The historic riverfront in Savannah, Georgia once bustled with the movement of goods of all types. However, in those days, cotton was king, and it made a lot of people very wealthy.
Today, the dock bustles with the movement of tourists of all types, and T shirts and pralines are king. And thanks to water access, and a number of high-end hotels, there are a few exceptional visitors added to the mix (probably not buying T shirts).
This is the superyacht Northern Light, which I was lucky enough to see as it departed. Seeing a superyacht (a yacht which is greater than 100 feet) isn’t an everyday occurrence in my life, so I got a real kick out of the show. The crew of 10, all dressed in matching uniforms, managed to slide the 132 foot craft away from the dock in a few smooth movements. And as with all professionals, they made it look effortless.
I was very curious who could afford such a boat, and after a little net research, found that it’s a charter! That’s right, if you want to blow a little money, and impress your friends, you can rent this magnificent craft for $220,000 per week. Yep, that’s $31,500 a day, and I’m not making this up. Amazing but true.
On the same day, I walked home through block after block of what most people would call “conspicuous consumption” … the wonderful historical houses for which Savannah is so deservedly famous.
The historic district begins at the waterfront, and continues south for slightly over one mile. This area is home to one of the finest collections of 19th century architecture in the nation. The city’s position on the Savannah River made it a highly successful commercial port in the 1800s, enabling wealthy businessmen to build luxurious townhouses on the beautiful, tree-lined streets. Most of these houses start in the 7 figures and go up from there.
And while these wonderful rich-boy toys, and huge houses are out of most people’s reach, they certainly are fun to admire.