Greg Norman has achieved much success as a professional golfer. He has taken this success into the business world, and endeavored golf course design, real estate development, opened restaurants, and even learned to be a wine maker. When Greg Norman decided to buy a yacht, his first purchase was the 200′ Feadship, Cakewalk. In 1999, Greg decided he wanted a yacht custom built to his own specifications, taking into account his love of diving and deep sea fishing. Goodbye CakeWalk… hello Aussie Rules!
After doing extensive homework and developing his own set of specifications, Greg selected Australian yacht builder OceanFast to construct his yacht. Although the company had never produced a yacht of this size, they had the technical support of Austral Ltd. (which owns Oceanfast) to lean on. Austral is the world leader in aluminum vessels, producing fast ferries and naval patrol boats. He took possession of the yacht in 2003 at a reported cost of $70 million.
The Aussie Rules has an astounding range of over 8,000 nautical miles. Greg’s (ex)wife, Laura (who has her own design business, N. I. Designs) worked with Sam Sorgiovanni to put together the yacht’s luxurious interior design. Greg Norman’s yacht was designed to be a floating home. Included are movie theater, library, observation lounge, and a crow’s nest with four chairs and a settee.
Specs for Greg Norman’s yacht Aussie Rules
Length: 228 ft.
Beam: 39 ft. 3 in.
Draft: 9 ft. 8 in.
Marine Fuel capacity: 59,439 gallons
Water capacity: 13,208 gallons
Engines: Dual 1,492-hp Caterpillar 3516B diesel inboards
Gensets: 3 x 227-kW Caterpillars
The additional equipment onboard Greg Norman’s yacht truly show his love of a life at sea. Greg Norman’s yacht holds dive gear for 30, and even a decompression chamber! Aussie Rules’ onboard vessels make up their own mini-fleet, and include a 42 ft. custom sport fisherman named No Rules, 29 ft. SeaVee for diving and fishing, a 31-foot Novurania Equator, two 18 ft. Hewes flat boats and 4 personal water craft.
In a Power and Motoryacht article, Mr. Norman was interviewed and expressed the pride he feels for his design and accessory contributions of Aussie Rules. This interview also made apparent who pleased he was that this awesome ship was constructed by an Australian builder.
After all of the effort Mr. Norman put into designing the yacht to his specifications, he sold it to Floridian billionaire Wayne Huizenga only year after taking posession. Mr. Huizenga, who once also owned the Miami Dolphins and Florida Marlins, renamed Aussie Rules as The Floridian. Now, thanks to Mr. Huizega’s enhancements, a helicopter landing pad and expanded guest accommodations are in the luxurious mix.
Sources: Power and Motoryacht, strangevehicles.com , youtube, splashvision