Sunday, 26 July 2020

Eclipse – The World’s Most Expensive Private Yacht

 is a superyacht built by Blohm+Voss of Hamburg, Germany, the fourth longest afloat. Her exterior and interior were designed by Terence Disdale. 

Eclipse was launched on 12 June 2009. She arrived in Frederikshavn, Denmark, on 18 September 2009, for sea trials, and was delivered to Abramovich on 9 December 2010. First pictures of the completed yacht were taken at Kristiansand, Norway, during her refuelling.

In February 2011 Eclipse was made available for charter through SuperYachtsMonaco, a Monaco-based yacht brokerage company.

Eclipse – The World’s Most Expensive Private Yacht

Eclipse travels to St. Martin in the Caribbean each winter to pick up guests who fly in to St. Martin's airport. The yacht then travels to Abramovich's home on nearby St. Barts.

The yacht was delivered to Russian businessman Roman Abramovich on 9 December 2010. At 162.5 metres (533 ft 2 in) long Eclipse was the world's longest private yacht until the Azzam was launched in April 2013, which was 17.3 metres (56 ft 9 in) longer. The yacht's cost has been estimated at €340 million.

Roman Abramovich is a popular figure as he owns the leading English club, Chelsea. The Russian businessman helped the Blues to become a big spender in the transfer market, bringing brilliant players like Arjen Robben, Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres etc. to offer the beautiful game for the club supporters across the world.

Eclipse – The World’s Most Expensive Private Yacht

As well as the Chelsea football team, which is a beauty in soccer fields, Abramovich owns another marvel: a private yacht named ‘Eclipse.’

Eclipse has two helicopter pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, and a disco hall. It is also equipped with three launch boats and a mini-submarine that is capable of submerging to 50 metres (160 ft). Approximately 70 crew members are needed to operate the yacht and serve the guests.

Eclipse was also the largest vessel employing a rotor-based stabilization system against roll motion at anchor and at low cruise speeds, based on the Magnus effect.

A synonym for luxury, this superyacht is best suitable for all adventure and water sports activities in addition to providing splendid trips to cultural and historical destinations.

Eclipse – The World’s Most Expensive Private Yacht

The Bermuda-flagged, Lloyds Register class yacht has a Gross Tonnage of 13000 tonnes. Offering the latest propulsion technology for maximum speed performance, Eclipse is powered by a diesel-electric, dual propulsion system with four MTU 20V 1163 TB93 marine diesel engines. These engines power the rotating Azipod drives, providing the yacht with a maximum speed of 25 knots and a cruise speed of 22 knots. 

Featuring 1,000,000 litres fuel tanks, Eclipse can travel up to 6,000 nautical miles at 21 knots before refuelling. The boat also has the capacity to store about 150,000 litres of fresh water abroad.

While the naval architecture was provided by Blohm + Voss, the superstructure design of the Eclipse was carried out by Terence Disdale Design. The UK-based award-winning firm was also responsible for interior design, deck layouts as well as construction supervision.

Eclipse – The World’s Most Expensive Private Yacht

Incidentally, the construction of the vessel was performed with great secrecy and, due to this reason, the project was named as Project Luxury Yacht M 147 throughout the construction period. However, the details of technical design and construction of the yacht have not been revealed to the public, the design and layout are available for people to marvel at.

The entire yacht has been bejewelled with features to make it more luxurious. Spread across a number of decks, the facilities abroad Eclipse includes a gym, dance floor, underwater lights, beach club, wifi connection, beauty salon, tender garage and deck jacuzzi etc. Further, the Eclipse holds two helipads and a 16 m swimming pool that can be converted into a dance floor. 

Eclipse – The World’s Most Expensive Private Yacht

This motor yacht is capable accommodating three helicopters, two on both helipads and the third one in a storage hangar located below the foredeck. Moreover, Eclipse also flaunts internal lifts, six tenders and an exterior fireplace on-board. The boat also features a place for a three-person private submarine that can go up to a depth of 160ft.

Eclipse is also one of the most technologically advanced yachts around the world.  The boat boasts latest technology safety features which include motion sensors, bulletproof glass and an antiballistic missile defence.  In fact, each cabin in the yacht comes with a private 6ft home cinema screen, a Jacuzzi, spa and specialized security systems. 

Eclipse – The World’s Most Expensive Private Yacht

According to reports, Eclipse has an anti-paparazzi system which detects the use of digital cameras to click photographs of the boat. Using lasers, the system detects digital cameras and disrupts a potential photograph of the yacht as those infrared lights can make it unstable.

For security, Eclipse is fitted with a missile detection system.

Eclipse – The World’s Most Expensive Private Yacht


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