The film Overboard is about the haves and the have-nots – or, in this case, the haves and the have-yachts. The original 1987 film, which stars Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, and the 2018 remake of the same name – which stars Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris and was released just this month – feature childish yacht owners (Hawn and Derbez, respectively) who have amnesia and are, then, reestablished in less elite but comedic existences. For each of the Overboard films, ultra-luxe boats weren’t only a crucial part of the setting – they were also key in demonstrating the characters’ status, and characters’ dedication to status symbols.
Goldie Hawn on the deck of her yacht in 1987’s Overboard
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In Overboard (1987), the 130-foot Yecats from Kong & Halvorsen in Glenorie, Australia (which was renamed the Attessa in 1992 and the Huntress in 1998), was featured as the S.S. Immaculata. (The same boat was also featured in 1993’s Indecent Proposal, which stars Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore.) The interior decoration was characteristic of the era: The bold colors and excessive design complemented Hawn’s character’s profligate outfits. Brent Thomas, the production designer for Overboard (2018), describes: “There was definitely a campy vibe to it and it was incredibly ’80s, both in palette and in shapes and tones. It worked very well, but it was gauche and over the top and it assaulted your senses a little bit. We wanted to make our yacht in the remake a little more sophisticated and elegant and cleaner and crisper and more pristine and grounded, perhaps. A sort of sleek, smooth, gentleman’s fantasy but with elegance and taste as opposed to the one in the original.”
The yacht, renamed Birthday Present for the film, used for the 2018 remake of Overboard.