Roman Abramovich’s £1.5 billion Mega Yacht ECLIPSE back at Blohm + Voss for refit

Posted in Mega Yacht, Motor yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers with tags , , , , , on February 19, 2015 by luxuryyachts

Roman Abramovich’s mega yacht Eclipse has been recently spotted at her home yard – Blohm + Voss – in Germany, where according to the Daily Mail she will undergo some renovating work. One of the world’s largest superyachts, the breath-taking 536ft long £1.5 billion motor yacht Eclipse was custom-made for the Chelsea FC owner in 2010.

Roman Abramovich's yacht at Blohm Voss, Hamburg Photo by Rex Features

Roman Abramovich’s yacht at Blohm Voss, Hamburg Photo by Rex Features

French architect Hermidas Atabeyki has superbly penned the striking Eclipse yacht. She boasts stylish and elegant interiors by Terence Disdale Design studio and Greenline Yacht Interiors, which can sleep up to 34 guests in maximum luxury and comfort.

Roman Abramovich with his wife aboard Mega Yacht Eclipse

Roman Abramovich with his wife Photo credit to XPXEP/Xclusive Plx

Luxury yacht Eclipse boasts all the amenities of a Mega Yacht, including a cinema, two swimming pools, two helicopter pads, around 30 cabins, a mini-submarine, and even a missile defence system, in addition to conference facilities, children’s playroom, beauty salon, dance floor and sauna.


Feadship launched Luxury Superyacht KISS on Valentine’s Day

Posted in Motor yacht, New Launches, Private Yachts, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2015 by luxuryyachts

What better day to choose for a launch of a beautiful 46m superyacht called KISS than the 14th of February, a.k.a the Valentine’s Day! Feadship announced the launch of motor yacht KISS this weekend and revealed that the story behind KISS yacht is linked in a number of ways to the multi-award winning 46,22 superyacht COMO, launched in 2014.   

Here’s what Feadship said in regard to the launch:

“With yachts like Como and Kiss, we are effectively building a sporty type boat around our average size of over 15 years ago, but now with all the know-how and intelligence Feadship has developed,” De Vries explains. “This facilitates a clever approach to high-end production, one which remains entirely custom while keeping the costs of a Feadship of this size within the bounds of reason.”

Motor yacht KISS - Image credit to Feadship

Motor yacht KISS – Image credit to Feadship

Half a year after signing the contract for Como yacht, architect and designer Ed Dubois came to Feadship with another client. “Ed was highly appreciative of the way that the Feadship yards work with outside designers as well as the in-house naval architects at Feadship De Voogt,” De Vries continues. “Even though Como and Kiss have similar looks they are very different yachts. Most if not all yards would have taken a platform approach based on Como’s hull, offering the client a discount for the reduced amount of engineering. That’s not how Feadship does things.

“The owner of Kiss required a more conventional speed of 16 knots (Como is 19), so she has a different power plant. And while Como is a sports boat with an open top deck, Kiss has a complete master penthouse on the upper deck. This obviously added both volume and weight to the yacht, hence requiring a revised lines plan. Make no mistake, these are two different Feadships.”

Where super yacht Kiss did benefit from the Como project was Feadship’s enhanced ability to standardise not the product but the process. Successfully incorporating the production methods and the majority of engineering phases used on Como made Kiss cost-effective in production while still resulting in an entirely bespoke superyacht.

Kiss superyacht is also the most complex object ever to have been metallically painted, featuring a stunning metallic black hull with a red stripe on the waterline. This was another specific request by the client and required Feadship to develop special mixing machines and electrically-charged spray guns in order that all the metallic flakes would be in perfect order.

The interior of Kiss yacht is from the boards of Redman Whiteley Dixon and features a stark, crisp look. Mark Whiteley and Toby Ecuyer started together, Toby and Douglas Hynd completed the design work. “They did a fantastic job on Kiss,” adds De Vries.“It is never easy to take over an interior design project once underway and, on behalf of Feadship, I would like to say how impressed we are again with RWD’s work.”

