Murdoch Jr's $30m superyacht calls

Last updated 12:58 14/04/2014
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TURNING HEADS: Media tycoon Lachlan Murdoch’s $30 million superyacht the Sarissa berthed in Nelson.

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Australian media tycoon Lachlan Murdoch's $30 million luxury superyacht has been berthed in Nelson.

The 42.6-metre carbon globetrotter yacht, launched in November last year by owners Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch, has been berthed at the visitors' berth near waterside restaurant the Styx.

The sleek yacht was designed by Bill Tripp and Rhoades Young.

The Sydney Morning Herald said last year while no expense was spared in its build, the Murdochs were keen to have the boat, named after an ancient Greek spear, pay its own way by "making it available for charter for a cool $156,205 a week, or the bargain basement daily rate of $16,450".

The yacht sleeps up to 10 guests in five staterooms, including a master suite, a VIP stateroom, a double cabin, a twin cabin and a single cabin. It is also capable of carrying up to six crew onboard.

The Herald said the yacht has a special children's cabin that features scores of tiny fibre-optic lights in the ceiling to represent the night sky, which at the flick of a switch can imitate either the northern or southern hemisphere astronomical patterns.

Murdoch told sailing website BoatInternational.com: "Our last boat was a Swan 82, which was fantastic, but we outgrew it and wanted to go up in size, but didn't want to lose the experience of sailing.

"We still wanted to be in touch with the wind and the water."

The yacht's website says Sarissa will compete in several superyacht regattas as well as spending long periods adventuring on family holidays to remote, isolated places.

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