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Yacht for sale: $14.75 million

DEC. 11 — A Bermuda-based Dutch oil tycoon who is facing tax fraud charges is selling his 187-foot yacht, named Fleurtje.

Called “one of the finest three-masted schooners in the world,” Fleurtje is up for sale through the international yacht broker Edmiston. The asking price is $14.75 million.

“She’s a beautiful ship — a very elegant vessel both for the passengers and for the crew,” a captain who is familiar with Fleurtje says in a report in Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper. “She was built as a fishing vessel years and years ago, but was converted into a private yacht. It was very nicely done.”

Built in 1960 at a Dutch shipyard, Fleurtje was constructed of steel with an aluminum superstructure, according to its description on the broker’s Web site . She has undergone four refits, and was altered by naval architect Gerald Dijkstra to optimize her sailing performance. Fleurtje was previously named Carita and Argonaftis.

The yacht’s owner, 64-year-old John Deuss, was arrested and extradited to the Netherlands in October, the report says. Deuss is apparently being questioned by authorities in connection with a major tax scam and faces charges including money laundering, handling stolen property and being in charge of a criminal organization.

In October, imprisoned former Tyco International chief executive L. Dennis Kozlowski sold his 130-foot J Class sloop, Endeavour. The sale of Endeavour was expected to help Kozlowski pay the $167 million in restitution and fines he was ordered to pay for looting Tyco, which manufactures electrical components, telecommunications systems, fire protection devices and more.

Jason Fell