Live like the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ on your own movie yacht
(CNN) — If this is one of the perks of being a crooked stockbroker, then perhaps it’s not such a bad career choice after all — just ask Leonardo DiCaprio.
Champagne flute in one hand, lobster in the other, the Hollywood actor was the picture of outrageous excess when he played the lead role in Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street.”
And the jewel in his corrupt crown? A 45-meter superyacht called Nadine.
But the high life isn’t just for the cinema screen. In fact, you could be sailing the seas on the very same boat that appeared in the Oscar-nominated film — if you can stump up $125,000 a week to charter her.
Featuring a hot tub, cocktail bar and enough bedrooms to accommodate 10 guests, the lavish vessel — called Lady M — was used to depict the real-life yacht owned by infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort.
In the real world, Nadine sank in 1997 after Belfort ordered the captain to sail her into a storm off the coast of Italy, while supposedly high on drugs.
But if you want to retrace DiCaprio’s ostentatious footsteps — without the near-death experience — you can now charter the yacht, which will tour the Bahamas from April.
Why would someone fork out hundreds of thousands of dollars to rent such a vessel?
“I imagine it’s much like being in the presence of the actual movie star — you will get to sit where they did, walk where they did, maybe even look at memorabilia if the crew were allowed to take pictures,” says Nicci Perides, editor of search site Charterfleet.com, which features Lady M and other film boats.
“It adds something extra special to that charter. I guess it’s similar to how restaurants that are frequented by A-listers are always very popular with us mere mortals.”
From Daniel Craig to Demi Moore
Of course, Lady M isn’t the only big-screen vessel available for hire.
Fancy cruising the high seas like James Bond on a mission to save the world? Elegant 56-meter Regina — which Daniel Craig sailed in 2012 film “Skyfall” — could be yours for a mere $96,000 a week.
Then there’s Big Eagle, the 52-meter yacht on which Demi Moore performed a tabletop striptease for Burt Reynolds in the 1996 film aptly titled “Striptease.”
What goes on in Big Eagle, stays on Big Eagle, particularly if you’re paying $165,000 per week to charter it.
An African Queen
If you’re looking for a big-screen boat, without the big price, then look no further than the African Queen. The rickety steamboat ferried film legends Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart down the Congo in the 1951 classic, “The African Queen.”
The ramshackle eight-meter wooden vessel was saved from the scrapyard almost a decade ago, and now attracts film buffs from across the U.S. for joy trips at the more reasonable price of $49.
“People will drive eight hours to get here, just to ride her. They’ll go out in rain, thunderstorms. They’re just so desperate to go on-board,” says co-owner Suzanne Holmquist, who runs river cruises in Key Largo, Florida.
“A lot of people say it was the first movie they ever saw in theaters, so the boat means a lot, to a lot of people. I think she’s as much a star of the film as Bogart was.”
Lights, Camera, Action
But before a yacht even graces the big screen, it needs a dedicated team of cameramen to brave the elements. For Superyacht Media creative director Jeff Brown, that often means hanging out of a helicopter to get the perfect shot.
“To get the best aerial shots you need a good pilot, it’s very important. The more they understand the shot I’m after and know how to maneuver the helicopter, that really helps,” he says.
“There are not many restrictions, other than your imagination.”
And much like the “Wolf of Wall Street,” it seems the only restriction to living out your cinematic sailing dream is how much you’re willing to pay.
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