What's Up With Dan Snyder's Yacht? | Defector (2023)

I have been thinking a lot about decorum recently. There are so many things people don’t do not because they are unethical or illegal, but simply because someone at some point has decided that doing those things would be rude. The closer the planet creeps to a climate apocalypse and the closer the country creeps to an internal conflict that will kill people, the more vestigial this all feels, and the less interested I feel in maintaining those norms.

In my opinion, the first norm to go should be comfort for very rich people. Being rich, as I have written many times, is a choice. It is not like being poor, which is a hardship from which you may never escape. Someone with too much money can always give some of it away. Being rich is not some inherent self. It’s not a prison. It’s greed, and it’s a choice. Choices, as every child is taught, have consequences. At this moment, though, the consequences for very rich people’s terrible behavior tend to land on everyone else. We are the ones hurting so that they can have fewer taxes.

All of that is to say, I have decided that I no longer think that privacy is a right that the ultra-rich deserve. If you choose to, say, take a three-minute flight across Los Angeles instead of sitting in a car, the people who will die of thirst when the country runs out of water, possibly very soon, should get to know what you did and yell at you about it. That doesn’t seem remotely sufficient, but at least it’s something.

For this reason, I’ve really enjoyed the existence of accounts like @elonjet, which has almost 500K followers on Twitter and simply tracks where Elon Musk’s jet is. Planes have to report their locations. Boats have to report their locations. That information is public. A little shame can go a long way, or might if the person at which it is directed was still capable of feeling it.

(Video) Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Ponders Life On $180 Mil Superyacht | TMZ Sports

The most recent of these accounts that I’ve enjoyed is called @DanSnydersYacht. As you can imagine, it tracks Dan Snyder’s yacht location, and also sometimes that of his jet. This is particularly relevant because Dan Snyder is currently fleeing any kind of accountability he could possibly face for decades of bad behavior.

As my colleague Ray Ratto wrote, “Danny Snyder is to shame what Chet Holmgren is to that vague bloated feeling from overeating.” But that doesn’t mean that shaming him is not worth the effort. If he can’t feel shame, maybe we can create rage high enough and hot enough that it might be put to some constructive use.

Before we get into the interview, it is important to note that Dan Snyder’s yacht is worth $192 million, has an IMAX theater in it, and is as long as a football field. In 2011, when gas was much cheaper than it is today, Dave McKenna reported for Washington City Paper that it cost $388,685.44 to fill up the yacht with gas. It is certainly more now. The yacht is so big that it has four smaller yachts on it that are used to ferry people to shore.

I spoke with the creator of @DanSnydersYacht about why they run the account, and what they think we can learn from it.

KM: Why did you start this twitter account for Dan Snyder’s yacht?

(Video) Is Daniel Snyder using his yacht to avoid a subpoena? | Pro Football Talk | NBC Sports

DSY: I started the yachttracker account from a desire to see Dan Snyder held accountable. The NFL investigation into workplace sexual harassment against the Commanders amounted to no public report and a slap on the wrist for Snyder. He skipped out on the owners meeting and voted by proxy through his wife. He appeared to attend games all season and coach Rivera said hetalkedto Snyder weekly. He now owns 100 percent of the team.

I was watching the Congressional hearing in June and found it ridiculous that Roger Goodell could make time, but Snyder was too busy. I saw a statement that said Snyder was in France and then started Googling more about him, figured out I could track his yacht, and then saw his yacht was in France with him while the Congressional hearing occurred. I hope the attention on Snyder’s yachting to avoid the subpoenahelps put pressure on him to testify before Congress, and that the women who came forward as part of the NFL’s investigation get to see Snyder held accountable.

How do you feel about the subpoena?

It is ridiculous that a subpoena is needed and even more ridiculous that he can avoid it by island hopping around Italy on his yacht. Mark Zuckerberg can find time to come off his yacht and hydrofoil to testify before Congress and I imagine Meta is a little more complicated to run than a football team.

Are you a D.C. sports fan? What is your relationship to Dan Snyder?

I’ve lived my whole life in the D.C. area and watch the Commanders, Capitals, and Nationals as much as I can. I haven’t been to a Wizards game since Jordan played for them and don’t feel like I have missed much. (Love you Ted, but Wizards need to completely tank and rebuild instead of being poor to middling for decades.) My only relationship to Dan Snyder is as a fan and attendee of games.

