Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Yacht for Sale; Missiles Optional

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Yacht for Sale; Missiles Optional

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SARASOTA

Peter Jolley is in Sarasota on vacation from Jersey. Not the state, but the island between the southern coast of England and the northern coast of France.

He had just finished lunch the other day at Marina Jack when he spotted the colossal Amarula Sun, the 130-foot tri-deck yacht that is docked at the marina and is currently on the market for a cool $16.9 million.

When Jolley was told how much the vessel costs, he could not believe it.

"Seventeen million?" he said. "Dollars?"

The monster yacht has been in town now for a few weeks because Galati Yacht Sales of Anna Maria Island is the brokering company handling the sale. The vessel has been getting so much attention at the marina that a brochure listing the sale price is posted on the dock so the three crewmembers working don't have to keep answering questions.

The yacht is so big that it takes a young deckhand from South Africa named Juan Nel two solid days just to wash the decks, starting from the sun deck on top and working his way down. Of course when he starts on the sundeck he has to maneuver his way around the hot tub.

The boat holds 10 people and seven crewmembers. It has five staterooms, including a master suite complete with dual china sinks and marble flooring. There is a 50-inch TV in the main salon and a giant slide that goes from the top deck into the water. It seems to have everything. Who knew boats actually have fireplaces?

It is one of the most expensive items for sale in an area where there are always a lot of expensive items for sale. Michael Saunders & Company has a home listed for sale near Boca Grande for $24 million, but that also comes with its own private island. The real estate company also has a six-bedroom Longboat Key home for sale for $22 million, but that's about all that comes close to the yacht.

Since the Amarula Sun is docked right now, there are only three crewmembers living on board: the chief engineer, the deckhand and the stewardess, who cleans the interior and cooks.

None of the crew will say who owns the yacht, but it appears that a man named Raymond Mershon Craig either owned the yacht, or currently owns it. Craig, who has a residence in Holiday, Florida, is a principal in a company called Critical Solutions International. …

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