Mark Cuban’s yacht anchors off MDI


photo courtesy of Winston Shaw

It is not called ‘Maverick’ or have a shark-related name, but it does belong to Mark Cuban, the Texas billionaire with a bad boy image.

The 288-foot mega-yacht Fountainhead has been anchored off Hotel Row (outer Eden Street) in Bar Harbor for the past several days. It is not known whether Cuban is traveling with the ship.

Cuban is owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team and is a featured investor on the ABC television show Shark Tank. According to Forbes magazine, Cuban has an estimated net worth of $3 billion. cubanmug1


Cuban is not the only billionaire owner of an NBA franchise who owns a yacht that has appeared this year in Bar Harbor. In early June, Lady Gayle Marie, owned by New Orleans Pelicans’ owner Tom Benson was tied up in front of the Harborside Hotel off the downtown waterfront. Benson, who also owns the Saints NFL team, has an estimated net worth of $1.87 billion, according to Forbes.

The Cayman Islands-registered Fountainhead, which is said to be named after the Ayn Rand novel with the same title, was built and then launched in 2011 by Dutch yacht builder Feadship. Prior to showing up in Bar Harbor, Fountainhead has been spotted this year in Miami, Charleston, S.C.; and Stamford, Connecticut.

In a nod to Cuban’s connection to the sport, as an NBA owner and a fan, Fountainhead does have a basketball hoop with a glass backboard mounted over the large rear deck, according to this Youtube video:

Other large yachts that have been spotted off Mount Desert Island include Meteor, David Geffen’s massive, 454-foot Rising Sun, Wayne Huizenga’s Floridian, the Rebecca, Malcolm Forbes Sr.’s Highlander, and Asolare (formerly known as Scheherazade), which was built by Hodgdon Yachts of East Boothbay.

Thanks to Captain Winston Shaw of Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours for use of his photo. 

Bill Trotter

About Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors. He writes about fisheries, marine-related topics, eastern coastal Maine communities and more for the BDN. He lives in Ellsworth. Follow him on Twitter at @billtrotter.