SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: ‘Support yacht’ Hodor

Thanks to Stewart L. for that photo of a yacht passing West Seattle this afternoon, headed into the Duwamish River, the 217-foot Hodor. According to this link Stewart found, and other info we subsequently turned up, Hodor is no mere superyacht – it’s a European-built SUPPORT yacht, meant to support another superyacht … with features from a helipad to an ROV. This SuperYacht Times story from a year ago has more details and photos; a related website says the Hodor and the yacht it supports are owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta. The Hodor s currently anchored off Magnolia, according to, as is its “mothership” Lonian; Puget Sound Business Journal writer Patti Payne explains why.

43 Replies to "SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: 'Support yacht' Hodor"

  • LyndaB July 11, 2020 (9:05 pm)

    Ok, I’ll take that while the bridge is out!

  • GoTfan July 11, 2020 (9:24 pm)

    I love that the support yacht is named after the most loyal support person ever.

  • onion July 11, 2020 (9:34 pm)

    Never heard of a support yacht before. As if the mothership wasn’t vulgar enough on its own.

  • CAM July 11, 2020 (9:44 pm)

    Hold the door! 😭

  • Lisa July 11, 2020 (9:55 pm)

    Essential travel. Right.

  • KBear July 11, 2020 (10:34 pm)


    • Bradley July 12, 2020 (1:30 am)

      I agree. That corrupt pro sports stadium in the background is absolutely disgusting.

    • Stuck on Avalon July 12, 2020 (8:15 am)

      I also agree. That pink looks hideous on the stadium. The least T-Mobile could have done is matched the color palette.

    • Darin July 12, 2020 (10:31 am)

      Haters gonna HATE- I love the fact that someone is successful and can do big things. 

      • Lisa July 12, 2020 (1:47 pm)

        @Darin – I’m all for success and going big but…it’s difficult to be super happy about seeing this when the world is on lockdown and most of us are following rules and staying put. I don’t care how “self quarantined” you are on your yacht, I reserve my right to be judgmental right now – LOL.

        • momosmom July 12, 2020 (3:21 pm)

          Yea Lisa and all those people down at Alki right now must be the rich and famous and don’t give hoot about the pandemic without their masks on???! 

          • Correct July 12, 2020 (4:33 pm)

            Momosmom….  You’re correct.  I look at those people as simply not caring.  They live in their world only.

        • Luci July 15, 2020 (2:16 pm)

          I’m with you honey.

    • Concur July 12, 2020 (5:22 pm)

      That just about sums it up.  Disgusting!  Regardless of the fact that the, um, “support yacht” could financially “support” 3rd world countries, can one person be more horrible for the environment?   

  • bolo July 11, 2020 (11:04 pm)

    It’s a Job Creator!

  • David F. July 12, 2020 (7:32 am)

    Interesting, thanks for sharing and including the links.

  • Graciano July 12, 2020 (8:09 am)

    That’s awesome, Who ever said money can’t buy happiness, never saw this.

  • square eyes July 12, 2020 (8:20 am)

    We did a circuit of the Lonian yesterday, crew busily scrubbing down the deck and sides. What a beautiful vessel. The side garage door was open and the tender gone. Didn’t realize there was a support vessel too. Must be nice. 🤑

  • Vanessa July 12, 2020 (9:28 am)

    Coming in for some take out.

  • waikikigirl July 12, 2020 (9:32 am)

    I myself think HOLY SMOKES that’s a beautiful “boat” and how lucky to be so smart in business ventures to have things like this! But also that I am so lucky in other ways that everyone I love and care about are well, working and are very comfortable in the lives they are living. 

  • Ed July 12, 2020 (9:51 am)

    Why in the world would you call a boat ‘vulgar’? That yacht created LOTS of jobs when it was built, and when it is serviced, when it is provisioned, and as it is maintained. Who are YOU to try and tell someone what they can or cannot spend THIR money on? No one elected you arbiter of what should and should not exist! Sounds to me like you lack sufficient ‘wealth’ and are jealous of people who have more than you do. 

