The yacht contains a unique control system that includes a semi-
Sinot Yacht Design is responsible for the yachts interior. The superyacht can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins and 13 crew members. Her features include several pieces of custom made furniture by Frank Pollaro and a Jeff Koon scultpure. She has a 6.5 meter Pascoe tender with 300 hp.
Rock.it is the first large yacht for her owner James John Liautaud, but he has chartered yachts before. He put Rock.it for sale, asking EUR 70 million (US$ 85 million) and is said to be planning another, bigger yacht.
The yacht Rockit is not available for charter.
Who is Jimmy John Liautaud? He is the founder of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, a franchised sandwich restaurant chain. He opened the doors to his first sub shop in Charleston, IL on January 13, 1983.
With a US$ 25,000 loan from his father he first planned to open a hot dog stand. He found out that he needed US$ 45.000, exceeding his budget. He walked into a sandwich shop an saw only a refrigerator, a meat slicer, an oven and a cash register, and decided to switch to sandwiches. In a few years time he opened additional shops and began franchising in 1994.
In 2002 Jimmy John’s had 160 stores open. The 500th Jimmy John’s opened in 2007, the 1,000th in 2010, and in 2015, Jimmy John’s reached 2,300 stores. He is planning to open another 1,300 stores. Read Liautaud’s interesting story here.
The franchise shops pay 6% of their sales in royalties and 4.5% in advertising fees as franchise cost to Jimmy John's Franchise, LLC. The initial investment to become a franchisee is around US$ 350k, of which US$ 30k as initial fee. More info here.
The company realizes an estimated US$ 1.3 billion in annual sales, with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of about US$ 150 million annually.
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He is an active philanthropist donating time and money to Folds of Honor Foundation, Dental Clinics, schools, and many other Community Organizations. Some reference to the yacht’s name. In 2016 the Liautaud Family Foundation was founded, which donated US$ 200,000 to a nursery for families in crisis.
In 2015 Liautuad became under fire as photos showed up on Twitter of him posing with dead big game animals, such as a rhinoceros, a leopard and elephants. However he quickly explained that these photos were more than 10 years old and that he stopped hunting on big African Game.
Jimmy John was born in Illinois, and he still owns a house in Chicago. He and his wife Leslie Liautaud also own a house in Key Largo, Florida. Liautaud is a car collector who owns 7 Ferraris, including the rare LaFerrari. He drives with a license plate that reads "SUBDUDE”.
Leslie Liautaud is an author. She has written several novels and thrillers such a BLACK BEAR LAKE (2014) and the psychological thriller, BUTTERFLY PINNED (2017)
Jimmy John owns several jets: a 2009 Lear Jet with registration N25UB (‘5UB’referring to SUB for Sub Sandwich), a 2014 Lear Jet, with registration N15UB, a 2014 Bombardier Global 5000 BD700 private jet, with registration N83FF. (83 relating to the founding of JJs in 1983 and FF to the Freaky Fast delivery). A Bombardier Global 5000 -