Having a ball
Jerry Jones, the high-flying billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys, lassoed one heck of a Christmas gift: a $250 million, helipad-equipped superyacht bearing the name of his wife.
Websites that cover the yachting industry report that Jones took delivery of a nearly 360-foot, Dutch-built yacht on December 20 somewhere in Scandinavia. It just so happens that the field at AT&T Stadium measures 360 feet in length. In other words, Jones’ new seagoing toy is, fittingly, as long as a football field.
Famed Italian yacht design firm Nuvolari Lenard drew up plans for Jones’ new vessel, with the United Kingdom’s Lateral Naval Architects assuming the naval architecture tasks and U.K. yacht specialist Reymond Langton Design handling interior design.
The superyacht is said to be the first yacht constructed in accordance with LIFE (Lengthened, Innovative, Fuel-efficient, Eco-friendly) standards. Dutch shipyard Oceanco built the hybrid-powered vessel.
Superyachts.com describes the design of the yacht as “dynamic, futuristic, and minimalist.” Nuvolari Lenard says the yacht’s exterior features “a stunningly sleek profile without sacrificing any interior space.”
Pascale Raymond, a partner at Reymond Langton Design, says in a November release from Oceanco that the firm “worked with artisans and craftsmen to create bespoke artworks, fabrics, and signature furniture pieces that all combine to create a warm, inviting environment on board for the [owner’s] family and guests.”
“The interior is a sophisticated, elegant, contemporary design that features light maple wood and white pearl lacquer with contrasting accents of walnut and ebony,” according to a December release from Oceanco.
Other highlights of the luxury ship include:
- A helicopter landing platform.
- A storage area for “water toys.”
- A spa with a sauna, steam room, massage room, “plunge” pool and “rain” shower.
- A lower-deck gym.
- A “beach club” described as “generous and luxurious.”
The yacht — named Bravo Eugenia after Jones’ wife, Eugenia (better known as "Gene") — reportedly can sail at a top speed of 17.5 knots, equivalent to about 20 mph. By the way, that’s also around the top speed of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Bravo Eugenia’s cabins reportedly can accommodate an estimated 14 passengers and an estimated 20 crew members.
This vessel apparently replaces a Jones-owned yacht we told you about back in 2013. At the time, the 290-foot yacht, named Nirvana, was up for sale with a price tag of about $300 million.
As of January 2019, Forbes pegged Jones’ net worth at $6.8 billion. The Cowboys, valued at $5 billion, account for the largest chunk of his fortune.