The powerful and purposeful exterior Dubois profile, with its large bulwark window measuring some 6.5 metres in width, generates a sporty ambience. A sense of openness is enhanced by the giant doors adjacent to the main entrance, which slide out three metres either side. All this combines to bathe the restfully austere interior in natural light, making for a genuinely soothing experience.

The complete owner’s deck – an unusual feature for a yacht under 50 metres – makes the most of both the volume and interior space. An aluminium-plated sun roof opens up to add to the light interior vibe. More al fresco-like pleasures include a sun deck with Jacuzzi and a transom swim platform with swim ladder and underwater platform.

Motor yacht Kiss also features superior accommodation for eight guests in four suites as well as four crew cabins, a staff room and a captain’s cabin positioned near the raised pilothouse.

Technical specs

Type: Twin screw motor yacht, aluminium hull and superstructure

Length overall: 46.40m 152’3”

Beam overall: 9.00m 29’6”

Draught (loaded): 2.28m 7’6”

Fuel capacity: 51,000 litres 13,473 US Gallons

Fresh water capacity: 16,000 litres 4,227 US Gallons


Naval Architect: Dubois Naval Architects

Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects

Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon


Main engines: 2x Caterpillar C32 / 895 kW @ 1800 rpm

Generators: 2x Caterpillar 6.6 – 2x 125 kW – 1500 rpm

Stabilizers: Quantum zero-speed stabilizers


Owner: The upper deck is devoted to the owner, stateroom situated here with prominent views around the whole yacht.

Guests: VIP stateroom on the main deck and four guest cabins on the lower deck. All of the guest accommodation is ensuite.

Crew: Four crew in two crew cabins; two in captain’s cabin, two in engineer’s cabin. Storage rooms, laundry, galley and crew mess on lower deck, twin staff

Palmer Johnson World Yacht

Posted in Motor yacht with tags , , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by luxuryyachts

Palmer Johnson has now introduced a 82 meter Ice Class superyacht design – Palmer Johnson World – a new design concept which combines the ability to cruise in remote destinations with exceptional sea keeping capabilities, in a variety of demanding conditions, otherwise know as an expedition style yacht. Of course the private yacht luxury and elegance of the highest level will remain available to guests in this large and impressive expedition style superyacht. The new yacht is the Palmer Johnson World superyacht with an article found here at


Italian designers Nuvolari and Lenard have created a concept for the six deck interior and exterior living areas that is to a high level of comfort and luxury – the Palmer Johnson World superyacht.


The luxury motor yacht contemporary emphasis on a healthy and balanced active living and as such there is the ample use of large open spaces and extensive panoramic sea views.

Alloy Yachts launches 52m luxury sailing yacht Mondango

Posted in sailing yacht with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2008 by luxuryyachts
luxury yacht mondango

luxury yacht mondango

Alloy Yachts (from New Zealand) and Dubois design (England) has once again teamed up to create another very significant large sailing superyacht.  Her interior design is by Reymond Langton and features contemporary styling utilising oak wood and macassar ebony timbers. Mondango is the fifth yacht over 50m built by Alloy Yachts and she was launched on Thursday, 18 September 2008 in Auckland. She has a beam of 10.2m (33.5ft), draws 4.9m (16.1ft) and a displacement of 350 tonnes. She is built to Lloyds Classification and the Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2.

The 52m (170ft) flybridge ketch riged luxury sailing yacht Mondango built for an international businessman and his wife. Mondango is another successful Dubois Naval Architects design and her her dark blue hull is similar to the recent sailing yacht Red Dragon. Another difference between the two recent yachts is the ketch configuration (2 masts) which makes the yacht ideal for long distance cruising.

Also her superstructure extends further aft, creating a large cockpit area, and her side windows and the curved rear window of the cockpit open and close at the touch of a button allowing the cockpit to be climate controlled, or open to the sea breeze.