(Video) Dan Snyder buys most expensive house in DC area real estate history | FOX 5 DC

Dan Snyder's yacht has arrived in Monaco! We can only hope he goes into the Monte-Carlo Casino, bets it all on black, loses, and is forced to sell the @Commanders! #FireDanSnyder pic.twitter.com/ndbs0f9p24

— Dan Snyder Yacht Tracker (@DanSnydersYacht) July 21, 2022

How often do you check the yacht’s location? How do you do this?

I check the yacht and also the jet locations a few times throughout the day. Its all publicly available info through websites like VesselFinder and ADS-B Exchange. Ships have to broadcast their location to avoid accidents. Same for planes. The FAAlets owners hide a plane’s location from appearing on FAA data by request, which Snyder appears to have done. But ADS-B Exchange is run by individuals who have their own sensors to detect a plane and then collectively upload the data to the website. Some real pirate radio shit and props to people who collect and upload the plane location data.

Do you have… any experience with these kinds of trackers? Like do you use anything like this in your day job/normal life?

No, I just learned about it through reading. There’s a college student,Jack Sweeney,who tracks Elon Musk’s jet through a twitterbot (@elonjet) and I read a couple stories about him a few months ago. Then stumbled upon yacht tracking through stories of people tracking Russian oligarchs’ yachts after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

(Video) M/Y LADY S 93m Superyacht by Feadship owner Dan Snyder (USA)

What kind of trends are you seeing already in the yacht?

Snyder’s yacht has been island hopping around the Mediterranean for the last month. In reading about yachting, the Mediterraneanis the place to be during summer and the Caribbeanis where yacht owners winter. Also people should understand just how ridiculouslyexpensive the yacht is. You can read about it from the builder’swebsite, but the yacht has an IMAX screen, a helipad, and what I found most ridiculous is that his yacht has a yacht. The Lady S has four smaller boats called tenders that carry people to shore. The biggest tender is 34 feet long, so basically a yacht.

Dan Snyder's yacht is back at Panarea Island after meeting up with the jet yesterday. Did someone join the subpoena dodging yacht adventure? pic.twitter.com/ol6hj55bmQ

— Dan Snyder Yacht Tracker (@DanSnydersYacht) July 16, 2022

What has the response to the account been like?

It’s been great, and thenumber of followers grew surprisingly quick. It started getting attention when the local sports radio programs picked it up. Shout out to Grant and Danny. I think for D.C. sports fans, it’s slow right now with only the Nats playing and them being so bad. Plus it’s even worse with the Nats and Juan Soto basically breaking up on live tv during the Home Run Derby.

(Video) DAN SNYDER's $180,000,000 LADY S Yacht near Monaco

Is there anything else you think I should know?

Jerry Jones has a bigger… yacht than Dan Snyder!

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.


Where is Dan Snyder now? ›

But it's more likely that he's in Israel. If you follow the reporting, his lawyer said he was going to be in Israel, and his jet is currently in Israel, which matches what his lawyer said.

Where is Dan Snyder's yacht? ›

Dan Snyder's yacht is off the coast of Capriccioli, Italy while his jet (N904DS) is back in Geneva Switzerland.

How much did Dan Snyder's yacht cost? ›

Keeping Dan Snyder entertained on his $192 million luxury yacht is a two-deck IMAX theater, a 201-inch outdoor television & a beach club. The Washington Redskins team owner's yacht is as long as a football field. It also has a hammam & an interactive dance floor.

Who owns lady's yacht? ›

But the newest member of the club, the 305-foot-long Feadship Lady S owned by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has something that no other super yacht in the world has—a 12 seat, two-deck tall IMAX theater that only added an extra $3 million to the final price tag.

How old is Dan Snyder? ›

How did Dan Snyder get rich? ›

Dan Snyder initially made his fortune with a marketing business, Snyder Communications, that he started as a college dropout. After taking the company public in 1996, Snyder sold it to French firm Havas for $2.1 billion in stock in 2000.

Who owns the super yacht Madame Gu? ›

Andrei Skoch

What is the name of Dan Snyder's yacht? ›

Inside LADY S Yacht • Feadship • 2018 • Owner Dan Snyder
Name:Lady S
Volume:2,999 ton
Price:US$ 180 million
Annual Running Cost:US$ 10 -15 million
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What is the largest private yacht in the world? ›

Azzam. At 180 meters, Azzam is currently the biggest superyacht in the world. It's held the record for world's largest privately owned superyacht since 2013, but this 180-meter vessel was originally meant to be 35 meters shorter.

