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In 2009 we were all excited about the visit of the black-hulled Attessa, where we were the ones to identify the mysterious vessel. Last year it was the submarine-style “A” of a Russian billionaire.
This year we’ve seen a helicopter-toting yacht hidden away in harbor, but the first one to use the customary parade grounds off the Bridgeway Promenade is the Zenji, a super sailing yacht formerly owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
Looking out at the boat from our deck I couldn’t make out the unusual flag on her stern. It turns out the Zenji is registered in the Isle of Man.
The boat was recently listed for sale, but we have not seen any reports of a new owner.
From the sales promo : “This elegant Ron Holland-designed performance cruiser was built in 2004, and is an excellent example of Perini Navi’s genius when it comes to space utilisation and planning. She accommodates up to 14 guests in a sumptuous master suite and five diversely configured guest cabins, all with marble-clad en suites. Crew quarters house a crew complement of 11, whose jobs are made easier by particularly well designed service areas which facilitate flow and efficiency. Guest areas include a spacious saloon, dining room and media lounge with a high definition plasma screen. Outside deck spaces include an aft semi sunk cockpit with alfresco dining for 12 and a large television screen, which, like the 61 inch Vega Rear Projection Monitor in the saloon is concealed by artwork when not in use, and a flybridge area with large sun pads and spa pool. A fold-down transom creates 2 metre wide bathing platform with handrails, a swim ladder and hot and cold shower at the entrance.”
Our opinion? This combo motorboat and sailboat is the most graceful and least obtrusive of these super-vessels, but still looks worthy of a Bond Villain. Time to make myself a shaken-not-stirred martini, sit out on the deck and stare down at our dramatic visitor!