An award-winning yacht designed by the esteemed designer Jon Bannenberg, 164' (49.99m) THUNDER is an opulent vessel with a shallow draft perfect for cruising the Bahamas. A striking vessel with an extraordinary design, THUNDER is a pedigree yacht that stands apart from all others in her size category. She underwent a refit in 2021.
Her dramatic exterior features sweeping lines with dual staircases from the large swim deck to bring you up to her indoor/outdoor dining salon. Her glass doors offer over 180 degrees of visibility, which means guests can enjoy panoramic views while staying in air-conditioned comfort. Sliding doors lead to a large al fresco dining and living space, or guests can move forward into the main salon with an impressive ceiling height of over 10 feet.
The 10 overnight guests on board will sleep in lush surroundings. The master suite on THUNDER is full beam and located to the aft. The incredibly large space features a lounge area, extra-large wardrobes, and a king-size bed. There are two master ensuite bathrooms; one with a full-size tub, shower, and water closet complete with bidet, the second with a steam shower. The five additional staterooms are each individually decorated with en suite bathrooms and all the amenities a yacht guest could desire. The opulent interior includes several stately pieces of artwork and chandeliers, all of which will remain on the yacht for her new owners to enjoy.
Guests can be entertained among the many exterior spaces THUNDER has to offer, including a seven-meter pool on her foredeck and lower aft swim platform for easy access to the surrounding ocean. Constructed from carbon fiber, she offers her next owners an impressive range of 3,000 nautical miles. THUNDER accommodates nine crew.
Michael was introduced to boating while spending his first 18 summers in Cape May, New Jersey working in his fathers shipyard and mating on his boats. After graduating from business school in Boston with an MBA degree, Michael owned and operated a sport fishing boat for five years between Palm Beach Florida and Nantucket, Massachusetts. Michael then went into the Merchant Marine and earned his 1600 ton master's license. He then spent 10 years as a yacht and ship captain including three years as captain of a U.S. Navy research ship. Michael then returned to Palm Beach and started a marine service business and began his career as a yacht broker. From 1990 till present Michael has worked for two prominent yacht brokerage firms and most recently has joined IYC in Palm Beach, Florida. With 30 years in the yachting business, Michael is well positioned to help his clients in all aspects of yachting including sales, service and new build projects.
Mark Elliott was born in Miami, and quickly developed a passion for sailing. At 18, he delivered a 48’ Grand Banks from Miami to Alaska and subsequently earned his Captain’s license. At 24, he met Bernie Little and went on to Captain and manage the most successful fleet of charter yachts afloat for 18 years. As General Manager of Florida Yacht Basin he developed the shipyard into the largest megayacht paint and repair facility on the East Coast. Next, Mark took over the Allied Marine Shipyard, a Hatteras, Azimut and Benetti dealership with over $30 million in inventory and 110 employees. With over 20 years of running and managing yachts, Mark turned his attention to selling and marketing them with IYC. His insight, experience and advice are some of the most valuable in the industry, and part of what makes IYC an ideal yacht consultancy.