The Gallant Lady dates back to 2007 when it was designed by De Voogt Naval Architects and built by Feadship Shipyard. The yacht was originally built for billionaire Jim Moran however Moran did only a short time after the yacht was finished, in April 2007 so he was never able to personally take ownership and use the yacht. 

The yacht interior was designed by John Munford while it features exterior design work by Richard Jorden. The hull is aluminum with a superstructure that is also aluminum and it features teak decks. Much of the rest of the yacht was designed to be lightweight and eco-friendly which includes aircraft design tech, the first time Feadship used such technology in its yacht builds. 

Who Owns the Gallant Lady Yacht?

The original owner was intended to be Jom Moran, a billionaire known for his auto empire and philanthropy, but the vessel passed to the estate after his death. 

The yacht was put up for sale a couple of times over the years but in 2022 it was finally sold after being available for just 90 days. The deal was made through yacht brokers acting on behalf of the Moran family as well as the buyer and, because the sale is still relatively new, it’s not actually known who purchased the yacht. As of 2023, we can’t say who is the current owner of the Gallant Lady.

Gallant Lady Confusion and History

There is conflicting information online that states the ship features a steel hull and that it was built in 1995. Based on my research, I believe this is a mistake regarding earlier, smaller yachts that Jim Moran once owned and this version does have the lighter weight aluminium hull.

In fact, Moran owned 8 different yachts in his life that were known as Gallant Lady at one time or another. Many were later renamed, but Moran was an avid yacht fan and that was his go-to name for each vessel. The Gallant Lady we’re talking about was his final and largest Gallant Lady. The name of this yacht seems to have actually recently changed to ACTA.

How Big is the Luxury Yacht Gallant Lady?

The Gallant Lady,while not the largest yacht in the water, still measures at 168.0 ft in length. In terms of displacement she has a gross tonnage of 765 GT. The vessel has a beam of 31 ft and a draft of 7 ft 1 in.  The relatively shallow draft means the yacht is designed for and especially adept at sailing waters around places like the Bahamas.

How Much Did the Gallant Lady Yacht Cost?

Back in 2012 the Lady Gallant was put on sale for $49,500,000 but the price was reduced fairly quickly down to $42,500,000. Since that time her reported value has dropped significantly down to about $25 million which was the asking price for her sale in 2022. 

Can You Charter the Motor Yacht Gallant Lady?

Under the name Acta you can, in fact, charter the Lady Gallant. Charter prices for the ACTA start at $235,000 per week, not including expenses. This gets up to $255,000 in the high season during the winter, but could go higher depending on demand. 

How Fast is the Gallant Lady Yacht and What Engines Does She Use?

The Gallant Lady is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3508B DITA engines that produce 1000HP each at 1,600 RPM. It has a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots.She has a range of 4,200 nautical miles

What is the Interior of the Gallant Lady Yacht Like?

As part of that eco-friendly and lightweight design, the Gallant Lady uses a lot of natural wood, though not necessarily the everyday stuff you might imagine. It features  black walnut, sycamore, eucalyptus and myrtle burl. 

The interior design is inspired by Europe in the 18th and 19th century, most specifically France and Europe, giving it an opulent and high class feel. 

The vessel underwent a refit in 2020 as well that reportedly cost just shy of $7 million. The electrical system was overhauled and it received new paint throughout at this time. Many interior spaces such as the galley and main-deck crew pantry were upgraded. The generators were rebuilt and a year later the engines were serviced. 

The yacht accommodates 10 guests aboard in five staterooms. The master stateroom is on the bridge or owner’s deck.  The master suite features floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure plenty of natural light and amazing views. There is a king-size bed and a large en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, solarium and so on. To the aft is the owner’s private alfresco deck space that features both a spa pool and a dining area.

The guest quarters feature two queen beds and two twins and can be accessed through a guest foyer, while the master suite is reached by the elevator.

Features and Amenities

The yacht was designed to be sleek, light and eco-friendly. We’re not entirely in the know about what changes the new owner may have made, if any, in the last few months but there are some features that are touted when you’re looking to charter the vessel that bring up these highlights. Towards that end it does feature some innovative features that make it a standout.

  •  An environmentally safe bio-reactive waste sewage treatment plant
  • An elevator allows access to all decks of the yacht, including the owner’s deck
  • A well stocked exterior bar ensures guests can get refreshments while enjoying the sun at sea
  • A swim platform
  • Numerous sunpads for lounging on deck
  • Upgraded electronics and entertainment systems
  • Plush living and dining spaces


Like any good yacht, the Gallant Lady/ACTA also has some water toys on board for guests to enjoy when they want to get out and have some fun. These include things like:

  • A SeaDoo Waverunner
  • A pair of Seabobs
  • A variety of inflatable and towable water toys
  • A pair of stand up paddle boards
  • A wide array of fishing gear
  • Snorkeling equipment

The Bottom Line

The Gallant Lady was commissioned by billionaire Jim Moran in 2007. It was built by Feadship with naval architecture by de Voogt. Moran had a history of yacht ownership dating back decades and had, in fact, had seven previous ships that were also called Gallant Lady. 

Moran passed away early in the year and his family took control of the vessel, trying to sell it several times over the years. It was finally sold in 2022 to an undisclosed buyer for $25 million. The buyer has since made the Gallant Lady available for charter but it’s under a new name – ACTA. You can charter ACTA for about $235,000 per week.

The vessel is about 168 feet in length and maintains a cruise speed of 12 knots with a maximum speed of 15 knots. There is room on board for 10 guests in five staterooms. The entire vessel was refit in 2020 and it’s unknown if the new owners made any additional changes when they purchased it in late 2022. That said, the boat had new paint and interiors and an overhauled electronics system as well.

In addition to some of the standard features you’d hope to find on a yacht, it’s also been designed to be more lightweight and eco-friendly than some similar designs.