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.

222m Giga Yacht TRIPLE DEUCE to be the world’s most expensive and largest superyacht

Posted in Giga Yacht, Mega Yacht, Motor yacht, Superyacht with tags , , on March 3, 2015 by luxuryyachts

Measuring impressive 222 meters in length, luxury giga yacht TRIPLE DEUCE represents the world’s new largest private yacht, as shared by dailymail here. Scheduled for completion in 2018, this breath-taking vessel will cost £788 million and will surpass Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich’s 163m Eclipse, as well as the current largest yacht in the world – the 182m Azzam, owned by the President of the United Arab Emirates.

Luxury giga yacht Triple Deuce - Image credit to 4Yacht

Luxury giga yacht Triple Deuce – Image credit to 4Yacht

Spanning over seven generous decks, mega yacht TRIPLE DEUCE will boast two pools, multiple hot tubs and a 275 square metre master suite, which will offer unparalleled views, along with a private gym, office and dining room. It has been also reported that despite its size, this striking vessel will only carry 36 guests with a crew of around 50 – 70 people.

Luxury superyacht TRIPLE DEUCE is expected to reach a top speed of over 30 knots (35mph) and will be powered by triple gas turbine engines with over 100,000 horsepower.

The Streets of Monaco – The most expensive yacht in the world

Posted in Mega Yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Designers with tags , on March 2, 2015 by luxuryyachts

As reported by ‘boredbug’ here, The Streets of Monaco currently represents the most expensive yacht in the world, costing her owner amazing $1 billion dollars. A 155m SWATH vessel that takes the principality of Monaco to the ocean, this breath-taking vessel is believed to have a go-kart track, a private beach and a man-made lake, casinos and a replica of the Monaco Grand Prix track, in addition to tennis courts, cafes and underwater ocean views.

155m SWATH mega yacht The Streets of Monaco - Image by Yacht Island Design

155m SWATH mega yacht The Streets of Monaco – Image by Yacht Island Design

Penned by Yacht Island Design, luxury mega yacht ‘The Streets of Monaco’ is still under construction. She is being built predominantly in steel with the use of aluminium in the upper superstructure. She will be able to accommodate an impressive number of 70 crew and 16 guests, and is expected to reach a top speed of 15 knots, using diesel electric propulsion. The design theme called for a unique yacht that reflects the style and sophistication of the principality and centres around three main communal areas, ‘The Streets of Monaco’, ‘The Oasis’ and ‘The Grand Atrium’.

Video of Steve Jobs’ 78m Mega Yacht VENUS going through Simpson Bay Bridge

Posted in Mega Yacht, Motor yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers, Yacht Videos with tags , , , , on February 24, 2015 by luxuryyachts

Yachts International has shared an amazing video of Brian Muston here below, showing the outstanding Steve Jobs‘ 78-metre mega yacht VENUS, while going through the Simpson Bay Bridge in St Maarten, the Caribbean. The captain of superyacht VENUS had just little room to safely pass the gap.

Launched by the world-renowned Dutch shipyard Feadship in 2012, motor yacht VENUS has been designed by bespoke Philippe Starck, in partnership with late Steve Jobs, who sadly passed away a year before the completion of his luxury yacht project.

Charter yacht SAVANNAH by Feadship

Posted in Motor yacht, sailing yacht, Yacht Charters with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2015 by luxuryyachts
The Feadship Savannah is world’s first hybrid superyacht.

In a spectacular ceremony at the Feadship yard in Aalsmeer (NL) this weekend, Feadship launched the 83.50-metre Savannah. She is a yacht full of premiers, including being the world’s first ever hybrid superyacht and the first to be entirely metallic painted with the exception of the mast domes. And what’s more this yacht can be chartered by those luck few.

The James Bond-themed launch ceremony on Saturday evening saw a dramatic mix of singers, dancers and acrobats entertain the people involved in the construction of Savannah over the past three years and their families. The owner had flown in guests from round the world to join the party and hear him thank the Feadship designers, engineers, painters and craftsmen who put in over one million man-hours to create this masterpiece of pure custom creation.

One million Watts
The eco-friendly electro-mechanical propulsion is, of course, fantastically complex. In a nutshell, however, it features a pioneering blend of a single Wärtsilä main engine, three generators, some one million Watts of Li-ion batteries, a single central propeller shaft installation on the centreline and an in-line azimuting thruster. Combined with the yacht’s super streamlined hull shape, this means Savannah enjoys fuel economies of thirty per cent and incredible flexibility in operations and loading of the power plant.

The way one gigantic propeller is installed in front with another electrically powered prop in its slipstream has never been applied on a yacht. Another major innovation is the batteries, which provide extra speed at the top end, allow proper loading of the generators at any speed and facilitate super-quiet cruising at slow speeds without any engines turning. “The possibility to choose between diesel, diesel-electric or fully electric is truly exceptional,” says Savannah’s captain Ted McCumber. “Only Feadship engineering and the rich experience of this yard could have successfully concluded a project of such scope and vision.”

Visual trickery
But there’s much more to Savannah than her awesome power system alone, as you can see for yourself in the picture. Check out her superstructure, where the glass and composite panels appear to float thanks to visual trickery involving polished stainless steel strips, aluminium supports and teak. Look at how the stainless steel doors form part of the yacht’s continuous line and also appear to be floating thanks to the remarkable work of CG Design and Feadship’s designers.

