Limerick stopover for $26m Wabi Sabi superyacht – but was it really Elton’s

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The Wabi Sabi docked in Limerick amid speculation a superstar owner was in town

IS THE “Wabi Sabi” the first of a flotilla of super yachts to dock in Limerick as a watery extension to the Wild Atlantic Way?

Probably not, but the arrival of the $26m super yacht at Limerick Docks last Sunday made for great speculation as to who might own this mammoth of luxury or indeed, if a superstar was in town. The Elton John runout mill was rife.

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The image of a luxury vessel tied up just yards from a pile of scrap metal on the quayside seemed ironic to say the least, but one that captured the imagination of the natives.

Wabi Sabi, much and all as we would like to think otherwise, is on a delivery passage after it was put up for sale last October, it is understood.

The Cayman Island’s registered 50m motor yacht was built to the highest spec in 2011, and refitted again with some stellar upgrades in 2016 at an additional cost of €2.6m. It previously spent two years cruising the Central American and Australian coastlines.

With a deadweight of 135t, this pleasure craft can host 18 guests across its eight stately cabins, dining room, private decks, gym and watersports garage. Nigel Burgess Yacht Brokers in the UK has charge of its sale.

The luxury motor yacht, which previously could have been chartered for upwards of six figure sums, has been dipping in to ports around the Irish coast with stops in Cobh and Dingle already on its log for the 13 crew.

The Wabi Sabi is likely to leave the city port in the coming days and continue its journey home to the UK ahead of the arrival of a large Dutch registered cargo ship but it’s visit was certainly welcomed.