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Last US Presidential Yacht Bought for $0

USS Sequoia went from hosting foreign dignitaries to a family of raccoons

(Newser) - How much would you pay for the presidential yacht on which FDR hosted Winston Churchill, JFK held his last birthday, and Nixon drank a bottle of whiskey before resigning? You probably overbid. The News Journal reports investment group FE Partners will acquire the USS Sequoia for $0. The 104-foot yacht... More »

Paul Allen Fixing Coral Reef His Yacht Likely Wrecked

Microsoft co-founder not accepting blame yet, but restoration starts in Caymans

(Newser) - Paul Allen isn't accepting all of the blame yet for annihilating a huge section of coral reef in the Cayman Islands, but his company is now trying to help put the reef back together, Page Six reports. Tatoosh, the Microsoft co-founder's 300-foot mega-yacht, is said to have dragged... More »

Adventurer's Mummified Body Found Sitting at Yacht Desk

Manfred Fritz Bajorat's death remains a mystery

(Newser) - Fishermen spotted a yacht with a broken mast drifting near the Philippines on Feb. 26 and discovered the owner inside, but the story doesn't have a happy ending. Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was slumped beside the ship's radio telephone, long dead and apparently mummified by the ocean's... More »

Paul Allen's Mega-Yacht Blamed for Destroying Coral Reef

It reportedly dragged its anchor through a Cayman Islands marine reserve

(Newser) - An American mega-yacht is being blamed for destroying 80% of the protected coral within a 13,000-square-foot area of a Cayman Islands marine reserve, the Cayman Compass reports. The 303-foot yacht named Tatoosh belongs to billionaire Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail... More »

Insane-Sounding Ocean Race 'Round the World Has Begun

Some of the contenders in the Clipper yacht challenge have zero experience

(Newser) - A competition deemed "human will against nature" by its founder (the first person to ever sail, solo, nonstop around the world) officially kicked off today in London, with a motley assortment of mostly run-of-the-mill folks vying to win the 40,000-nautical-mile contest that will reach six continents, NBC News... More »

Cops: Call Girl Gave Google Exec Fatal Heroin OD, Left

High-priced escort even had a glass of wine before she fled, say police

(Newser) - A high-end prostitute from Georgia was arrested Friday in California for allegedly causing a Google exec’s heroin overdose, then leaving him to die on his 50-foot yacht. Police say that Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, rendezvoused with 51-year-old Forrest Timothy Hayes last November in Santa Cruz on his luxury watercraft,... More »

$10M Yacht Capsizes Before First Sail

So much for that maiden voyage

(Newser) - Millions of dollars went into the drink, if not down the drain, Sunday night as a yacht worth at least $10 million capsized as it was being delivered to its owner in Washington state's Puget Sound. As KIRO TV and the Skagit Valley Herald report, some five or six... More »

Americans Search Pacific in Hunt for Lost Daughter

But Ricky, Robin Wright are out of money to search for Danielle, 19

(Newser) - Danielle Wright, 19, set off on a sailing adventure on May 29 aboard a 70-foot wooden sailboat called the Nina. It left New Zealand bound for Australia with six others aboard, but the weather quickly turned bad. After a final text on June 4 stating that the sails had been... More »

How One Woman Caught a Criminal the FBI Couldn't

Skip tracer Michelle Gomez finds people for a living

(Newser) - Finding Ryan Eugene Mullen was a tall order: Neither the FBI nor three private investigators could find the man wanted for stealing $2 million from federal agencies. But when a debt collection agency called Michelle Gomez—whose job, as a skip tracer, is to track down missing items and people... More »

83-Year-Old Yacht Wins Trans-Pacific Race

...a feat it last pulled off in 1936

(Newser) - The boat that won this year's Transpacific Yacht Race was a feared competitor on the cutting edge of sailboat design … back in 1936, when it won the race for the first time. This time, the Dorade was a much less likely winner. When he bought the boat for... More »

Sailor Drowns as America's Cup Yacht Capsizes

British Olympian Andrew Simpson dies in San Francisco Bay

(Newser) - An America's Cup sailor is dead after his team's yacht capsized during practice in San Francisco Bay this afternoon. He has been identified as Olympian Andrew Simpson of Great Britain, and authorities say he got trapped beneath the 72-foot catamaran when it flipped about a half-mile off shore,... More »

Steve Jobs' Superyacht Impounded

Over a bill issued after he was dead

(Newser) - Dead people are always such deadbeats. That includes Steve Jobs, whose Dutch-built "superyacht" has been impounded in Amsterdam, the AFP reports, over two bills issued after he died. The yacht's designer, Philippe Starck, says Jobs' estate is stiffing him; the estate says Starck should only get a percentage... More »

Passenger Jet Takes Detour, Finds Missing Boat

Air Canada pilot flew low so passengers could look out window

(Newser) - We're willing to bet this is a first: Passengers on an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Sydney were asked to participate in a search for a yacht that had been lost at sea for 16 hours, reports the Consumerist . The captain received a call for help and flew... More »

Yacht Blast Hoax Cost Taxpayers $330K

Person claiming to be on stricken yacht was calling from land

(Newser) - A hoax call about a yacht explosion earlier this week risked the lives of rescuers, diverted resources, and cost taxpayers at least $330,000, Coast Guard officials revealed. "We have 21 souls on board, 20 in the water right now. I have three deceased on board, nine injured because... More »

Yacht Explodes in Atlantic; Passengers Abandon Ship

'Blind Date' reportedly sinks off New Jersey shore

(Newser) - A yacht explosion off the New Jersey shore today seriously burned several passengers and forced nearly two dozen to jump ship, the Star-Ledger reports. Police and Coast Guard vessels are both en route, but few details are known. The first emergency call described the yacht, the Blind Date, as exploding... More »

Yacht Racing Off SF Coast Suspended

Races rerouted after 5 sailors killed

(Newser) - The Coast Guard has called a temporary halt to ocean-going races in the San Francisco area following the deaths of five sailors during a race earlier this month. A race due to take place Saturday has been rerouted, and authorities are working to find a new route for another race... More »

Search Ends for 4 Missing in SF Yacht Tragedy

Monster waves hit boat mid-race

(Newser) - The Coast Guard has called off its search after two days hunting for four sailors— three men and a woman —missing from a 38-foot sailboat that crashed during a race that started in San Francisco Bay. A fifth sailor's body has been recovered, and three were rescued from... More »

Ex Citigroup CEO Selling Yacht for $69.5M

The Sandy Weill sell-off continues

(Newser) - After selling his Manhattan penthouse to a 22-year-old Russian heiress for $88 million , former Citigroup chief Sandy Weill is trying to offload his yacht as well. The 200-foot super yacht April Fool, which Weill rarely used in the five years since he bought it new, is being offered for a... More »

$150M Über Yacht Boasts Sub, Helicopter

PJ World yacht like a floating mansion

(Newser) - Mansions are cool and all, but wouldn’t they be better if they floated and came with submarines? That seems to be the idea behind the PJ World yacht, an upcoming 269-foot, $150 million super-yacht designed by Rolls Royce and Palmer Johnson. Its coolest feature: A six-man submarine that can... More »

Chavez Goes After Rich Resort, Yachts

He wants to nationalize archipelago, take vessels in Venezuela

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez is turning from his battle with cancer to a more familiar foe: the ultra-rich. The Venezuelan leader is preparing an unprecedented nationalization of an idyllic group of islands in the Caribbean known as the Los Roques archipelago, report Time and the AP . While Chavez has nationalized scores of... More »

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