'Sex Slave' Boat Name Becomes Issue in Race for Connecticut Governor

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It's the silly season in American political discourse, and so it is that boat names became an issue in Connecticut's race for governor.
Governor Dannel Molloy is a Democrat. The Challenger is Republican Tom Foley, who owns a Feadship motoryacht called Odalisque.

Here's what the Washington Times newspaper wrote about a recent debate:

It took a nasty turn in response to a question about the names of their boats. Malloy once owned a boat named Sapphire and Foley owns a yacht named Odalisque, a word of Turkish origin for a concubine.

“If I had a boat named after a sex slave, I would have changed the name,” said Malloy, who made no fewer than four “sex slave” references and asked Foley how he, as a father, could give his boat such a name.
Foley said the name is a reference to several great works of art and, in the art world, the name means “a beautiful woman, a beautiful thing.” He also alleged that Malloy was behind on the taxes for his boat before he sold it off and ran for governor.
“At least I pay my bills,” Foley said.

According to the 40-Year-Plan Blog by Ken Krayeske, Foley has listed Odalisque for sale in January 2013. Foley is asking $5.9 million for the 1973 Feadship, a Cadillac among yachts. The boat was docked at Fort Laderdale at the time of the listing. Here's what Krayeske wrote:

For the curious, the boat is docked in Fort Lauderdale right now. As has been discussed, it is flagged in the Marshall Islands, and so despite being in American waters, his crew is not subject to American labor laws. Registering the vessel offshore allows Foley, a Connecticut resident, to avoid paying personal property tax on Odalisque.

Here are specs on the boat from the BoatQuest.com website:

Boat Name
ODALISQUE Specs
Builder: Feadship
Designer: F. De Voogt
Flag of Registry: Marshall Islands Dimensions
LOA: 125 ft 0 in
Beam: 21 ft 4 in
Minimum Draft: 7 ft 10 in Engines
Total Power: 1220 HP
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Caterpillar
Engine Model: D-346 TA
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine 2:
Engine Brand: Caterpillar
Engine Model: D-346 TA
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Maximum Speed: 14 knots Tanks
Fresh Water Tanks: (1600 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (9400 Gallons) Accommodations
Number of cabins: 3

Overview
Sleeps 7 Owners and guests in 3 staterooms, all with heads and showers. Crew accommodations include 6 berths in 3 cabins with all having their own heads and showers. The Captain’s quarters are separate.

Aft Deck
The aft deck has a deck-mounted alfresco dining table with eight recently refinished nautical chairs, a six person settee aft, a sunpad, and a wet bar with sink, icemaker (new 2013) and refrigerator.

Salon
The on-deck Main Salon is very roomy with traditionally paneled honey teak, and trimmed in period lighting and quality traditional furniture. Also located in the main salon is the large game table, and conversation area. There is an entertainment center and curio cabinets at the forward end of the salon which include all state-of-the-art sound and video equipment. This cabinetry is finished in the same traditional detail as the rest of the boat. A stairway leads below decks to the guest accommodations. New carpeting (2011)Entertainment center Television Sofa Game table DVD

Salon
The on-deck Main Salon is very roomy with traditionally paneled honey teak, and trimmed in period lighting and quality traditional furniture. Also located in the main salon is the large game table, and conversation area. There is an entertainment center and curio cabinets at the forward end of the salon which include all state-of-the-art sound and video equipment. This cabinetry is finished in the same traditional detail as the rest of the boat. A stairway leads below decks to the guest accommodations.

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