BY APB Staff on 13 May 2022

El Caran, once owned by the legendary singer-songwriter, has been listed for €4.8m

All images: Fraser Yachts

A Benetti superyacht, once owned by legendary singer-songwriter David Bowie, has been listed for sale by Giulio Riggio at Fraser’s Palma office, with an asking price of €4,850,000. 

Built in 1977, the 39-metre El Caran is a classic Benetti motor yacht, constructed in steel and aluminium. Originally called Deneb Star, the yacht has undergone numerous refits, with the most recent carried out in 2020 — with works including a fresh paint job, additional cabins, and a new teak deck.

“The refitting of this yacht was a brave challenge,” says architect and interior designer Simona Lamboglia. “This yacht belonged to David Bowie, and when the new owner proposed to do a restoration, my first thought was to respect the original project, but at the same time create a comfortable and modern environment.” 

The yacht has six staterooms offering accommodation for up to 12 guests, including a full-beam master stateroom on the main deck. Every bedroom comes complete with en suite bathrooms with bathtubs. Key features aboard El Caran include a sky lounge and outside deck spaces, enhanced by her canoe stern design.


Dining room

Master stateroom

VIP cabin

Five crew cabins accommodate seven crew members, including a chef. 

There are hints of the late performer’s artistic vision on board the yacht, including a surrealist picture that hangs in the dining room, and bright retro prints on the furniture.

Twin 824hp MTU engines provide a range of 3,800 nautical miles and a top speed of 12 knots.

Technical specifications: El Caran

Built/Refit: 1977/2020
Builder: Benetti
Length: 39.08M/128’03”
Beam: 7.2M/23’07”
Draft: 3.76M/12’04”
Gross Tonnage: 272GT
Hull: Steel
Engines: 2 X MTU (695HP)
Cruising/Max speed: 10 Knots / 12 Knots
Cruise Range: 3,000NM
Economical Range: 4,000NM
Exterior Designer: Benetti
Interior Designer: Benetti
Classification: RINA