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Charter Yacht Has Carried Lots of Celebrities AM-Hart, Bjt

May 7, 1987

MIAMI (AP) _ Monkey Business, the opulent yacht used by Gary Hart and Donna Rice, has ferried lots of celebrities.

Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Lucille Ball, Elton John, Julio Iglesias and James Caan are among the passengers who have visited the rosewood-paneled staterooms on the 82-foot vessel.

The chartered yacht is owned by millionaire developer Donald Soffer and docks at Turnberry Isle Marina in North Miami Beach when it’s not plying the aquamarine waters of the nearby Bahamas, or the Caribbean.

Other features on the multidecked, aluminum-hulled motor yacht include a hot tub and a bar adorned with an Oriental rug.

Lillian Briggs Winograd, ex-wife of a former Monkey Business part owner, described Turnberry itself, where Hart boarded the boat, as a haven for celebrities.

″This is not abnormal for someone like Sen. Hart to come here to relax,″ she said. ″In fact, he’s one of the lesser known. Nobody would stop and say, ‘There’s Sen. Hart.’ ″

Rice, 29, of Miami, disclosed Monday that she and a friend Lynn Armandt joined Hart and his friend William Broadhurst on the Monkey Business for a March trip to Bimini, in the Bahamas about 55 miles east of Miami.

The excursion was planned as a day trip but stretched into an overnight stay, she said. Hart and Rice said they were told the delay was caused by a problem with Customs.

The men slept on Broadhurst’s nearby fishing boat, and the women and the yachy’s crew stayed on board the Money Business, Hart and Rice said.

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