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Historic yacht visiting East Coast ports

The late billionaire Malcolm Forbes' first large yacht was named The Highlander. First launched in 1967, the 44-year-old classic yacht has recently been restored to its original condition by its owner, Victor Muller of Holland, owner of Spyker and Saab.

The Highlander is currently making a Clearwater, Fla., marina its home until spring, when it heads up to New England, said its captain, Craig Cannon.

Forbes was publisher of Forbes magazine - which was founded by his father, B.C. Forbes - from 1957 until 1990. Although the family owned a series of yachts throughout the years, The Highlander was the family's favorite, Cannon said.

The yacht is 116 feet long by 24 feet wide with a seven-foot draft, Cannon said, making it the largest boat in the Clearwater Harbor Marina. Muller bought it a few years ago and spent three years and $5 million to restore it to its original state.

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