Creator of Harry Potter series buys £22 million Amphitrite previously owned by Johnny Deep

Edinburgh-based author JK Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series, has recently bought £22 million Amphitrite. This luxurious 156-foot yacht was originally named Vajoliroja and was owned by the Hollywood actor Johnny Deep.

Vajoliroja in Elba, Italy

Vajoliroja in Elba, Italy

Originally launched from Proteksan Turquoise (now Turquoise Yachts) in 2001, the three-deck Vajoliroja received an £8 million makeover by Depp in 2008, and subsequently was sold to an American shipping magnate in 2015. She provides elegant and beautiful accommodation across five lovely cabins. There are also plenty of entertainment options for guests to enjoy, including a great variety of water toys, such as waterski, wakeboard, windsurf, kayak and snorkeling capabilities.

JK Rowling

JK Rowling

JK Rowling, born 31 July 1965, is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.  She represents one of the most successful authors of the modern era and is reportedly worth £580 million.

Who owns a luxury yacht?

A new private motor yacht cruising.

A new private motor yacht cruising.

In this section of the site we focus on which famous, wealthy and interesting people own which superyacht.  We are not talking about the charter of a yacht or merely visiting friends on a yacht for a vacation.  Here we are talking about a celebrity who has actually chosen to purchase or build a yacht of a particular style or type for the long term. Someone who has thought long and hard about their boat. Yachts and their owner’s will be added here over time.  Please come back to see it grow. 

The type and style of yacht a person chooses to buy tells you a lot about their personal taste and style; their likes and dislikes.  The type of auto a person drives can tell you something about that person but a yacht can tell you a lot more.  A yacht is a large custom built home and no two yachts are alike.

Everyone would own a luxury yacht if they could.  I would anyway.  Luxury yachts are beautiful things indeed.  Being individually designed by the best designers in the world and then hand built by skilled craftsmen luxury yachts are like huge pieces of living sculpture that glide over the world’s oceans.  When a private yacht is large there is no other yacht the same.  There is no other crew the same and there is certainly no two owners alike.

The type and style of a yacht tells you a lot about that person.  What are their individual tastes?  Modern latest design or older classic? Do they like romantic classic motor boat like Jonny Depp’s yacht?  Do they like extra large yachts like?  Is it and ‘all ocean’ expedition yacht that can explore all parts of the world’s oceans, like Bono’s yacht from U2, or is it a coastal fast yacht design to sip around the fashionable coast lines of St Tropez, Monaco and Capri?  Do they like the sporty sailing yachts which use the wind’s natural forces for propulsion? It also tells you about a person by looking at the yacht they fell in love with.

The interior decoration of a yacht also gives an insight into someone’s likes and dislikes.  Because there are a huge number of yacht types to choose from it tells you about their particular tastes.  Modern interiors are chic, stylish and fashionable.  Classic interiors can be more relaxing – a place for friends and family to get away from it all and feel homely and comfortable: to float away in piece and privacy.

Tiger Woods owns a beautiful new American built motor yacht with relaxed and comfortable interior styling.

What about amenities, extras and water toys?  What can you do on the yacht?  Is there a deck Jacuzzi – somewhere to sip champagne and relax or throw a bikini party!  What type of water toys does the yacht have? Does the yacht have a Jet Ski and water ski speed boat?  What about windsurfers or even a submarine?  Is the celebrity the action and adventure type; is there a compressor for diving?

Actor Johnny Depp’s Luxury Yacht!

Depp's Luxury Yacht

Depp

Johnny Depp, star of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’,  was first seen vacationing on his yacht with Vanessa in the Mediterranean near the island of Elba.  Elba is Italian just of Sardinia  – between the French Island of Corsica and the Italian mainland near to Pisa, Tuscany.  Napoleon Bonaparte was famously was excelled there.

The Yacht Johnny Depp owns near Elba

The Yacht Johnny Depp owns near Elba

Johnny Depp actually owns the luxury motor yacht and he called it Vajoliroja.  It was built by Proteksan Turquoise was built in turkey in 2001 and is a large modern classic luxury superyacht 47m (156ft)  long.

Superyacht vajoliroja

Superyacht vajoliroja

The name Vajoliroja is a combination of Johnny’s family’s names. Va for Vanessa, Jo for Johnny, LiRo for his 9 year old daughter Lily Rose and Ja for his son Jack. It sounds like ‘The Jolly Roger’ if you say it just right.

Johnny and Vanessa

Johnny and Vanessa

Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp have been in a relationship since 1998. Vanessa Chantal Paradis is a French singer and actress who won the 2008 Victoire De La Musique Female Performer of the Year and Pop Album of the Year. 

Here is a recent photo of Johnny’s yacht the Vajoliroja docked in Florida, USA last week. Johnny was in Florida with his family for the Sheila Witkin Memorial Concert.

The Luxury Yacht In Florida

The Luxury Yacht In Florida

 You can even charter the superyacht if you like as yacht Vajoliroja is available for luxury yacht charters. The romantic motor yacht VAJOLIROJA evokes feelings of romance and glamour with hints of a pirate theme which would make it hard for the  lucky few that get to charter this special yacht not to think about the yachts owner Johnny Depp.

Johnny Depp is a versatile and gifted actor who has been nominated for 3 Oscars.  His list of work includes:  

Sin City 3 (2011)
The Rum Diary (2009)
Dark Shadows (2010) Barnabas Collins
Shantaram (2009) 
Public Enemies (2009) John Dillinger
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) …. Sweeney Todd
… aka Sweeney Todd
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) …. Jack Sparrow
… aka Pirates 3 (USA: informal short title)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) …. Jack Sparrow
… aka Pirates 2 (USA: informal short title)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow (2006) (VG) (voice) …. Jack Sparrow
Corpse Bride (2005) (voice)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) …. Willy Wonka
The Libertine (2004)
Finding Neverland (2004)(2004)And They Lived Happily Ever After
    – Hank’s Back (2004)
Secret Window (2004)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) …. Sands
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) …. Jack Sparrow
From Hell (2001)
Blow (2001)
Chocolat (2000)
The Man Who Cried (2000)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) ….
The Brave (1997)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Nick of Time (1995)
Dead Man (1995)
Don Juan DeMarco (1995)
Ed Wood (1994)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Benny & Joon (1993)
Arizona Dream (1993)
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
“21 Jump Street”
Cry-Baby (1990)
Platoon (1986)
Slow Burn (1986) (TV)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)