With a list of past and present owners that includes media mogul Rupert Murdoch and controversial former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, superyacht “Morning Glory” has a long history of playing host to the rich and famous.
During a time when many yachts have stopped sailing due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 158-foot vessel, built by Italian shipyard Perini Navi, is seeking a new owner.
Berlusconi recently put the ketch-rigged sailing yacht up for sale for $11 million just over two decades after buying it from Murdoch, who’s said to have married his third wife Wendi onboard back in 1999.
“Morning Glory” has been through an extensive refit since then, with new engines and generators added, while its hull has been repainted a dark blue shade.
The “first-class” superyacht, which is being sold via broker Burgess, holds four luxurious suites, a full beam owner’s suite, as well as four cabins, and can accommodate up to eight guests.
Berlusconi, notorious for his colorful private life, has spent a fortune refitting “Morning Glory” over the years.
Along with “generous and versatile deck spaces,” the vessel has an L-shaped lounge, a marble fireplace, a spiral staircase, along with a fully equipped sit-up bar and games table.
Situated on the lower deck, the lavish owner’s suite is equipped with a master study, along with separate his and her bathrooms.
‘Efficiency and exhilaration’
“As a motor yacht that sails, she offers both the comfort and convenience of the former and the efficiency and exhilaration of the latter,” reads a product description from Burgess.
“Her interior showcases the many talents of Perini Navi with warm woods beautifully crafted throughout.”
According to Burgess, the vessel can reach a top speed of 14.5 knots “when not sailing” and a trans-oceanic range of 4,900 nautical miles at 10 knots.
Although $11 million feels like a pretty steep price tag, it’s merely a drop in the water when compared to the $49 million asking price for mammoth superyacht Leander G, which went on the market last month.
The 246-foot (74.98 meter) vessel, which has hosted both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, can accommodate 22 guests, and has six decks, 10 suites, a helipad and a dive room.