Murdoch's superyacht for hire

Holidaymakers with $370,000 to spare and a lust for sailing can now hit the high seas aboard Rupert Murdoch's luxury yacht.

The billionaire media mogul has begun renting out his "aluminium masterpiece", the 56-metre Rosehearty, through a specialist charter company.

For 220,000 euros ($A373,451) a week, you can sleep in the tycoon's king-size bed, use his on-board "technogym" and borrow his deep sea diving gear.

The stylish modern interior of the vessel, which sleeps 10 people and carries nine crew, has been designed by French interior designer Christian Liaigre.

Guests can relax in spacious queen berth cabins, each of which boasts a plasma screen TV, as they sail around the Caribbean or Mediterranean.

Superyacht World's editor in chief Hugo Andreae told The Guardian newspaper in Britain it was not unusual for wealthy owners to rent out their yachts to help "offset the enormous costs".

"There are certainly bigger and more luxurious boats available," he said.

"A few years ago (Rosehearty) would have been a pretty sizeable yacht, but these days you regularly build up to 100 metres."

According to US gossip websites, Murdoch has been holidaying with family and friends aboard the Rosehearty in Auke Bay, Alaska, in recent weeks.

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"The 'rumour on the dock' was that the mogul's special on-board guest was none other Mel Gibson," Cityfile New York reported.

Celebrities are also known to be guests at Murdoch's 11-bedroom waterfront mansion, also known as Rosehearty, in Nassau County, New York. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were the latest celebs reported to have leased the Federal-style home, which sits on more than two hectares and has its own private beach.

The home was put up for sale in 2007 with an asking price of $US12.8 million ($15.21 million) but was taken off the market.

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