The famous shipyard Feadship built the Majestic Yacht in the Netherlands in 2007. At that time, she was known by the name Secret. The luxury yacht features an interior design by Jim Harris. The exterior design was all handled by De Voogt naval architects.

Who is the Majestic Yacht Owner?

When the Majestic was still called Secret, they built her for Nancy Walton Laurie. Laurie is the daughter of Bud Walton, the business partner and brother of Sam Walton. Sam Walton, of course, is the founder of both Sam’s Club and Walmart. Laurie is estimated to have a net worth of around $8 billion.

Though the vessel was finished in 2007, Laurie sold the Secret in 2010. At that time, it changed hands to the millionaire co-founder of the wealth management company Private Capital Management Bruce Sherman. Sherman’s net worth is estimated at around $500 million.

Some clever sleuthing went into figuring out who owns this yacht, as the sale was never truly made public, at least in terms of who bought it. Instead, after the yacht was sold, there was a charity event that involved Sherman and his wife. The pair run a charitable foundation and donated a week on their 201-foot Feadship yacht as a prize. 

Feadship has records of all the yachts it builds, such as the Gallant Lady and the LunaSea; the Majestic is the only 201-foot yacht it has ever produced. As a result, people could deduce that Sherman is, in fact, the vessel’s owner.

Amusingly, after the site SuperYachtFan published this, they received a letter from a lawyer claiming to represent Sherman, denying he was the owner, so they linked to some court documents that show Sherman is, in fact, the owner. All of that shows some people really like their privacy regarding yachts.

How Big is the Majestic Yacht?

The Majestic squeaks in at a measurement that most feel would cut it off from being a superyacht. She measures in at 201 ft or 61m. 

Though nothing is written in stone about the matter, it’s not unusual to hear people choose 200 feet as a minimum length for something considered a superyacht. Still, it’s quite a bit smaller than the largest yachts in the world.

She has a beam of 35.76 feet and a draft of 10.8 feet. In terms of volume, she measures in at 1,052 gross tons. The yacht sleeps up to 14 guests in 7 staterooms and has accommodations for 18 crew.

How Much Did the Majestic Yacht Cost?

When the yacht was first commissioned and built as the Secret, it is unclear what Laurie spent on it. However, when it was sold in 2010, the price tag seemed to have been $69 million though most sources round that up to $70 million when discussing it.

Besides the initial price, it’s been reported that the yearly operating costs for the Majestic are around $7 million, much lower than they can be for some yachts that are only as much as 50 feet longer. These costs include fuel, taxes, and the salary of crewmembers.

Is the Majestic Available for Yacht Charter?

The Majestic has not been made available for charter. The last time she was available for charter seems to have been in 2015. The rate for a charter was $455,000 to $490,000 per week. She was not available to charter to US residents in US waters, however.

How Fast is the Majestic Yacht and What Engines Does It Use?

Majestic is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3516B DITA engines. Together the engines’ combined power is 4000 horsepower / 2984 KW. Her cruising speed is 13 knots, with a top speed of 16 knots. Her fuel capacity is 125,000 L, which gives her a range of about 5,758 nautical miles at 12 knots.

What’s the Interior of the Motor Yacht Majestic Like?

Of the seven rooms available for guests, one is a VIP suite. The Master stateroom is soft-toned, featuring an ensuite bathroom with a massive rainforest shower. 

The interior design aesthetic is casual elegance and brings to mind a high-end hotel. Unlike some yachts, the owners didn’t opt for any outlandish design features for the interior. Instead, there’s a pervasive use of soft, natural tones, including wood tones throughout. Majestic features a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure with teak decks.

Comfort was clearly at the forefront of the design and sofas, chairs, and loungers in shades of cream and beige and brown can be found in abundance across every deck. These are offset by smaller color accents found in things like the brightly colored throw pillows and the occasional contrast in bright red. 

For dining, a casual interior/exterior space on the sky deck allows up to 12 guests to enjoy a meal in the fresh sea air. For a more formal event, the main dining hall is extremely elegant, with a modern design featuring dark and light wood accents offset by splashes of red.

There’s a lounge bar off the main dining room and a second bar on the sundeck just beyond the jacuzzi.

Features and Amenities

Several features and amenities are available for guests on board the Majestic to make their stay a little more fun and relaxing. These include:

  • Tons of spacious lounging areas across several decks
  • A Jacuzzi with sun pads
  • A cinema in the upper deck saloon
  • Several dining options that allow guests to eat inside or under the sun
  • A massage area
  • A 7.3m Nautica tender with 255hp engine
  • A 7.3m Novurania Chase tender with 330hp engine
  • Two Yamaha 1300cc waverunners
  • An inflatable slide that can be deployed from the sundeck
  • A pair of SeaBobs which were added in 2015
  • A pair of Mirage kayaks, either 1 or 2 man
  • A wide array of diving equipment
  • A wide array of snorkeling gear
  • Fishing fear
  • Waterskis
  • A decently equipped enclosed sundeck gym that features a pair of treadmills, a cross trainer, a stair climber, and so on

The Bottom Line

Bruce Sherman owns the Majestic though it was initially commissioned by and built for Nancy Walton Laurie in 2007. It featured naval architecture by De Voogt and was built by the Dutch shipyard Feadship. It was sold to Sherman in 2010 for $69 million. The yacht measures 201 feet and can reach a top speed of 16 knots.

The yacht is not currently available for charter and has not been available since around 2015.