Rick Caruso--Grove/Americana at Brand developer, perennial almost-mayoral-candidate--has a new giant yacht named Invictus. (Is he a fan of Matt Damon movies? Victorian poetry? Detroit soul?) It was built in Seattle--the West Seattle Blog spotted it in their waters in late June--and now he wants to bring it down to SoCal for a christening in Newport Beach harbor. The problem is that the 215-foot-long boat is big--"so big it could not fit in either marina in Long Beach, although it could squeeze into Marina del Rey." It'd be 65-feet longer than any other boat parked in Newport; the Harbor Commission will have to consider the request, according to the LA Business Journal (sub. req.), but at least one of the commissioners is feeling very friendly to the idea: "It's an extraordinary experience to have a boat like that around and we hope other high-profile-boat owners will make us a stop on the journey as well." Invictus is "finished in walnut burl, crotch mahogany veneers and Italian marble, [and] has 12 guest cabins, an on-deck gym, theater with stadium seating, fold-down cabana and sundeck with hot tub as well as a grand piano in the main salon." Fancy, but too bad he missed the chance to build a yacht that pretty much looks like a floating Grove.
· Billionaire's Boat Makes Big Splash [LABJ, sub. req.]