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Sep 19, 2017 6:59 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Floating Sag Harbor Fixture Leaves Town

Intuition II's den.  COURTESY WORTH AVENUE YACHTS
Sep 19, 2017 1:57 PM

Next summer, visitors to Sag Harbor Village will notice a sizable absence from the local waters: a 196-foot-long, 969-ton absence, to be exact.

After almost two years on the market, Patrick E. Malloy’s motor yacht, Intuition II, a staple Sag Harbor sight, as it was docked at Long Wharf every summer for 18 years, was sold for an undisclosed amount in early August.

“I’m not at liberty to give you the price,” said Jeromy Mold of Worth Avenue Yachts, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based yacht brokerage representing the purchaser. “But the asking price was around $5 million.”

The buyer does not wish to be identified, but Mr. Mold described him as “an American” who plans to take the boat to a Seattle shipyard for a $7 million refitting—most notably to install a helicopter deck.

After the upgrades are complete, the new owner then plans to use the yacht for long voyages into the Pacific Ocean, over to Nantucket and “generally just about anywhere,” Mr. Mold said.

“He was looking for a boat that was capable of going anywhere: very strongly built and economical, with long range,” the yacht broker added.

Mr. Malloy and Pam Barlow of Luke Brown Yachts, the broker who listed Intuition II, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Intuition II, at the time dubbed Spica, was originally built at a Dutch shipyard, Amels, in 1974 as one of three pilot cutters, boats designed to guide ships to port, for the Netherlands Pilotage Authority. Needing to withstand the daily trials of Nordic Europe’s North Sea, Spica was fitted with a welded steel hull and a heavy aluminum frame.

Intuition II, a so-called expedition yacht, is meant to traverse long distances at steady speeds. The boat cruises at 10 knots and has a range of 6,500 nautical miles.

Mr. Malloy bought the yacht in 1997 and employed Vosper Thornycroft, formerly a British shipbuilding group, to handle the metalwork, and Southampton Yacht services to redesign the interior into a luxury space that fits 15 people in 10 cabins, and an additional 12-person crew, which is required to sail.

Nicholson Interiors, a company that fitted two yachts for the British royal family, detailed the finishing touches.

Construction concluded by 1999, and Intuition II promptly found a summer home in Sag Harbor.

“It was like a landmark,” said Bob Bori, Sag Harbor’s harbormaster. “People are always asking if it’s coming back next summer.”

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We actually noticed it's absence this summer since Intuition II left in November 2016 and hasn't returned since.
By Arnold Timer (321), Sag Harbor on Sep 20, 17 8:26 AM