The 162.5m long and $1.2 billion beauty, yacht Eclipse is the world’s largest and most expensive yacht in the world. Proud owner of this beauty happens to be a Russian businessman who also owns Chelsea Football Club- Roman Abramovich.
The yacht has been owned by its current owner since December 2010. It has been made using steel hull and aluminum superstructure. The dimensions of 162.5m length, perpendiculars of 147m, 21.5m breadth and 5 m draught allow a huge area for private luxury of this yacht owner.
This area accommodates a helipad for three helicopters and a drydock at the stern for tenders. Besides this, there is also place for a three-person private submarine that can go up to depth of 160ft. The yacht holds 11 staterooms and suites, making the living area a total of 6000 square feet.
This area can hold 30 guests and a 92 member staff crew. The master suite, located on level five of the yacht, alone is spread over an area of 5000 square feet. There is also a pilothouse on level seven. Each of these cabins comes with a private 6ft home cinema screen, a Jacuzzi, spa and specialized security systems.
The entire yacht has been bejeweled with features to make it more luxurious. The Eclipse holds two helipads, a 16m swimming pool that can be converted into a dance floor and a latest technology safety features which include motion sensors, bulletproof glass and an antiballistic missile defense.
Eclipse yacht has been divided into nine decks, top of which is taken up by the helicopters and garage. The swimming pool and sundeck go on level eight and level seven features a pool, atrium and an open deck. The salon, main dining hall and a 40ftX60ft full beam loggia are located on sixth level. Eclipse also flaunts internal lifts, six tenders and an exterior fireplace.
The Eclipse was built by Blohm + Voss Shipyards, in Hamburg and is currently being maintained by the Blue Ocean yacht management. It was launched in June, 2009 and delivered to its owners in December, 2010, after a total of five years of design, development and testing. Before its final delivery, several sea trials were done starting in Kristiansand, Norway in May, 2009.
These were followed by other tests on yacht conducted at Frederikshavn, Denmark in September, 2009. It was designed by Hermidas Atabeyki of Atabeyki Design Development, with its exterior and interior styling having been done by Terence Disdale Design and Greenline Yacht Interiors.
While the naval architecture was provided by Blohm + Voss, superstructure of the Eclipse was looked into by Terence Disdale Design. Incidentally, during its construction, the project was named Project Luxury Yacht M 147, for purpose of secrecy.
The technical design and construction of the yacht have not been revealed though, the design and layout is available for people to marvel at. Besides the staterooms and the suites on level five and seven, there is an exhibition room and theatre on third floor.
The central foyer of the yacht separates the cabins and suites of the owner, guests and the crew. Second deck acts as a docking port for the submarine while level one accommodates the engine room, machinery and a small disco-club.
With luxury, Eclipse also offers latest propulsion technology for maximum speed performance. It 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 a maximum speed of 25 knots and a cruise speed of 22 knots.
At 162.5m and €800m ($1.2bn), this yacht beats the Dubai’s 162m long motor yacht Dubai. This makes the Eclipse the longest and the most expensive yacht in the world, since December 2010. Yacht Dubai is owned by Sheikh Mohommed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister and Vice President of UAE and the rule of Dubai.
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