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David Bowie’s Yacht For Sale: Ch, Ch, Changes

El Caran yacht, David Bowie's yacht

El Caran was originally commissioned by Bowie in 1977.

A Benetti superyacht once owned by legendary singer-songwriter David Bowie has been listed for sale by Giulio Riggio at Fraser Yachts' Palma Mallorca, Spain office, with an asking price of approximately $5.1 million (€4,850,000). 

Fresh Refit

Built in 1977, the 128’ (39 m) El Caran is a Benetti motoryacht constructed from steel and aluminum. Originally called Deneb Star, the yacht has undergone numerous refits, with the most recent carried out in 2020 — with works including a fresh paint job, additional cabins, and a new teak deck.

El Caran foredeck, Bennetti motoryacht

The bow’s sunshade lets guests enjoy seabreezes and still be protected.

“The refitting of this yacht was a brave challenge,” says architect and interior designer Simona Lamboglia. “This yacht belonged to David Bowie, and when the new owner proposed to do a restoration, my first thought was to respect the original project, but at the same time create a comfortable and modern environment.”

master stateroom, David Bowie yacht

The pinks and purples in the master stateroom give a hint of Bowie’s outlandish style.

The yacht has six staterooms with accommodation for up to 12 guests including a full-beam master stateroom on the main deck. Every cabin comes with a en suite head including a bathtub. Key features aboard El Caran include a sky lounge and outside deck space, enhanced by her canoe stern design.

Five crew cabins accommodate seven including a chef. There are hints of the late performer’s artistic vision on board the yacht, including a surrealist picture that hangs in the dining room and bright retro prints on the furniture. Twin 824-hp MTU engines push her to a top speed of 12 knots and she has an estimated range of 3,800 nautical miles.

El Caran salon, Bennetti yachts

Technical specifications: El Caran

Built/Refit: 1977/2020
Builder: Benetti
Length: 128’03”/39.08M
Beam: 23’7”/7.2M
Draft: 12’4”/3.76M
Gross Tonnage: 272GT
Hull: Steel
Engines: 2 X MTU (695HP)
Cruising/Max speed: 10 Knots/12 Knots
Cruise Range: 3,000NM
Economical Range: 4,000NM
Exterior Designer: Benetti
Interior Designer: Benetti
Classification: RINA