The billionaire owner of Washington Red Skins, Dan Snyder, has traded in his measly old 225ft yacht for a new 305ft one – and it comes equipped with a world first.
For all the struggles on the field for the Redskins this season, there have been struggles off the field for its owner too: the architects behind his new $100 million boat were having difficulties finding a way to stop the engine’s rumble from ruining the sound in his two-floor, 12-seat movie theater.
After much adversity though, Washington fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief – or anguish – at the news the project has been successfully completed.
And though his team are unlikely to see a Superbowl final anytime soon, Snyder can now bask in the glory of his new super-yacht – named Lady S – and its accolade of it having the world’s only private floating IMAX theater on-board.
Washington Red Skins owner Dan Snyder (pictured in 2018) has shelled out more than $100 million on his new super-yacht, despite the shortcomings of his NFL side
In fact the theater was so large the boat had to be ‘built around it’, according to the CEO of Feadship, Jan-Bart Verkuyl, who helped oversee the yacht’s construction.
‘He wanted an IMAX, that was his main request,’ Verkuyl told the Guardian, later describing the demand as ‘special and unusual’.
The theater is estimated to have cost the former marketing boss an additional $3 million, and will accompany an array of other impressive features on-board such as a helipad, four VIP suites and facilities that ‘cater to a wide range of sports, including golf, basketball, volleyball and football’.
The 54-year-old, who bought the Redskins in 1999, also owns a $70 million boat called the Lady Anne. But along with his wife Tanya, the pair decided to upgrade.
The ship will officially set sail in the spring, after undergoing its final safety tests. A helipad, three VIP suits and sporting facilities are also aboard the vessel
The 305ft vessel, named Lady S, comes equipped with the world’s first ever private floating IMAX theater, costing Snyder an addition $3 million
At the Lady S’ launch in Kaag last year, the Snyders said: ‘We would like to thank Feadship director Jan-Bart Verkuyl and everyone at the yard for taking us on this amazing journey.’
The yacht will undergo a series of sea trials and final tweaks over the coming months before officially being handed over to the Snyder’s in spring.
Naval architect Ed Beckett, who works for the British firm Burgess, said the inclusion of the theater made the building process ‘much more complicated and expensive’, because the ship had to be designed to be much quieter, so the movie experience wasn’t interfered with.
‘You couldn’t have sound from the IMAX drifting into the cabins next door, and, more importantly, you couldn’t have the sound of the engines or vibrations coming into the IMAX.
‘If they did we would not get the certification from IMAX – and that was the most important thing for the owner,’ he added.
The two-floor, 12-seat theater was said to be a tricky undertaking for architects on the project. So much so that they entire boat had to be constructed in consideration of the cinema’s sound quality (stock image)
Snyder bought the Washington Red Skins in 1999, having made his fortune in marketing after selling his company Snyder communications for $2 billion the following year
The demand for private IMAX theaters is said to have become so prevalent the company has set up it’s own specialist branch to cater to the needs of the super-rich.
‘The entertainment solution is so all-encompassing it transcends reality, maximizing your sensory immersion and taking you to heights never before attained,’ the company says on it’s website.
‘IMAX Private Theater is for those who embrace the future, and who want to live it today.’
The yacht is projected to cost Snyder more than $10 million per-year to maintain
The first private IMAX theater was installed in 2016, rumored to be in a Hollywood star’s home in Beverly Hills.
Land-based installments will cost $2 million to build and come pre-loaded with more than 200 films.
Snyder’s new yacht will cost more than $10 million per-year to maintain.
His net-worth is estimated to be $2.2 billion.