EASTPORT, Maine — Billed as “the world’s largest privately owned yacht,” The World will tie up at Eastport’s downtown breakwater pier Tuesday morning, allowing those who live aboard the 12-deck, 644-foot vessel to enjoy a day of exploring the historic Washington County seaport.
The unique ship is a floating city, owned by 130 families from 19 different countries who occupy with their guests 165 private condominium residences. Launched in 2002, The World continuously circumnavigates the globe, and it has now visited 800 ports in 140 countries. The ship’s 2012 itinerary is taking those aboard to 31 different countries. Beyond Eastport, the ship is scheduled to stop in Bar Harbor, Rockland and Portland before heading on to Boston. Its last port of call before heading to Eastport was in Canada at St. Andrews, N.B.
The World is the only private residential community at sea.
I've blogged about 'The World" before, but here she is, about to grace the state of my birth with her intensely private and opulent presence. I seem to remember that there were some interesting taxation advantages to be had by making this ship one's principal residence.