How much is Jerry Jones yacht? ›

When your name is Jerry Jones and you are the owner of the most valuable sports franchise in the world, chances are the gifts you purchase for yourself won't be made at your local mall.

Does Daniel Snyder own yacht? ›

That's something that never will be said on Commanders owner Daniel Snyder's superyacht. The folks at LuxuryLaunches.com have taken a closer took at the $192 million vessel purchased three years ago by Snyder. It's 93 meters long, nearly the full size of a football field.

How much is Jeff Bezos yacht? ›

Who is building Jeff Bezos' yacht? The new superyacht was commissioned in 2018 and is being constructed by Oceanco for an estimated $500m. Situated in Alblasserdam, around 12 miles from Rotterdam, the luxury shipyard is owned by Omani billionaire businessman, Mohammed Al Barwani.

Who owns the Lady's yacht in Cabo San Lucas? ›

Vessel NameRegistered OwnerYear

What nationality is Dan Snyder? ›

Is Dan Snyder married? ›

Can the NFL make an owner to sell? ›

NFL general counsel Jeff Pash just confirmed for me what Roger Goodell said he believed to be true—League bylaws say that NFL owners can in fact vote another owner out and force him/her to sell. Didn't have complete clarity on the procedure but the rule is on the books.

What is Dan Snyder's net worth? ›

Who's the richest NFL owner? ›

Tepper, whose Tepper Sports & Entertainment owns the NFL Carolina Panthers as well as Major League Soccer expansion team Charlotte FC, has an estimated net worth of $16.7 billion, according to Forbes. Walton, however, has a fortune of about $58.2 billion, according to the business magazine. Read more here.

Who owns the Washington Redskins? ›

Washington Commanders

Where is Madame Gu now? ›

The current position of MADAME GU is at Persian Gulf (coordinates 25.26773 N / 55.2728 E) reported 173 days ago by AIS. The vessel is sailing at a speed of 6.2 knots.

Who owns Quantum blue yacht? ›

Quantum Blue - 104-metre yacht built by Lurssen in 2014 and owned by a Russian billionaire Sergey Galitsky with net worth of $3,8 bln. 5.

Who owns the Nord yacht? ›

Nord, formerly known as Project OPUS, was built under the supervision of yacht brokerage Moran Yacht & Ship based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship belongs to billionaire Bader Al Ateeqi and is estimated to be worth $500 million.

How much is Lady's worth? ›

LADY S yacht is a 93-meter (305.1 ft) luxury yacht built by the Dutch shipyard Feadship in 2019. She was delivered to her owner, the American billionaire Dan Snyder for a reported price of US $180 million.

Where is Michael Jordan's yacht? ›

The yacht's owner is Michael Jordan. Jordan uses her for sports fish tournaments. The yacht is based in Jupiter, Florida.

Who owns secret yacht? ›

The SECRET yacht is Nancy Walton Laurie's $100 million superyacht. Walton Laurie is an experienced yacht owner and an heir to the Walmart fortune. The SECRET yacht interior was designed by J.W HARRIS INC and built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2013.

How big is Tom Brady's yacht? ›

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl victory boat parade was filled with superstars and superyachts—but Tom Brady's $2 million vessel made the biggest splash. The MVP quarterback showed up aboard his custom-built 53-foot Wajer 55S yacht, Viva a Vida.

How much is Tom Brady's yacht worth? ›

Tom Brady unveiled his first yacht, the Wajer 55S to the Tampa crowd after winning the 2021 NFL Super Bowl. The Buccaneers were celebrating a boat parade for winning the Super Bowl when Brady showed up in his luxurious $2 million yacht.

Do yacht crews get paid besides tips? ›

In addition to their salary for working the charter and doing the show, everyone gets a piece of the tips left behind by guests.

How much is Michael Jordan's yacht? ›

Basketball superstar Michael Jordan's love of the sea is well-documented, so it's no surprise that he is the owner of an $80 million superyacht named Joy. This 230-foot luxury vessel is modern, spacious, and comes with a full-length basketball court which is an extra touch befitting of a basketball legend like Jordan.

How much is Tiger Woods yacht worth? ›

Appropriately enough, Woods named his yacht “Privacy.” Let's look at Woods' net worth and the details of his incredible $20 million yacht.

