That’s one big (and expensive) yacht: Vava II visits Boston Harbor

This may be the one and only time that no one can use the joke, “We’re going to need a bigger boat.”

A massive yacht — so big, in fact, that it comfortably fits a helicopter on its upper deck — was spotted floating around Boston Harbor this weekend, and anchored near Peddocks Island.


The superyacht, called the Vava II, is said to be owned by Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, Kirsty, a former Miss United Kingdom title-holder and singer, according to the Daily Mail.

The boat first set sail in 2012, and cost an estimated $150 million to build, according to reports.

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As of Monday morning, the roughly 315-foot vessel was moored near Long Wharf, not far from the city’s Harbor Walk, according to, which tracks large boats and their travel routes on the open seas via satellite.

Ernesto Bertarelli’s reason for cozying up to the city’s shoreline (if he is indeed on the yacht, which has not been confirmed) shouldn’t be surprising, even if the size of his boat is enough to make your jaw drop: The biotech entrepreneur apparently has ties to the area.

According to his biography on, the sailing enthusiast graduated from Babson College in 1989, and he earned an MBA at Harvard Business School four years later.


He also has a passion for yachts — beyond enjoying them for luxury purposes.

“In 2000, he founded the yachting syndicate Team Alinghi. In 2003, Alinghi won the Louis Vuitton Cup before beating Team New Zealand in Auckland to win the America’s Cup,” according to a profile about the famous graduate on Babson College’s website. “Bertarelli served as navigator aboard Alinghi in 2003 and as an afterguard runner and grinder on the boat in…

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