TIME travel is now possible. That is if you own the classic motor yacht, Brave Mollie.
Once aboard, you are propelled back to the Victorian era, only with a CD player and washing machine. Docked in Palma for the past two months, the yacht brokers in charge of her sale say she is a real head-turner and interest in buying her has been high. Built in Holland in 1892, the 27 meter boat has a classic mahogany and teak interior, and can boast of famous passengers including Brigitte Bardot and Salvador Dali.
More recently, actress Goldie Hawn used the yacht for a photo shoot in Puerto Portals.
With black granite worktops, parquet wood flooring and antique pictures throughout it is clear why they fell in love with her. Period films in the past have made use of her 19th Century aura, but with a Commercial Deutz 230 horse power engine she can really fly as well. Even Queen Juliana of the Netherland's Royal Yacht used Brave Mollie as a model, so classic was the design.
De Valk Yachts, who are currently dealing with the sale, said what attracts people is the antique look with the comforts like laundry room and microwave that we expect today. Her transatlantic capability is an attraction as well.
Brave Mollie's four cabin rooms, shower room, fridge, freezer and dishwasher seem pale in comparison.
The presence of Salvador Dali's ex-yacht also gives Palma's port a break from the white speed boats that dominate the sky line. l PALMA has been host to another famous yacht this week, that of Australian multi-billionaire Frank Lowy.
His super-boat Ilona, which has a lift to connect all five decks, a helipad and a cinema, was christened in the Club de Mar yesterday evening.