Superyacht Mousetrap visits Rarotonga

Monday October 23, 2017 Written by Published in Local
The high-tech superyacht catamaran Mousetrap leaves a tranquil Avatiu harbour on Saturday morning. The Zodiac on the right of the picture helped position the yacht as it headed out to sea. 17102208 The high-tech superyacht catamaran Mousetrap leaves a tranquil Avatiu harbour on Saturday morning. The Zodiac on the right of the picture helped position the yacht as it headed out to sea. 17102208

THE superyacht catamaran Mousetrap has spent several days off Rarotonga, berthing at the port before going back out to sea on Saturday.

 

The vessel, once touted as the largest of its kind in the world, stood off Avatiu on Friday for some time before entering the harbour.

On Sunday it was off Avarua, and people could be seen skiing in the waters around it, behind a fast Zodiac.

While little information could be found on the internet about the luxury 33.5m catamaran, CINews did discover a superyacht forum post from a person involved in the yacht’s design, who said he was “pretty sure” the vessel had been built for one of the three founders of Logitech, a multi-billion-dollar company which manufactures computer accessories, including mice.

That lead turned up a story on a German news website which confirmed the vessel is owned by Logitech’s Swiss co-founder and chairman emeritus, Daniel Borel.

The story, written earlier this year, noted that Logitech’s shares – and Borel’s assets, had increased by 75 per cent this year.

It said Borel was embarking on a voyage aboard Mousetrap that would start in San Francisco and take in the Galapagos Islands, the Marquesas, Bora Bora, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Borel, 66, said he also planned to visit New Zealand and, in 2018, would tackle the eastern coast of Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Indonesia.

“We’ll be back in the Mediterranean,” he was quoted as saying. “If we do not die before then.”

Established 35 years ago, Logitech has 7,200 employees in more than 30 countries and has annual revenues of around $US1.8 billion.

Built in 2012, the Mousetrap operates under the flag of the Cayman Islands. It hit the headlines in April 2013 when a crew member died after being struck by a cable when the carbon fibre mast toppled.

The vessel also appears to have been embroiled in legal action, with a warrant issued earlier this year over a breach of a maritime contract. The amount involved was said to be $US200,000.

Mousetrap has accommodation for up to eight guests and can carry up to six crew. However only three people were to be seen as the yacht eased out of Avatiu harbour – two of them manning a Zodiac which helped position the vessel after it cast off.

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