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5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

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Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart on Santana


Imagine sailing on the yacht aboard which Grace Kelly spent her honeymoon or spending a night in the sumptuous suite where Aristotle Onassis seduced Greta Garbo. It's possible - these classic yachts and many more glamorous ones like them are available for charter all over the world. Here's our pick of the best.


Lauren Bacall was the love of Humphrey Bogart’s life, although as she wisely acknowledged she had to share his affections. “If ever I had a woman to be jealous of,” she wrote in her autobiography, By Myself, “she was the Santana.” This was Bogart’s yacht, a pretty and slippery 16.7 metre yawl that Bacall said “enslaved” her film-star husband.

Ingrid Bergman, Richard Burton and David Niven were frequent guests aboard Bogart’s Santana, which he used most weekends and holidays for 10 years up to his death, aged 57, in 1957 and much of the sailing was around Catalina, off the California coast. Bogie raced, too, finishing first in his class in the San Clemente Island Race in 1950. “Bogie was in love … and truly had everything he’d ever dreamed of,” Bacall said of her husband’s boat.

She is back to her original rig as a schooner now, under the ownership of a group of sailors from the US West Coast. They have embarked on a complete restoration that should see her sailing again this year.

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