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.

200m (656’) $770 Million Gigayacht DOUBLE CENTURY – The World’s Largest Superyacht

Posted in Giga Yacht, Mega Yacht, Motor yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Designers with tags , on May 27, 2015 by luxuryyachts

The first renderings of the $770 Million gigayacht DOUBLE CENTURY have been released. Measuring impressive 200m (656′) in length, luxury mega yacht DOUBLE CENTURY will represent the world’s largest superyacht, once built.

200m (656') Gigayacht DOUBLE CENTURY - Photo credit to

200m (656′) Gigayacht DOUBLE CENTURY – Photo credit to

With her amazing length, superyacht DOUBLE CENTURY surpasses the current largest superyacht in the world – the 180m (590′) mega yacht AZZAM, owned by the President of the United Arab Emirates.

Designed by Christopher Seymour, luxury yacht DOUBLE CENTURY spreads over nine breath-taking decks. She is the size of two football fields and has two helipads.

Highly innovative 37M Continental Trawler Yacht SANTA MARIA T splashes at Wim van der Valk

Posted in Motor yacht, New Launches, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers with tags , , , , on May 21, 2015 by luxuryyachts

This week saw the brand new 37M Continental Trawler yacht SANTA MARIA T splash at Wim van der Valk in the Netherlands. The highly innovative motor yacht SANTA MARIA T represents the first yacht in the world to boast the AntiRoll stabilization system. This has been developed by Dynamic Marine Systems (DMS) and ensures maximum stability whatever the conditions.

Motor yacht SANTA MARIA T just launched - Image credit to Wim van der Valk

Motor yacht SANTA MARIA T just launched – Image credit to Wim van der Valk

Superyacht SANTA MARIA T features classic, art nouveau-inspired interiors, superbly penned by well known Guido de Groot. She can sleep a total number of 8 guests in utmost in luxury, providing them with 4 comfortable cabins. Guests are pampered by a crew of 6 members.

Military crafts-inspired New 55m CRN Superyacht ATLANTE

Posted in Motor yacht, New Launches, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers with tags , , , on May 15, 2015 by luxuryyachts

Last Saturday, May 9, 2015 saw the Italian builder, CRN Yachts, launch the striking 55-metre superyacht ATLANTE. Magnificently penned by Nuvolari Lenard, the brand new motor yacht ATLANTE boasts a purposely strong stylistic identity, which takes inspiration from some elements typical of military crafts: square shapes, sharp lines, as well as innovative, sophisticated design solutions.

55m CRN Super yacht ATLANTE at launch

55m CRN Super yacht ATLANTE at launch

The steel and aluminium CRN luxury yacht ATLANTE develops over five generous decks, featuring strikingly original solutions. She is powered by twin powerful 1230 KW @ 1800 RPM CATERPILLAR diesels, reaching a comfortable top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Launch of 55m AZAMANTA Yacht – The world’s first Fast Displacement steel-hulled Superyacht over 50m

Posted in Motor yacht, New Launches, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers with tags , , , , on May 4, 2015 by luxuryyachts

May 1, 2015 saw the prominent Dutch builder, Heesen Yachts, launch the brand new 55m AZAMANTA yacht. Luxury superyacht AZAMANTA represents the world’s first Fast Displacement steel-hulled yacht over 50 metres.

HY 17255 AZAMANTA Yacht at launch - Photo by Dick Holthuis and Heesen Yachts

HY 17255 AZAMANTA Yacht at launch – Photo by Dick Holthuis and Heesen Yachts

Thanks to her highly innovative Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), the striking motor yacht AZAMANTA is expected to set a benchmark in terms of efficiency, propelling around 600 tonnes of steel and aluminium at 15 knots with only 600kW of power.

Boasting a sophisticated exterior design by Omega Architects and a stylish interior design by Sinot Design, super yacht AZAMANTA by Heesen Yachts will sleep up to 12 guests in utmost in luxury, providing them with 6 beautifully appointed cabins. These include a gorgeous master suite on the main deck with a recessed balcony on the starboard side.

Striking 50m plumb bow superyacht Project NOVA by Heesen Yachts – The most efficient yacht in her class

Posted in Motor yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2015 by luxuryyachts

This week saw the premier Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts unveil their latest 50m Fast Displacement superyacht Project NOVA (YN 17850), following a huge success of the 65m mega yacht Galactica Star – the world’s first yacht with a Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF). Construction of NOVA yacht started last February, with completion scheduled for Spring 2017.

New 50m Plumb Bow Superyacht Project NOVA by Heesen Yachts

New 50m Plumb Bow Superyacht Project NOVA by Heesen Yachts

The all-new motor yacht Project NOVA is all about fuel efficiency. The vessel’s newly designed hull was tested at the Wolfson Unit Southampton tank test facility in July 2014. The results are impressive. Fuel consumption at cruising speed is a frugal 125 litres per hour and at 10 knots a staggering 85 litres per hour, which makes Project Nova the most efficient vessel in her class.

Testing of newly designed hull at the Southampton tank test facility in July 2014 – Photo by Jeff Brown

Testing of newly designed hull at the Southampton tank test facility in July 2014 – Photo by Jeff Brown

Luxury yacht Project NOVA by Heesen Yachts has been beautifully designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. She bears interior design by Sinot Yacht Design. The vessel boasts an eye-catching superstructure, vertical bow and spacious fixed aft platform with a grandiose staircase leading to the main deck.

Feadship Mega Yacht SAVANNAH – The world’s first hybrid superyacht

Posted in Mega Yacht, Motor yacht, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers, Yacht Videos with tags , , , , on April 21, 2015 by luxuryyachts

The video below released by FEADSHIP shows one of their latest launches – the 83,50m (273’11”) mega yacht SAVANNAH – under sea trials off the Dutch coast. The world’s first hybrid superyacht, the breath-taking SAVANNAH features an eco-friendly blend of a single diesel engine, three gensets, batteries, propeller, azimuting thruster and a streamlined hull.

Launched by FEADSHIP earlier this year, the highly innovative superyacht SAVANNAH has been magnificently designed by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects and CG Design. She takes inspiration from the 2010 Feadship Future Concept Breathe yacht, and is a demonstration of the cost-effective and cleaner mode of propulsion that can be achieved within an entirely bespoke superyacht.

Launch of highly innovative 44m Superyacht MOON SAND at Feadship

Posted in Motor yacht, New Launches, Superyacht, Yacht Builders, Yacht Designers with tags , , , , on April 15, 2015 by luxuryyachts

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 saw the leading Dutch builder, Feadship, launch their latest beauty – the striking 44m superyacht MOON SAND – at their Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw yard in Makkum. Feadship hull No 690, MOON SAND features naval architecture and exterior styling by the yard’s in-house De Voogt Naval Architects, while the interior design is by Bannenberg & Rowell Design.

44m Feadship superyacht Moon Sand (hull 690) at launch

44m Feadship superyacht Moon Sand (hull 690) at launch

The detailed design brief for MOON SAND yacht can be summarised in three key elements: light, space and freedom of choice in terms of recreation. She provides comfortable accommodation to up to 6 guests in three magnificent staterooms, including two staterooms convertible into one large stateroom with separate seating and one large full beam Guest/VIP stateroom forward.


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