New York’s The Mark Hotel sets sail…

A restored and updated 70ft Herreshoff-designed Ventura yacht is available for private hire

Guests on the yacht will enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Guests on the yacht will enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Set sail around Manhattan Island in high style from June 1, when The Mark Hotel relaunches its yacht. The restored and updated 70ft Herreshoff-designed Ventura was originally commissioned in 1919, launched in early 1921, and saw her first full summer season on the water from the tiny town of Oyster Bay – aka the “Gold Coast”, overlooking Long Island Sound – in 1922. With a hull made of solid mahogany, Indian teak decks and a hollow wooden mast hewn from American spruce, this 28 ton sculptural beauty has been meticulously restored to its original high finish, but with stylish additions that are synonymous with the Upper East Side’s Mark Hotel – it promises to be a floating extension of the Jacques Grange-designed hotel’s luxurious aesthetic.

A selection of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s canapés
A selection of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s canapés

Setting sail from Tribeca’s North Cove Marina and travelling south to New York’s vibrant harbour, guests can be treated to views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the iconic Freedom Tower – a dramatic symbol that punctuates the city’s skyline.

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The Mark is available to hotel guests for private charter (from $4,000 for two) – from a romantic sunset cruise à deux to canapés for up to 28 people, courtesy of the hotel’s resident Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. On-board bar selections range from Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve NV bubbles to a Brooklyn Lager microbrew.

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There is something special about seeing a city from the water and this holds especially true for this glittering part of Lower Manhattan with its buildings of all shapes, sizes and architectural styles.

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