From a Fishing Trawler to a Mega Yacht!
The last time Guy Barnett was bobbing around Dartmouth harbour it was aboard a leaky 80-year-old trawler as he attempted to scrape a living taking tourists mackerel fishing. The last time Guy Barnett was bobbing around Dartmouth harbour it was aboard a leaky 80-year-old trawler as he attempted to scrape a living taking tourists mackerel fishing. But after marrying the daughter of one of Canada’s richest men he has returned to the Devon port at the helm of something a little grander – a £100 million super yacht.
The 35-year-old left Dartmouth eight-years ago to work for John Risley, the billionaire owner of a food empire and the largest fishing fleet in North America and Canada.He managed to land a job as a deck hand on one of Mr Risley’s yachts, where he was introduced to his daughter and heiress Sarah, 35.
The pair fell in love and after marrying in Nova Scotia last week, they sailed to Dartmouth aboard the 240 foot Northern Star on which they hosted a lavish wedding reception for all his old friends, family and former colleagues.
Mr Barnett, who began his seafaring career running fishing trips off the Devon coast in a weather beaten boat known as a Cornish drifter, said he had enjoyed having his old friends aboard the super yacht, which has six decks and its own helipad.
The steel and aluminium-built yacht has accommodation for dozens of guests and can carry a crew of twenty two. It has twin caterpillar diesel engines which allow a maximum speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. The boat, designed by Espen Oeino and built by Lurssen Yachts, is equipped with a helipad and a grand “country-house” style interior.