the talk of the town on both sides of the Royal Palm Bridge.

In this place where big boats are no big deal, Edward Cantor's 192-foot yacht, The Other Woman, has got folks buzzing.

She's the largest and fastest aluminum-hulled motor sailing yacht in the world. She has a swimming pool, an elevator, an X-ray machine and gold bathroom fixtures.

And her name is apropos.

"It's treated like another woman -- all the attention and the money," said Mr. Cantor, a New Jersey-based real estate developer who has been wintering in Palm Beach for two decades.

Completed in September after six years of planning and construction, the yacht not only is a work of art itself, but has more than $8 million worth of original art work on board, including paintings and sculptures by Picasso, Chagall, Matisse and Botero.

The Australian-built yacht is powered by twin jet-driven engines totaling 5,600 horsepower, but it also sails beautifully, according to the crew. Although the boat has a full-time crew of 12, it takes only two to operate the more than 25,000 square feet of sail. Joysticks control the winches and the sails, which furl into the masts.

Rooms on the yacht are luxurious in furnishings and size. The 50-by-30-foot main salon (living room) has five separate seating areas, including one around a Steinway grand piano. And the 25-by-15-foot dining room, which has automatic doors, comfortably seats 16.

Ceilings in the engine room are little more than 5 feet tall -- the extra space went to the main salon above.

There are life jackets for 154, but The Other Woman normally sleeps eight guests. It can, however, accommodate 11 overnight guests -- one of the twin beds in the "Bronze Room" lifts to form bunk beds, and a fold-out sofa in the study sleeps two more.

Each guest stateroom has a queen-size bed (except the Bronze Room), sitting area, private safe, and lavish bath (some of which have Jacuzzi tubs and gold-plated sinks). And each room is equipped with its own TV, VCR, and CD/tape player.

No toy has been forgotten. Besides the mini-van, Volkswagen convertible, four bicycles, two motorcycles and two 29-foot fishing/speedboats on board, there is a 20-foot swimming pool, barbecue grill, wine refrigerators, trash compactors and five bars.

DTC "They have a bar in the master stateroom but I guarantee I never have to check the inventory in there," said stewardess Barbara Steeggall. "They don't drink. Mr. Cantor likes to see that his guests have everything."

There also is plenty of reading material. "There were 1,003 books but Mr. Cantor just bought some more," Ms. Steeggall said. "If you couldn't find something to read you're interested in nothing or you don't read English."

And in case of an emergency on the high seas, there is a medicine "cabinet" stocked with X-ray and EKG machines, stomach pump and just about anything else one would need. Plus there is equipment to tie into George Washington University Hospital for assistance. On a long trip a doctor normally would be on board.

There also are two water makers that make up to 6,000 gallons of drinking water a day from salt water. "That means you don't have to rush out of the bath. You can take a leisurely shower," Ms. Steeggall explained.

But such luxury comes with a high price tag.

"According to the architect and the shipyard, to duplicate another vessel like this would cost approximately $40 million," Mr. Cantor said.

Other Woman's vital statistics

Length: 192 feet

Cruising speed (sail): 17 knots.

Cruising speed (power): 17-19 knots.

Owner: Edward A. Cantor.

Overnight guest accommodations: 11.

Cruising guest accommodations: 154.

Toilets: 15

Value: About $40 million.

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