The Palm Beach Post is touting an EXCLUSIVE of modest proportions this morning, claiming that Tiger Woods has placed Privacy, his terribly-named 155-foot yacht, on the market. Apparently, Woods believes the ship appreciated some $5million in value over the course of his ownership and wants to see a listing in the region of $25million (can a yacht also be ‘ship’?).
The high asking price, if reached, would go some way toward covering both Woods’ initial outlay of $20million and the astronomical cost of upkeep (somewhere around $2million per year). John Staluppi, however, a builder of so-called mega-yachts, thinks Woods unlikely to receive anything in excess of the original asking price:
“The market on big yachts has gone down… Banks aren’t financing and the economy is off. It’s a buyer’s market. Unless he sells to someone who wants to brag that he’s got Tiger’s yacht, he’ll get about $20million.”
Even aside from the economic realities, would you, as a prospective buyer, really want to be paying over the odds for a yacht forever associated with one of the muckiest sex scandals in sports history? You’d always be just one ambiguous stain away from never being able to relax in it again.