You may know that local hospitality mogul Duane Hagadone sold his 205-foot yacht, Lady Lola (above), and her shadow boat (which is now called “Amevi Surprise”). But did you know that Hagadone started a trend with his Lady Lola Shadow and that former skipper Stan Antrim is now refurbishing vessels to serve as shadow boats for the richy rich? According to the latest issue of Boat USA International, Antrim is using the skills learned retrofitting the Lady Lola Shadow to find and refurbish boats that will serve as carriers for helicopters, speedboats and other toys for megayacht owners. Seems Coeur d’Alene bazillionaire Hagadone hit on something when he was scrounging around for a way to have his toys and take them with him on cruises, too. A 1981 vintage oil supply vessel, the erstwhile LL Shadow carried the chopper, a speedboat, a shuttle boat for up to 20 guests, a three-man submarine among other things. Since leaving Hagadone’s employment, Antrim has rebuilt a second vessel, a 170-footer dubbed the Paladin Shadow, and has plans for a third. But no one has met his asking price, yet. For a cool $9.75 million, you could join the ranks of the rich and famous. Of course, you’d need a main megayacht, too.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.