    • FRGII July 12, 2020 (3:43 pm)

      That’s the same thinking they used in the time period that shows like Downton Abbey portray. That obscene wealth is explained as being beneficial to the poor because without the super rich, the poor would be even poorer. It’s such a ridiculous justification of wealth inequality. 

  • Cool July 12, 2020 (9:58 am)

    Thanks for the link.  What an amazing yacht!  To think that’s a support vessel is mind blowing.The catamaran haul has a boat lift stationed between the haul.  How cool is that?  

  • TJ July 12, 2020 (10:30 am)

    Wow, some people are just that jealous of rich people looking at these comments. You really that triggered with what they do with their money? Keep in mind the construction of that boat employed a fair amount of high paying jobs. But that doesnt matter I guess. We should find a way to take it. 

    • Brian July 12, 2020 (11:24 am)

      Lmfao dude he’s not your friend. It’s okay to call him what he is. 

    • Brian July 12, 2020 (12:37 pm)

      That’s just it: It’s not his money. He didn’t earn it. He stole it from his workers at Station Casinos.   Look it up sometime if you’re intellectually curious and aren’t just into propping up capitalist who’ve never worked a day in their life.

  • Brian July 12, 2020 (10:31 am)

    Lorenzo Fertitta is a union busting parasite.

    • AMD July 12, 2020 (11:33 am)

      Who inherited the company he runs and his wealth, for all those alluding to the rewards of his supposed hard work.

    • Rob July 12, 2020 (11:42 am)

      He sounds awesome 

    • KM July 12, 2020 (1:44 pm)

      Who was given casinos by his father, and protected his wealth and ownership in bankruptcy. I’m so glad people are chiming in here so his feelings aren’t hurt! He’s obviously busy reading our comments. Won’t someone think of the yacht owners and builders!?!

  • BeachLife July 12, 2020 (11:08 am)

    That is the hardest flex I’ve seen all year!! 😍 Love it!!!

  • JRR July 12, 2020 (12:12 pm)


  • anonyme July 12, 2020 (1:17 pm)

    Agree with KBear.  As for jobs, drug cartels are also a big job creator.  Great guy, El Chapo – what an entrepreneur!  Worse defense ever for this kind of vulgar ostentation.

  • Smittytheclown July 12, 2020 (2:42 pm)

    It’s not a zero sum game.  Chill.

    • JJ July 12, 2020 (8:38 pm)

      Actually it is a zero sum game. Money always comes from someone.

  • anon July 12, 2020 (6:34 pm)

    The brothers turned a two million investment in UFC into billions, Red Rock was  a drop in the bucket. I’m always wondering for those who find their boat vulgar, is there an arbitrary amount of money that it’s acceptable to have?  I just don’t have that type of hatred against people simply because they are enjoying their wealth. God knows I would.

  • 22blades July 12, 2020 (8:42 pm)

    That’s one heck of a dinghy (for the Lonian)… BTW, last time I looked, Octopus was still for sale!

  • Ben July 13, 2020 (12:16 am)

    If this thread could organize, I could envision a 99% rally on the boat/docks. This IS Seattle

  • BILLIONAIRE LIVES MATTER July 13, 2020 (10:14 am)

    I can’t wait until I’m a billionaire! So admirable. So self-made. Anyone can do it. These boats are fantastic, I’d gladly scrub the hull of barnacles for a chance to  be within spitting distance of Mr. Fertitta!

  • Linda Kaye July 14, 2020 (2:19 pm)

    So entertaining that people are enamoured with the wealthy! How’s that working out for your own bills? Got a student loan? Sure but look how fantastic those rich people are. My oh my. And the toys they get to play with! All that enthusiasm for the rich being rich is really paying off your student loans and car loans and your kids education. Gosh those rich people! How fantastic!! 

  • C. Isaac July 18, 2020 (5:09 pm)

    Roosevelt confiscated all yachts when conducting WWII.   Confiscating a foreign yacht will just be a tad spunkier.

  • John Galt July 28, 2020 (11:16 pm)

    Lonian and its support vessel Hodor passed through the Wrangell Narrows an hour ago.  I guess  Lorenzo Fertitta and his buddies from Vegas wanted to get away from it all…

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