senator and perennial presidential hopeful John Kerry must be too busy to enjoy the $7 million sailing yacht he purchased last year.
The classic craft is now available for charter with rates beginning at $45,000 per week. Kerry and his ketchup heiress wife, Theresa Heinz, certainly don't need the money. However, the senator did catch flack for dodging a big tax bill on the boat by mooring her in Newport, R.I. In any case, the 75-foot Isabel, a stylish sloop designed by Ted Fontaine and built in New Zealand by Friendship, is well worth an excursion.
The pilothouse of the yacht features a wet bar and wine storage. The Edwardian-style interior is finished in glossy varnished teak. The Isabel can accommodate four guests in two VIP main staterooms with en-suite baths. Tenders and toys include a 13.5-foot Zodiac.
Onboard systems feature everything from satellite communications to Wifi. Meanwhile Kerry did manage to grab some R&R onboard recently. He was spotted tolling around St. Barth's in the wake of Roman Abramovich's big New Year's bash on the posh isle, though the Isabel was dwarfed by the oligarch's 550-foot megayacht Eclipse.
Go to www.friendshipyachtcompany.com to learn more.