Sunday 4 December 2016

Charlie's beloved yacht on sale for €175,000

Fergus Black

Published 29/11/2010 | 05:00

Conor Haughey on board his late father's boat, 'Celtic Mist'
Conor Haughey on board his late father's boat, 'Celtic Mist'

FOR sale -- one comfy little boat, can sleep seven, and among its previous owners, a certain "Irish PM".

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The family of the late Charles Haughey has put the former Taoiseach's beloved yacht, 'Celtic Mist', up for sale with an asking price of €175,000.

For more than 20 years, Mr Haughey skippered the 52ft ketch which was bought in 1989 for £120,000 punts to replace his previous vessel, which foundered on Mizen's rocks in 1985.

With the former Taoiseach at the helm, the 'Celtic Mist' ferried him to the Dingle Regatta and to his private island, Inishvickillane, off the Kerry coast.

However, the yacht will sail no more under the Haughey name after the family decided to put it on the market.

Dealer

The late Taoiseach's son, Conor, was quoted yesterday as saying that the boat was too big, old and costly to maintain.

It has now been put up for sale through AAA Marine International, a yacht dealer based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

The online sales brochure for the French-built yacht refers to its third owner as an "Irish PM".

It describes the boat as "very safe in big seas" and that it is "comfy and roomy with great character".

Currently berthed in the Isle of Wight, the vessel comes with one double and five single berths and has a cruising speed of six knots.

The yacht featured in the long-running Moriarty Tribunal where it emerged that businessman Dermot Desmond gave loans totalling of £75,000 punts for the refurbishment of the boat.

The tribunal was told that Mr Desmond had arranged the loans in consultation with Conor Haughey and that the loans had been settled.

Irish Independent

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