Abramovich meets James Bond to counter pirates!

Megayacht ECLIPSE will eclipse all other luxury yachts.

Megayacht ECLIPSE will eclipse all other luxury yachts.

Update: Superyacht Eclipse has now been launched.

Mr. Roman Abramovich has a James Bond approach to the largest private yacht in the world.  I found this article at LiveYachting.com so you can read more there.

Roman Abramovich has a fantastic solution for keeping pirates and other unwelcome visitors at arm’s length – a huge megayacht with all the toys imaginable! The Motor Yacht in question is to be called ECLIPSE and she will be the biggest yacht in the world!

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Somalian pirates are a serious threat to commercial shipping presently. Mr. Roman Ambrovich is a very well known patron of the yachts and his solution is creating a motor yacht (megayacht ECLIPSE) which is complete with a missile detection system.

First, it will have radar designed specifically to warn of incoming rockets. And of course there will also be armored protection around the wheelhouse and the billionaire’s cabin – along with bullet proof windows.

If pirates do in fact do breach the security cordon and climb on board the beautiful superyacht and Abramovich, 41, can escape through secret corridors to a submersible submarine that is launchable underwater and can dive away to safety, up to 160ft in depth!

Some of the serious hardware on this massive yacht!

Some of the serious hardware on this massive yacht!

Motor yacht Eclipse will be the largest private yacht in the world and is rumoured to be about 508 feet (155 m) to 525 feet (160 m) long – even larger than Ambrovich’s the others in his impressive collection of yachts, such as the 37 foot Pelorus or Sussurro and Ecstase. The motor yacht is due for delivery next summer and is reported to be costing around £200m. She is currently under construction in the Hamburg, Germany by the shipyard Blohm + Voss that produced the famous World War II naval vessel the Bismarck.

Billionaire Roman Abramovich is famous for, amongst other things, being the owner of the Chelsea Football Club.

If you are surprised that such project will still go ahead in this economic climate, then be prepared for more surprise. So far the credit crunch has had little effect on the world of mega-yachts and according to ShowBoats International Magazine, 916 new private luxury yachts longer than 80ft are on order in 2008. This is an 18% rise from last year!

Who owns a luxury yacht?

A new private motor yacht cruising.

A new private motor yacht cruising.

In this section of the site we focus on which famous, wealthy and interesting people own which superyacht.  We are not talking about the charter of a yacht or merely visiting friends on a yacht for a vacation.  Here we are talking about a celebrity who has actually chosen to purchase or build a yacht of a particular style or type for the long term. Someone who has thought long and hard about their boat. Yachts and their owner’s will be added here over time.  Please come back to see it grow. 

The type and style of yacht a person chooses to buy tells you a lot about their personal taste and style; their likes and dislikes.  The type of auto a person drives can tell you something about that person but a yacht can tell you a lot more.  A yacht is a large custom built home and no two yachts are alike.

Everyone would own a luxury yacht if they could.  I would anyway.  Luxury yachts are beautiful things indeed.  Being individually designed by the best designers in the world and then hand built by skilled craftsmen luxury yachts are like huge pieces of living sculpture that glide over the world’s oceans.  When a private yacht is large there is no other yacht the same.  There is no other crew the same and there is certainly no two owners alike.

The type and style of a yacht tells you a lot about that person.  What are their individual tastes?  Modern latest design or older classic? Do they like romantic classic motor boat like Jonny Depp’s yacht?  Do they like extra large yachts like?  Is it and ‘all ocean’ expedition yacht that can explore all parts of the world’s oceans, like Bono’s yacht from U2, or is it a coastal fast yacht design to sip around the fashionable coast lines of St Tropez, Monaco and Capri?  Do they like the sporty sailing yachts which use the wind’s natural forces for propulsion? It also tells you about a person by looking at the yacht they fell in love with.

The interior decoration of a yacht also gives an insight into someone’s likes and dislikes.  Because there are a huge number of yacht types to choose from it tells you about their particular tastes.  Modern interiors are chic, stylish and fashionable.  Classic interiors can be more relaxing – a place for friends and family to get away from it all and feel homely and comfortable: to float away in piece and privacy.

Tiger Woods owns a beautiful new American built motor yacht with relaxed and comfortable interior styling.

What about amenities, extras and water toys?  What can you do on the yacht?  Is there a deck Jacuzzi – somewhere to sip champagne and relax or throw a bikini party!  What type of water toys does the yacht have? Does the yacht have a Jet Ski and water ski speed boat?  What about windsurfers or even a submarine?  Is the celebrity the action and adventure type; is there a compressor for diving?