And the owner of a remarkable £113 million superyacht that is 321 feet long, millionaire Joe Lewis of the Tottenham Hotspur, is proof of that.
Spurs owner Joe Lewis owns the Aviva, a £113 million yacht
The Aviva, which was spotted on the Thames in 2018, is 321 feet long
The East End-born businessman is believed to live on board the Aviva, which has been spotted parked on the Thames and called his floating office.
It also features every facility an 85-year-old could want, including the first full-size indoor tennis court ever erected on a yacht.
NEW BALLS, PLEASE
Lewis can play tennis without being on solid ground. After all, he has a magnificent tennis court—the first of its kind—built into the Aviva for the enjoyment of himself and his visitors. The court area is 20 meters long, 10 meters wide, and 6.65 meters high.
And, as the yacht’s designer, Reymond Langton, explained, it’s not just for tennis. “It is not only a lifestyle change for the owner, but it is also the largest gym on any yacht” the British design studio told Yacht Harbour.
The superyacht has the world’s first full-size indoor tennis court
The tennis court in the bottom of the Aviva has been known to be popular among the crew
“When the court is not in use for padel (tennis), the net can be removed and the crew can play football and use other exercise equipment in the space.”
“After all, it is a sports hall.”
A MOBILE OFFICE
Lewis, who became wealthy through currency trading after owning and operating multiple restaurants and nightclubs during the 1960s, spends the most of the year on his boat.
The Aviva is great for working remotely for the Spurs boss as well as living a lavish lifestyle.
“I rely heavily on communication and information.” Lewis stated in an interview about his needs for his floating office.
“To be effective, I need reliable phones and internet; these have greatly improved in recent years, but they are still too expensive, too slow, and not consistently reliable.”
“Aviva is more than just an office; it’s also my home for the majority of the year.” So working from home, wherever Aviva is in the world, is relaxing for me.”
It can also be used to entertain, as when he invited the Spurs team on board during their tour of the Bahamas in 2013.
“I had never met him before, so it was nice to go over there and a great experience,” said then-skipper Michael Dawson.
“What a wonderful person. And that yacht is incredible! But he’s just a regular guy. You could discuss anything with him. He enjoys watching all of the games. We just sat there and talked. He made us feel very welcome there. It was unhurried. There was a lot of team bonding.”
Lewis spends the majority of the year on the Aviva
Lewis has previously referred to the Aviva as his “modern-day office.”
Sun loungers are scattered around its decks
Lewis, one of the richest men in the UK, resides in the Bahamas as a tax exile most of the time.
The Aviva, which can accommodate up to 16 guests, is also completely furnished for a life in the Caribbean.
The external leisure space consists of a circular set of lounging pads on the sun deck and smaller lounging pads towards the yacht’s bridge.
A fun swimming platform that opens into the water can provide you access to your own private beach area with Aviva tenders exiting side doors.
The superyacht is equipped with a speedboat and jet skis, two typical boy’s toys.
The Aviva is Bahamas-ready, with its own speedboat and a swimming platform that extends into the sea
There are circular lounging areas on the lower deck
The Aviva, the world’s 46th longest yacht, was built in Germany over a three-year period. It also does not lack in specifications. It can reach a top speed of 20 knots and is propelled by an environmentally efficient motor system.
Fuel consumption is reduced due to the unique hull design combined with an electric propulsion system. Surprisingly, the Aviva can travel at 11 knots on electric power alone.
Where can we currently get one?
The Aviva can be powered entirely by electronic means
The Aviva is the world’s 46th longest yacht
The Aviva was built in Germany and took three years to complete