- May 15, 2013
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I thought I read somewhere the boat was from Australia?
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says the 1986 Fountaine Pajot Orana 44 lists Sydney as its home port. Antoine Lebreton, a French national, included in an online résumé that hed gone to St. Maarten, on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin, from November to December of 2013 to help Bennett refit the vessel, then called the Asteria.
Hes a very nice guy, Lebreton said this month by cellphone. He said the two talked once or twice a year and he met Hellmann when Bennett came to St. Maarten to buy the boat.
Government officials in St. Maarten said they do not keep a log of boat sales. But in the October 2016 edition of the magazine All At Sea Caribbean, an ad for The Yacht Shop, a retailer with locations in St. Maarten and Toronto, listed a testimonial from Bennett saying staff provided me with all the information to make a confident and informed purchase sight unseen. A call to that store was not returned.
An email inquiry to the maker, France-based Fountaine Pajot, was not returned.But a 2012 brochure by Multihull Solutions, an Australia-based broker, says the boat is ideal for high-performance ocean sailing. Affiniti Yacht Brokerage, in Broward County, told The Post the catamaran probably would sell for $50,000 to $60,000.
The web page for a boating enthusiasts rally called the Pacific Puddle Jump says that in 2014, Bennett and the Asteria were scheduled to make an ambitious sail from St. Maarten to the Galapagos. Organizers say records dont indicate if a person makes the sailing.
The next mention of the boat is on Mothers Day 2017.