Another unique aspect of the exterior is the way the aft owner and main deck areas are designed as a single open inside/outside space, enclosed by weathertight sliding doors. With the sides of the main lounge open, the entire zone from the swimming pool to the salon serves as an unprecedented al fresco experience. “The owner of Savannah loves to be at one with the water,” adds McCumber. “This phenomenal design will allow him to run from the main salon and dive straight into the sea.”

Please also take a moment to admire the exterior colour scheme in Sea Foam metallic green. A human machine of several dozen craftsmen spent many weekends in a climate-controlled tent to create what is the world’s largest metallic-painted object. They used special mixing machines and electrically-charged spray guns to ensure all the metallic flakes were in perfect order. And, we’re pretty sure you’ll agree, they have completed a highly impressive achievement!

Watch the fish go by
What we cannot show you here due to privacy agreements is the interior, but we are allowed to share a few words on this equally amazing artifice. Savannah has an ‘underwater lounge’ where guests can watch the fish outside or turn around and observe the fun and games in the nine-metre swimming pool. The room, which also converts into a cinema, is another first for a superyacht and features especially thick glass due to its position in the hull.

Let’s give the final word to Henk de Vries, CEO of Feadship, who was delighted to see the fruit of so much labour emerge from the construction hall today. “More than a thousand people have been involved with the creation of Savannah since the contract was signed at the end of 2011. This tremendous outcome once again shows how we at Feadship are never afraid to venture into uncharted waters.”

Yacht Charter
Yacht Savannah will be made available on an exclusive basis for occasional chartering.

Technical specifications

83.50 m / 273’11”

12.50 m / 41’

3.95 m / 12’12”

Luxury charter yacht SAVANNAH has Unprecedented facilities

One of the many structural highlights is an ‘underwater lounge’ at port side where guests can watch the fish outside or turn around and observe the fun and games in the nine-metre swimming pool. The room, which also converts into a cinema, is another first for a superyacht and features especially thick glass due to its position in the hull.

In addition to the owner’s stateroom, there are four large guest suites and one VIP stateroom with a balcony. Luxury yacht Savannah also has unprecedented facilities for her 26 crew members and an exceptionally high-end tender bay finished in teak with a hatch that doubles as a mooring platform. After docking, guests can walk inside the garage and take the stairs straight up to the main deck.

Premier performance for a yacht charter

“Savannah is a yacht full of premiers,” emphasises Feadship director Henk de Vries. “As the first ever hybrid superyacht, she offers incredible flexibility in operations and loading of the power plant. The result is fuel savings of some thirty per cent compared to the best boats that we have launched to date.

“The way in which one gigantic propeller has been installed in front with another electrically powered prop in its slipstream has also never been applied on a yacht. A similar system has been used on board passenger ships in Japan, but that is an ‘industrial’ solution, without the attention to comfort required on a Feadship. To achieve this on a superyacht entailed an exceptional degree of cooperation with Wärtsilä and all the other equipment manufacturers.

“Another major innovation is the batteries, which were suggested by the owner. These provide extra speed at the top end, allow proper loading of the generators at any speed and facilitate super-quiet cruising at slow speeds without any engines turning. We have installed Li-ion batteries with no less than one million Watts.

“More than a thousand people have been involved with the creation of Savannah since the contract was signed at the end of 2011. And the tremendous final result once again shows how Feadship is never afraid to venture into uncharted waters.”

Largest Superyacht Conversion: Luxury Explorer Yacht ‘Oceanic’

Posted in Motor yacht on April 29, 2011 by luxuryyachts

This interesting luxury explorer yacht conversion project will make motor yacht ‘Oceanic’ one of the largest private luxury yachts in the world with ocean-going ‘go anywhere’ capabilities and an ice class hull (classed to Germanische Lloyd).

At 87 metres the Icon Yachts and Three Seas ‘Oceanic’ yacht conversion is a large and very impressive project. The companies are converting the huge 87 metre “Oceanic” superyacht from a commercial tug boat which was originally built in Germany in 1969.


This massive superyacht will not only be a rugged work vessel that can take her owner anywhere but she will also provide the luxuries of a private superyacht with a exterior & interior design proposal by Felix Buytendijk, Netherlands . Features will include versatile and large Tender storage, water and land ‘toys’, a submarine or day sailor boat carrying capacity, a helicopter pad option to MCA, a 12 metre main deck pool option and of course a stern bathing platform.

Oceanic Tug in heavy weather before conversion by Icon Yachts

Motor yacht Oceanic has a top speed of 20 knots with her 2 x DEUTZ Diesels engines (SBV 12 M 640) which are supercharged and producing a total of 13,200 bhp. Each engine is geared to single shafts with win variable pitch propellers in fixed kort-nozzles.

Three Seas, Hamburg,  is a German project management company which has already completed some very impressive superyacht conversions – they have also conveted the explorer yachts ARCTIC P, LONE RANGER, and KHOZAM. Icon Yachts are already well known as a large luxury private yacht design and build company whih is baed in Holland.


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