Written by AJ Durtschi

Austin’s Rich & The Best Linens for Your Yacht

Austin's Rich & The Best Linens for Your Yacht

Austin Rich

According to Business Insider, you need to make more than $142,000 in Austin to call yourself rich. However, to be in the top 1 percent you need $424,507.

Austin’s Three Comma Club

There is a difference though between being “rich” and being stone wealthy. To join that illustrious club, which we refer to as the Three-Comma Club is a whole different game. In Austin, there are 7 residents that make the global Forbes’ 2018 List of The World’s Billionaires.

Austin Three Comma Club Members

  • Michael Dell – $23.5 Billion – CEO of Dell
  • Thai Lee – $1.6 Billion – CEO of SHI International Corp, 60 years old
  • Bert “Tito” Beveridge – $2.5 Billion – Founder of Austin-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • John Paul DeJoria – $3.3 Billion – Co-Founder of Paul Mitchell, 74 years old
  • Robert Smith, #480 – $4.4 Billion – Co-Founder of Austin-based Vista Equity Partners, 55 years old
  • Brian Sheth – $2 Billion – Co-Founder of Austin-based Vista Equity Partners, 42 years old
  • David Booth, $1.3 Billion – Co-Founder of Dimensional Fund Advisors

Click here to see Forbes’ Full List of World’s Billionaires

Assuming you are wealthy enough for one of those superyachts, at Austin Linen Service we wanted to help make choosing linens for that yacht easy.

Yacht Linen Buying Guide

At the top end of the superyacht market, the kind billionaires own, bed linens are changed daily, so linens need to withstand constant use without compromising on luxuriousness, durability, style, and comfort. We also recommend having a large number of bed linens per cabin. A minimum of 5 changes on hand per cabin.

Bed, bathroom, and table linens often require them to be custom designed to easily fit the decor on board. These items need to be easy to replace. Also, many a deck towel or napkin is lost to the wind, so towel loss should be factored when determining quantity on hand.

So how do you choose the various linens for yachts? There are several considerations such as linen or cotton, percale or sateen, and finished items. And what about thread count and ply?

While freshly laundered linen sheets are considered to be the last word in bedtime luxury, high-quality Egyptian cotton is best suited to life on a superyacht because it is cool on the skin and easily care for. “The more pure a fabric is, the more comfortable it will be to sleep in and the easier it is to handle,” says Caroline Koc, owner of luxury linen specialist Haremlique Istanbul. “We use 100% Egyptian cotton, which allows the sheet to breathe, leaving you with a serene and fresh feeling.”

Linen is a sumptuous texture and very soft, while its looser weave allows air to circulate freely. It does crease more readily and requires careful attention to care more so than cotton. Koc also says, “Linen takes up more space in terms of storage.” Something that should be considered.

There are two primary cotton fabric constructions for bed linens. Percale cotton is woven from the same number of vertical and horizontal threads, resulting in a flat, even interlacing.

Sateen Cotton

Sateen cotton has more horizontal threads than vertical, giving it a luster or sheen. Percale sheets allow the most flow in air, whereas sateen sheets, though much smoother to the touch, are less porous and warmer.

Finished Item

We are talking superyachts, so we are talking luxury which means to buy bed and table linens that have been finished in Italy. Once an Egyptian yarn has been woven, the raw cotton fabric is exported to be washed, bleached, and mercerized. It’s no secret that the Italians lead in this area.

Thread Count

If you are confused about thread count, not to worry. A high thread count is not entirely indicative of luxury linens. A large number of threads per square inch can make a fabric dense and unsupple in the threads themselves are not gossamer thin. This is okay if you are looking at a formal tablecloth, but not so good if you want a cool sheet to sleep under.

Alexander Swindells, of Elite Yacht Linen, recommends a thread count of 600 for an owner cabin, upwards of 300 for charter and 200 for the crew.


Ply refers to the number of strands wrapped together to make a single thread. Single-ply fabrics, generally are lighter and sheerer than double-ply fabrics.

Swimming Towels

Alexandra Swindells, of Elite Yacht Linen, says, “Avoid brightly colored deck towels. Colors will fade, even in UV-protected fabrics, after prolonged exposure to the sun.” Purchase towels that provide special treatment against the sun and salt water and which will be easy to replace.

Table Linens

Depending on the occasion, you will more than likely want at least three styles of table linen: a breakfast set, which will usually comprise of placemats and napkins; a set for daytime dining; and a formal dining set. “I would always recommend white, with touches of color through embroidery,” says Koc. A thick cotton fabric with a high thread count will give a feeling of sumptuousness, although more rustic-looking pure linen can work beautifully for informal dining.

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