Mondango was launched in the traditional way with champagne across the bow and then made its way under the control of two tugs from the yard to the Viaduct Basin in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. In the following weeks, the carbon fibre Southern Spars masts were stepped and engine and sailing trials were undertaken.

Sails are by North Sails and are handled by 18 captive and eight vertical winches, all of which were designed and built by Alloy Yachts. The triple headsails furl on Reckmann furlers.

The main engine is a 3412D 1200hp caterpillar and she is fitted with two 90kw Northern Lights generators.

Tim Heywood – Designer of World’s Biggest Yachts

Posted in Giga Yacht, Mega Yacht, Motor yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers, Yacht Owners with tags , , , , , , on February 15, 2016 by luxuryyachts

Tim Heywood is a world-renowned designer responsible for the striking design of such outstanding vessels as the world’s fifth largest boat, the £400 million TOPAZ, as well as the all-new SYMPHONY; at 101,5 metres, the largest vessel ever built by Feadship.

Tim Heywood - Image credit to Amels Holland

Tim Heywood – Image credit to Amels Holland

Graduated from the Central School of Art and Design, the 65-year-old British designer has been in the industry for 40 years. He has also worked on such breath-taking vessels as the 133-metre AL MIRQAB, as well as the 115-metre PELORUS, previously owned by Roman Abramovich, who now owns the £1,5 billion, 163,5-metre ECLIPSE.

115m Pelorus - Image courtesy of LiveYachting

115m Pelorus – Image courtesy of LiveYachting

Graceful 72M Mega Yacht O’PARI 3 nominated for Superyacht Award

Posted in Mega Yacht, Motor yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yachting Awards with tags , , on February 11, 2016 by luxuryyachts

The graceful 72m (236’) mega yacht O’PARI 3 has been nominated for the Superyacht Award 2016 in the ‘Displacement Motor Yacht 1,300GT – 2,999GT’ category. O’PARI 3 was delivered by the Greek shipyard Golden Yachts in 2015.

OPari3 by Golden Yachts

O’Pari3 by Golden Yachts

O’PARI 3 is breath-taking both inside and out. Her outdoor deck areas host huge sunpads and a Jacuzzi surrounded by bright loungers, and there is an equally impressive al-fresco dining option, with a large table.

Internally, O’PARI 3 offers lavishly appointed accommodation to up to 12 guests across 8 opulent staterooms, including 3 master suites, 2 VIP staterooms, as well as 3 twin cabins. Among the very many special features of this imposing vessel belong a helipad, a steam room, a gym, as well as several tenders and water toys.

Designers of World’s Largest Superyacht AZZAM Unveil 165M GLEAM

Posted in Giga Yacht, Mega Yacht, Motor yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Designers with tags , , , , on February 4, 2016 by luxuryyachts

Nauta Yachts, designers of the current largest superyacht in the world – the 180m AZZAM, have unveiled another breath-taking project, this time of the 165m GLEAM, boasting elegance and visual lightness.

165m GLEAM project by NAUTA

165m GLEAM project by NAUTA

GLEAM spans over seven impressive decks, including four decks over the main deck. Each deck has a tremendous windowed area to emphasize the in & out view and contact. Moreover, each deck is devoted to some specific functions.

GLEAM by Nauta can sleep an incredible number of 32 guests across 16 spacious and comfortable cabins, including a tastefully appointed owner’s suite, two VIP suites, seven VIP cabins and six guest cabins. The interior luxury spaces spread over approx. 2,040 sq. m. Furthermore, there is also accommodation for a numerous crew of 64 in 33 crew cabins.

Newly launched Century 110 GLX Superyacht marking 100-year history of Astondoa

Posted in Motor yacht, New Launches, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers, Yacht events with tags , , , on January 20, 2016 by luxuryyachts

Spanish shipyard, Astondoa, has launched the brand new Century 110 GLX superyacht, marking the company’s 100-year history. This striking 33,50-metre semi-custom vessel will be officially introduced at next month’s Yachts Miami Beach show.

