Massive yacht attracts attention in Guysborough

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – Regular guests at the Guysborough Marina were dwarfed by the 130-ft Sarabeth during her visit over the weekend. Rumours were rampant about who was on board and who owns it, but no, the luxury vessel is not owned by Eric Clapton. The passengers were an older couple from Virginia, with the vessel staffed by a crew of eight.

"They loved the harbour and will be spreading the word about us and that bigger boats can get in here," Paul Long of the Guysborough Waterfront Development Society told The Journal.

Crowds flocked to the marina Saturday and Sunday to see the rare visitor and take photos.

Captain Dennis Merten told Long this is the third time the yacht has cruised in this area. "It’s always such a treat to spend part of our summers in Nova Scotia," he said in an email.

"The endless sheltered coves to anchor with a few quaint towns to tie up are such a pleasant change from the crowded yacht destinations of New England," the captain said. "Halifax, Lunenburg, and Baddeck are always on our list of marinas that have facilities for large yachts but this year after being told what a gem the town of Guysborough is, we decided to visit. Guysborough Marina had 150’ of floating dock for us to tie up, along with a very deep channel leading in (I had 19’ minimum up to the dock) and a sheltered Bay where the marina is located. The picturesque small town is made up of colourful buildings, walking trails, a brewery and distillery (that we were able to tour), and enough stores, shops, and pubs to keep everyone entertained. Guysborough, like most everywhere else in Nova Scotia, is also populated with people that are so nice and welcoming that it makes you wonder why spend the summers anywhere else."

The Sarabeth can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests overnight in five cabins -- a master suite, two double cabins and two twin cabins. She is also capable of carrying a substantial crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.