Eclipse Yacht Facts
Yacht Name: Eclipse
Yacht Length: 162 m (533 ft)
Guests: 36 in 18 cabins
Crew: up to 96
Builder: Blohm & Voss
Yacht Cost: US$ 590 million
Yacht Current Value: US $1.5 Billion
Yacht Owner: Roman Abramovich
Some of the most expensive boats in the world are yachts. Yachts are a sign of extreme wealth and luxury. And the $1.5 Billion Eclipse is the best of the best! It is the most expensive private yacht in the world and owned by the super glamorous Russian billionaire businessman – Roman Abramovich. This article discusses the world’s most expensive private yacht, who owns it, the luxuries that it holds and how it functions.
Following are some interesting facts about the world’s most expensive private yacht ‘Eclipse’
What it is and who owns it?
Eclipse which has the full name of M/Y Eclipse is a luxury motor yacht. A Russian businessman named Roman Abramovich owns it. He is the 11th richest person in Russia and the 140th richest person in the world. He is best known as the owner of Chelsea Football Club. Chelsea FC is a premier league football club which is famous all over the world.
Abramovich has a net worth of 11.5 billion dollars. What is not known that popularly about him is that he is the owner of the world’s most luxurious and expensive private yacht.
Eclipse was delivered to Abramovich in December of 2010. It was built in Germany by a Hamburg based company called Blohm-Voss. Eclipse is the world’s most expensive yacht with an estimated cost of 340 million euros or 590 million dollars.
About the Yacht Eclipse
The yacht is a total of 162.5 m in length and 22 m in width. It has a draft of 5.90 m. This makes it the second largest yacht in the world. It provides a lot of space for leisurely activities, is suitable for almost all adventure and water sports and is also capable of offering trips to several cultural and historical destinations all over the world. It has several features.
It is interesting to know that the yacht eclipse also has two helicopter pads on it. There are 24 guest cabins, several hot tubs, a disco hall, and even two swimming pools. It also contains a gym, a dance floor, underwater lights, a Beach club, beauty salon, Wi-Fi connection, tender garage, and a deck jacuzzi. The swimming pools on the yacht can be converted into a dance floor. Even though the yacht has two helicopter pads, it can accommodate three helicopters as it has one storage hanger below the foredeck. There is also an exterior fireplace on board the yacht.
Eclipse is also a very technologically advanced boat. It has the latest technology features like motion sensors, anti-ballistic missile defense, and bulletproof glass.
As stated, before it has 24 guest cabins. Each of these cabins has a private 6 feet home cinema screen, a spa, a jacuzzi, and specialized security systems. It is believed that the boat also has an anti-paparazzi system. The system can detect the use of digital cameras for taking pictures of the boat. It is capable of disrupting a potential photograph of the yacht using infrared lights with the help of lasers.
The yacht is also equipped with three launch boats. It also has a mini-submarine which can submerge up to 50 m or 160 feet underwater. The yacht requires about 70 crew members for its proper operation and to serve the guests.
The yacht is also equipped with a missile detection system for security.
It has also employed a rotor based stabilization system. It works against roll motion at anchor and low cruise speeds. It is based on the Magnus effect. Eclipse is the largest vessel in the world to have employed such a system.
The yacht is a Bermuda Flagged, Lloyd Register class yacht. It has a gross tonnage of 13,000 tonnes. The yacht offers the latest technology for propulsion and maximum speed performance. It also has an installed diesel-electric dual propulsion system with four MTU 20V 1163 TB93 marine diesel engines.
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The yacht can attain a maximum speed of 25 knots and a Cruise speed of up to 22 knots. It also can carry 1 million liters of fuel in tanks and can travel up to 6000 nautical miles at the rate of about 21 knots before it needs to be refueled. The boat can also store nearly one fifty thousand liters of freshwater on board.
The submarine of the yacht can accommodate up to three people and can go as deep as 160 feet under water, as previously stated.
The boat has a total living area of 6000 square feet. There are 11 staterooms and suites on it. It can accommodate up to 30 guests and a crew of 96 staff members. Out of the 6000 square feet of area, the master suite alone is spread over 5000 square feet. On the seventh level of the boat, there is a pilot house.
Being a boat with so many features, one can only imagine what the cost of the maintenance of it would be. As one would expect, the maintenance of eclipse is costly.
According to a report, the yacht requires more than 60 million dollars for maintenance every year. The per day rent of the boat is around 175,000 pounds.
History of the Eclipse Yacht
As mentioned before the yacht is owned by Roman Abramovich, a Russian businessman. Eclipse was delivered to Abramovich in December of 2010. It was built in Germany by a Hamburg based company called Blohm-Voss.
The yacht arrived for sea trials at Frederikshavn in Denmark in September 2009. The first ever pictures of the boat were taken on 9 December 2010.
Terence Disdale Design carried out the superstructure design of the yacht. The same company was responsible for the interior designing of the yacht, layouts of the deck as well as supervision during its construction.
This yacht was constructed in great secrecy. At the time of construction, it was known as Project Luxury Yacht M 147 for the same reason. The details of the technical designs and construction of the boat have still not been revealed to the public. The only thing that is accessible to the public is the design layout.