The 45-metre superyacht Lady M became the centre of attention recently when Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio filmed scenes on board for a new movie at Dennis Conner’s North Cove marina in New York. The Wolf of Wall Street, due for release next year, is based on the memoirs of fast-living stockbroker Jordan Belfort [played by DiCaprio], who set up boiler room Stratton Oakmont in the 1990s and defrauded investors of upto $200 million. Belfort eventually served a 22-month jail term but enjoyed a high-end superyacht lifestyle in the meantime.
“It was a very exciting day here at North Cove,” Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh told SuperYacht World. “I believe the crew was onboard as they had to keep running the ship while Leonardo DiCaprio threw lobsters around for the script.”
The location of the marina was important as the backdrop for the filming, adds Fortenbaugh. “I know the location scout loved everything about the yacht and the marina,” he says. “Martin Scorcese, who was the director, enjoyed walking around the marina and I met him on one of the pre-shoot walkthroughs.”
Lady M, built by Intermarine Savannah in 2002, sleeps ten guests and is available for charter through IYC from $125,000pw and for sale through RJC Yacht Sales for $11.9 million. She will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show at Hyatt/Pier 66 Face Dock.
She was refitted in 2011, including a new interior with marble and granite. With honey-glazed maple joinery, accents of gold and neutral tones throughout, her main deck layout includes a main salon with grand piano, formal dining salon skylounge bar and various al fresco dining options. She also has a restyled flybridge with custom seating arrangements, wet bar and hot-tub.
The yacht he actually owned, Nadine, was built in 1961 for Coco Chanel and sank in a storm in 1997 when Belfort, who was addicted to methaqualone, took her out on east coast of Sardinia while high. She was an impressive boat at the time with an LOA of 51 metres and toys including a seaplane and helicopter, plus eight jetskis and four tenders. It is thought that the floating devices on board contributed to all on board being saved. Belfort’s own audio account of the sinking can be found here.