Superyachts have long been used in the filming industry and have become iconic features in hundreds of Hollywood movies and famous TV shows. From the hero’s luxurious getaway to the toy of millionaires, a yacht rental for filming depicts the ultimate status symbol and sign of wealth.
Most, if not all, yachts chartered for shooting are privately owned and on the charter market, available for rent through a charter broker. From award-winning blockbusters to the latest Netflix show, find out more about iconic superyachts used as set for movies and TV shows.
Superyachts rented for filming
M/Y PLANET NINE
PLANET NINE, a 73-metre explorer yacht, is one of the most well-recognized yachts rented for filming. Taking centre stage in Christopher Nolan’s time-travelling movie thriller: Tenet; PLANET NINE was the perfect platform with five decks, a high bow, a broad helipad aft and a pair of superyacht elevators, she captures the very nature of a state-of-the-art explorer yacht. Built for heli-skiing adventures in the world’s coldest cruising grounds. In fact, her thick hull plates, solid frames and bulkheads make her the ideal superyacht for dealing with sea ice up to around 15 centimeters thick, meaning charters to Greenland or Antarctica are a possibility.
Inside, this yacht available to rent for filming has an interior that exudes a constant state of comfort, elegance and timeless style. She boasts a panoramic observatory lounge, a boot room for heli-skiing activities and a cinema on the upper deck.
Previously named LADY M, motor yacht M3 played a crucial role in the 2013 blockbuster, The Wolf of Wall Street. When Jordan Belfort rises to success, he treats himself to the luxury superyacht and names her NAOMI after his second wife. Later in the film, the yacht fake sinks between Porto Cervo and Capri in a disastrous storm.
The yacht chartered for filming is a luxury 147-foot motor yacht, she was built by US shipyard Intermarine with in-house exteriors and interiors designed by Daniella Speicht, M3 can comfortably sleep 10 guests across 5 staterooms. Boasting sublime living areas that are well-configured to create a luxurious and elegant atmosphere onboard, it is little surprise that motor yacht M3 was selected
to portray Jordan Belfort’s extreme wealth.
The 60-metre superyacht SARASTAR is the yacht that was chartered for the Netflix film, Murder Mystery. The plot follows a married couple, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, who join a billionaire on board his family’s superyacht. They soon get caught up in a murder mystery on board before becoming prime suspects.
Built in 2017 by the Italian yard Mondomarine and designed by Luca Dini, SARASTAR showcases a sporty and elegant exterior and interior perfect for the big screen or your next TV series. One of the notable features of this yacht rented for filming is her completely closed-forward area in which the garage is located. The tenders are concealed under a flush bridge which can be transformed into a helipad, sunbathing area for guests or a dance floor. With enough room for up to 12 guests in a Master suite and 5 double staterooms, she is the ideal superyacht
for those looking to live out their Hollywood fantasy.
M/Y KINGDOM 5KR
Of course, no list of the best yachts to charter for filming would be complete without featuring Britain’s most famous spy, James Bond. While the franchise has seen dozens of yachts over the years, primarily featuring those from UK shipyard Sunseeker, it is most definitely the debut from the 86-metre superyacht KINGDOM 5KR which viewers remember most. Starring in Never Say Never Again, the vessel was seen as FLYING SAUCER, the floating base of arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
KINGDOM 5KR was launched by Benetti in 1980 as the yard’s flagship and the world’s 8th-largest superyacht. The yacht chartered for filming features five decks, a disco, a cinema with seats for 12 and 2 double beds, 11 opulent suites, a helipad, a pool with a waterjets and 2 Riva tenders, making it the ultimate vessel for shooting your next action movie on.
The 2013-built superyacht SOLANDGE took a starring role in the second series of Sky Atlantic’s TV show: Succession. At 85.1m, she is among the largest and most luxurious charter yachts on the market, beautifully created by the Lürssen Shipyard in Germany. She is the very pinnacle of luxury and perfect for filming, combining elegant design with modern amenities in a truly unique manner. Motor yacht SOLANDGE sleeps up to 12 guests in 7 exquisite staterooms, including a panoramic Master deck featuring a dressing room, 2 bathrooms and a private deck with a spa pool.
The final episode, in which Brian Cox’s Logan Roy makes a life-changing decision, is based solely on the superyacht’s first-class facilities. Viewers journey from her impressive indoor and outdoor gym on the main deck to the outdoor cinema and nightclub. SOLANDGE also features a complete dive centre, an extensive spa with a sauna, steam room, massage room and beauty salon, as well as a large
swimming pool on the sun deck.
M/Y CHRISTINA O
Launched in 1943, CHRISTINA O is one of the most recent yachts seen on TV. The 99m motor yacht was seen in the fifth instalment of the hugely popular Netflix series The Crown as the yacht on which Princess Diana and Prince Charles celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary. Launched in 1943, CHRISTINA O boasts an impressive past, having once served in World War 2 as a convoy escort before getting bought by the Greek Shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who spent $4 million refurbishing her as a luxury yacht.
Having been used in many movies, CHRISTINA O remains one of the finest superyachts on the charter market for your next shoot. With her sumptuous wellness options in her Six Senses spa to her sprawling alfresco living spaces, including her mosaic-tiled pool that can be transformed into a dance floor. Thanks to her incredible five-star service, she has hosted many luminaries, including Winston Churchill, Marilyn Munroe and Grace Kelly to name a few.
To find out more about chartering CHRISTINA O or SOLANDGE for shooting films or to charter out your yacht to a movie or TV show production company, contact a reputable yacht brokerage with in-depth knowledge of yachting in the film industry.