Century 110 GLX on the water for the first time

Century 110 GLX on the water for the first time

The vessel offers amazing outdoor areas, with large sun pads on the foredeck and aft of the fly bridge. The latter is fitted with an electric roof that can be easily opened over the covered forward part when the weather is good, or closed to provide a glass walled, air conditioned sky lounge.

The modern and elegant interiors of Century 110 GLX by Astondoa were created by Cristiano Gatto.  There is a tastefully appointed full beam master suite on the main deck, while the lower deck hosts two queen and two twin staterooms, comfortably sleeping up to 10 guests.

What makes ISA 54M FOREVER ONE a different yacht?

Posted in Motor yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2016 by luxuryyachts

What makes the ISA 54M FOREVER ONE a different yacht? It is undoubtedly  her combined reverse bow, her striking red and white paintwork, her unique layout, as well as her huge volumes (nearly 1,000 gt). This eye-catching, twin-screw, steel and aluminium fully customized displacement vessel with modern exterior lines was launched by ISA Yachts to a design by Horacio Bozzo in 2014, and has since then surely attracted plenty of attention wherever it has come.

ISA 54M Forever One - Photo by Paolo Zitti

ISA 54M Forever One – Photo by Paolo Zitti

Featuring an almost-reverse bow, massive volume and muscular exterior lines, FOREVER ONE is a complex yacht, boasting plenty of cozy social areas, versatile indoor areas and generous exterior living spaces. Her superb and bright interiors were created by Alessandro Massari.

Luxurious accommodation is provided in the owner’s apartment, positioned on the upper deck aft for the maximum privacy, and fitted with his-and-hers large bathrooms, two walk-in wardrobes and a room dedicated to owner’s shoe collection. In addition, there are three large guest suites, all on the lower deck, with a fourth room fitted with top class gym equipment.

162M DUBAI – One of the Most Expensive Superyachts in the World

Posted in Giga Yacht, Mega Yacht, Motor yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Builders with tags , on January 7, 2016 by luxuryyachts

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, the breath-taking 162-metre DUBAI undoubtedly represents one of the most expensive superyachts ever built, costing amazing US $ 350 -400 million.

162m Dubai - Photo Credit John

162m Dubai – Photo Credit John

Boasting the most luxurious designs and amenities, DUBAI is equipped with the most modern and expensive technology throughout. Constructed at Blohm and Voss in Germany, she can easily host an incredible number of 72 guests, looked after by a crew of 88.

The many notable features of the striking DUBAI include a glass staircase with changing colors, plenty of sunbathing areas, a mosaic swimming pool, several Jacuzzis, as well as a helipad. In addition, she also carries two large tenders and can easily reach speeds of 26 knots.

The world’s largest wooden sailing yacht CREOLE

Posted in Classic Yachts, Mega Yacht, sailing yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers, Yacht Owners with tags , , , on December 7, 2015 by luxuryyachts

Measuring impressive 63,03 meters in length over all, the dramatically beautiful CREOLE undoubtedly represents the world’s largest wooden sailing yacht. She was originally built by Camper & Nicholsons in the UK in 1927, and refitted in 1937.



The classical and elegant interiors of CREOLE, created by Russo NA, can sleep up to 10 guests in pure luxury and comfort. They are pampered by a numerous crew of 16. The beautiful, custom-built schooner CREOLE is capable of a top speed of 14 knots, and can comfortably cruise at 10 knots, when powered by her engines.

Luxury yacht CREOLE is currently owned by Allegra and Alessandra, daughters of Maurizio Gucci, an Italian businessman, and the former head of the famous Gucci fashion house. CREOLE is occasionally seen at classic events in the Mediterranean, although in recent years her role has been as mother ship to the other, smaller Gucci classic, Avel.