What is Bill Gates yacht? ›

The yacht chartered by Gates is called the Lana. The craft, available via Imperial Yachts, features a sleek contemporary architecture, and measures 107 meters—about 351 feet. She was delivered in 2020. Lana was built by Benetti.

What company does Daniel Snyder own? ›

Snyder (born November 23, 1965 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is the current owner of the Washington Football Team (formerly known as the Washington Redskins) National Football League (NFL) pro football franchise, owner of the Dick Clark Productions television production company, and primary investor in Red Zebra ...

How much are the Washington commanders worth? ›

Washington was among the first NFL franchises with a fight song, "Hail to the Commanders", which is played by their marching band after every touchdown scored by the team at home. The franchise is valued by Forbes at US$5.6 billion, making them the league's sixth-most valuable team as of 2022.

How tall is Daniel Snyder? ›

Snyder's height was established in a 2010 Forbes profile, when author Monte Burke wrote this: Among other slights, the Post's Mike Wise called him “Napoleon in a luxury suite” (though he's 5 foot 9).

Does Mark Zuckerberg own a yacht? ›

According to a report by Hürriyet Daily News, Mark Zuckerberg quietly bought a 350-foot exploration yacht for $150 million in September.

Where does Bill Gates keep his yacht? ›

BILL GATES YACHT • Large SuperYacht • Support Vessel Wayfinder
Name:Bill Gates
Children:Jennifer Katharine Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates, Rory John Gates
Residence:Medina Mansion Xanadu 2.0
Private Jet:Gulfstream G650 (N887WM), Gulfstream G650 (N194WM)
Yacht:118m (387ft) Currently Under Construction in the Netherlands
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How much does Bill Gates new yacht cost? ›

Big Spender. If anyone could afford to buy a $644 million yacht, it's Bill Gates.

Whose yacht is in Cabo right now? ›

Dennis Washington's yachts Attessa and Attessa IV near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He owns a large consortium of companies known as the Washington Companies.
Dennis Washington's yachts Attessa and Attessa IV near Cabo San Lucas.
Name:Attessa IV
Length:100 m (328 ft)
Guests:28 in 14 cabins
Crew:21 in 10 cabins
Builder:Evergreen Shipyard
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Feb 22, 2021

Who owns the yacht with a helicopter in Cabo? ›

The Attessa IV is one of a kind 328-foot long vessel and has its own helicopter. IT is one of the largest luxury motor yachts in the world. Bought in 2007 by Dennis Washington, an American industrialist and billionaire who owns the Washington Group Intl. and Seaspan Marine Corporation.

Why do oligarchs own yachts? ›

Oligarchs' superyachts have captured attention as sanctioned Russian elite have their assets seized. Their vessels function as necessary status symbols, experts told Insider. Of course, the multimillion-dollar superyachts also offer a life of luxury and sociability.

What is Dan Snyder's net worth? ›

Does Dan Snyder still own the Redskins? ›

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, left, sits with his wife Tanya Snyder sin the audience as Ron Rivera is introduced as the Washington Redskins new had coach at a Redskins Park press conference in Ashburn, VA on January 2, 2020.

Who's the richest NFL owner? ›

Tepper, whose Tepper Sports & Entertainment owns the NFL Carolina Panthers as well as Major League Soccer expansion team Charlotte FC, has an estimated net worth of $16.7 billion, according to Forbes. Walton, however, has a fortune of about $58.2 billion, according to the business magazine. Read more here.

Who is Dan Snyders wife? ›

Is Dan Snyder married? ›

What nationality is Daniel Snyder? ›

How much does Clark Hunt make? ›

Today the Kansas City Chiefs are worth $2.5 billion. Clark is married to Tavia Shackles a former Miss Missouri Teen USA and Miss Kansas USA. They have three children.
Clark Hunt Net Worth.
Net Worth:$2 Billion
Date of Birth:Feb 19, 1965 (57 years old)
Nationality:United States of America

Can the NFL make an owner to sell? ›

NFL general counsel Jeff Pash just confirmed for me what Roger Goodell said he believed to be true—League bylaws say that NFL owners can in fact vote another owner out and force him/her to sell. Didn't have complete clarity on the procedure but the rule is on the books.

What percentage of the Washington Football Team does Dan Snyder own? ›

It's official: Dan Snyder owns 100 percent of WFT

Snyder has officially acquired the 40% of the team's stake that was previously owned by three of his former business partners Dwight Schar, Fred Smith and Robert Rothman, according to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the deal.

Who owns the Washington Redskins? ›

Washington Commanders


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