Golden Coast: Inside the yachts P. Diddy recently chartered
The richest man in Hip-Hop according to Forbes, Sean Combs, known as P.Diddy, was valued by the American publication at $820 million. Having deeply impacted the music and business world.
Despite numerous reports, Diddy acquired a yacht in 2012, it appears, he remains on the charter side of the market. The superyachts he rented in the past year remain nonetheless inspiring.
The yacht most often associated with the rapper is the 54-meter CRN, Maraya. Built in 2007 by the Italian shipyard part of the Ferretti Group, she features an elevator connecting all decks, powerful tenders for watersports, a large hot tub and the aft of her sundeck can be transformed into a dance floor.
Sitting on the charter market with a rate starting at €300,000 per week, Maraya is amongst the most popular charter yachts on the water thanks, in large part, to her amenities. These also include a gym, private cinema and a folding balcony in her master stateroom. The 54-meter can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 cabins.
With over 450 square meters of outdoor space, Maraya is both fully equipped for tanning outside as well as relaxing inside thanks to her 760 gross tonnes of interior space. Forward of her sundeck sits a large hot tub circled with lounging pads in order to enjoy the sun. Aft of the deck is another open area that can be transformed into the dancing area above.
Inside, Maraya features a classical yet unique style for a yacht of her size. Finished in dark wood with softer furnishing colours, she is fitted with modern lighting touches and state of the art audio visual equipment. In her main salon is a lounging space and a dinning area, separated by a TV that can be rotated to be viewed from either size of the salon.
Forward of the main deck is the 54-meter's main stateroom, which stretches across the full 33 feet beam of the yacht. Featuring his and hers bathrooms, the cabin has a folding balcony, which can open to her side and expand the size of the cabin as well as offer an unbeatable view onto the sea. At the entrance of the cabin is a private office that can be used as a kids room as well.
Up on Maraya's upper deck is the yacht's wheelhouse, fitted with advanced navigational equipment fitted with touch controls. Behind the wheelhouse is the yacht's spacious upper deck, which is most often used for pre-dinner cocktails. This space opens onto the large, outdoor dinning area, which can seat up to 14 guests. From the aft deck, the sundeck can be directly accessed through a wide staircase.
The yacht Diddy chartered last summer though is even larger than Maraya. In fact, it has nearly double the interior volume. Owned by American entrepreneur, John Rosatti, the 65-meter Double Down was built by Italian shipyard, Codecasa in 2010 as their largest ever. With rates starting at €415,000 per week, she's an active charter yacht.
Whilst in a different size category, Double Down has a similar interior style to Maraya. Featured in slightly lighter wood with white panelling and furnishings, she has a spacious living room on her main deck with panoramic windows. Fully refitted in 2016, she has a large Jacuzzi and a gym amongst her many amenities.
Originally known as Lady Lau, Double Down was the largest yacht ever built by Codecasa. In 2016, she was asking $46.5 million, although she is now on the market for €36 million. On her upper deck is also a large skylounge with sofas, lounging chairs and a bar that opens up onto a covered dinning area that can fit all of the yacht's guests.
11-meters wide, Double Down's sheer size impresses anyone. In fact, she has one entire deck more than Maraya. On this third deck is a large Jacuzzi, outdoor lounging area, second skylounge and the yacht's wheelhouse. Forward of the upper deck is the yacht's master deck. Double Down's sundeck is equipped with more sunbeds.
Born in 1969, Sean Combs quickly hustled his way into dominating the hip-hop world. Starting off as an intern at New York's Uptown records in 1990, Combs later broke off to set up his own label, Bad Boy Entertainment in 1993, signing newcomer The Notorious B.I.G. who released hit singles shortly after. Combs took on the name Puff Daddy and released his first rap song in 1997, which spent 28 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
In a career that included his appearance in some movies in the early 2000s, Combs multiplied successful records both produced and recorded. In 2005, he sold half of his label to Warner Music Group. Developing both his music and acting career, Combs grew his influence, leading up to Forbes estimating his earnings at $130 million in 2017, as the celebrity that earned the most that year.
Diddy's income though doesn't only come from his hip-hop ventures. In 1998, he started clothing line, Sean John, into which billionaire ROnald Burkle invested $100 million in 2003. In 2017, he sold a third of his clothing line for an estimated $70 million. In addition to his clothing line, Combs has a 50% profit share from the Ciroc vodka brand and has a major stake in Revolt TV, a network that has its own film production branch. In 2015, he acquired a majority of Aquahydrate, a beverage company for athletes, together with Burkle and Mark Wahlberg.