John Rosatti purchased the 214-foot (65.25m) Codecasa superyacht in early 2015, executed an extensive refit in 2016, named it DOUBLE DOWN.
This chicly sophisticated motor yacht is outfitted to the nth degree, offering everything from innovative bi-fold sliding doors for the upper deck dining area and a striking glass elevator that accesses all interior decks, to any of the nine spacious and sumptuous staterooms that welcome up to 18 guests. The fully equipped gym, private cinema, grand piano salon, an eight-person Jacuzzi on the bridge deck are just a few other enticing amenities found aboard this resplendent yacht. “I chose DOUBLE DOWN because I loved the nine-cabin configuration since I have my three kids (plus their friends or significant others) and my friends on board,” said Mr. Rosatti.
“I have no problem filling up the cabins. Also, the general interior theme was very close to my last two yachts, REMEMBER WHEN and NICE N EASY.”
Other yachts on this owner’s resume include motor yachts THUNDERBALL and TAKE IT EASY, as well yachts from his own brand, Millennium, of which he built, owned and used several. But back to DOUBLE DOWN, Mr. Rosatti continued, “I fell in love with the owner’s deck and the aft glass convertible dining area that can be opened or closed based on the weather, offering panoramic views that are unobstructed and endless. Lastly, I also love the large glass “OTIS” elevator, which is beautiful!”
Mr. Rosatti, who is the founder of BurgerFi, The Office Delray, Vic & Angelo’s, Plaza Auto Mall and Burgerfi International, LLC, is big into boating; he’s owned 15 large yachts during his tenure in yachting. “I have always loved being on the water with my kids,” said Mr. Rosatti. “I love fast smaller boats from 30 to 70 feet and larger yachts from 50 meters and up…” This fact is compounded by the amount of time they spend on DOUBLE DOWN. “I am on board all the time,” said Mr. Rosatti, who we caught up with mid-holiday in Europe during summer 2017. “This trip, I have been on since the Barcelona Charter Show in April and will only be off for a couple of charters. I average about six months aboard per year, if not more.”
What does a typical day aboard the striking superyacht entail? “It consists of either having coffee in bed, looking out at the views from our forward-facing owner’s suite or sitting out at our private dinette,” Mr. Rosatti began. “Then we go back and meet our guests in the aft glass-dining area for breakfast and to plan our day. Usually, we start off by playing in the water, on the slide off the bridge deck and with various other water toys, like our SeaBobs, Sea-Doos, paddleboards, etc. Then we take the 42-foot MTI with Quad 300hp engines ashore and have lunch wherever we are. We’ll come back and play more, maybe take a nap and then have dinner prepared by our five-star chef or we’ll go out for local favorites.”
Many of the Rosatti’s local favorites are found in the Mediterranean. “I love cruising the Med, like Sardinia, Corsica, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Positano, but I also like the Caribbean in the winter, such as St. Barths. I also just became a member of the Monaco Yacht Club, so I love hanging out there when I’m in port.” But one of the most unique places the yacht has visited may be Bonifacio, Corsica. “Backing in stern-to was a tremendous feeling; a 65-meter anchored there is pretty exhilarating,” said Mr. Rosatti.
While Mr. Rosatti has chartered out other yachts in the past, it’s not something he’s likely to do now, “As you can see, I always have to have my own,” he said. But his yacht is available for charter because “…it gives the crew a level to always achieve, so they are not always gauging it based off us. I believe in keeping DOUBLE DOWN in five-star condition.”
The yacht is in tip-top shape for anyone who’s keen to charter her, “She’s so quiet underway and a very solid ride,” said Mr. Rosatti. “The layout is perfect and exterior spaces accommodate all the guests for intimate conversation, sunning and spectating along the way. Also, my engine room is a work of art! Polished stainless steel and chrome everywhere.” It’s quite evident that yachting is the lifestyle for Mr. Rosatti. This avid, involved yacht owner may very well be happiest at sea and he beautifully summed it all up when he said, “It’s about having my privacy if I choose, and piling my family and friends in and being on the water…I love the water!” And that’s a sentiment we can all agree with.